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Dr. Robert Bullard
Environmental Justice Movement Founder

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Reports of New Oil Slick in Gulf "12 x 100 Miles Long"

*Updated March 20,2011 pm
 2nd update March 21
The Coast Guard is investigating reports of a potentially large oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico not far from the Deepwater Horizon site. According to a knowledgeable source, the slick was sighted by a helicopter pilot on Friday and is about 100 miles long. A fishing boat captain said he went through the slick yesterday and it was strong enough to make his eyes burn.

Zerohedge.com reports:
Independent pilots, including John Wathen of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and Bonnie Schumaker with Wings of Care, are currently flying out to investigate the spill. Schumaker reports having seen the sheen on Friday, March 18, and confirms that it is rapidly expanding.

A Louisiana fisherman, who has chosen to remain anonymous at this time, also reports fresh oil coming ashore near South Pass, LA, and that cleanup crews are laying new boom near the beach.

The site of the sheen, near Mississippi Canyon 243, lies 30 miles from the Louisiana coastline. The Matterhorn field, at a depth of 2,789 feet (850 meters) of water, was discovered in 1999, leased and permitted in July 2001, and came into production in November 2003. It is located 30 miles SE of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

According to W&T, the field has produced an average rate of 5,200 barrels of oil per day, and has production capacities of 35,000 barrels of oil per day.
Stuart Smith of oilspillaction.com:
There are already allegations that the Coast Guard and other authorities are busy trying to cover up the spill, so stay tuned.
And now to our illustrious Alabama Governor Bentley aka Dr. Guy Hunt:
“We want to tell the rest of the world that our seafood is clean, it’s pure, and it’s delicious,” Bentley told members of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in a speech at the University of South Alabama. 
We understand the motivation to help bring the seafood industry back in the Gulf, but even pre-BP Spill "pure" is not a definition that applies to the Gulf of Mexico. And this guy is supposed to be a Doctor, one who you would expect to always err on the side of his Hippocratic Oath of  "first, do no harm?"

After millions of gallons of oil and Corexit assaulted the Gulf we don't think all this rush rush to push Gulf seafood on the public so soon is at all wise. In fact, it's downright foolhardy and could be dangerous, maybe even actionable, or worse, if these geniuses turn out to be wrong.

But isn't it comforting to know that the Dr. Dr. has his priorities straight and realizes that "one of the most critical things we can do in Gulf Shores" is to spend $100 million dollars on a controversial, let's build our business donors a playhouse aka convention center:
The $100 million project was thwarted in 2008 when the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that Riley’s plan to let a private company develop the public land violated state law.
Prichard retirees have lost their state pensions, oil is still in the Gulf, we're in proration of our education system, but what the hell, let's just ignore all of that, spend millions we don't have and go right ahead with business as usual.

Is it 2014 yet?

**Update: A Coast Guard officer with a command center in Morgan City, LA, said today the Coast Guard has confirmed that oil is not coming from the Deepwater Horizon well but that they have found what appear to be smaller oil slicks in the Gulf. Their investigation into reports of large oil slicks is continuing. Additional photos and information from pilots John Wathen and Bonnie Schumaker who flew over the area yesterday are expected to be released today.
--Could this be why we are not hearing anything from the mainstream press?
Move along, nothing to see here…
(Raw Story) Journalists who come too close to oil spill clean-up efforts without permission could find themselves facing a $40,000 fine and even one to five years in prison under a new rule instituted by the Coast Guard late last week (2010).
Even Anderson Cooper, Journalist, says this makes it “very easy to hide incompetence or failure.”
The "rule" is still in place and being strictly enforced. FOX News is calling it "silt."
 **2nd update--"Fresh Oil Continues to Wash Ashore in Bayou"
                      (pics and story)

**Wathen has pictures up @ bpoilslick.blogspot.com/
Credit: John Wathen. Photo taken Sunday March 19, 2011
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  1. I thought the oil had disappeared?

    Seems to me good sense has disappeared.I won't eat anything from the Gulf for at least a few years.

  2. WTF???
    There is NOTHING in the local press about this!!!
    Do they think it's just a Louisiana problem? Hello??
    Let's just lie to the folks and tell them everything is just ducky.

  3. The Sun Herald and AP calls it " a substance"

    AP--NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. Coast Guard says there is some sort of substance on the water in the Gulf of Mexico, and officials are collecting samples to determine what it is.

    Coast Guard spokeswoman Casey Ranel says the agency is sending out a cutter Sunday morning to collect samples of the substance, which was spotted off the coast of Louisiana. She says an airplane also is expected to fly over so officials can get a better idea of what's in the water.

    A press release sent Saturday night said the Coast Guard was investigating reports of an oil sheen in the Gulf. The Coast Guard says there is a substance in the water, though officials have yet to determine what it is.



  4. Substance my foot!
    This is really transparent in its intent.
    I went, got oil on me and damned if I go back again!
    Isn't the Press-Register honcho the head of Alabama's Coastal Recovery Commission? Is he instrumental in suppressing this?
    Does a duck quack?

  5. I thought we were supposed to eat the seafood...


    “We want to tell the rest of the world that our seafood is clean, it’s pure, and it’s delicious,” Bentley told members of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in a speech at the University of South Alabama.

    This was just on Friday.

    Thank you very much.

    With Love,

    Uncle John

    PS And DO NOT drink the kool aid.

  6. Worst governor ever!
    I still cannot believe we have such an idiot in the highest office of the state!
    I suspect he knew about this before he went out and proclaimed that the "seafood is safe."
    He wasn't the only one who knew bet on that.
    They are throwing us to the wolves left and right and don't seem to give a damn about anything (really restoring the Gulf) or anybody (all the little people who were wiped out) but their campaign donors and business buddies.

  7. Many news outlets are suspiciously quiet about this...

  8. I think the MSM has just forgotten about it and chalks it up to who really cares about a bunch of southerners anyway?

  9. People ought to know and they do thanks to citizen watchdogs and bloggers.
    Huffington Post is all over it.
    This is not an ignore it and focus on Libya instead story!

  10. The expensive development areas have received all the attention in Florida and Alabama for cleanup.
    You get off the tourist path and see what you see.
    Yes, today.
    If you feel like risking an exposure.

  11. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704433904576212801606559220.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    WSJ is reporting this as silt. A shiny silt.
    Mississippi dredging is reported as the cause.

    I don't buy this. I bet they would call it liquified seaweed belched up by large red snapper school if they had enough time and the writers available on Sunday.

    And yes, they do think we are just that stupid.

    They lie so well. They lie a whole lot better than they tell the truth. Besides telling the truth must be against their beliefs.


  12. Kind of tough to call it silt when oil is coming ashore in Grand Isle as we speak and has been since Friday.

    Better get those liars to tighten up there boys.

  13. “They were doing some dredging at the mouth of the river, so it could be some silt or dredging material,” Grand Isle Fire Chief Chiasson said.

    The National Response Center first received a report of oil at 9:34 a.m. Saturday. The report indicated a three-mile-long rainbow sheen on the surface, according to a news release from the Coast Guard. Two other reports followed, the last one reporting a sheen extending 100 miles into the Gulf.

    Grand Isle Fire Chief Aubrey Chiasson said he first heard of the substance this afternoon, after officials started calling him.

    Downplay it, offer confusing information, blame it on this , that or the other.
    People flew over it, saw it, photographed it, filmed it. What are they going to say to that?
    Apparently whatever they damn well please as long as it isn't the TRUTH!

  14. The arrogant rat bast**d Feinberg wants more money.
    Not for you.
    For him.

    ABC News March 2011

  15. i'myourhuckleberryMarch 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    March 20, 2011

    "A large portion of the oil is still in suspension in the deep waters of the Gulf," said Erica Staaterman of the University of Miami. "We had a sort of accidental experiment on our hands."

    Did you get that Guv'nr?


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