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BP Oil Spill, Tar Balls Churned Up By Isaac

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Oil that has washed up along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac has now been traced to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010, according to scientists who examined the waste.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 7:53 am
(photo: Clean-up workers collect tar balls of oil on a contaminated beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Oil that has washed up along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac has now been traced to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010, according to scientists who examined the waste.

Scientists at Louisiana State University (LSU) ran tests on the large globs of oil waste, known as 'tar balls', that washed up on the shores of two Louisiana beaches last week. The tests revealed the waste matched the biological makeup of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that originated from the BP spill.

Since hurricane Isaac landed last week, tar balls have been washing up on beaches in Alabama and Louisiana, and on Tuesday, "a large tar mat" was discovered on the beaches of Louisiana's Elmer's Island, according to the Guardian. State officials were forced close a 13-mile stretch of beach and restricted fishing in the area.

Ed Overton, the LSU chemist who did the state tests, told the Guardian that more oil was likely buried along the coast, but it is difficult to uncover and clean up. The team of scientists stated that since 2010, tropical storms have consistently washed up oil debris along the coast.

"We're in year three and this seems to be the new normal for the Gulf Coast," Researcher Joel Hayworth said. "For some unforeseeable time, this is going to be the new normal for the beach."

Common Dreams staff | Common Deams|


Arielle S (313)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 8:05 am
There must be some mistake - BP has cleaned up and left everything even better than it was originally - or has it? The fines they paid were not nearly enough - what a lovely inheritance they have left. I still can't drive by a BP gas station without growling....

Kit B (276)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 8:25 am

That could be because we forget that BP has the worst reputation of any Oil company. Then again, it just might be our collective short memory or many excuses made for the Oil companies. They allowed, yes, if you are late to the party, allowed this and many other oil leaks by their terrible record of safety measures. If you want a company to take some responsibility then make them pay, big time.

Fiona O (565)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 8:54 am
I find it hard to believe that we already have a hurricane with an "I" name and there are still two months in hurricane season. w

Fiona O (565)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 9:03 am
Why such violent weather, climate change. They poison our water. They poison our air. They poison nature's cleansing systems.

Phil R (29)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 9:04 am
Got that all cleaned up, did they? When was the last time there was a sun spill? Support green energy!

Kit B (276)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 9:08 am

About every 10 - 12 to years there are solar flares, that is the sun doing it's own thing. Allowing oil companies to continue their reckless use of our lands and oceans is very different. I fully agree, we must support green energy and the revolution of thinking it will bring.

pam w (139)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 9:22 am
IF leaders of the oil companies were genuinely interested in their planet (after all...they live here, too) they'd be looking at alternative forms of energy. IF I could manage BP, Shell, EXXON, etc.....I'd have a huge department devoted to wind, solar, enzymatic systems....all of them bearing my name!

But....that might eat into my profits, mightn't it?

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 10:59 am
Uh, anyone believing their slick, neighborly PROPAGANDA TV ads now? They didn't clean it up people. They covered it up. It will never be completely clean or completely healed for HUNDREDS of years. But, knowing how short-sighted and braindead many in this nation are, they will believe the lies and eat the seafood and shellfish and take vacations here and swim in tainted waters and think nothing of it......until years for now or maybe not so many years from now they come up with some skin disorder or gastric disorder that was completely avoidable had they but thought and looked and listened.

The gulf, for all intents and purposes, is a deadzone. Eating anything from it is asking for death on a plate. Swimming in it is asking for some horrible skin afliction that won't, pun intended, wash off.

Kit B (276)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 11:56 am

True Pam.

Ya got that right. Terrie.

Terry V (30)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 3:27 pm
We are MURDERING our planet, thus ourselves.

Mitchell D (104)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 7:01 pm
No real surprise!

Adam C (30)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 8:03 pm
Mmmmmm corexit macondo gumbo

Vance Daddi (65)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 8:50 pm
There are, apparently, a great number of "new normals," none of which seem to be good for the big, sort of blue marble, or any of its residents. It just may be a good rule of thumb to consider whether a human endeavor may inadvertently create a "new normal;" if so, it probably isn't worth the risk, i.e., what if the "new normal," doesn't include human beings.

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 9:08 pm
Sad news.

Ben O (171)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 2:20 am
BP stands for Big Profit - Bloody Plague, that's all there is to it!

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 11:26 am
Well this appears to part of the legacy we will be passing on to our grandkids. The scientists called this the new norm and it would seem we will have a lot more new norms to get used to with climate change.
It is all very sad but we need to keep all this out there in the hopes that, at some point, there will be a change in thinking, priorities and what passes for sanity these days.
Thanks Mel. Also - very cool song, merci.

Kit B (276)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:06 pm

New norm or should we just call this as we see it another new low? Don't we just get fed up with all this new language? If it is a new norm then does that mean it's all okay? Just a new norm here, move along, nothing to see here.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 2:18 pm
poor life

jan b (5)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 2:44 pm
The BP oil spill destroyed natural marshland, put fisheries out of business, and deprived Gulf residents of their livelihoods. But Republicans apologized to those responsible for the disaster.
This is not an environmental disaster, and I will say that again and again."
- Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) speaking about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Sarah Palin actually went on Fox News to defend Big Oil companies like British Petroleum against "demonizing."
Yes, Texas Congressman Joe Barton actually apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward and called it "a tragedy in the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown." That's right - Republicans think the "tragedy" is that BP will have to pay victims of their disaster.
Are you kidding me......Big Oil knows that Republicans are on their side. with their special interests helped the GOP chalk up record-breaking fundraising months, hoping to bring back another Congress full of Bush-Cheney Big Oil cronies...... REMEMBER DICK CHENEY LETTING BIG OIL WRITE AMERICA'S ENERGY POLICY WITH THE "SECRET" MEETING ? .


Past Member (0)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 5:21 pm
Thanks for the update.

John B (185)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 6:22 pm
Thanks Kit for posting the article. It will many decades before the Gulf comes even close to "back to normal" or even longer. Read and noted.

Susanne R (234)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 10:01 pm
Old tar balls being washed onto our shores is "the new normal"? And we're supposed to accept that with a smile on our faces? Wouldn't it be nice if the big oil executives and the politicians who make their their pillaging of the earth possible had to clean them up, personally, by hand --as spectators watched?

David C (133)
Monday September 10, 2012, 7:41 am
yuck...sick....just one more reason to stop supporting pollution energy now.....

Nancy M (197)
Monday September 10, 2012, 12:56 pm
Thanks for the article. And to think that some people want to "drill, baby, drill"

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 7:49 pm
No, they never really cleaned anything up....just dumped a bunch of Corexit on it to further poison the system. I've read articles where they've found various mutated fish and other sealife. For Corporations without consciences, the motivation is suppose to be huge fines---plus fixing whatever machinery caused the mess in the first place. But, these Corps would rather spend their millions fighting against paying fines or fixing things. That just never makes any sense to me....causing billions of dollars in damages for something they could've fixed for much less money.

wendy webber (28)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 2:06 am
I am definitely of the mind.....make them pay and pay big.Deal with these companies with the same mentality that they see our resources.When I lived in Texas back about 35 yrs ago...I worked on the Houston ship channel in Deer Park. Lightening hit an oil tanker and struck it into a stinking mass of steel and seeping oil.That was my first and last view of an oil spill and it was horrible and this was nothing "as severe" as the BP spill. If they have a questionable track record.....can them. The way the environment gets treated daily is like we can, at anytime, run another slide show to produce a clean and healthy earth. Like putting up a new screen saver on my PC.The oil companies are after profit regardless of the price we pay.Don't any of these folks have kids,gkids, etc....? or is the vision simply in the short term? So is the future one of telling the kids to put different "screen savers" in their bedroom windows if they don't like the view of tar balls,foul water,dead creatures and black air? Enough is enough....
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