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Dear Bros and Sis,

Although its been almost a month since the blast of the BP Horizon Platform, it seems that BP is still unable to plug the outflow of the crude oil. It is now reported that the estimated crude oil spilling into Mexican may be almost doubled of what was initially communicated! :shock:

BP who have been have been slow in its communications about the extend of the spill only releases the video of the spill after pressure from the media and White House.

Looking at BP's website, it seems that they are still trying to hide the environmental, economical & political catastrophe that they have created. In a recent interview Tony Hyward complained about the effect of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on his personal life, saying,"I would like my life back". <_<

Most of us know that the gulf of mexico host a myriad of unique marine life not found in other parts of the world.

Kindly comments and post any findings you have with regards to the above here so that all may benefits.

Thanks in Advance. :ThanxSmiley:

Edited by Gouldian

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By Steve Holland and Chris Baltimore

Gulfport/Houston - Energy giant BP unveiled a plan on Monday to vastly boost the amount of oil it is syphoning off from its blown-out Gulf of Mexico well, while President Barack Obama kept up pressure on the company to swiftly compensate victims of the spill.

The president, in Gulfport Mississippi on his fourth visit to the Gulf Coast since the crisis began, said he would press BP executives at a White House meeting on Wednesday to ensure that individuals and companies were dealt with "in a fair manner and a prompt manner".

With the spill certain to continue for weeks, BP's US-listed shares tumbled more than nine percent as investors feared the British company may give way to US political pressure to suspend its quarterly dividend.

Under intense administration pressure, BP is planning new measures to draw off more oil and to replace the containment cap which has not stopped thousands of barrels of oil from escaping daily from the well into the Gulf. It is digging relief wells to permanently block the flow in August.

BP plans to send more vessels to the spill site to increase its capacity to capture oil from the well from around 15 000 barrels a day now to 40 000-53 000 barrels by the end of this month and 60 000-80 000 by mid-July.

In a pivotal week in the 56-day-old crisis, Obama began a two-day visit to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. He will address the nation on Tuesday before meeting BP executives on Wednesday for what a White House spokesperson said would be a "very frank" encounter.

Lawmakers are due to grill BP executives at hearings on Tuesday and Thursday. Setting the stage for the showdown, top Democratic lawmakers Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak wrote to BP CEO Tony Hayward, accusing BP of taking risky short-cuts that had increased the danger of a "catastrophic well failure".

"It appears that BP repeatedly chose risky procedures in order to reduce costs and save time and made minimal efforts to contain the added risk," the letter said.

BP hired investment banks Blackstone Group LP, Goldman Sachs Group LP and Credit Suisse Group AG as advisers, a source familiar with the matter said.

Obama has seen the massive spill overshadow his political agenda, eclipsing job creation and Wall Street reform. Both are key issues in November congressional elections in which Obama's fellow Democrats are expected to face a tough fight to hold on to their majorities.

Facing intense criticism that he has not shown enough leadership in the spill, Obama will seek to use his meeting with BP executives and his first nationally televised Oval office speech to show that he is on top of the crisis.

But Anthony Bourgeois, 62, a seventh-generation commercial fisherman, said the situation was past the point where Obama's words could quickly bring a quick solution.

"There ain't much he can say. We're all commercial fishermen and we can't go out and make a living," he said in blazing heat in Venice, Louisiana. - Reuters

Source: http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=143&art_id=nw20100614222455488C933515

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US PRESIDENT Barack Obama will tonight address the American people and will underline the scale of the catastrophe now unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico.

He is expected to promise to hold BP to account for the environmental damage wreaked by its eight-week-old oil leak.

His prime-time broadcast comes at the start of a crucial week in the response to the crisis. Senior politicians from the Obama administration and the Democratic hierarchy in Congress are lining up to ramp up the pressure on BP amid accusations the disaster is spinning out of control.

Mr Obama is expected to use his Oval Office speech to outline plans to force the oil giant to set up an independently monitored multibillion-dollar fund to compensate victims of the spill. He will also lay out a detailed timeline of how the worst of the calamity could be contained.

The president began his new offensive yesterday with a two-day visit to the stricken Gulf region. As he landed in Gulfport, Mississippi, he deployed the sharpest language available to him: he likened the environmental impact of the Deep Horizon explosion to the impact on the national psyche of 9/11.

In an interview with the website Politico, he said: “In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come.”

He added that the disaster would act as an impetus “to move forward in a bold way in a direction that finally gives us the kind of future-oriented, visionary energy policy that we so vitally need and that has been absent for so long”.

Mr Obama’s comparison of the impact of the oil spill on the environmental debate to the foreign policy impact of 9/11 drew some angry responses from families of the victims of the attacks.

Jim Riches, former deputy chief of New York’s fire department, whose son died in the World Trade Center, said: “These were terrorist attacks, not something caused by people trying to make money.”

Mr Obama’s trip to the region was his fourth since the oil well exploded on April 20th and saw him travel beyond the boundaries of the worst-hit state, Louisiana, for the first time.

He was scheduled to take in three states – Mississippi, Alabama and Florida – including his first ride on a boat into the waters of the Gulf, in which he was visiting barrier islands in Alabama that are now coated in oil.

Hours before the broadcast, the energy and environment sub-committee of the House of Representatives will call senior BP officials in to answer questions on the company’s handling of the crisis.

The president will then hold his first meeting with a team of top BP staff led by the oil giant’s chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg.

Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/0615/1224272519484.html

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Coral Reefs in Gulf of Mexico Threatened by BP Oil Spill

Deep, cool water coral reefs were discovered not too long ago in the Gulf of Mexico. While coral reefs are generally known to be in warm water locations, like off the coast of Australia, cool water reefs thrive in near freezing temperatures! They are every bit as precious as their more famous colorful cousins. When the Gulf of Mexico coral reef was discovered last September, scientists and researchers were elated.

For more info: http://www.peachygreen.com/going-green/coral-reefs-in-gulf-of-mexico-threatened-by-bp-oil-spill

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Delicate coral reefs already have been tainted by plumes of crude oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, including a sensitive area that federal officials had tried to protect from drilling and other dangers.

And marine scientists are worried even more of the deep-sea reefs could be damaged as the thick goo creeps into two powerful Gulf currents. The oil has seeped into areas that are essential to underwater life, and the reefs tend to be an indicator for sea health: when creatures in the reefs thrive, so do other marine life.

Read here for more info: http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/05/coral_reefs_tainted_by_gulf_of.html

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Hermatypic corals were originally considered to be rare in the Mexican Pacific, but recent research has described abundant coral populations in these reefs, despite their small size (mostly a few hectares or less) and their discontinuous occurrence. True reefs with an elevated structure occur at Cabo Pulmo, Ensenada Grande on Isla Espíritu Santo, Punto Chileno, Islas Marías and at scattered locations along the southern coast of Oaxaca. Coral communities, sometimes with abundant coral growth but little net accretion, are present in the central Gulf of California from Isla Angel de la Guardia to Bahía Concepción. They consist of just two species – Porites panamensis and P. sverdrupi – which are tolerant of the low temperatures of the upper gulf. The latter is an endemic species believed to be a relict from the Pliocene undergoing a natural process of extinction. Other communities occur all along the Pacific coast, occupying rocky areas at 0-15 meters in depth. The communities at Isla Jaltemba, Huatulco Bays, east of Puerto Angel, Puerto Angelito and Carrizalillo are particularly well developed but are composed of only a few species, mainly Pocillopora spp., Porites spp., Pavona spp., Psammocora spp. and Fungia spp. The latest El Niño and post-El Niño events in 1997 and 1998 caused considerable bleaching and mortality around Bahía Banderas and Huatulco, but had considerably less impact at some other localities.

Read here for more info: http://www.reefbase.org/global_database/default.aspx?section=r1&region=0&country=MEX

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Whistle blower to testify on oil spill worst fear:BP deliberately sinks oil with Corexit as cover up

Testimony before a Senate investigative panel this week is expected to reveal what many have suspected about BP all along; they don’t care about the environment, the animals that are dying, and the lives that are being destroyed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In a shocking interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on June 29th, Allegiance Capitol Corporation V.P. Fred McCallister said that BP is deliberately sinking oil with the toxic chemical disbursant Corexit, to hide the size of the oil spill. By sinking the oil before it can be collected, BP won’t have to pay fines on it.

From: Examiner.com

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Whistle blower to testify on oil spill worst fear:BP deliberately sinks oil with Corexit as cover up

Testimony before a Senate investigative panel this week is expected to reveal what many have suspected about BP all along; they don’t care about the environment, the animals that are dying, and the lives that are being destroyed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In a shocking interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on June 29th, Allegiance Capitol Corporation V.P. Fred McCallister said that BP is deliberately sinking oil with the toxic chemical disbursant Corexit, to hide the size of the oil spill. By sinking the oil before it can be collected, BP won’t have to pay fines on it.

From: Examiner.com

Seriously, THIS IS REALLY W.T.F! :thumbdown:

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Biologists find 'dead zones' around BP oil spill in Gulf

Scientists are confronting growing evidence that BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is creating oxygen-depleted "dead zones" where fish and other marine life cannot survive.

In two separate research voyages, independent scientists have detected what were described as "astonishingly high" levels of methane, or natural gas, bubbling from the well site, setting off a chain of reactions that suck the oxygen out of the water. In some cases, methane concentrations are 100,000 times normal levels.

From: Guardian.co.uk

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Photographers say BP and government officials are preventing them from documenting the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

As BP makes its latest attempt to plug its gushing oil well, news photographers are complaining that their efforts to document the slow-motion disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are being thwarted by local and federal officials—working with BP—who are blocking access to the sites where the effects of the spill are most visible. More than a month into the disaster, a host of anecdotal evidence is emerging from reporters, photographers, and TV crews in which BP and Coast Guard officials explicitly target members of the media, restricting and denying them access to oil-covered beaches, staging areas for clean-up efforts, and even flyovers.

From: Newsweek (this is old news btw, in case it wasn't covered here :P)

Latest private footage of dying dolphins and whales, and a good view of the damage shot from above:

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Photographers say BP and government officials are preventing them from documenting the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

As BP makes its latest attempt to plug its gushing oil well, news photographers are complaining that their efforts to document the slow-motion disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are being thwarted by local and federal officials—working with BP—who are blocking access to the sites where the effects of the spill are most visible. More than a month into the disaster, a host of anecdotal evidence is emerging from reporters, photographers, and TV crews in which BP and Coast Guard officials explicitly target members of the media, restricting and denying them access to oil-covered beaches, staging areas for clean-up efforts, and even flyovers.

From: Newsweek (this is old news btw, in case it wasn't covered here :P)

Latest private footage of dying dolphins and whales, and a good view of the damage shot from above:

Thanks for sharing Bino! :ThanxSmiley:

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Here’s a video of Sea Shepherd CEO, Steve Roest flying and investigating the situation in the Gulf. This video really give scope to the problem in the gulf. Miles upon miles of oil, resulting from between 50,000 and 150,000 barrels of oil spilled per day.

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations

In Europe, Sea Shepherd is in the process of preparing large vessels that will provide a floating support facility for qualified experts working on the rescue and protection of wildlife.

Watch the video below;

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Pardon me, can someone please enlighten me on why is it so hard for a government as the US to get such an issue resolved? Are there some politics behind the scene that is preventing this problem be solved?

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No politics here please lol :P .. I guess this oil spill has become so serious in such a big scale that the govertnment cannot control anymore.

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BP Staff "Deeply Affected" By Coffee Spill Parody Video :chair:

BP's Managing Director, Bob Dudley, reacts to the seeing for the first time the viral hit video "BP Spills Coffee" in a PBS interview. He says that the video has "deeply affected" the staff at BP and it "makes their shoulders go down."

From: The Consumerist

The video in question lol.

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BP Staff "Deeply Affected" By Coffee Spill Parody Video :chair:

BP's Managing Director, Bob Dudley, reacts to the seeing for the first time the viral hit video "BP Spills Coffee" in a PBS interview. He says that the video has "deeply affected" the staff at BP and it "makes their shoulders go down."

From: The Consumerist

The video in question lol.

OOMG! I love this vid! lol!

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