It has been almost a month since an offshore drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people, injuring others, and creating an undersea volcano of oil that is still spilling into the water.
Following several failed attempts to cap the well, BP proudly announced that it has managed to install a mile-long tube that is now sucking up about 2,000 barrels a day out of the estimated 5,000 barrel-a-day spill.
Way to save the oil, boys.
But what about the ocean? And the fish, seabirds, dolphins, and countless other species that are suffering and dying every second this spill continues?
Led by longtime ocean activist Peter Jay Brown, The Blue Seals – a rapid-response team of marine conservation experts – are on a mission to intervene in the oil spill disaster and to document this environmental catastrophe on behalf of the wildlife.
Unfortunately, Blue Seal’s efforts to record the spill’s effects on the fragile coastal habitats of marine birds and other animals have been hampered by a virtual “oil curtain” administered by BP and governmental officials who, under the pretext of safety concerns, are limiting access to the areas affected by the spill.
“Our services were rejected as expected,” said Brown from Venice, Louisiana. “It is obvious that BP does not want pictures of dead animals. BP has been very successful so far in controlling the story. Government officials and the bird group do their best to talk privately, and when they return at night, it is all very secretive.”
This gag order is likely to become even more pronounced now that the Coast Guard is reporting that oily tar balls (3-to-8 inches in diameter) have been found off Key West, Fla.
Scientists are worried that some of the 5 million gallons of oil spilled so far is getting caught in a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast.
SIGN THE PETITIONS!
- Prevent Another Oil Spill: Rethink Offshore Drilling
- Tell President Obama to Stop Offshore Drilling!
Find full Care2 Coverage of the Spill here.
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