America's Gulf Disaster Revisited
BP criminality caused millions to suffer.
by Stephen Lendman
April 20 marked the two year anniversary of BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster. Until Fukushima Daiichi's catastrophic nuclear meltdown, it was the largest ever environmental calamity.
It's devastated the lives of millions of area residents. It contaminated America's Gulf. Nothing in it's safe to eat. The incident's been plagued by coverup, denial, and Obama administration complicity to assure nothing slows hazardous deep water drilling.
In 2010, as disastrous conditions unfolded, Dahr Jamail reported firsthand from the Gulf. He's now discussing the aftermath. On April 18, he headlined , "Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists," saying:
"Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause."
He quoted Louisiana State University's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences Dr. Jim Cowan saying:
"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."
He's not alone. Gulf fishermen, seafood processors, and other scientists report "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."
Jamail also cited concerns about continued Macondo well leakage. Overhead flights show large oil sheen covered areas. Evidence confirms it's from Macondo. What began two years ago didn't end. "Experts believe" seabed seepage is responsible.
Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) data confirm highly toxic BP oil still contaminates the Gulf. Affected residents experience it harmful effects.
Seepage is common wherever offshore drilling occurs. According to University of California's Ira Leifer, "From what I've seen, this new oil and sheen definitely seemed larger than typical natural (Gulf) seepages...."