BP Oil and the Political Agenda

Cassandra Anderson
June 18, 2010



Obama is not using his authority to stop the damage in the Gulf, but is mor

e concerned with passing the Senate version of the Cap-and-Trade bill.

According to F. William Engdahl, author of ‘A Century of War’ about oil and politics, he states in his latest article from June 10th, that, “The Obama Administration and Senior BP officials are frantically working not to stop the world’s worst oil disaster, but to hide the true extent of the actual ecological catastrophe.” Engdahl says, “Coast Guard and Corps of Engineers experts estimate that if the ocean geyser is not stopped within 90 days, there will be irreversible damage to the marine eco-systems of the Gulf of Mexico, north Atlantic Ocean, and beyond”. The the lack of action has been beyond appalling in both the failure to stop the oil spew and the cleanup.(1)

In a communication with Mr. Engdahl, he wrote that the urgent priority is to stop the flow of the deep channel undersea, which he characterized as colossal and apocalyptic, particularly since Obama and BP show no signs of interest in doing this.

The oil flow has been repeatedly underestimated, Obama refused help from foreign oil skimming ships, chemical dispersant was used to submerge the oil and kept out of the public’s sight, the EPA has engaged in delaying approval for cleanup products use, local workers have been turned away from the site and the media has been shut out. It appears that BP and Obama want this devastating situation to continue.

Despite BP’s claims that no one has been barred from access to the media, a local Louisiana news crew arrived on a cleanup site and were met by security guards who would not allow them interviews with the workers. See the confrontation here:

In a video produced by actor Edward James Olmos, he speaks with local Louisiana residents about BP’s clean up “efforts” and the delay tactics that BP has employed. Here is what they said:

How could BP possibly benefit from this disaster? F. William Engdahl asserts that “peak oil” is a myth. Oil prices can be kept high when oil is scarce, so it is not in the financial interest of oil companies to drill and develop more oil which would decrease oil prices. Obama has now placed a moratorium on offshore drilling. While the Gulf travesty will cost BP billions of dollars, it is a pittance compared to their usual large profits. With limits on offshore drilling and future laws preventing energy independence, the price of oil is likely to rise. It is BP’s responsibility to stop the oil geyser and to pay for the cleanup. Those who are hindering the process should be arrested.

According to G. Edward Griffin, it is not the role of the government to repair oil leaks and clean up spills unless the damage is such that it endangers the lives or property of its citizens, which is the case at present. Therefore, the government now has a primary responsibility in coping with this disaster. Federal and State legislatures have the authority to call for the arrest and prosecution of anyone who is hindering the repair and cleanup of the oil spill, including BP executives and those holding government office.

Obama is not using his authority to stop the damage in the Gulf, but is more concerned with passing the Senate version of the Cap-and-Trade bill, called the American Power Act, per his speech on June 16th. He also heavily promoted ‘clean energy’ like solar and wind power that are inefficient and unrealistic at this time (Spain’s economy was decimated when they invested in solar and wind). This is classic Agenda 21, using the environment as the excuse to implement total control. Obama’s control over the military has expanded, especially with the US Coast Guard, he has gained financial control over National Disaster funding for the states and he has the coercive power of the military to force BP to pay for the oil gusher mess, as well as the authority to direct BP’s actions for repair and cleanup. Yet he has been remiss in in using this power toward effective solutions.

Cleanup efforts have been thwarted by environmental regulations as the legacy of our environmental laws are preventing cleanup action in the Gulf. It has been claimed that the toxic dispersant Corexit was used in order to break the oil up to make it easier fot bioremediation, which is a process of treating oil polluted areas with oil eating bacteria microbes. It would have been far less toxic to have used microbes from the beginning. The natural microbes are already EPA approved but are awaiting approval from states’ Departments of Environmental Quality.(2) This process appears promising and the sooner it is used, the better. Watch how these microbes go to work and and how they have been used in other spills with this video from Spillfighers.com (3):

Bioremediation Inc. is one company that uses natural organic microbes and has approval from Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, according to their website.(4) Florida’s Governor, Charlie Crist is considering using patented genetically modified bacterial microbes from Osprey Biotechnics, which is awaiting environmental approval. It is interesting to note that the original GMO patent on life was for an oil eating microbe created by Chakrabarty for General Electric.

BP guaranteed $20 billion in relief money under pressure from Obama for Gulf residents whose livelihoods have been affected and the Obama Administration appointed Kenneth Feinberg, a Council on Foreign Relations member, to administer the money. Feinberg has a record of incompetency as a financial administrator with protracted settlements for 9/11 First Responders and preventing lawsuits from the families of 9/11 victims as well as delaying compensation for the victims of Katrina.

Obama has also used this time of crisis to pass an exceptionally intrusive Executive Order for lifestyle modification and implementation of Codex Alimentarius, a United Nations program to regulate food and health supplements, all in the name of protecting our health.(5)

Further, the federal government is expanding its powers and further hindering action through the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the EPA and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). The federal government is usurping power over state and local jurisdictions; for instance, the Coast Guard which has military power, prevented oil vacuuming barges from operating in Louisiana on Thursday. Watch as Louisiana Governor Jindal reacts to the federal power grab:

Because the federal government has the power of the checkbook for relief aid, it makes the affected states become dependent on the federal disaster money. States are also expanding their power: an example of this is in an article that details how federal aid is to be spent by Louisiana that includes funds for Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, with provisions for “maritime security and crime prevention and protection”.(6)

State and local governments do have authority over some jusrisdictions and can implement cleanup, but they have no authority over the oil leak. There are really 2 enormous messes in America, the most dangerous one is the corrupt Washington DC politicians’ hidden agenda that continues to allow the catastrophe in the Gulf to flourish. Because the people have no power to force BP to perform, we are stuck with Obama’s and Congress’ planned ineptitude and lack of trasparency. The second mess in the Gulf is the continually flowing oil with no clear plan to stop it. Remember this in the November elections.

Please visit www.MorphCity.com for more information and political analysis by Cassandra Anderson.

(1) http://www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net/print/Gulf%20Oil%20Spill.pdf

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(2) http://www.epa.gov/tio/download/citizens/bioremediation.pdf


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The greatest environmental disaster that has ever occurred to the U.S. is looming a few miles Offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.  If you look at the satellite photos of the Gulf today you’ll see an enormous portion of the Gulf is already covered in oil.  Given the amount of oil already spilled and the undetermined amount of oil still flowing up from a mile under the sea, it is impossible for the upper areas of the Gulf of Mexico to survive as we know it.  Also, the financial fallout from millions of  citizens that depend on the tourism and seafood industries could trigger another round of foreclosures, bankruptcies and even another recession.

BUT, there is one simple and natural solution.  “Oil Eating Microbes”.

Microbes occur in nature (in fact humans have over a pound of microbes in their bodies) and each type of microbe is  programmed to do certain tasks.   Some decompose plant matter, others help break down toxins.  In the last 20 years scientists have been able to find and ‘harvest’ these naturally occurring oil-eating microbes from around the world and increase their reproduction cycle so that trillions are now available to help us!

These microbes are commercially available and have been tested successful on large oil spills around the world. These microbes can be supplied immediately in large enough quantities to ‘bioremediate’ the oil that is now washing up on the beaches and in the marshes of the Gulf Coast.   The microbes are simply mixed with water and sprayed on the oil as it reaches the calmer waters near shore or on shore itself.  Once applied to the oil, the microbes eat it—leaving a natural waste product that is harmless to marine life.  Their waste is non-toxic and can actually be beneficial to the plants and sea creatures that feed on it.

The process to completely clean an area of oil is dependent on a few things—but it can usually be accomplished in just a few weeks—not years.  If we can adopt this solution immediately, we have a chance to save the Gulf—if we wait, we’ll just be cleaning up corpses of our precious wildlife and bailing out millions of individuals and businesses again.

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What is Bioremediation?

The Process of Bioremediation uses naturally occurring microbes to degrade toxic substances into less toxic or non-toxic materials. The microorganisms like all animals eat and digest organic (carbon and hydrogen based) materials.

Some microorganisms can eat and digest substances consider toxic to humans (fuels, solvents, etc.). They break down these toxic substances in to less toxic form -mainly carbon dioxide and water. Once the contaminants are degraded; the microorganisms food supply is gone and the microbes die off. The dead microorganisms in the absence of their toxic food pose no contamination risk.

Bioremediation allows natural processes to clean up harmful chemicals in the environment. Microscopic “bugs” or microbes that live in soil and groundwater like to eat certain harmful chemicals, such as those found in gasoline and oil spills. When microbes completely digest these chemicals, they change them into water and harmless gases such as carbon dioxide. First the Microbe eats the oil, next the Microbe digests oil and changes it to water and harmless gases, and finally the Microbe releases water and harmless gases into soil or groundwater.

Bioremediation is very safe because it relies on microbes that naturally occur in soil. These microbes are helpful and pose no threat to people at the site or in the community. Microbes themselves won’t hurt you, but never touch the polluted soil or groundwater, especially before eating. No dangerous chemicals are used in bioremediation. Because bioremediation changes the harmful chemicals into water and harmless gases, the harmful chemicals are completely destroyed.

How does Bioremediation work?
Bioremediation is the application of a biological treatment to cleanup hazardous chemicals. this results in the destruction of organic waste and eliminates environmental risk and liability.

The processes of bioremediation use a variety of microbes, enzymes, oxygen and other nutrients to chemically transform hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide and water. Bioremediation Surface Cleaner increases the surface area of the hydrocarbons while the enzymes break down the contaminants into material that the microbes can consume, finally transforming them into carbon dioxide and water.

The enzymes used activate oxygen and convert it to a form in which the oxygen atom can be incorporated directly into the hydrocarbon compound, thus breaking the long-chain bonds. The enzymes then attract the microbes surrounding the cell surfaces to catalyze the breakdown reactions. As this process is repeated, the hydrocarbon compound is quickly broken down so that the microbes can then readily assimilate these simple hydrocarbons. Once the reaction is complete, the enzyme breaks free to attach to another hydrocarbon source in order to repeat the same reaction.

Bioremediation depends on the natural biological processes of microorganisms, one of which is metabolism.
Microbial Metabolism
Metabolism refers to all the chemical reactions that happen in a cell or organism. All living processes are based on a complex series of chemical reactions. Metabolic processes fall into two types – those that build complex molecular structures from simpler molecules, called anabolism, and those that breaks down complex molecules into simpler molecules, called catabolism. Chemicals present in contaminated sites can be remediated through either, or both, of these processes.
Anabolism – Building Up
In anabolism, chemicals taken up by the microorganism are used to build various cell parts. Carbon and nitrogen are the basic chemicals in the proteins, sugars and nucleic acids that make up microbial cells. Microorganisms take up carbon and nitrogen from the soil, water, and air around them. In order to take up nutrients and make them into cell parts, a microorganism needs energy. This is where catabolism comes in.
Catabolism – Breaking Down
Catabolism allows microorganisms to gain energy from the chemicals available in the environment. Although most microorganisms are exposed to light and to chemical energy sources, most rely on chemicals for their energy. When chemicals break down, energy is released. Microorganisms use this energy to carry out cellular functions, such as those involved in anabolism.
Anabolism and Catabolism’s Role in Bioremediation
Chemicals present at contaminated sites become part of the anabolism and catabolism process. For example, hydrocarbons (part of the carbon family) present at sites with petroleum products can be taken up by microorganisms and used as building blocks for cell components.
Other chemicals that are important to a microorganism include chemical compounds in the phosphorus, potassium, calcium and sodium group. Microorganisms also need trace elements of other chemicals, including chromium, cobalt, copper, and iron, all of which can be available in abundance at contaminated sites.
Did you know?
Most microorganisms do not cause disease.
Microorganisms generate at least half the oxygen we breathe.
Microbes drive the chemistry of life and affect the global climate.

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June 14, 2010

Barry Soetoro, Imposter in Chief, Implements CODEX ALIMENTARIUS by Executive Order in the U.S.!

By Barbara H. Peterson

We knew that CODEX was right around the corner, and here it is, live and in color. Barry Soetoro, AKA Barack Hussein Obama, Imposter in Chief, on June 10, 2010, issued an Executive Order – Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council. In short, the CODEX council. The entire Executive Order is attached, but please read this part and understand just what it is saying:

“Section 6 (g) contains specific plans to ensure that all prevention programs outside the Department of Health and Human Services are based on the science-based guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under subsection (d) of this section.”

In other words, ALL prevention programs, even those outside of the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, must align with CDC guidelines, which are “science-based.” What do we take for prevention? Herbs and vitamins. Herbs that you grow in your backyard and vitamins that are not approved by your doctor do not fall under these “science-based” guidelines, and are not allowed. Therefore, this will effectively open the door to outlawing ALL disease prevention practices that use herbs and vitamins not prescribed by a doctor, and implement CODEX ALIMENTARIUS right here in the good old U.S.A. Thank you, Semra Orhon Hughes, for the heads up!

Here is the entire Executive Order:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

June 10, 2010

Executive Order– Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council



By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 4001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment. There is established within the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (Council).

Sec. 2. Membership.

(a) The Surgeon General shall serve as the Chair of the Council, which shall be composed of:

(1) the Secretary of Agriculture;

(2) the Secretary of Labor;

(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services;

(4) the Secretary of Transportation;

(5) the Secretary of Education;

(6) the Secretary of Homeland Security;

(7) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;

(8) the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission;

(9) the Director of National Drug Control Policy;

(10) the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council;

(11) the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs;

(12) the Chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and

(13) the head of any other executive department or agency that the Chair may, from time to time, determine is appropriate.

(b) The Council shall meet at the call of the Chair.

Sec. 3. Purposes and Duties. The Council shall:

(a) provide coordination and leadership at the Federal level, and among all executive departments and agencies, with respect to prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices, the public health system, and integrative health care in the United States;

(b) develop, after obtaining input from relevant stakeholders, a national prevention, health promotion, public health, and integrative health-care strategy that incorporates the most effective and achievable means of improving the health status of Americans and reducing the incidence of preventable illness and disability in the United States, as further described in section 5 of this order;

(c) provide recommendations to the President and the Congress concerning the most pressing health issues confronting the United States and changes in Federal policy to achieve national wellness, health promotion, and public health goals, including the reduction of tobacco use, sedentary behavior, and poor nutrition;

(d) consider and propose evidence-based models, policies, and innovative approaches for the promotion of transformative models of prevention, integrative health, and public health on individual and community levels across the United States;

(e) establish processes for continual public input, including input from State, regional, and local leadership communities and other relevant stakeholders, including Indian tribes and tribal organizations;

(f) submit the reports required by section 6 of this order; and

(g) carry out such other activities as are determined appropriate by the President.

Sec. 4. Advisory Group.

(a) There is established within the Department of Health and Human Services an Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health (Advisory Group), which shall report to the Chair of the Council.

(b) The Advisory Group shall be composed of not more than 25 members or representatives from outside the Federal Government appointed by the President and shall include a diverse group of licensed health professionals, including integrative health practitioners who are representative of or have expertise in:

(1) worksite health promotion;

(2) community services, including community health centers;

(3) preventive medicine;

(4) health coaching;

(5) public health education;

(6) geriatrics; and

(7) rehabilitation medicine.

(c) The Advisory Group shall develop policy and program recommendations and advise the Council on lifestyle-based chronic disease prevention and management, integrative health care practices, and health promotion.

Sec. 5. National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy. Not later than March 23, 2011, the Chair, in consultation with the Council, shall develop and make public a national prevention, health promotion, and public health strategy (national strategy), and shall review and revise it periodically. The national strategy shall:

(a) set specific goals and objectives for improving the health of the United States through federally supported prevention, health promotion, and public health programs, consistent with ongoing goal setting efforts conducted by specific agencies;

(b) establish specific and measurable actions and timelines to carry out the strategy, and determine accountability for meeting those timelines, within and across Federal departments and agencies; and

(c) make recommendations to improve Federal efforts relating to prevention, health promotion, public health, and integrative health-care practices to ensure that Federal efforts are consistent with available standards and evidence.

Sec. 6. Reports. Not later than July 1, 2010, and annually thereafter until January 1, 2015, the Council shall submit to the President and the relevant committees of the Congress, a report that:

(a) describes the activities and efforts on prevention, health promotion, and public health and activities to develop the national strategy conducted by the Council during the period for which the report is prepared;

(b) describes the national progress in meeting specific prevention, health promotion, and public health goals defined in the national strategy and further describes corrective actions recommended by the Council and actions taken by relevant agencies and organizations to meet these goals;

(c) contains a list of national priorities on health promotion and disease prevention to address lifestyle behavior modification (including smoking cessation, proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, mental health, behavioral health, substance-use disorder, and domestic violence screenings) and the prevention measures for the five leading disease killers in the United States;

(d) contains specific science-based initiatives to achieve the measurable goals of the Healthy People 2020 program of the Department of Health and Human Services regarding nutrition, exercise, and smoking cessation, and targeting the five leading disease killers in the United States;

(e) contains specific plans for consolidating Federal health programs and centers that exist to promote healthy behavior and reduce disease risk (including eliminating programs and offices determined to be ineffective in meeting the priority goals of the Healthy People 2020 program of the Department of Health and Human Services);

(f) contains specific plans to ensure that all Federal health-care programs are fully coordinated with science-based prevention recommendations by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and

(g) contains specific plans to ensure that all prevention programs outside the Department of Health and Human Services are based on the science-based guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under subsection (d) of this section.

Sec. 7. Administration.

(a) The Department of Health and Human Services shall provide funding and administrative support for the Council and the Advisory Group to the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations.

(b) All executive departments and agencies shall provide information and assistance to the Council as the Chair may request for purposes of carrying out the Council’s functions, to the extent permitted by law.

(c) Members of the Advisory Group shall serve without compensation, but shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707), consistent with the availability of funds.

Sec. 8. General Provisions.

(a) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C App.) may apply to the Advisory Group, any functions of the President under that Act, except that of reporting to the Congress, shall be performed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with the guidelines that have been issued by the Administrator of General Services.

(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(1) authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or

(2) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.



June 10, 2010


(C) 2010 Barbara H. Peterson

(6) http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/06/state_reports_details_of_spend.html

State reports details of spending on Gulf oil spill response

Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 12:32 PM     Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 12:33 PM

Robert Travis Scott, The Times-Picayune Robert Travis Scott, The Times-Picayune

BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s office has released information about how state agencies are spending BP and federal disaster money in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune39 boats and ships work the source of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site, collecting, skimming and burning off oil leaking from the damaged rig.

BP gave the state a $25 million grant to address short-term expenses. The items below refer to how the state has spent or intends to spend that money. About $2.5 million of the BP money spent by agencies in the early stages of the response is not included below.

The state also has Pollution Removal Fund Authorizations to spend $16.7 million from the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, a federal program overseen by the National Pollution Funds Center under the Coast Guard. BP and any other responsible parties in the Gulf oil spill are expected to replenish money tapped from the fund.

Both sources could provide additional money in the future.

Some of the state’s greatest oil spill expenses are being incurred by the Louisiana National Guard, whose numerous activities are being backed financially by the federal government with the expectation that BP will reimburse the costs. Only those National Guard expenses paid through the BP grant and the trust fund are listed below.

Here is a breakdown of how state agencies are spending these BP and federal trust fund resources as of June 15.

Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
Trust Fund: $5,769,078 for preventing and minimizing negative impacts of fisheries and wildlife, public safety protection, maritime security and crime prevention and detection. Assist with identification of fisheries and wildlife impact areas.
BP grant: $3.1 million for enforcement and situational awareness including patrol vessels. $1.6 million for fisheries including motors, trailers, trucks, landing craft; ATVs and a bioremediation contract. $1.2 million for Wildlife division including a crew boat, quarter barge, airboats, bay boat and outboard motors.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell
BP grant: $5 million for state legal costs.

Department of Public Safety & Corrections
Trust Fund: $1.5 million for State Police for designated primary responders, command staff related to event, financial liaison with federal and responsible party funds. $349,290 for corrections division for wildlife preservation in the cleaning of contaminated birds and wildlife.
BP grant: $960,595 for State Polica for equipment and supplies including emergency response and patrol vehicles and inflatable flotation device, 20 kilowatt trailer-mounted generator, thermal imaging equipment and atmospheric monitoring equipment. $1,580,000 in IT support including wireless communication that expands capacity and coverage for first responders in coastal areas, point-to-point wireless links, computer hardware and software, credentialing system and wireless monitoring system. $340,000 for the Office of State Fire Marshall which includes emergency response vehicles, office equipment and a variety of safety equipment (chemical gloves, boots, level b suits) and GPS devices.

Department of Health & Hospitals
Trust Fund: $3,179,985 to monitor seafood safety to protect health of consumers and viability of the seafood industry. Guarantee safety of drinking water. Monitor beaches.

Department of Social Services
BP grant: $3.1 million to implement a comprehensive technical support plan for businesses and workers and fund coastal organizations with capacity to provide education, financial analysis and support for claims assistance.

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Trust Fund: $1,250,000 for state emergency Operations Center support, parish coordination support, communications support, state’s Mobile Command Post.
BP grant: $985,000 for mobile command center. $1.5 million for water and MREs. $400,000 for transportation for hurricane assisted evacuation. $15,000 for high resolution imagery.

Louisiana National Guard and Department of Military Affairs
Trust fund: $394,178 to support removal activities of National Guard, staging areas for Guard units, support of local civil authorities and support of emergency response mission.
BP grant: $2 million in supplies and equipment.

Department of Environmental Quality
Trust Fund: $1,802,310 to identify oiled resources, map oiled shorelines, identify sensitive areas and resources and monitor status of cleanup.
BP grant: $529,200 to outfit ground teams and aerial assessment teams with specific air monitoring devices equipped to detect hydrocarbons (oil), select inorganic compounds, and radiation sources.

Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration
Trust fund: $1,807,200 to formulate defense strategies for coastal areas, evaluate response options for oil spill removal in wetlands and on barrier islands and support other agency responses.

Department of Natural Resources
Trust fund: $541,822 to assist in direct planning and coordination of response activities, GIS mapping tools, proper disposal of recovered oil and related waste, discharge oil analysis.

Department of Transportation and Development
Trust fund: $97,058 for support of first responders related to truck permit issuance, structural capacity analysis concerning heavy equipment needs and for operating equipment as needed.

Department of Economic Development
BP grant: $220,000 for increased public services.

Department of Agriculture
Trust fund: $34,967 to monitor drinking water for cattle and potential impact to agriculture in affected areas.



BP Thinks Safety but not in the Gulf

Rob Dew
June 22, 2010


While Jason Douglass and I were in Chicago we saw this sign at a BP depot on the train line. This “Think Safety” policy does not seem to transfer to the Gulf oil cleanup where we are seeing reports of BP abstaining from basic welfare for the cleanup workforce. Here are two excerpts from articles on BP’s safety philosophy in the Gulf oil spill cleanup.

“According to Michaels, “BP has not addressed many of the serious problems in a systematic way” and these issues “appear to be indicative of a general systemic failure on BP’s part, to ensure the safety and health of those responding to this disaster.”

While observing work sites throughout the region, Michaels said that OSHA representatives identified insufficient site control practices; heat stress exposure risks; inadequate plans for inclement weather; roadblocks to obtaining BP’s health and safety information or data; and inadequate BP management of workplace safety issues.

“These are third party contractors paid by BP to do safety monitoring. They are reporting what BP tells them to do,” he said. “The same thing happened with the Exxon Valdez.”

Other residents of the bayou also report problems with the fishermen who are now contracted by BP to do oil cleanup work but are told not to talk publicly about it. Venice, LA, resident Kindra Arnesen says she spoke to a fisherman today whose sinuses were burning from doing oil clean up far out at sea in the thick of the oil.

“He went out and purchased his own respirator and he was told if he wears the respirator his charter (boat) would be terminated. BP is telling them not to wear them. People here are scared to talk about it because they don’t want tolose their jobs.”

It is a travesty that the local governments of Louisiana have not learned from the lessons of Katrina. The federal government will not help, the corporations will not help. You must pick yourself up by your dock-boots and clean this up yourselves. Send BP and the federal government the bill and if they don’t pay sue ‘em then don’t let BP do business in Louisiana. Don’t let your governor Bobby Jindal talk to you like your third graders make him act on your behalf and not use this crisis for some pathetic political gain. BP said they will provide money for legal claims, hold em to it. Force them to stop using chemical dispersants that are at least 4X’s more toxic that the oil it is dispersing. http://www.infowars.com/corexit-is-killing-the-gulf-2/

These planes take off from somewhere on the land, ground the planes. There are plenty of natural remedies that have been used for years. You may not be able to cleanup the gulf but you can cleanup your shorelines and estuaries.

Finally please watch this video prepared by Alex Jones and take action. Lets hold these people accountable.