Chemical tests from new oil near DeepWater Horizon site matches last year’s BP oil spill samples. (Pictures and fly over video inside)


As reported on August 20, 2011 (read previous blog, New sub sea oil plumes found near the Deepwater Horizon oil platform) the oil sheen sitting nearly on top of the Deepwater Horizon rig (the location of the last year’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico) is quickly expanding.

On Wings of Care, California nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wildlife, wild habitat, and natural ecosystems, flew over the reported oil sheen and the pilot Bonny Shumaker stated that the oil “stretched for miles with one continuous sheen stretching for nearly 10 miles.” (Pictured above.  Credit: Press-Register/Jeff Dute).

To view the August 30, 2011 fly over of the oil spill (Credit: On Wings of Care) click below:

Robert Bea, an internationally prominent petroleum engineer and professor emeritus at the Berkeley campus of the University of California indicates that he feels that the primary source of the oil with the highest probability is the Macondo well/Deep Water Horizon rig.

“(It) looks suspicious. The point of surfacing about 1 mile from the well is about the point that the oil should show up, given the seafloor at 5,000 feet – natural circulation currents would cause the drift,” Bea said. “A Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) could be used to ‘back track’ the oil that is rising to the surface to determine the source. This should be a first order of business to confirm the source.”

On August 26, 2011- BP, the US Coast Guard, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, representatives from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida as well as the GCIMT (Gulf Coast Incident Management Team) came together in New Orleans, LA to participate in a standard visual wellhead inspection via Remote Operated Vehicles of the Macondo Well (MC 252) and the relief well.

In the video- there were small, intermittent bubbles rising from cement ports at the base of the wellheads. These bubbles were determined to be nitrogen bubbles, a residual byproduct of the nitrifed foam used in setting the wells but no oil or hydrocarbons were found indicating a breach of the cement plug and/or the areas of the Macondo Well.

Yet samples of the sheen were  analyzed by Louisiana State University researchers and tests showed it was a chemical match to the 4 million+ barrels of sweet Louisiana crude that gushed from BP’s exploding well.

Scientists suggest that perhaps it was trapped within the riser pipe or the rig itself which is still sitting at the bottom of the Gulf which could result in trapped oil floating out of the wreckage.

Another option is that the bacteria degraded the oil on the seafloor and the lighter fractions were released and floated to the surface although that oil would be considerably more weathered.

Now the questions are directed towards BP once again- how much oil is trapped, why has the wreckage not been salvaged  and why has there not been a concentrated efforts on ways to clean up the ocean floor (and subsequently; add oxygen back into the dead zones?)

Copyright (c) August 31, 2011. All rights reserved.

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Seafood, seafood everywhere and not a bite to eat.


While seafood in the Gulf of Mexico is currently “safe to eat” (and I use that saying loosely), the wide-ranging impact of the oil spill on physical and mental health of people across the coast could continue for years, a panel of scientists and environmentalists told a south Mobile, AL crowd.

Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist who has studied the long-term impact of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, painted a gruesome picture of the long-term effects of the BP PLC spill.

Ott told the audience that the oil industry tends to spin the story in order to decrease their liability.

“BP likes to put a filter up there to try to minimize the extent of harm that the public understands,” Ott said.

She talked of oil spill cleanup workers becoming sick across the northern Gulf Coast, fish kills in four states, and even dive gear disintegrated by dispersants in the water.

“It’s in the water; it’s in the air,” Ott said. “And I’m sorry that five federal agencies cannot measure it.”

George Crozier, with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, said that much of the seafood, such as shrimp and fish, had likely not yet been impacted by the oil, though future harvests may be.

“There has not been time for this to be bio-magnified,” Crozier said.

He echoed Picou in saying that people may suffer for years, but added that the ecosystem would be more resilient.

“The problems we’re dealing with are going to be long-term, particularly in the human environment,” Crozier said. “The human system is not going to recover in three to five years. It depends on the recovery of the seafood industry. The natural system will recover.”

Crozier said that dispersants have caused the oil to sink below the surface of the water so deep that makes it difficult to find.

“We don’t know where it all is, we don’t know the concentrations of it and we simply do not know what the rates of degradation are — if they are, in fact, taking place,” Crozier said.

Environmentalist Casi Callaway, who heads Mobile Baykeeper, said she would continue to push for “transparency” in scientific studies.

Her group has organized roughly 6,000 volunteers dedicated to ensuring that the seafood is safe and the waters are clean, she said. Despite what Crozier said about seafood, Callaway expressed a reluctance that many appear to share.

“I want to buy seafood. I miss it like crazy. But I’m scared,” she said, receiving a round of applause.

Personally, I am not so worried about the oil (as that is compatible with Mother Nature) then I am with the toxic corexit dispersant.

I have yet to find any testing results on the long term toxicity and degradation levels and knowing that the Corexit 9500 & 9527A has toxicity levels leaves my faith shaken in the government who claims that the seafood is “safe to eat”.

If you have access to reports indicating long term affects of Corexit 9500 & Corexit 9527A please contact me directly at: TheHeartofAmerica@hotmail.com

Copyright (c) February 13, 2011. All rights reserved.

Man burst into song at Oil Spill Commission.


Great point about hurricane season. That still rings true today.  Last year, we were lucky- we didnt have too many active storms. Next year, could be a whole different story. What’s going to happen when all that disperse oil sunken into the water column is brought to the surface and sprayed out over the Gulf states?!

“Little brother – he aint feeling well, what’s that your spraying on the oil spill?” Indeed, that’s what I would like to know.

One point on HAZMAT training, I received my hazmat training level 3 certification and all it entitles us to do is pick up tar balls. We cannot help oiled wildlife or anything else more helpful.

Even then, most of the opportunities within BP were given to contractors who came in from OUT of state instead of giving those jobs to the people who were living in the oily mess.

If you have any inside contacts of people dealing directly with the oil spill, please contact me directly at TheHeartofAmerica@hotmail.com

Thank you for you attention to this matter.

Report concludes, Clean up on the oil spill is over. Personal pictures and testimony state otherwise.


Yesterday, the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team released a report from its interagency Operational Science Advisory Team 2  regarding oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that remains on or near sandy beaches along the Gulf Coast left not only the Gulf Coast residents questioning but the Gulf of Mexico as well (left picture).

Federal officials indicate that cleanup operation from the Deepwater Horizon/Gulf of Mexcio oil spill have removed as much oil as is practical from the Gulf coast states by examining data sampled from four representative beaches at Grand Isle, La., Petit Bois Island, Miss., Bon Secour, Ala., and Fort Pickens, Fla.

This report is inconclusive as the oil reached much further East then Fort Pickens, FL and leached into areas such as Navarre and Destin, the later representing a huge tourist industry which has suffered greatly at the hands of big oil as well as are still seeing the effects of the oil and dispersant in their waterways and rolling onto their beaches.

Essentially, the report is intended to inform ongoing beach-area clean up operations by examining the environmental and human health risks posed by three types of remnant oil – tar mats in the shallow water, small tar balls on the shore and buried oil on beaches above the high tide line – that may remain in certain beach areas after standard clean up operations are completed. These risks are compared to the potential environmental impacts of pursuing additional cleanup operations.

Please note how they did not include oil/dispersant in the water column nor the long term affects of the toxic corexit dispersant that they used to weigh down the oil so that it would drop into the water column, out of the public’s view.

Further, the report states that oil damaged areas are “minimal”.

Are they kidding? Is this some kind of cruel joke? Living off the Gulf,
I can assure that the oil and toxic Corexit dispersant is still very much here.

Just because BP sunk the oil into the water column, doesn’t mean that it disappeared. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as now the oil has less of a chance been weathered by the sun and wind.

The report titled, “Summary Report for Fate and Effects of Remnant Oil in the Beach Environment” was drafted by the federal science advisory team studying the BP PLC oil spill in the Gulf suggests the following:

Submerged mats of oil still being discovered just off the beaches in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida are considered an exception to the rule, the report indicates. Yet the report does not mention any form of removal or clean up.

Aside from the mats, the remaining oil — the report states — is either buried under a few inches of sand or present in small tarballs on the beach.

Take note parents of small children who like to build sandcastles at the beach. Dont dig too deep or you will find your hands submerged in toxicity.

Additionally, what about the the exposure risk  of buried oil and sea turtle eggs and young? That will definitely be a factor in the extinction of the sea turtle if left ignored.

A local Florida resident, Linda Carter, who resides on the Gulf of Mexico disagrees vehemently with this recent ruling and provides her own personal testimony to the ever-standing affects of the oil spill.

“My husband and I took our dog to Princess Beach, an Airforce owned beach between the Fort Walton Beach and Destin bridges in Florida on Friday, February 4th, 2011.”

“It was cold and rainy, but a perfect day to find the small sand dollars that wash in, during the winter. The effects of the oil spill never entered our minds, until we looked down and saw the tar stuck to our shoes.”

“Then we noticed that it was everywhere. Was this why our dog kept wanting to go home? ”

“After seeing the tar and foam bubbles from the Corexit dispersant, we left the beach, only to get home to a very different dog!”

“We immediately bathed her and made sure her feet were clean. She became almost catatonic.  As if she was in shock.”

“She was lethargic and would barely respond to us. Mostly she just stared straight ahead. We held her and petted her and she just laid there like a lifeless lump.”

“She went to sleep and when she woke up she was better and continued to improve. She is fine today, but I have noticed all the exposed areas (she had on a sweater) of her fur are almost mottled with, what looks like tufts of hair that have been cut with scissors.”

“I know the shedding season is almost upon us, but it’s still bitterly cold here, so I don’t really think that’s what it is. She was getting exposed to the toxins on the beach being closer to the sand than we were, and having a nose so sensitive.”

“Mother nature tells the animals when there is danger to get away from. I think this was a perfect example!”

Tell that to the federal officials and BP executives who parrot, “Cleanup operations beyond established standards may disturb sensitive habitats and wildlife — posing a greater environmental risk than leaving the residue in place. In these instances, further cleaning will likely do more harm than good to the ecosystem.”

Way to rip a response from the marshes clean up guide, BP. Unbelievable. I understand the concept of  a fragile ecosystem but not all of our Gulf coast are marshes or wetlands and even then it blows my mind that the govt is not using the foam set in a large cage that was already presented to them to soak up the oil from the fragile areas.

If you look at the NEBA report that I attached below and note the “further cleanup impact”, half the reports reads HIGH. So how did the federal officials come to the conclusion that further clean up would cause more harm than good?

Especially when all one needs to do is drag their foot to see the oil underneath the sand. Remember, if the sand covers the oil then the oil is less likely to become weathered because the sand creates a buffer from extreme elements such as wind and sun. (left picture).

Not to mention that there are ZERO reports of the long term affects of the corexit dispersant that was used in truckloads to weigh the oil down and that of the bubbly residue approaching our shore lines.

Some critics argue that the after effects are “minor” but tell that to a child or an elderly person who had pre existing health conditions who accidentally came into contact with the oil, tar or dispersant after going to the beach after the local officials gave the “all clear”.

The fact of the matter is that the oil is still here, it is not going anywhere and it provides a health risk to the people who come into submerged (via water or sand) contact with it.

Ignoring the facts will not make this issue go away and its imperative that the people of the Gulf Coasts stand up and make their voices heard or our opinion will get sunken just like the oil. Out of sight, out of mind.

Below is a great documentary on newly dispersed oil patties on the Fort Morgan Peninsula on February 9, 2011.

Have you forgotten? Here’s a recap of the after effects of the DeepWater Horizon oil spill which happened less than a year ago.

Copyright (c) February 12, 2011. All rights reserved.


Raise Big Oil’s Liability Cap and Protect the People.


Congress should raise the cap on oil companies’ liability for offshore spills and improve the U.S. Coast Guard’s ability to respond to spills in the Arctic, a presidential panel is set to conclude Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

The panel’s report, which could influence federal policy on offshore drilling, is also expected to recommend that as much as 80% of fines paid by companies for Clean Water Act violations in connection with last spring’s Deepwater Horizon accident go toward funding the long-term restoration of the Gulf Coast’s ecosystem, according to people familiar with the report.

The report will also call on the oil industry to establish a safety institute that would conduct audits of companies’ safety practices and cultures, the people said.

Some findings, such as those on the Arctic, could affect the pace with which the Obama administration approves permits to drill in certain offshore areas.

The panel, formally known as the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, has expressed concern that the Coast Guard lacks vehicles capable of responding to a spill under Arctic winter conditions.

Other recommendations would require congressional approval, making their enactment uncertain.

Legislation to eliminate the current $75 million cap on spill liability passed the House of Representatives last summer, but failed to advance in the Senate.

A spokesman for the commission, set up by President Barack Obama last spring, declined to comment in advance of a news conference Tuesday, where the panel is expected to release its findings. Shocker. Can somebody please tell me when Obama has ever been on the side of the victims of big oil? Don’t worry, Ill wait.

Last week, the commission released an excerpt of its report that concluded that the explosion that Gulf of Mexico oil spill that killed 11 workers on the rig and triggered the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history was an avoidable disaster that resulted from management failures by BP PLC and its contractors.

As a resident off the Gulf of Mexico, I was able to view the threat of big oil first hand. Almost 9 months later, I can still see the threat of big oil as it is encroaching upon our waters, sea beds and shorelines.  I can see the small businesses closing down due to misconception from People that NW Florida is out of business.

We are still very much alive, alebit more scarce as residents had to short close on their home and move out of state in the search for compensation.

I have seen and witnessed first hand the rehabilitation of our ocean life- birds, turtles and dolphins covered with oil- suffocated by the amount of pollution and despite my Republican leanings, I stand firm on this issue.

I understand the importance of having a low cap on oil; we dont want to discourage drilling. Or do we? Perhaps we can invest our monies into research and development of alternative energy so that we have a long term solution instead of a short term answer.

We need to raise the liability cap not only to encourage activity in alternative energy but also because of “accident” such as the Deep Water Horizon spill whose damages ran across Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. $75 million split 5 ways is a drop in the bucket.

To get rid of the liability cap or propose it to stay the same is a slap in the face to the coastal residents who depend on the Gulf of Mexico, which is prime for drilling, for daily living as well as the innocent animals who did nothing to bring about this act of greed and laziness.

In the meantime, please pray for big oil’s  liability cap to be raised and that the US citizens become the number one priority as opposed to big oil interests. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Copyright (c) January 30, 2011. All rights reserved.

Safety measures for oil may be tedious but dont throw them to the wayside for a quick dollar.


Four stars **** on the revamped legislation, Implementing the Recommendations of the BP Oil Spill Commission Act,  reflects the recommendations of the independent oil spill commission tasked with investigating the BP Deepwater Horizon/Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the practices of the oil industry.

The legislation includes the following major elements, which all reflect the recommendations of the spill commission:

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–Reorganizes the Interior Department and strengthens the Department’s offshore oil safety agency.

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–Creates a dedicated funding stream to the federal agencies responsible for regulating and overseeing the safety of offshore drilling.

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–Establishes unlimited liability for companies in the event of an oil spill as a deterrent against risky practices.

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–Dedicates 80 percent of the fines from the oil spill to Gulf of Mexico restoration efforts.

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–Increases the role of experts in the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the decision-making process for where new oil drilling can occur.

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–Requires the Federal Government to develop realistic worst-case flow-rate models and for oil companies to use them when they create real, worst-case scenario oil spill response plans.

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–Creates a dedicated funding stream for oil spill research and development.

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–Increases the per incident payout from the oil spill liability trust fund.

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–Creates permanent government expertise on estimating and measuring the flow rates from deepwater spills.

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–Requires research into gaps in scientific data and response capabilities in the Arctic.

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–Requires strong new standards for blowout preventers, well design and cementing practices.

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–Requires extensive study of the potential effects of dispersant use on aquatic life and the environment.

“This legislation turns the lessons of the BP oil spill into the laws that will ensure this type of disaster does not happen again in American waters,” said Rep. Edward J. Markey, Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee.

“This legislation will allow the offshore oil industry to continue doing business while changing the business-as-usual practices that led to the Gulf of Mexico spill.”

“The lessons from the explosion and blowout on the Deepwater Horizon are clear.  Commonsense regulations are necessary to protect the economy and environment of the Gulf Coast,” said Rep. Henry A. Waxman ,one of the Ranking Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“With this legislation, we can hold the appropriate parties accountable and make sure that this type of catastrophic blowout never happens again.”

“Gone are the days of Federal land management agencies sitting on the sidelines while Big Oil is given free reign to write its own rules and run roughshod over America’s public energy resources.

Gone too is the around-the-clock coverage of oil spewing into the Gulf, but in no way should that lessen the urgency with which Congress acts to prevent another disaster from occurring,” said Rep. Nick J. Rahall Leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“This bill is about holding BP and other parties responsible, restoring the economy of the Gulf, and making sure offshore drilling is done in an efficient and safe manner, because no one should have to risk their life to secure their livelihood.”

Rep. George Miller, Ranking Member of the Education and Workforce Committee agrees, “This legislation includes important provisions to protect workers and the environment when companies are drilling for oil and gas. We will bar companies with a history of being dangerous to workers or to the environment from the privilege of drilling off America’s coastline for our natural resources, and we will ensure that whistleblowers are protected when they call attention to dangerous practices.”

Representatives Miller and Markey also introduced companion legislation today that would extend modern whistleblower protections to workers whose employers are engaged in oil and gas exploration, drilling, production, or cleanup on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Currently, those workers have no protection against retaliation by an employer for speaking up on hazardous conditions.

“Few legislative modifications to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 research and development program have been made since its enactment. Theresponse to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has exposed the need for an effective and coordinated research program for oil spill response and cleanup.

Additionally, the National Commission report on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling calls for “mandatory funding for this oil spill response research and development,” said Eddie Bernice Johnson, Ranking Member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee (D-Texas). “

While a big proponent of Alternative Energy,  I understand that natural gas and oil are imperative for our daily functions.  However, I know it to be a fact that gas companies are lax on their safety measures in an effort to save a dollar and increase their profits. Safety measures are cut and follow through is not guaranteed.

Look at the Deepwater Horizon, source of April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  If you want, take my word for it~ The reward is not worth the risk~ not when there are alternative energy sources waiting to be tapped without little environmental risk.

As a resident on the Gulf, I plead that oil companies ahere to these new guide lines. Now that the MMS (Minerals Managament) department is broken up, I am hoping that we can have real regulations enforced to ensure safety for all.

Copyright (c) January 28, 2011. All rights reserved.