BP Disaster Forgotten, But Not Over

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BP Disaster Forgotten, But Not Over

Years later following the all clear from the biggest us oil spill IN HISTORY, You can still see, feel and experience the lasting effects. I dare anyone to lift a few larger rocks in the marshy area and not find traces of the oil or chemicals they used in the cleanup process. Louisiana was already losing its land base at very fast pace but since the spill, it has accelerated at a very alarming pace ..Birds that once played a vital role on the Islands no longer are nesting there. creating a significant environmental impact. The Dolphins are still slowly dying due to oil poisoning and tar balls are definitely present washing in with the tide due to the stirring of the gulf coastal floor.

Businesses in the area are up and running but still have been feeling a great impact and have not recovered to full capacity. Scientists claim the impact and slow recovery could take generations before getting even close to full recovery.

So I have chosen to bring forward the Deep Water Horizon disaster as a reminder that it may be forgotten but definitely not over.

The effects of the BP oil spill are still a reality. With claims that the clean up has been successful and that there should be no long-term effects, just the opposite is rearing its ugly head. The deadlines for filing claims have come and gone, but blood tests and environmental tests are just now coming back showing toxic levels of chemicals that are only found in crude oil or in the chemical dispersant that was used. How convenient for BP to have these findings show up after the deadlines, making it even harder for those affected to place a lawsuit in the future.

Coastal residents are still showing health issues and effects from the exposure, The government seems to be treating these people as isolated cases so I would advise the watch groups not to hold their breath for an answer until the death toll or health issues affect a few thousand people. Health issues that have me asking who will comfort the parents of the children or those who have loved ones that die because large amounts of Ethylbenzene and Xylenes show up in the blood tests. Tests showing that the main contributor to the respiratory problems and death are the same chemicals found in reports that were covered up. We know it will not be British Petroleum.

It can not be a coincidence that different Enviro groups, watchdog groups, independent chemists, biologists, scientists, and botanists are all coming out with similar results from tests they have been doing following the disaster. They have all reported that the after effects from the oil and the dispersants are just as toxic as they were when they were first used, or when the oil entered the water. The only real difference is we are not seeing it on the surface.

The government reports that have been released are based on minimal studies and findings. Paying no attention to the reports from those who have had the time to really study the waters and effects. To say that the seafood is safe to eat basing it on a person only eating four shrimp or less than 6 oz of fish a week is absolutely preposterous. That does not even constitute a meal to anyone but a child under the age of three and who orders a crab meal then only eats one claw? If this seafood is not affected anymore then please explain why shrimp are dying upon getting caught, fish are still washing up dead onto the shores and starfish carcasses are found by the hundreds dead or dying at an alarming rate; this being based per month, not per year.

The government knowingly allowed for the dispersant to be used that has been proven in report after report to have long-lasting effects on the environment and health of the residents located in the area of use. They have dismissed report after report of claims that there is still a problem and have hidden the true facts. The final blow will come when it is fully exposed that the government only pretended to be for the people and allowed BP to allot chump change for clean up and settlements, barely putting a dent in the pockets of the oil giant, especially when health cases start popping up at an alarming rate and the funds they collected have dried up and no longer can cover the actual true long-term damages.

If the truth does not come out about the true devastation and impact that the BP spill has had in the aftermath, then more and more countries like Canada will continue to put our environment and the people affected by them at risk. A superpower like the U.S. should set examples for others to follow.

Canada has obviously taken to ignoring the warning signs and has chosen to follow the findings of the U.S. Government reports. Canada’s deepest oil exploration well off the coast of Newfoundland. Located 430 km from shore, it is a Chevron well and is twice as deep as the BP’s Deep-Water Horizon and six times further out. Also located in much rougher sea waters that hold a history of swallowing many ships. In the event of a blowout at the Chevron well, it could take 11-13 days for emergency response ships just to reach the spill.

If an oil blowout should happen off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, it would destroy the world’s last remaining Atlantic cod fishery. Other species such as seals, turtles, coral habitats and seabirds will all be affected. Let’s not forget the whales which are only just starting to make a comeback from almost being wiped out. There are only two industries that keep Newfoundland alive and that is the fisheries and the billion dollar tourism industry. An oil spill will wipe out the province completely.

It is such a shame that we actually have the knowledge to prevent disasters like the B.P. spill, but choose to play stupid for the sake of the mighty dollar.

K. Waters
Writer, Blogger, Mother


Ethylbenzene and Xylenes have been known to cause:
Damage to hearing and to the ear, dizziness, kidney damage, headaches, skin irritation, confusion, anemia, leukemia, irregular menstrual periods and ovarian shrinkage, severe respiratory problems as a result of the exposure, and a whole mass of other ailments.

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