Revisiting Philip Cousteau’s trip underneath the oilPhillipe Cousteau “I know that my father and grandfather would have been doing this if they were alive and that they would have been just as horrified by what they saw as I was. I can only hope that we learn from this and start to truly take the kind of drastic action necessary to begin the decades long road to recovery for history will not only judge us by our mistakes but by what we do to fix them and so far…I fear history will judge us harshly.”
Images taken on the beach in Mississippi by Charles Taylor (May and July 2012)
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Dolphin deaths “Two years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP has mostly resumed normal operations in the Gulf of Mexico. But many animals in the Gulf haven’t gone back to normal.
Researchers have connected a recent dolphin die-off to the 2010 oil spill, which likely weakened dolphins for colder conditions in Gulf waters.
According to a study from scientists at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, published in PLoS ONE, 186 young dolphins washed ashore along Gulf coasts during a four-month period between January 1 and April 30 2011. This included 86 baby dolphins, which is six times more than the average.”
Blue Mountain Beach A-frame on the Florida Panhandle—Sturdivant’s home break. The photograph was taken by Sturdivant on a swell that he felt was too toxic to surf. Photo: Sturdivant
Despite suffering burns on his skin, blurry vision, and respiratory complications, Mike Sturdivant continued surfing near his home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, after the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
It wasn’t until the second week of July, when he began coughing up blood, that he stopped surfing along the Gulf Coast altogether. “It became obvious to me that the symptoms I was experiencing were related to the stuff in the water,” said Sturdivant, who serves as Chairman of the Surfrider Foundation’s Emerald Coast chapter. “It was hard for me—that you could lose your beach just like that. You might lose access to it. And you might have to watch waves roll in that are clean and beautiful but toxic.” Read the rest here
Samantha Joye “80 square miles of devastation. Everything is dead. There is 3 or 4 inches of oily residue at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Years to decades for this to heal”
Ian McDonald “This oil is going to be in the environment for a long time. BP oil will be detectable in the Gulf for the rest of my life”
- BP worker focus contributed to explosion – San Francisco Chronicle (sfgate.com)
- Dolphin Mass Deaths In The Gulf Of Mexico Due To The BP Oil Spill And Other … – PlanetSave.com (planetsave.com)
- BP Oil Disaster Prompts ‘Perfect Storm’ Behind Mass Dolphin Deaths, Study Finds (thinkprogress.org)
- Dolphin Deaths in Gulf of Mexico due to BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the ‘Perfect Storm’ (treehugger.com)
- BP sued over gas release in Texas (upi.com)
- Alabama scientists, agencies seek role in spending of BP fines (al.com)
- The Mysterious Deaths of Nine Gulf Oil Spill Whistleblowers