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Is BP's Well STILL Leaking?: New Oil Surfaces on LA Coast

Environment  (tags: BP, Oil, Gulf )

Sir Walk
- 2636 days ago -
While BP denies health coverage for many impacted, and is 'closing up shop' on clean-up efforts, New oil is still washing up on local beaches, including Elmer's Island, 10 months after BP's Deepwater Horizon explosion, state officials said.

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Sir Walk F (124)
Friday March 4, 2011, 7:19 pm
It’s a contentious time for crude sightings, especially as BP and the federal government begin to inch out of the Gulf Coast.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say they’ve been told that the clean-up partners are planning to “pack up shop” at the end of this month.

Secretary Robert Barham called the departure “unacceptable,” especially since new oil is being discovered in places like Bay Jimmy, Red Fish Bay and Pass-a-Loutre.

Oiled birds are still being recovered in these areas and others. A dolphin was also rescued from the area recently and later released off the Florida coast, Barham said.

The most “distressing” report, though, comes out of Elmer’s Island, near Grand Isle. Barham said there’s “new oil” showing up on its beaches, including tar balls and a submerged mat” of crude.

Elmer’s Island, once a tourist hotspot, remains closed to fishing and recreation.

Barham said he has received “mixed signals” from BP and the federal government on whether either will continue to clean new instances of oil after the close of this month.

Federal law, though, gives the state final say over when an area is determined “cleaned,” Barham said.

“In that regard, I have some security,” Barham said. “But BP has sent some subtle messages that it wants to take the position that nature should takes its course at this point and that they have basically cleaned everything up. They think they’re on the backside of this. But we’re going to hold them accountable.”

Sir Walk F (124)
Friday March 4, 2011, 7:25 pm
And in case anyone didn't see this:

Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead

Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.


H Nick H (1826)
Friday March 4, 2011, 7:29 pm
What's the harm with a little oil soiling the coast line, killing off wildlife for decades to come, economic losses all along the gulf coast...including many jobs. It's OK, so say the republicans who stlll want to drill more and more and more. It's only the enviornment, nature, clean water, clean air........who needs that? OPPS! I had a momentary laspe of sanity there.......... LET'S GET REAL ABOUT ALL THIS. Republicans of today are only in it for the rich and powerful, for their own power and greed. They could care less about the 98% of US, the citizens of the US. We are the UNITED CORPORATIONS OF AMERICA now, so face it. That is, unless you want to stand up and do something about it. Do you, with you sane mind think the republican governers around the Gulf will want to stop this? Like Rick Scott (the convicted crimianal who stole millions from our govenment) or Bobby in LA, etc. Wake up!

Cheryl B (64)
Friday March 4, 2011, 7:33 pm

Linda G (187)
Friday March 4, 2011, 7:43 pm
It is not surprising that oil is still washing up on shore. There are many wells and many,many places for them to leak. Because they (BP and others) have demonstrated that they do not have the capacity to prevent spills, much less clean them up, we, as Americans, must demand accountability and a moratorium on drilling in deepwater, or we will continue to see this. Not only are the oceans and marine life being degraded, but also jobs, livlihoods, health.....
And our beloved congress has just voted for yet more subsidies to Big Oil Companies, many whom I believe are multinationals who do not pay taxes on income earned in the US. Please, please correct me if I am wrong on this.
Isn't it interesting that they are crying oil shortages and raising prices again just when things start heating up on alternate energy source industries... Egypt and Libya make such good scapegoats.

Friday March 4, 2011, 8:05 pm
This is a terrible situation...but not unexpected.

Kit B (276)
Friday March 4, 2011, 8:55 pm

Even the mess from the Valdez is still causing serious problems, why should we find the Gulf to be a surprise. Of course they lie, it's what they do best.

Sir Walk F (124)
Friday March 4, 2011, 8:58 pm
There are some who speculate that the well isn't even properly capped, or that they have begun work on a new well...

no way to know, since the media doesnt push for information...

Sharon Karson (82)
Friday March 4, 2011, 9:43 pm
Media control seems to be an issue in all the problems that currently face our nation. Freedom of the Press was guaranteed in our Constitution because it was understood that the press has a responsibility to seek out the truth and inform the public. How do we regain control of the media?

Racquelle Pilon (17)
Friday March 4, 2011, 9:44 pm
What Marilyn said...

Not that this should make us complacent, but neither should we be surprised. Watch Gasland for more scariness, Downloaded it but have only had time to watch about the first 1/3 of it and even that's enough to enrage you....

Susan L (150)
Friday March 4, 2011, 10:00 pm
Yes, Racquelle, I really need to watch Gasland too. I believe that it will be very informative.
This whole oil spill fiasco is totally unacceptable! Another petition, PLEASE.

Carrie B (306)
Friday March 4, 2011, 11:22 pm
This mess isn't going to go away anytime soon, regardless of what "they" want us to believe. The impact is far reaching and the timetable indefinite.

Alice C (1797)
Friday March 4, 2011, 11:50 pm
Thank you for posting this information

Alice C (1797)
Friday March 4, 2011, 11:51 pm

patricia lasek (317)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:00 am
This is never going to go away. I feel sorry for future generations of the world.

Sir Walk F (124)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 10:34 am
Gosh, I should have forwarded this to "Maurice". His 'stories' hit the front page in 30 minutes with 10 signatures.

I Guess Care2 would prefer to promote expletive-laced nonsense than relevant news about the environment.

Care2 sucks more and more every day.

Richelle R (62)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 7:27 pm
By the time the oil goes away naturally, as the repub "scientists" say it is, so many living beings will be affected, if not dead yet.. Oil spills cause too much destruction and death. Exxon still hasn't paid or done enough, so why should BP? At least that's what the oil people think. They prove over & over again that they don't care about anyone, or anything, but themselves. What will they say when their own start dying?

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 8:14 pm
Maybe we should opt for a "Realy Care2"...maybe....start something new!

Iona Kentwell (129)
Sunday March 6, 2011, 1:24 pm
Shame BP. We all need to make choices to send strong messages to our "leaders". Use renewable resources, no plastic, vote Green, buy from small companies, local companies, sign petitions again and again. If there are no consumers for their products they'll have no money for more of this destruction. I know I'm dreaming but you know it is working. Don't give up hope!

Kris B (136)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 8:22 am
I agree with Iona. If we all, around the world, bought locally that would save a lot of transport petrol.
Do without if it can't be bought from real people (small businesses). It is hard to fight a big corp but we can if we choose. Shame on the government for not holding BP accountable. The people have to take charge of where they spend their money

Bruce Eyster (62)
Monday March 14, 2011, 8:48 pm
I'm afraid that this mess won't just go away for a long time .
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