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December 27, 2013

BP Oil Spill Damage Continues in the Gulf

By Bob Marshall

The next time you hear politicians on Capitol Hill calling environmental regulations on the energy industry needless overkill on an industry that poses no serious threat to man or beast, please refer to the following two headlines from this week’s news:

- More massive tar mats from BP oil spill discovered on Louisiana beaches

- Dolphin Health 'Grave' After BP Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon gusher was capped off the Louisiana coast almost 2.5 years ago, but as the folks in this neck of the marsh say, “The oil may have stopped flowing, but the spill isn’t over.”

(Full disclosure: The wetlands of southeast Louisiana have been my playground, office, and place of worship most of my life.)

No one on this coast is really surprised.

The Coast Guard, which is in charge of the on-going cleanup, estimated last week that BP’s contractors have hauled away just shy of 9 million pounds of “oily product” from Louisiana’s battered waterfront since 2010.

But a recently discovered deposit has yielded over 1.5 million pounds in just a few weeks – with more to come, according to the Coast Guard. In fact, spill experts back in 2010 said the amount of oil dumped into the Gulf by BP likely means weathered oil – from small patches to giant mats – will be rolling into our beaches and marshes for decades.

Recently published research showed that half the bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay, an estuary just south of New Orleans that was heavily hit by the oil, are gravely to mortally ill from oil pollution.

Earlier research on a key aquatic prey species showed BP’s pollution may be seeping into the food chain.

You may have read that Exxon says it has finished the job of cleaning up Prince William Sound after its notorious 1989 spill—but the state of Alaska reports that environmental damages and oil sightings are still being documented, 20 years later.

Sportsmen understand we need the energy. We know there are risks involved that must be accepted as the nation and the world look for cleaner ways to fuel our lives. But it only makes sense to require tougher rules for playing in this game.

Prince William Sound remains sick, its fishing industry still in tatters. BP has already paid out billion in damages and will be paying billions more, but a decade from now the oil will still be washing up on our beaches, and who knows what other creatures will be dying.

That’s the real risk involved for the rest of us.

Read more about that at Sportsmen For Responsible Energy Development.

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from wittsec wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Considering BP wasn't following its own safty guidelines when the spill occured, forcing the companies to comply with the current regulations and the companies own policies may be a better place to start and will be easier to implement. After this we can see what new regulations are needed. I do think that all the oil companies should make payments to scientific research specifically designed to make spill cleanup more effective and quicker.

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from labrador12 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I just came home from spending Christmas at Oil City Pa. Oil City and the surrounding area was the most oil polluted area in the history of the planet. Today the deer are huge, the musky are real, the bears are plentiful and the trees are plentiful. Why is the Oil City Pa country doing so well Bob? Do you think that SE Louisiana was as polluted as the Pa oil country from 1851- 1951?

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from labrador12 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I just came home from spending Christmas at Oil City Pa. Oil City and the surrounding area was the most oil polluted area in the history of the planet. Today the deer are huge, the musky are real, the bears are plentiful and the trees are plentiful. Why is the Oil City Pa country doing so well Bob? Do you think that SE Louisiana was as polluted as the Pa oil country from 1851- 1951?

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from Hoski wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

labrador12,
Let me guess...there were some Ospreys around too right?

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from haverodwilltravel wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Hmmmm....while Rome (the Gulf) burned the first time the Obamas took off for Martha's Vineyard. His staff and BP had everything under control.....and where is he now? Hawaii. Once again horrific management, follow up and none of his government hacks getting fired.
Why would the Gulf be any different than every management fiasco over the past 5 years?
It's a disgrace and the buck stops at the Whitehouse.

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from Bernie wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

If Gulf of Alaska fisheries are in "tatters", as Mr. Marshall says, it is because of over-fishing by the commercial fishing industry--not the Gulf oil spill. And that problem is not confined to the Gulf--it can be found all over Alaska's salt water fisheries. I have fished in Alaska on and off for the last 30 years and can attest to that fact.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Obama invoked the THE JONES ACT, the oil spill would have been stopped with little if not no impact. But thanks to Obama, "NEVER WASTE A CRISIS"!

THE JONES ACT

The Jones Act when used in the sense of maritime law refers to federal statute 46 USC section 883. This is the act that controls coastwise trade within the United States and determines which ships may lawfully engage in that trade and the rules under which they must operate.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago
from Tim Platt wrote 5 weeks 5 days ago

You know if they would just let the oil companies drill closer to shore it would much safer. It is the over regulation of the industry that causes them to try to drill where is it more dangerous and less safe. They put up all these regulations to make things impossible to do and then complain when something goes wrong.... while they are filling up their SUV's and limos. It looks like they are doing everything they can to clean up to me. I have been to the Gulf the last two years and swam and fished and ate local seafood and everything seemed normal to me........ you won't be happy until Obama is telling me when I can defecate.

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from Hoski wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

labrador12,
Let me guess...there were some Ospreys around too right?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from haverodwilltravel wrote 15 weeks 5 days ago

Hmmmm....while Rome (the Gulf) burned the first time the Obamas took off for Martha's Vineyard. His staff and BP had everything under control.....and where is he now? Hawaii. Once again horrific management, follow up and none of his government hacks getting fired.
Why would the Gulf be any different than every management fiasco over the past 5 years?
It's a disgrace and the buck stops at the Whitehouse.

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from Bernie wrote 15 weeks 4 days ago

If Gulf of Alaska fisheries are in "tatters", as Mr. Marshall says, it is because of over-fishing by the commercial fishing industry--not the Gulf oil spill. And that problem is not confined to the Gulf--it can be found all over Alaska's salt water fisheries. I have fished in Alaska on and off for the last 30 years and can attest to that fact.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago

Obama invoked the THE JONES ACT, the oil spill would have been stopped with little if not no impact. But thanks to Obama, "NEVER WASTE A CRISIS"!

THE JONES ACT

The Jones Act when used in the sense of maritime law refers to federal statute 46 USC section 883. This is the act that controls coastwise trade within the United States and determines which ships may lawfully engage in that trade and the rules under which they must operate.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from wittsec wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

Considering BP wasn't following its own safty guidelines when the spill occured, forcing the companies to comply with the current regulations and the companies own policies may be a better place to start and will be easier to implement. After this we can see what new regulations are needed. I do think that all the oil companies should make payments to scientific research specifically designed to make spill cleanup more effective and quicker.

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from labrador12 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I just came home from spending Christmas at Oil City Pa. Oil City and the surrounding area was the most oil polluted area in the history of the planet. Today the deer are huge, the musky are real, the bears are plentiful and the trees are plentiful. Why is the Oil City Pa country doing so well Bob? Do you think that SE Louisiana was as polluted as the Pa oil country from 1851- 1951?

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from Clay Cooper wrote 15 weeks 3 days ago
from Tim Platt wrote 5 weeks 5 days ago

You know if they would just let the oil companies drill closer to shore it would much safer. It is the over regulation of the industry that causes them to try to drill where is it more dangerous and less safe. They put up all these regulations to make things impossible to do and then complain when something goes wrong.... while they are filling up their SUV's and limos. It looks like they are doing everything they can to clean up to me. I have been to the Gulf the last two years and swam and fished and ate local seafood and everything seemed normal to me........ you won't be happy until Obama is telling me when I can defecate.

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from labrador12 wrote 15 weeks 6 days ago

I just came home from spending Christmas at Oil City Pa. Oil City and the surrounding area was the most oil polluted area in the history of the planet. Today the deer are huge, the musky are real, the bears are plentiful and the trees are plentiful. Why is the Oil City Pa country doing so well Bob? Do you think that SE Louisiana was as polluted as the Pa oil country from 1851- 1951?

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