“Origins of a miracle to save Gulf sea life”


The birth of a movement

Gulf Water safety Corexit is  still in use trying to hide the oil underwater in the water and wildlife. Oilspill isn’t gone Seafood isn’t safe Rally

Corexit needs to EXIT

“I decided if I wanted a miracle to save our coast, I’d join forces with 1,000,000 Strong Against Offshore Drilling And work to make it happen Lemonade 4 Wildlife is born. Now The Kids And I are Working Miracles!!!

Oilspill isn’t gone Seafood isn’t safe

Join us at Rally Shrimp Festival Weekend in Gulf Shores Alabama on October 8 – 9, 2010.

Come join us for our Health Forum Saturday evening in Orange Beach , Al. after our final Rally in Gulf Shores . Forum is where we’ll have our speakers explaining more in depth the health effects of the oilspill and Corexit 9527A.

Can anyone suggest how or who could help them get permits?

Looks like we’re gonna run into some serious permit issues so …

We’ve decided all of us will wear our own White T-shirt decorated with whatever message you want the world to hear about the safety of our waters , sand and seafood here along the Gulf Coast.We only ask that you keep it clean as we don’t want to offend only inform. We’ll be walking through the Shrimp Festival passing out flyers and posting them on cars. We will get our… message out and be heard. We’re still trying to set up a locatFacebookion to have our speakers and anyone else who’d like to share their story is Welcome (Please share in person or online at ). That information will be on the flyers we pass out . Please remember this is a work in progress and its getting bigger all the time.

Guardians of The Gulf are also working with us so a wanna send a special THANK YOU to them!!
This is an event geared towards raising public awareness that we’re being deceived by not only BP but our Government as well. They want the American Public to Believe the Oil is gone and the Gulf seafood, water, and beaches are safe. This couldn’t be farther from the truth Corexit still being used and we are all at risk.

While public officials and BP claim that dispersant use was halted in May for Corexit 9527A and on July 19 for Corexit 9500A, evidence collected by Gulf residents has shown that dispersants are being used in nearshore and inland waters, close to highly populated areas across the Gulf. Further, oil and the Corexit marker have been found in air and inland water.

Join us to try and change the perception of oil spill and its health effects.
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People helping People create a safer world for us all.  Mother Nature thanks you.

“Mother Nature creating new oil eating microbes in Gulf”


A new breed  of oil eating microbes is thriving around the Deep Water Horizon site in the Gulf of Mexico.  Seems these blessed little critters are reproducing and loving the oil filled seas they are living in.

Mother Nature's allies to clean up Gulf oil

Microbes from the sea bed vent community are enjoying eating oil droplets and happily reproducing faster then others of their kind. Temperatures are quite toasty in their zone hover around 5 degrees Celsius, the pressure is enormous, and there is normally little carbon present. They are even living on reduced oxygen so the waters of the Gulf are not turning into a dead zone.
“Two research ships were sent to collect data to determine the physical, chemical and microbiological properties of the Deepwater oil plume. The oil escaping from the damaged wellhead represented an enormous carbon and toxins being put into the water column ecosystem.
The lead scientist was Dr. Terry Hazen, a microbial ecologist with Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division and principal investigator with the Energy Biosciences Institute, who has studied numerous oil-spill sites in the past, is the leader of the Ecology Department and Center for Environmental Biotechnology at Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division. He conducted this research under an existing grant he holds with the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) to study microbial enhanced hydrocarbon recovery. EBI is a partnership led by the University of California (UC) Berkeley and including Berkeley Lab and the University of Illinois that is funded by a $500 million, 10-year grant from BP.

phylochip=microbe detector

After careful analysis of more than 200 samples collected from 17 deepwater sites between May 25 and June 2, 2010. Sample analysis was boosted by the use of the latest edition of the award-winning Berkeley Lab PhyloChip is a unique credit card-sized DNA-based microarray that can be used to quickly, accurately and comprehensively detect the presence of up to 50,000 different species of bacteria and archaea in a single sample from any environmental source, without the need of culturing. Use of the Phylochip, enabled Hazen and his colleagues to determine that the dominant microbe in the oil plume is a new species, closely related to members of Oceanospirillales family, particularly Oleispirea antarctica and Oceaniserpentilla haliotis.

These oil-degrading microbial populations and their associated microbial communities play a significant role in controlling the ultimate fates and consequences of deep-sea oil plumes in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mother Nature Rules!!

Resources

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Image 2. http://bit.ly/bmYAaP

“Saving Lancaster Sound from effects of sonar testing”


A Canadian judge (Bless her.) Sunday told researchers they can’t bombard the arctic waters of Lancaster Sound with sound waves to try to learn what’s under the seabed.

Nunavut Judge Sue Cooper granted an injunction sought by parties seeking to stop the joint project of the federal natural resources department and the German Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the Toronto Sun reported. The seismic project was to have started as early as this week, the newspaper said.
The researchers intended to map the area under Lancaster Sound by bouncing sound waves off the earth below the sea.
Some of the general known effects of sound waves include:
Damage to rocket engines, hence the flood of water under the space shuttle to absorb the sound vibration at engine start.
It has been proposed as a source of cold fusion in heavy water.

It is used to atomize fuel in burners.

it is used to break up gallstones.

Can cause damage to eardrums and living tissues in vitro and in vivo.

So when scientists want to use sonar/sound waves to map Lancaster Sounds seabed without having a clue of what damage they could cause some knowing folks objected.

While two Nunavut government agencies had given their OK to go ahead with the sonic testing, some Inuit groups and environmentalists went to court, contending it could harm marine wildlife.
Judge Cooper sided with the testing opponents, saying there could be an impact on wildlife and consequently on the food supply of the nearby Inuit communities.
“On the whole of the evidence presented, I am satisfied that Inuit in the five affected communities will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction is not granted,” her decision reads.
The importance of Lancaster Sound, an arm of Baffin Bay should not be underrated. It is a major passage through the Arctic Archipelago, is 248.55 miles (400 km) long and some 62.14 miles (100 km) wide. It lies at the north end of Baffin Island and is connected to Barrow Strait on the west. As a result of the interaction of currents, the sound is rich in nutrients and supports a biologically varied community of birds, mammals and fish. At Bylot Island, which lies at its eastern end, it provides breeding grounds for some 3 million seabirds alone. The area has provided sustenance for Inuit cultures for thousands of years: ringed seals, walrus and polar bears, and Narwhals, Belugas, killer and bowhead whales. Arctic fox is trapped in almost every inlet, and arctic char is taken at the mouths of rivers.

“Thank you for protecting Mother Nature Judge Sue Cooper”

Resources

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“The party’s over-BP scaling back”


Earlier this week British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward walked away from the Gulf oil spill. He then walked straight into another high-level job with the company, getting a reported $18 million for his troubles. Now the parent company BP is turning its back to the Gulf by scaling back operations before they have cleaned up their mess. Clean up means different things to different people.

Walking away when things get tough isn’t unusual these days. Don’t let our officials forget. The Gulf oil spill shined an ugly light on our nation’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels and corporate oil.

Keep America moving to a clean-energy future by requiring companies to produce more renewable energy like wind, solar and geothermal Time is running out for a real debate this election year, opponents are happy to walk away!

Don’t let them! Donate now so we can keep on the pressure this year for real clean energy!

Don’t let 41 votes block clean energy from moving forward this year in the Senate, leaders didn’t have enough support to bring renewable energy and pollution limits to the floor.

Instead, Senators will consider a scaled-down bill to hold polluters like BP accountable for damages; increase oversight of off-shore drilling; require disclosure of dangerous chemicals used in natural gas extraction; help fund home-energy efficiency; and encourage more electric and natural gas-powered vehicles through tax credits.

It’s a good first step. But even this bill is in danger of not passing.

We need to urge Senators to work together on this bill, and keep pushing them to work for renewable, clean energy standards. Your donation will help us generate thousands of phone calls from hometown voters into Senate offices to show consumers want a clean-energy future!

Help pass a real clean-energy plan by giving what you can today.

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“4 oil breaks in 3 months toxic soup increasing- why?”


Well, terorists could not destroy our environment faster than we are doing. For the the fourth time in three months crude oil is gushing into our waterways killing our wildlife and contaminating our water.

In the Gulf of Mexico yesterday the third pipe to rip open thanks to negligence.

Homeland Security director for Jefferson Parish, La., that there is a new spout of oil  has sprung up in the Gulf of Mexico after a boat struck an oil well in the early morning hours on July 27, 2010.
A work boat crashed into the well sending oil spewing 20 feet in the air from the severed 4-inch pipe near Bayou St. Dennis, La., shearing off its valve structure and releasing pressurized natural gas and light oil.
Cleanup workers are currently booming off the area and the scene at sea has been taken over by federal agents. The U.S. Coast Guard, Jefferson Parish police and fire officials, as well as Vessels of Opportunity boats have all been sent to the scene.
Federal officials do not know who owns the well, but a contractor who handles wild wells was on the way. How can that be that wells are not marked with identification to tell who owns them? Even illegals must carry some form of identification!

Now yet another break in a pipe

This one is in one of Lake Michigan’s feeder rivers  on Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has taken control of efforts to contain and clean up the Kalamazoo River spill. It is believed to have poured more than 1 million gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek, which feeds the river. Enbridge Inc., the Canadian company that oversees the pipeline says they will compensate the state and families for their losses, but have put no dollar figure to its claim.

Compounding the problem of clean up like Louisiana, the State of Michigan and the EPA is overseeing the clean-up, have no  trained cleanup workers for this type of disaster.
This crude oil had traveled at least 35 miles downstream from where it leaked in Calhoun County’s Marshall Township, killing fish, coating other wildlife and emitting a strong, unpleasant toxic odor. It had passed through Battle Creek, a city of 52,000 residents about 110 miles west of Detroit, and was headed toward Morrow Lake, a key point near a Superfund site upstream of Kalamazoo, the largest city in the region. Lake Michigan is only  80 miles away, and many summer vacation homes and communities drink, swim and fish from that water source.

Both BP and Enbridge Inc. have been cited for numerous violations in the past, but no one group or previous administrations have help oil companies accountable for safety and health, care and maintenance of their equipment, the environment or our water and food supply.

Gross oversight, greed, lack of accountability and the lack of involvement of the American public has created this mess. Will you act to save our environment and us – today?

Tell the Senate to vote for Clean Energy and Accountability.

Resources

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To help clean up our waterways http://susty.com/living-lands-and-waters-organization/

“Tarball stew coming to beach near you”


What are tarballs anyway?

Tarballs can be small to large chunks of crude oil and debris. They may be  dark in color congealed oil globs that stick to our feet, skin, sand, rocks, plants and soil.

(Example only tarballs depicted in image to the right.)

During the first few hours after a crude oil spill, the oil spreads into a  slick. Winds and waves tear the slick into smaller patches that are scattered over a much wider area. Weathering changes  the appearance of the oil.
First, the lighter components of the oil and methane gas mixed with it evaporates, leaving the heavier crude behind. Then some of this crude mixes with water to form an emulsion that often looks like reddish dark brown chocolate pudding. This emulsion is much thicker and stickier than the original oil. Winds, temperature, weather and waves then continue to stretch and tear the oil patches into smaller pieces, or tarballs. Hard and crusty on the outside while being soft and gooey on the inside, like a toasted marshmallow. tarballs may be as large like the one in the picture above or small coin-sized.

Tarballs are very persistent in the marine environment and if picked up by the deep ocean currents can travel long distances. The damage this goo reeks on the environment and all living tings and people is unknown.   Do not let children, animals  or pregnant women play with tarballs or on oily beaches.

Caution
If you are especially sensitive to chemicals, including the hydrocarbons found in crude oil and petroleum products avoid contact with them. They may have an allergic reaction or develop rashes even from brief contact with oil.

Contact with oil should be avoided.

If contact occurs, wash the area with soap and water, baby oil, or a widely used, safe cleaning compound such as the cleaning paste sold at auto parts stores. Avoid using solvents, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, or similar products on the skin. These products, when applied to skin, present a greater health hazard than the smeared tarball itself.

Report tarball sightings

If you notice unusual numbers of tarballs on the beaches, call the U. S. Coast Guard any time at 800-424-8802.
References

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Image courtesy of   http://yhoo.it/aTebiy

“Nothing says “I love you and thanks for all your help like formaldehyde”


About 120,000 trailers with such high levels of formaldehyde that the government banned them from ever being used for long-term housing  after Katrina are now on there way to the Gulf again. Cheap housing is needed for the growing number of cleanup personnel needed in the Gulf. Several cleanup contractors hired by BP have purchased trailers at bargain-basement rates. Why bring these formaldehyde soaked trailers?  Buddy Fuzzell, an executive with one of those contractors, Cahaba Disaster Recovery, succinctly explained the appeal of the trailers: “The price was right.”

Endangering workers lives to pad the bottom line-hummmmm such a familiar theme.

Hang safety and concern for life and health.

Health Risks Dangers
Formaldehyde poses a number of health problems if inhaled at a high concentration at close range. It can cause nasal cancer and advanced respiratory problems, and has been linked to some forms of leukemia.
Many housing materials contain some quantity of formaldehyde, but the cheap wood that the feds used to construct the trailers contained dramatically higher levels of formaldehyde.

The acute effects of formaldehyde exposure include soreness and rawness to the eyes, the nose, the throat and skin rashes that can cause scarring.  Other complications  can include coughing and some trouble breathing may also be present until the individual is removed from the area where the formaldehyde is in use. However, as exprosure continues the respiratory may be impaired causing pain when breathing.and eventual development of lesions in and possible permanent lung damage.

From prolonged exposure to formaldehyde the incidence of lung and nose cancer appears to be significantly higher among people who regularly come in contact with formaldehyde. This has led many countries to establish guidelines that set what is considered a maximum amount of exposure on a daily basis.
In some cases, formaldehyde exposure can lead to death. Professionals who make use of the substance as part of their work often wear protective clothing, including breathing masks, in order to safeguard against this possibility. Installing air qualitydevices in these toxic trailers might help these workers know when unsafe levels of formaldehyde emissions may be present and  airing the space maybe in order.

The gift of these trailers reminds me of the witch’s apple to Snow White in the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Resources

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Image courtesy of        http://bit.ly/dDahri

“How Cherrios are helping to save the Everglades”


Cleaning up a man made mess.  Working together to redress the insults to Mother Earth.

“The problem is the Everglades are our water supply.” Eric Buermann, Southern Florida Water Management District. “And there’s only 40 percent of the natural Everglades left after man’s drainage and decimation of the natural environment.”

Investing almost $1 billion the state for Florida has instituted a research program to correct the growing problem. Engineers hope to apply what scientists learn to get water running again where there’s too much of it and let it flow into places where there’s much too little of it, like the Everglades National Park

Will this work to save the unique habitat be damaged by the oil approaching the Everglades?

Cherrios are helping to save the the watery wetland’s water flow patterns.  Check out the video.

What do you think?  

Look at the work being done to try to restore part of the Everglades.

Resources

Video courtesy of YOUTUBE

“Amazing nanoparticle sponge that sucks up oil”


Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) engineering professor David Schiraldi and his research group have created a nanoparticle clay sponge that sucks up oil like files are attracted to a magnet.  Aeroclay composites are ultra-lightweight sponge made of clay and a bit of high-grade plastic that draws oil out of contaminated water while leaving the water behind.  There is no chemical reaction between the material and oil. If the oil is uncontaminated, it can be used again.
The Aerogel comes in granular form, in sheets or in blocks of almost any shape and is effective in fresh and saltwater or on a surface. Oil spill experts on both coasts say that the ability to squeeze out and conserve the oil is an advantage over other products currently available.
This is a nanotechnology product.   These researchers have created a line of patented foam-like and environmentally friendly sponge/foam  like polymers. Check out the videos and the full story.
Will this become the magic bullet for spill cleanup in the future?
Resources
Excerpts
and videos courtesy of  ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/aeroclay

Excerpts and videos courtesy of  physorg.com

Excerpts courtesy of ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday

“A salute to sea life as it was in the Gulf of Mexico”



An underwater tour of the Gulf of Mexico by submarine and scuba, highlighting the vast diversity of marine life throughout the Gulf, from the surface to depths of nearly 2,000 feet. The tour begins in the northern Gulf, tracks south along the west Florida shelf, to northwestern Cuba and finally west to Veracruz, Mexico. This video was produced for the opening ceremony of the first “State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit” held in 2006 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

This video was also shown at the May 19, 2010 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, “Deepwater Horizon: Oil Spill Prevention and Response Measures, and Natural Resource Impacts” as part of the testimony of Dr. Sylvia A. Earle.

Chair and Program Coordinator, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and a marine biologist Sylvia Earle has been an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society since 1998. Named “Time” magazine’s first “hero for the planet” in 1998, Earle has pioneered research on marine ecosystems and has led more than 50 expeditions totaling more than 6,000 hours underwater. She was the former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Resource
Video
courtesy of YOUTUBE.com/1planet1ocean

For more on the Gulf of Mexico http://1planet1ocean.org and http://oceandoctor.org

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