"People who live here know better than to swim in or eat what comes out of our waters."
With the two year "anniversary" [sic] of the screwup blowup of the dirty energy BP oil drilling rig in the deep waters of the gulf and the resultant oil volcano and the subsequent dumping of gazillions of gallons of chemical -- use nice word here -- "dispersants" onto the oil slicks and into the gulf waters just to make the oil sink to the bottom out of site, so BP could say "what gazillions of gallons of toxic oil sludge?", we observed some minimal compulsory corporate-owned mainstream media puppets blabbering about the two year "anniversary" of the infamous event.
But good-ole-boy corporate-owned mainstream media glossed it all over and avoided the obvious ongoing resultant hazardous effects of the entirety of what actually happens when wreckless dirty energy corporate big oil sleazeball scumbags are allowed to have their way with your environment without oversight, or supposed oversight from their little MMS whores that big oil has been exposed as bribing...
And of course corporate-owned mainstream media puppets avoid that reality because dirty energy corporate big oil sleazeball scumbags pay them to, via globs of money -- some of which is your taxpayer dollars doled out as subsidies -- forked over to them via "ads", and who knows how else, but we bet that offshore bank accounts and corporate-owned mainstream media executives are involved in undercover bribery...
We provide below just one -- of many -- of the aforementioned ongoing resultant hazardous side effects from the BP gulf oil volcano freakup, that being the blatanly obvious adverse mutant effects on gulf aquatic life that is classified as seafood.
Which by the way, ends up in your restaurant meal and your grocery store, loaded up with the residue of chemicals that caused the bizzare mutant effects on gulf aquatic life.
But realize and remember that if the gulf waters are so contaminated that the aquatic life has cancerous holes in their bodies, just what else is adversely affected...
But hay, what the heck Republicants say, the world is overpopulated, a little social Darwinism depopulation eugenics is good for the rich plutocracy, gets rid of those "unfit" poor people and the elderly and those Democratic middle class voters...
Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common [in the gulf, where the oil volcano spewed gazillions of barrels of toxic crude oil into the waters and gazillions of gallon of "dispersents" were dumped to hide the oil slicks], with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.
"BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause"??? Just what the heck else would be the "likely cause"? Point: they are "pulling their punches" in the article, so keep that in mind throughout. And oh, notice that the article is from the Al Jazeera website, point being that even tho they are pulling their punches, you won't find anything anywhere near this extensive from any corporate-owned mainstream media slaves...
"The fishermen have never seen anything like this. And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I've never seen anything like this either."
Gulf of Mexico fishermen, scientists and seafood processors have told Al Jazeera they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish that they believe are deformed by chemicals released during BP's 2010 oil disaster.
Along with collapsing fisheries, signs of malignant impact on the regional ecosystem are ominous: horribly mutated shrimp, fish with oozing sores, underdeveloped blue crabs lacking claws, eyeless crabs and shrimp - and interviewees' fingers point towards BP's oil pollution disaster as being the cause[duhuh].
According to Kuhns, at least 50 per cent of the shrimp caught in that period in Barataria Bay, a popular shrimping area that was heavily impacted by BP's oil and dispersants, were eyeless. Kuhns added: "Disturbingly, not only do the shrimp lack eyes, they even lack eye sockets."
"Some shrimpers are catching these out in the open Gulf [of Mexico]," she added, "They are also catching them in Alabama and Mississippi. We are also finding eyeless crabs, crabs with their shells soft instead of hard, full grown crabs that are one-fifth their normal size, clawless crabs, and crabs with shells that don't have their usual spikes � they look like they've been burned off by chemicals."
"I've seen the brown shrimp catch drop by two-thirds, and so far the white shrimp have been wiped out," Ladner told Al Jazeera. "The shrimp are immune compromised. We are finding shrimp with tumors on their heads, and are seeing this everyday."
"We've fished here all our lives and have never seen anything like this," he added.
Darla Rooks, a lifelong fisherperson from Port Sulfur, Louisiana, told Al Jazeera she is finding crabs "with holes in their shells, shells with all the points burned off so all the spikes on their shells and claws are gone, misshapen shells, and crabs that are dying from within � they are still alive, but you open them up and they smell like they've been dead for a week".
"We also seeing eyeless fish, and fish lacking even eye-sockets, and fish with lesions, fish without covers over their gills, and others with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills."
Rooks, who grew up fishing with her parents, said she had never seen such things in these waters, and her seafood catch last year was "ten per cent what it normally is".
Ask yourself why they are still catching seafood there at all, and realize that what is caught -- however tainted it might be -- is apparently making it into the human food chain.
Remember and beware and tell you friends and family. Sorry gulf seafood industry, but BP should be forced to pay you all to just take life easy, rather than putting toxic gulf seafood in front of Americans or whoever it is being shoveled off onto...
Given that the Gulf of Mexico provides more than 40 per cent of all the seafood caught in the continental US, this phenomenon does not bode well for the region, or the country.
"The dispersants used in BP's draconian experiment contain solvents, such as petroleum distillates and 2-butoxyethanol. Solvents dissolve oil, grease, and rubber. It should be no surprise that solvents are also notoriously toxic to people, something the medical community has long known".
The dispersants are known to be mutagenic, a disturbing fact that could be evidenced in the seafood deformities. Shrimp, for example, have a life-cycle short enough that two to three generations have existed since BP's disaster began, giving the chemicals time to enter the genome.
Health impacts can include headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, chest pains, respiratory system damage, skin sensitisation, hypertension, central nervous system depression, neurotoxic effects, cardiac arrhythmia and cardiovascular damage. They are also teratogenic - able to disturb the growth and development of an embryo or fetus - and carcinogenic.
Cowan believes chemicals named polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), released from BP's submerged oil, are likely to blame for what he is finding, due to the fact that the fish with lesions he is finding are from "a wide spatial distribution that is spatially coordinated with oil from the Deepwater Horizon, both surface oil and subsurface oil. A lot of the oil that impacted Louisiana was also in subsurface plumes, and we think there is a lot of it remaining on the seafloor".
...evidence showed massive swathes of oil covering the seafloor, including photos of oil-covered bottom dwelling sea creatures.
PAHs "are a group of semi-volatile organic compounds that are present in crude oil that has spent time in the ocean and eventually reaches shore, and can be formed when oil is burned".
...I was able to find several references that list the same symptoms in fish after the Exxon Valdez spill...
The University of South Florida released the results of a survey whose findings corresponded with Cowan's, and not just with red snapper, but with more than 20 species of fish with lesions. In many locations, 20 per cent of the fish had lesions, and later sampling expeditions found areas where, alarmingly, 50 per cent of the fish had them.
"What we think is that it's attributable to chronic exposure to PAHs released in the process of weathering of oil on the seafloor," Cowan said. "There's no other thing we can use to explain this phenomenon. We've never seen anything like this before."
Questions raised by Al Jazeera's investigation remain largely unanswered.
Al Jazeera contacted the office of Louisiana [Republican] governor Bobby Jindal, who provided a statement that said the state continues to test its waters for oil and dispersants, and that it is testing for PAHs. "Gulf seafood has consistently tested lower than the safety thresholds established by the FDA for the levels of oil and dispersant contamination that would pose a risk to human health," the statement reads. "Louisiana seafood continues to go through extensive testing to ensure that seafood is safe for human consumption. More than 3,000 composite samples of seafood, sediment and water have been tested in Louisiana since the start of the spill."
You trust tea party hypocrite Bobby boy, don't you? Tested by whom? The seafood industry maybe? Reported by whom? Some Republican officianodo maybe? Was there any chance of mistatements and misinterpretations and just plain misinformation?
Note that there was an astounding amount of misinformation spewed by BP which contradicted the above information of course, saying that the seafood and environment is safe. OK, think about that, about some of the seafood found to be rotting while alive, such that is smelled like it "had been dead for a week". We did not include any of BP's misinformation, it was simply a ludicrous bullshitorama lies...
Felder also has samples of inshore crabs with lesions. "Right here in Grand Isle we see lesions that are eroding down through their shell. We just got these samples last Thursday and are studying them now, because we have no idea what else to link this to as far as a natural event."
"My fear is that these prior incidents of lesions might be traceable to microbes, and my questions are, did we alter microbial populations in the vicinity of the well by introducing this massive amount of petroleum and in so doing cause microbes to attack things other than oil?"
Whitehead is predicting that there could be reproductive impacts on the fish... Impacts on those species are more than likely going to propagate out and effect other species. What this shows is a very direct link from exposure to DWH oil and a clear biological effect. And a clear biological effect that could translate to population level long-term consequences."
"I'm worried about the entire seafood industry of the Gulf being on the way out," he added grimly.
"Adult dolphins' systems are picking up whatever is in the system out there, and we know the oil is out there and working its way up the food chain through the food web - and dolphins are at the top of that food chain [actually, HUMANS are]."
"The chemicals then move into their lipids, fat, and then when they are pregnant, their young rely on this fat, and so it's no wonder dolphins are having developmental issues and still births [remember, humans are at the top of the food chain]."
"It has been more than 33 years since the 1979 Ixtoc-1 oil disaster in Mexico's Bay of Campeche, and the oysters, clams, and mangrove forests have still not recovered in their oiled habitats in seaside estuaries of the Yucatan Peninsula. It has been 23 years since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska, and the herring fishery that failed in the wake of that disaster has still not returned."
Keep that last info-ditty in mind when you hear Republicans -- or any politician -- projectile vomit their "drill baby drill" bellerings...
Cake believes we are still in the short-term impact stage of BP's oil disaster.
"Without funding and serious commitment, these things will not come back to pre-April 2010 levels for decades."
"Think about losing everything that makes you happy, because that is exactly what happens when someone spills oil and sprays dispersants on it. People who live here know better than to swim in or eat what comes out of our waters."
Khuns and her husband told Al Jazeera that fishermen continue to regularly find tar balls in their crab traps, and hundreds of pounds of tar balls continue to be found on beaches across the region on a daily basis.
"We've also seen a decrease in biodiversity in fisheries in certain areas. We believe we are now seeing another outbreak of incidence increasing, and this makes sense, since waters are starting to warm again, so bacterial infections are really starting to take off again. We think this is a problem that will persist for as long as the oil is stored on the seafloor [which is forever]."
"We are up against social and economic challenges that hamper our ability to get our information out, so the politics have been as daunting as the problem [we are studying] itself. But my funding is not coming from a source that requires me to be quiet.
Think about that last statement, and the fact that you had to hear about the reality of what is going on in the gulf and with other oil spills from overseas, and that nothing like this realistic information comes out of corporate-owned mainstream media puppets nor government agencies under the heavy boot of Republicans.
Then remember all this, apply it to the dirty energy industry, and especially their political whores on election day, and more importantly, inform everyone you know or encounter.
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At the bottom of the full article -- link below -- information regarding the scientists quoted in the article and brief summaries their findings/studies and references are provided.
Lastly, the above snippets comprise only a very few items from the very long and very authoritative article, none of which you will find in the American mainstream media bs-orama...so it is worth the read to get a more realistic view of the situation...
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