Coral, Marine-Life Devastation Near BP Oil Spill Indicates Much Worse Long-Term Damage Than Feds Had Admitted

Profound changes to the entire ecology of the Gulf

This is part of what makes Obama/Salazar appear tone deaf to what occurred during the Gulf Oil Spill and I think it played a big part in people’s loss of faith in his administration and big losses seen in the Congress by Democrats. Rather than using this as an opportunity to impose real regulation on big oil they downplayed what the real implications of the spill were and, some would say, actively covered up how much oil was leaked and how much damaged was caused.

Meanwhile BP claimed big quarterly profits.

And you wonder why voters are so cynical……

Coral, Marine-Life Devastation Near BP Oil Spill Indicates Much Worse Long-Term Damage Than Feds Had Admitted.
Associated Press

Update 11/10. I read this today. . . Ralph Maughan. Oil from the BP Disaster May Remain Thick on the Seafloor. Scientific American. The sea floor is covered with what is thought to be oil topped off with something they term “slime snot.”  This is probably a layer of bacteria eating the oil.  My thought is, disgusting, but maybe hopeful.






  1. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    The federal and state governments are insisting the sea food is safe now, but there’s no way I’m eating shrimp or anything else I think might have come from the Gulf.

  2. Cody Coyote Avatar
    Cody Coyote

    The wire services are carrying a story today saying that ” going cheap” did not contribute to the BP blowout; that the oil companies never put expense/price ahead of safety/profit.

    Huh ?

    The headline at the Wall Street Journal says” Oil Spill Panel Says Money Didn’t Trump Safety “. Obama’s oil spill commission found no evidence of that . ( were they paid not to look too hard ? ) The other major oil companies working the Gulf are lining up behind this report and supporting BP-TransOcean , et al .

    Boy , is THAT ever a crock. These reporters have never been around any oil patch on land or at sea , have they ?


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