Just as the government announced that the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico is now open to fin fishing and the taking of shrimp (in sharp contradiction to toxicology reports from our sources,) another oil rig has exploded some 80 miles south of Vermilion Bay, Louisiana, injuring at least one person.  An oil slick 100 feet wide and a mile long has been seen coming from this site, dubbed Vermillion 380, which was described as a “fixed, manned production platform” owned by Mariner Energy.  At 12:52 EST, the Coast Guard reports that they were actively rescuing 13 workers who were thrown into the ocean by the explosion.  Though the rig is fix, rather than floating, in waters 2500 feet deep, it was reported that the rig was not producing oil or gas at the time, as it was undergoing maintenance.

It has not yet been determined if there is a significant ongoing leak or not. At 2:30 Eastern Time, the rig was still burning. Three additional firefighting vessels have been dispatched to the area of the rig to assist the one already there. Coast Guard choppers are there primarily to rescue the workers, but will likely provide further information from their aerial perspective as well.

We would like to hope that the recent oil cleanup activities have taught them to surround that oil and reclaim it by vacuum rather than “dispersing” it with Corexit or some other solvent. Leaking oil would again put wildlife and shorelines at risk, but the “dispersing agents” have proven far more dangerous than allowing the crude oil to remain at the surface, where it can be seen and collected.

We will keep you posted on this latest development, and continue to monitor the Gulf waters. Surely this can not be mistaken; What clearer sign do we need? It’s time to call a halt to ALL offshore drilling. If this had happened on a land-based rig, containment would be easily done, and losses nearly non-existent.


Corexit’s Foul Stench

We have been reporting (and reporting about) the dangers of Corexit since the beginning of its use in the BP Gulf Disaster. Amongst things that we at Protect The Ocean have noticed is that Corexit is detectable in significant concentrations within shoreline waters days ahead of the arrival of the oil itself, and in beach waters that show no sign of oil contamination. Corexit is lethal to fish fry within 96 hours (and the stuff has been in there a lot longer than 96 hours) at just 2.6 ppm, that’s a pretty serious concentration! The fact is that far lower concentrations have proven lethal on fish fry when the duration went to 2 weeks.

A local Channel 5 news station at the Gulf did some independent testing. They took samples of water that children were playing in, and found Corexit solvents in concentrations ranging from 16 ppm to well over 200 ppm. Needless to say, I wouldn’t want anything in (or from) those waters if it could be helped. There’s no doubt that employing Corexit to bury the oil beneath the surface (where they wouldn’t be forced to pay for cleaning it up) was their contingency plan in case of major catastrophic leak. There’s little doubt that they realized the potential ramifications of infusing the stuff at 133+ atmospheres of pressure in cold water. Read more

Independent Lab Results: Gulf Beaches Are TOXIC!

BP and the government are trying to tell us that everything is fine, all is under control, and we should carry on, return to tourism, spending money and act as if nothing had really happened.  Luckily for us, there’s still the 1st Amendment. Despite best efforts on the part of BP and their underlings at the U.S. Coast Guard, the truth isn’t all being covered up.

A local news station wanted to know the truth.  So their investigative reporter went out and took samples of the water and sand from several locations.  The results are downright frightening! Read more