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ISIS Report 02/06/10
Gulf of Mexico Oil Catastrophe Worst in History &
What to Do Instead
An estimated 3.4 million gallons are spewing
out daily with no end in sight while toxic oil and dispersants are killing all
Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri
interviews Ohio scientist Mike Castle on what can be done instead
Gulf disaster far worse than official account
It seems unbelievable that
after almost six weeks of concentrated effort from
the most technologically sophisticated staff and scientists of BP (ex British Petroleum, relaunched Beyond Petroleum!) that
the catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico from Deepwater Horizon’s
off-shore oil rig explosion is still spreading out of control. It has
devastated the entire Gulf of Mexico, Florida, and entered the Atlantic Ocean,
traveling along the coast, up to New Jersey and New York. This is no “spill”;
it is already far worse than the 1989 ExxonValdez tanker accident. Some
scientists estimated that 3.4 million gallons are coming out of 3 plumes daily
. To-date this means 156.4 million gallons of crude oil, and counting; no
wonder it is being called an underwater oil volcano.
That’s not all.
There are new reports that another crude oil plume, 22 miles long by 6 miles
wide, has been found going in another direction (West) , “3,300 feet [below
the surface], with the greatest concentration of hydrocarbons at about 1300
feet suggesting the highest level of environmental pollution from the BP
disaster may be located out of sight in the Gulf’s deep waters.” It was
discovered by David Hollander, associate professor of chemical
oceanography, University of South Florida, the lead investigator of a research mission
sent to the Gulf of Mexico [2, 3]. They “fear it is
the result of BP’s unprecedented use of chemical dispersants applied underwater
at the well site.” Professor Hollander said this raises  “more fears that
oil combined with dispersant toxicity may lead to a dangerous situation for
fish larvae and other creatures that filter ocean water for food.”
Despite 11 deaths
from the initial rig explosion and the gravity of the ecological disaster, the
worst of its kind in US history, not one person has been fired or held
accountable. The cozy, on-going revolving door policy between corporations and
government officials means that safety, precaution, and accountability are not
part of the picture [4, 5].
dispersants wreck worse ecological havoc
BP also continues to spray highly
toxic “dispersants” that are wrecking
additional ecological havoc, exacerbating an already
critical situation . One dispersant is the chemical solvent known as Corexit
9500, banned in Europe. It is spreading the crude oil and chemical toxicity
over a far wider area, and traveling on the Gulf and ocean currents. The impact
and extent of the devastation underwater is far worse, but unseen by
satellite tracking. The ecological catastrophe is highly likely to become
transAtlantic. A short ABC-TV news item showing the underwater spread of the
crude oil and dispersants on their regular national program “Good Morning America” 25 May 2010 should be seen by
everyone and shared widely .
posted by the Boston Globe on 24 May are also heart wrenching . There is no
doubt that our entire ocean food chain has been poisoned. It will take time to
document the full extent of the environmental and health impacts perpetrated by
gross negligence and a total disregard of the Precautionary Principle . And, all those who are involved in any kind of miniscule
and, so far, inept and extremely dangerous “clean up” are already becoming ill.
This includes hired paid workers and volunteers from environmental
organizations, who have not been informed by
BP or anyone else of the environmental health hazards they face. And nothing
is getting even remotely fixed while the epic environmental tragedy keeps unfolding. Birds, fishes, turtles, dolphins, whales and
other sea creatures, the entire ecosystem is facing a far worsening crisis with
every passing day. Toxic crude oil has hit land in Louisiana. In one area,
Plaquemines Parish, there are video reports that all life in the ocean is dead
. Dead turtles and dolphins are already washing up onto the Gulf shore; but
the real extent is not being reported by mainstream news. Apparently BP is
forbidding news crews access to the off-shore site; it is making the rules, not
the US Coast Guard. BP has also refused to use less toxic dispersants .
With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, The New York Times has
reported numerous conflicts of interest .
An urgent report “It’s
raining oil in Florida” , on 25 May, noted
raindrops of black crude oil carried on bands of storm clouds from the Gulf of Mexico. Until late on Tuesday 25 May, there was a live feed of the underwater crude
oil spew. This live, streaming video was cut off, after a new
eruption/explosion began. The last report was posted on Youtube .
“Nightmare of incompetence and greed” and what not to do
Dr. R. Michael Castle, one of the top
independent polymer chemists in the US, has been following “this
nightmare of incompetence and greed” as he told me, since the oil rig explosion
last month on April 20. Castle is also the author of
“The Methodic Demise of Natural Earth,” an essay on what is happening to our
planet’s environment with the out-of-control and illegal spraying of highly
toxic aerosol Chemtrails over the past twelve years . He is further the
author of the 2003 Unified Atmospheric Protection Act (now tied up in
Congressional committee) .
With his extensive polymer
chemistry background, Dr. Castle clearly understands the enormous ecological
chemical devastation that is continuing unabated. The
following are my conversations with him on 25 and 29 May 2010.
“What can be done?” he said. “Firstly, don’t
set off any nuke! [This is still under consideration . ] Do not do
that. This is sheer madness. In no way will this fix anything. It
will do irreparable and long-term massive harm.” Radiation damage would
devastate the immediate area and the rest of our planet. [Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors are still monitored 65 years after the US military dropped atomic bombs
“Secondly, for emergency
clean-up crews exposed to the crude oil’s benzene vapors, they must be informed
about the consequences of working there. Many of them are neither trained
properly, nor know what serious health damage can result. [This is another
unfolding scenario like what the 9/11 First
Responders experienced, when they were told by public officials that it was
safe to breathe the toxic air at Ground Zero in New York City.]
Thirdly, according to Dr.
Castle, the dispersant “contains ethylene oxide surfactants [that allows for
increased spreadability]; and, one of them, 2-butoxy ethanol is a water soluble glycol ether. These are
known to coat fish gills [that help absorb oxygen from the water]. Due to this
toxic action, the fish then die, because they cannot get available oxygen. This
is in addition to all sea life suffering from benzene poisoning.”
For anyone involved in the
clean-up, Dr. Castle urges the following:
“Stay out of the water. Protect yourself from the hazardous
vapors and carcinogenic effects of benzene. Benzene cuts off oxygen to the body
(it’s water soluble) and is a known cause of leukemia –blood cancer.
“Use organic coconut oil or organic coconut butter. These
are safe and natural plant ingredients that are bioactive and will coat the
skin and protect it. Rub it on your hands, and face, and neck. It creates a
protective film against benzene. Do not rub or wash it off, as it helps reverse
the toxins’ many effects on the body.
“Also, use a capful of Willard’s XXX Dark and rub it on
arms and hands. This will also naturally protect the body. This is made of
lignite coal in water and is another natural way to shield the body from toxins.
[Dr. Castle has no financial ties with this company/product.]
“I repeat: Do not send any emergency hazard clean-up teams
to the Gulf who are uninformed and do not realize the extreme damage these
poisons can do –short and long term.
“AmeriHaz can be safely used to gather up the crude oil
that is already causing such ecological damage.”
What to use instead of toxic dispersants
Castle developed “AmeriHaz” in 1996, an inert
polymer, to deal in a truly safe manner with cleaning up serious
crude oil leaks and out-of-control dispersals of highly dangerous chemicals.
“I wanted to create a product that could absorb any devastating ‘spill’ (it’s
really the very wrong word for what is happening in the Gulf. A ‘spill’ is
something very minor). This is catastrophic in its scope,” he told me. “This is
an inert polymer product that will encapsulate this crude oil, so it won’t be
picked up systemically in anything else. It literally locks up PAHs
[polyaromatic hydrocarbons] that are precursors of benzene.” He has given a
demonstration for Ohio’s TV news channel on how it works .
Castle also recommends “using
crushed, pebble-size lignite coal all along beaches, marshes, and estuaries.
This will help detoxify the benzene (that is naturally soluble in water) because
it is extremely toxic in crude oil.
These are realistic solutions
that can actually begin to remedy the effects of this catastrophe, if those
people in charge really do care about saving the Gulf, an area still in trauma
from the post-Hurricane Katrina debacle where there was really no help for
those in most need.
Finally, an international
boycott of all BP products should be instituted immediately. The untapped power
of the consumer pocketbook should be used. When their CEO says this is a
“modest” event, the company should not get any more money from already very
strapped consumers. Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri is an environmental writer and the author of the
highly acclaimed book, “The Uterine Crisis.” The Ecologist notes: “this book is
Gulf of Mexico oil
volcano gushes 3.4 million gallons of oil a day. The Real Agenda, accessed 31
Ian Urbina. “Conflict of interest worries raised in spill
rests,” Ian Urbina, New York Times,20 May 2010, www.nytimes.com/2010/05/21/science/earth/21conflict.html;
See also Stephen Lendman. “BP and the Administration – Lies, Deceit, and Cover
up in the Gulf.” 22 May 2010: www.rense.com/general90/bpp.htm
“It’s raining oil in Florida”, Eve.
Dr Lathan Ball Comment left 18th June 2010 16:04:39 Those involved with the oil spill clean-up and those living and working close to the affected shoreline will be exposed to benzene. With airborne monitoring it is not possible to say exactly how much benzene an individual has been exposed to. Biomonitoring, the measurment of a chemical or a breakdown product from that chemical in the body of an individual allows a much more accurate measurment of a persons exposure to that harmful chemical. For example the measurement of a specific urinary metabolite of benzene called S-PMA allows a persons exposure to benzene to be determined. Biomark Limited have recently launched a simple to use and cost-effective benzene biomonitoing test. This test allows large numbers of sample to be taken and quickly measured. Details of this test can be found at www.biomark.co.uk. The test is available on-line to individuals, environmental organisations, companies and governments. This test could be a very powerful tool for determining benzene exposure and assessing the lnog-term inpact of this environmental disaster.
John Polasek Comment left 14th June 2010 08:08:51 Cleanup is not the answer- this could flow for months or years.
There is no information as to the shape of the leak! By now they should know this exactly: and is it a round pipe hole, or is it a jagged wound in the pipe?
If it is a round pipe I suggest a long tapered lead plug. the point hollowed out for dynamite and segmented.This would use the same principle as explosive rivets.
The differential pressure might be only 100 psi.
Dr. Mikhail Kravchuk, Comment left 6th June 2010 21:09:03 Dear Sirs!
The only way to preserve life on the planet Earth and protect its environment is to switch to new technologies which would allow humankind to reimburse Nature for what we have been taking from it during the last 4 hundred years or so.
Recent events in the Gulf of Mexico are not just an incident; it is a world catastrophe which will affect most of the countries on the planet. Thereupon we have set up a Special Public Commission and invited a number of Russian scientists on board. Their research works can, from our point of view, liquidate both the catastrophe itself as well as its consequences in mid-to-long-term timeframe.
Below you will find a description of various technologies and projects, selected by the Commission, which could quickly stop oil leaking from the well, liquidate the oil slick spill in the Gulf and help prevent or minimize the risk of similar events happening in the future.
Dr. Mikhail Kravchuk,
“Telos Technology” Foundation
Russian Federation, Moscow/
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +7 903 725 14 53
Great Britain, London
Dr. Tamara Voronina
Tel: +44 (0) 207 935 8416
Mob: +44 (0) 78 1632 7447
E-mail: [email protected]
Our suggestions are based directly on research carried out during the past decade. The continuing disaster in the Mexican Gulf shows there is nothing more important for governments and energy companies to consider at the moment. In order to understand these methods, it is necessary to change the thinking about the existing world.
RESOLUTION OF THE DISASTER IN THE MEXICAN GULF
The resolution of the disaster in the Mexican Gulf needs to be considered in 3 parts:-
I. Cessation of oil entering the sea from the bore-hole.
II. Dealing with the consequences of the oil spill in the Gulf area.
III. Avoiding future global catastrophes by adopting the proven resource of fuel from water.
At the beginning of the millennium, experiments in the correction of the trajectory of hurricanes in the Mexican Gulf under the supervision of Pentagon, were held. The experiments were carried out under the leadership of N. Levashov. Levashov managed to put an energetic barrier in the way of hurricanes which diverted them back into the open ocean where they dispersed. After the experiments, N. Levashov was ‘politely’ asked to put the energetic barriers in the way the hurricanes will go in the direction of one of the Caribbean islands. More information can be found on the site http://www.levashov.info , to switch to English version site, you need to click the mouse the English flag. In the section "articles" there are articles «Taming The Intractables: How to Make Hurricanes Behave» and «The Drought». These studies described some studies made by N. Levashov. Thus the terms of the agreement were broken and N. Levashov rejected to fulfill the new conditions and had difficulties in leaving for Russia.
N. Levashov created special devices – generators, which give him possibility to rule ‘dark matter’, which is known to exist in 90 percent in the Universe. Now the remainders of energetic barrier still stay in the gulf. Actually, N. Levashov can close the bore-hole, creating additional tension in the crust of the Earth in the place of oil emission.
N. Levashov is waiting invitation and suppose to make business in some days.
Reorganizing his generators, there is a chance to annihilate all oil pollution on the water surface. This may sound fantastically, but it is true. See our report ‘ Strategy of global survival.’ Exactly such projects will save the world.
Unfortunately, thirst for absolute power in the world thus having control over all technologies, doesn’t allow the majority of projects to start. We’ve proved that even now every country has a proper and qualified amount of food and sources of energy. But the world’s ruler directs the process. Natural disasters will soon smash the majority of this civilization, if the rulers of Mankind won’t change up their mind in the nearest future.
In 1998 the group of Russian scientists is working in Middlesex University, Great Britain, on the problem of cleansing water from oil pollution.
The first technology allows to remove oil products from the water without chemicals. It has been done in closed reservoirs.
Secondly, the developed technology allows to stir up the activity of oil oxidizing bacteria 6-12 times more in water and soil. In the case of lack or absence of corresponding oil oxidizing bacteria, technology allows change the phenotype of the presented in the water or on the soil oil oxidizing bacteria and they start discomposing the oil. After finished work, bacteria are transferred back to their phenotype, according to the corresponding command. These are the closed technologies of a double destination. There are reports, which prove that it is possible to use this method with a great benefit for the environment, in the case of oil spilt. All the documents can be attached.
To avoid similar global catastrophes the industrial world should embrace a new energy resource - fuel from water. This already exists and can be produced to any scale.
A new kind of fuel, based on water plasma was developed in Russia. This fuel is the most promising one as it is cheap and environmentally friendly. At the core of it lies the so called “water plasma” effect. It takes around 90.0%-99.5% of plain water and just 0.5%-10.0% of any other combustible materials (vegetable oils, including rape seed oil, spirit, crude oil, residual oil fuel, diesel fuel etc.) to produce boiler fuel alone. Combustion heat of such boiler fuel is comparable to that of propane gas, and so notably exceeds similar qualities of diesel fuel.
Transition to such water-plasma-based fuel would fully replace and save non exhaustible raw materials, such as hydrocarbons, for future generations. It would also enable us to make Earth atmosphere, polluted by combustion engines, thermo and electrical plants, much cleaner. Performance characteristics of such substance exceed almost all known kinds of fuel. The Ecological aspect of the new fuel is particularly important. Exhaust products of such fuel, are negligible – CO and emissions are times smaller than in any traditional kind of fuel. That is why transition to the suggested fuel will sharply decrease carbon dioxide emissions into the Earth atmosphere and will hence significantly contribute to solving global warming problem, which has been a great concern for the humanity nowadays.
The know-how of these sorts of combustible substance, i.e. water-plasma-based fuels is rooted in utilisation of vortex and cavitation processes energy. It is aimed at defined transformation of water inner-molecular interactions with a wide range of hydrocarbons, i.e. already existing hydrocarbon fuel. The production costs of such fuel are another of its immensely important characteristic – when mass produced it shall start at 15-20 USD per tonne. The production equipment of such fuel could also be used for recycling and utilisation of various kinds of liquids, such as liquid radioactive materials, industrial and household waste, agricultural fertilizers, automobile liquids (engine oil) etc. Considering the latter it is clear that manufacturing of this sort of equipment becomes a rather relevant issue for a wide range of world ecological problems.
Water-plasma-based fuel has already passed the trials and is currently being certified both in Russia and abroad. Production principles of water plasma were published in the open press. It has also been expertise by such notable foreign certification centres such as Swiss company SGS, South Korean State Institute of Petroleum Quality and other world certification bodies. Technology engineers have undertaken rounds of talks with business representatives from the United Kingdom, South Korea, Israel, Switzerland, Chile, Republic of South Africa and India. These talks were aimed at furthering launch of the first boiler fuel production facilities. Representatives from energy companies in question were demonstrated new fuel production unit, as well as given fuel samples for subsequent analysis. Documentary films were also made.
Economic community was presented by a unique chance to provide the world market with a finished high-tech product. This product combines previously mutually exclusive fuel properties – extremely low production costs and exceptional ecological parameters.
The move of the industrial world in the direction suggested would completely obviate ecological accidents such as the one we are currently dealing with in the Gulf of Mexico. Licences for the production of such fuel should be offered equally to all member states of the United Nations.
The developers of the new type of fuel are prepared to hand over to the United Nations the basic right to produce such fuel.
Todd Millions Comment left 5th June 2010 22:10:55 To;Claude st-Jarre
Bp was partnered with Imperial oil before standard got em-over a century ago now.
For updated partnerships-se;Greg Palast.
daniel frimpong Comment left 2nd June 2010 23:11:17 may need job from the oil company
ehnriko Comment left 2nd June 2010 23:11:05 Since day 1 - I have felt shivers all around me with this dreadful news... as an experimenter/ hobbyist... I am in the habit of imagineering any possible solution for any problem... this is a problem - I couldn't imagine any solution... until I stumbled upon this video. This is about the Vortex Oil Recovery method that was proposed to BP- but BP seems to have ignored. It is the greenest way to fix the problem and help prevent the damage from growing... but we need to have help mass and public awareness that there is such a solution... and pressure the Higher ups to consider it... and stop killing the planet. this is not their planet - and everybody has a right to do everything in their capacity to help save it.
Please watch these links:
Donald Patriquin Comment left 27th June 2010 07:07:03 Why do we not hear about an almost identical oil spill some 25 years ago in the Gulf. There are so many parallels - including clean-up. There are also innovative techniques that have not been discussed fully nor implemented. The people who 'let' this happen should at the very least stand trial.
Reverend I: Daly Comment left 4th July 2010 16:04:10 The problem here and, indeed, across the globe, can be summed up with one word.
These corporations , and the handfull of plutocrats who control them , are bringing our species closer to extinction with each passing day.
They buy off the whole system of 'politics, pay scientists to bend the truth , pay lawyers to bend , change or bypass the law and are devoted to one goal only - profit.
We have based our entire world on a system of individual gain, greed, "might is right" and unristricted commercial exploitation of humanity and the environment (our life support system in the void of space).
We need to remove the laws which give corporate entities the status of 'persons' with all the protections of a human being. They are artificial paper entities and different laws should apply.
The owners and controlers of these corporations should be held criminaly accountable for the crimes they have committed against humanity and the planet.
If our leaders are so corrupt that they will not take action then it is incumbant upon the people themselves to protect the future of our species by whatever means are necessary.
We have a right to protect ourselves from the rapine greed of these handfull of plutocrats.(Without actually hurting people-ok?).
Dr. Perlingieri Comment left 11th June 2010 20:08:31 11 June 2010
Here are more updates on the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe:
1.Scientists find dead zone in Gulf:
2.Toxic gas concentrations:
mp nougaret Comment left 15th July 2010 13:01:01
Dear dr Perlingieri
as a journalist I interviewed a scientist in institut Français du pétrole who tells me your're right about methane but a) HAP are not precursors ro benzene, it's over simplistic chemistry; b) coconut oil may catch and concentrate benzene on the skin and help it get through as it is both water and fat soluble; I checked a bit on the oil and found it is very anti oxydant, and anti anti virus, and anti microbial but not a barrier… what should I think ?
Todd Millions Comment left 16th June 2010 06:06:25 In all the poor reporting on this-no one seeems to be picking up on-
The quality of the pipe.
Lack of fail safe valves ect and failure of is one thing,but-
The holes on the pipe look like tears-shear failure,rather than punctures.
This isn't somethig I would expect from very ductile drill pipe.It looks more like slaggy,sulfur contaminated high carbon lawn furniture crap plate(think titanic hull).
Thus BP wouldn't dare try to pinch it off,with either ship anchor sized clamp(s),or shape charge explosives.
Any metallurgist's or noth sea experinced engineers commenting on this?
claude saint-jarre Comment left 3rd June 2010 07:07:50 Hello. To me BP is invisible in Canada. Does it have other names or affiliated companies?
Dr. I.S. Perlingieri Comment left 26th June 2010 07:07:36 25 June 2010.
Dear Dr. Ho and ISIS readers: The following is to answer readers comments and update you on the unfolding nightmare from the Gulf of Mexico Oil Catastrophe:
1. There is a real potential for a methane explosion in Gulf:
Methane levels in the Gulf are astronomical. See:
The many cracks in the seabed floor that have been videoed could be a part of a precursor to some enormous explosion. See:
2. How much of this oil volcano has contaminated the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean?
None of this is a “natural” hazard:
3. What is boiling on the Pensacola Beach?
4. Another issue not addressed (even in alternative web reports) is the extreme danger of burning crudeoil/tar on the surface of the gulf. This is already happening. These toxic fumes go up into our air, and are then spread on the wind currents. This only exacerbates an already dire situation. It is obvious that those in charge have no wish to do any sane or reasonable procedure to in any way mitigate what continues to unfold. Harm is the order of the day/month. What happens if any of these fires hits another oil rig? There are more than 3500 oil rigs around the Gulf of Mexico.
5. There is no US agency that is doing anything to mitigate the spread of this nightmare. Unbelievably, security has been privatized (from Wackenhut), while they keep citizens off public beaches. These mercenary troops have barred reporters from investigating. There are no public officials in charge. They defer to BP’s corporate, private military wishes, while the devastation continues to spread. See: www.rense.com/general91/itsget.htm
6. All around the Gulf, serious illnesses are not being reported: major upper respiratory troubles, benzene poisoning, and an outbreak of serious diarrhea (from VOCs). The mixture of benzene/Corexit 9500 dispersants is killing untold birds, mammals, and other sea life. Many creatures are illegally being burned, so an accurate count will never be possible. This animal burning also spreads the toxicity via the air currents. This poisoning can be equated with discounted early reports of Gulf War Syndrome in the 1990s.
Dr. Castle, whom I interviewed for this article, just sent me this on 25 June:
“Even though the EPA has ordered BP to stop using any carcinogenic dispersants...they yet continue...and Coast Guard Allen...knows full well that he will not enforce that order by the EPA to stop it. Corexit contains a heavy amount of Glycol Ethers, Surfactants based on 9-Moles Ethylene Oxides and causative of serious and lethal diarrhea...due to these combinations of Glycol-Ether based toxins. Where are you, epidemelogists, toxicologists, anyone remotely familiar with this scenario?”
7. In short, any real help whether clean-up or medical warnings are miniscule to non-existent. All real help has been turned down, while CEO Tony Hayward goes yachting, and Obama goes golfing. The coverup continues. The criminality is evident for anyone who researches the true, and epic extent of the worst man-made catastrophe in our entire global history.
Percy Comment left 3rd June 2010 18:06:23 Where is my comment that i just put up here?
Mae-wan Ho Comment left 3rd June 2010 21:09:06 Hi Percy,
this comment of yours got through so please post it again as you did the one that got through
Dr. Perlingieri Comment left 9th June 2010 08:08:47 7 June 2010
In response to several questions:
1. BP has its tentacles all over. However, much of their global reach is hidden. A place to start is at: www.bp.com The best thing for consumers to do is boycott all of their known products, starting with their gasoline. From reports posted since my article was written, it is already obvious that this epic catastrophe is deliberately not being contained. From the very beginning, it could have been. If the 1989 ExxonValdez catastrophe is any past indication, it also appears that little will be done to truly hold anyone accountable. The staggering loss of animal life already is tragic. Even with the continuing mainstream “controlled” news reports, not one person who is doing any supposed cleanup has been warned of the extreme personal "health" dangers to which they are exposed. Greed continues to triumph, while the contamination will become global.
1. The toxicity that is spreading is extreme:
2. Business as usual, means that the US has already granted approval for another oil company to drill in the Gulf of Mexico: www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/2/greens-seeing-red-over-newgulf-oil-permit
3. BP CEO sold shares 3 weeks before “accident” in Gulf:
4. “BP bosses unlikely to face jail for oil spill”:
5. Politics trump safety and precaution:
Dr. Perlingieri Comment left 9th June 2010 17:05:37 9 June 2010
Here is another follow-up to my previous comments. Most news crews and photographers have little access on site, due to military and BP staff (who may in fact be making decisions). What is still not reported is the extreme danger from breathing benzene and how dangerous it is when combined with the toxic dispersants. This exposure goes for cleanup crews, anyone on the beach or in the water, and all birds and sea life. There are also credible reports that the entire Gulf may be evacuated. These photos were posted today: