Friday, June 11, 2010

BP Destroying Evidence

BP is trying to cover-up the widespread evidence of the dead birds resulting from the oil spill.  We've known that they have done everything in their power to hide the evidence of the oil coming ashore as well as keep the media from getting those photographs of the dead wildlife and sea creatures that have suffered a cruel death at the hand of BP's greed, but now they are taking it a step further by having clean up crews rake up the carcasses of the dead birds, instead of collecting them for necropsy's in order to determine the cause of death.  In raking up the birds they are separating the heads from the bodies which means it is not going to be autopsied,  according to Dr. Riki Ott, marine toxicologist, who is down in Louisiana.  It is important that all the dead and dying animals be collected as they are needed to evaluate the damages caused by this spill.

The body count of affected wildlife is crucial to prove the harm caused by the spill, and also serves as an invaluable tool to evaluate damages to public property - the dolphins, sea turtles, whales, sea birds, fish, and more, that are owned by the American public. Disappeared body counts means disappeared damages - and disappeared liability for BP. BP should not be collecting carcasses. The job should be given to NOAA, a federal agency, and volunteers, as was done during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
NOAA should also be conducting carcass drift studies. Only one percent of the dead sea birds made landfall in the Gulf of Alaska, for example. That means for every one bird that was found, another 99 were carried out to sea by currents. Further, NOAA should be conducting aerial surveys to look for carcasses in the offshore rips where the currents converge. That's where the carcasses will pile up--a fact we learned during the Exxon Valdez spill. Maybe that's another reason for BP's "no camera" policy and the flight restrictions.

From the Ground: BP Censoring Media, Destroying Evidence

She also reports that while up in a small plane flying from New Orleans to Orange Beach, the pilot reported that noticed "the thin red line marking the federal flight restrictions of 3,000 feet over the oiled Gulf region had just jumped to include the coastal barrier islands off Alabama".

The reason for doing so?  To keep the media from seeing and reporting on the oil that is reaching the beaches.   It is widely known now that the booms are not being used properly and are thusly ineffective from keeping the oil from reaching its target, which is another reason for BP to keep the media access limited.

The more we see and hear from people, the more obvious it is that BP is in charge of this with the Government playing a minimal role and one of solely deferring to whatever BP wants with regards to the clean up effort.   As stated by Dr. Ott, BP should have no say whatsoever in the collection of evidence, and allowing them to control any aspect of this is criminal.


  1. Thank you so very much for this blog and all the information you provide here and at palingates. I live in Pensacola and until Ivan hit, I lived on Pensacola Beach.
    We don't get a lot of real information here. Those in charge (mayor, ex-mayor, Island Authority spokesman, etc) get on MSM and spout their own ideas, which are sometimes ridiculous and others mainly selfserving.
    I do so appreciate what you are doing. If there is anything I can do to help (going out to the beach and observing or trying to ask questions etc.) let me know. I think you can get my email address from Patrick or maybe even here.
    I'm not ashamed to say that I am really scared and don't know who to listen to or trust.
    Thanks again for your input.

  2. Thank you for the kind words, and I am glad that someone is able to take something positive away from it. That makes it worth doing.

    I understand that fear you feel, as I am not ashamed to admit to feeling it as well. I think that my email is in my profile (it wasn't so I added it). Feel free to contact me anytime.

    Just keep in touch and let me know how things are going in your area and with you.

    I try to be completely honest in what I write about. If I don't know or am unsure then I will say so and I will never declare something that is speculation as fact. I will simply state that it is speculation. I also try to include evidence of anything I state as fact.

    There are a lot of people who are scared and it upsets me as I think that this is not as much due to the problems, but the lies, the hiding of information and the distortion that is coming out. People are much better at coping if they know the truth about what is going on. Even if it is serious, people can prepare for that easier than they can for an unknown.

    If there is something specific you would like me to find out about let me know and I'll do the best I can.

  3. Do you know or have you heard anything concerning evacuation of areas of the coast? There seems to be information going around stating that eventual evacuation is a "done deal" but I don't know how credible the people putting it out are.
    It really seems ridiculous to even consider but is coming from several sources. With all the secrecy involved with BP, who knows.
    Is the upcoming situation so dire that people would have to be relocated for their safety? It would be good to know if this is being considered, so that some preparations could be made.
    Again, Thanks so much for what you are doing and I will continue to try to get information on what is going on at Pns Beach. You said in one post that you are near the Gulf. Are you in the panhandle?

  4. I can't find your profile. It's probably just my ineptitude but could you point it out to me. Would like to keep in touch and have your email address. Thanks

  5. My profile is on the right hand side at the bottom of the sidebar right above the feedjit.

    As for evacuations, there is no plans for evacuations in any area. It started as a rumor and just continued to spread. It is not credible in the least, as I've seen it dismissed completely by both engineers and others who know a lot more than I do about these matters.

    That is going to be one of the biggest problems to deal with, the rumors that are spread and pronounced as fact. It makes it all the more difficult due to the secretive nature of BP & the Government, but try and remember BP is trying to keep damage secret simply to mitigate their own costs and the government is just going along with it.

    Please do keep in touch.

    I don't live near the panhandle. I am down closer to the Clearwater/St.Pete area.

  6. I love that area. I had relatives, now deceased, who lived on Anna Maria Island, that I used to visit any time I could. My youngest daughter graduated from New College in Sarasota also. So I have fond memories of the west coast of Florida.
    I found your profile. Felt so dumb. Glad to have the info now.
    Pensacola pass is being shut down now at every high tide. Don't know how that affects the Naval Air Station. NAS is supposedly being used as one of the staging areas for the clean up. The Navy is very sensitive to any information getting out so not much does. Also Bayou Chico ( I live just a block off it) is being used as a clean up area. Local news said that booms are being washed out there. The bayou is extremely polluted already so I hope they aren't just letting the washed out oil go back into it.
    Also heard that dolphins are getting out of the oil on their own and moving to other parts of the gulf. Sure hope that is true.
    Thanks again,

    surfpnsbch (Sara)