The New Orleans Captain of the Port, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, established a 100-meter “safety zone” around all oil disaster response operations, including booming operations and booms in Southeast Louisiana. Violations can result in a fine up to $40,000 and willful violations are a Class D felony.
"Mobile Baykeeper focused on protecting nature's bounty." Letter To The Editor. Mobile Press-Register, June 27
As the Deepwater Horizon well continues to gush into the Gulf, we at Mobile Baykeeper are faced with the daunting reality that oil is relentlessly making its way toward our sea grasses, wetlands and shorelines. In order to most effectively handle this situation, we have identified critical concerns and devised a set of goals which we feel are most important for immediate spill response.
Thank you for your continued interest in volunteering with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Response. Although volunteers will not be deployed to conduct direct clean-up activities on oil-impacted shorelines or with oil-impacted wildlife, citizens do have a critical role to play in the response effort.
Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen recently posted this video he shot of dolphins and a whale covered in oil from the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf. "This was the most emotionally disturbing video I have ever done," writes John. "Who will answer for these gentle creatures?"
The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and Teva are joining forces with Gulf Waterkeepers and Waterkeeper Alliance to support the Save Our Gulf campaign. OIA is urging all of their members to donate to Gulf Coast recovery efforts through saveourgulf.org, while Teva has contributed $50,000 in cash and another $50,000 in in-kind support to help raise awareness of the spill and support clean-up o
As you all know I have been screaming about the use of dispersants since day 1. The ONLY reason given by BP and unified command to use dispersants is to keep the oil from rising to the surface and impacting shorelines and shore animals. Well guess what, the oil is still impacting shorelines and shore animals AND now BP has seriously compounded this unfortunate issue by essentially pulling most of the oil into the water column and to the sea floor where we not only cannot see it, but we cannot CLEAN it up either!
Governor Jindal's proposal to build a wall of sand berms to keep oil out of Louisiana's marshes and off its shores has gotten a lot of media coverage, most of it supportive. A growing number of experts have voiced serious concerns or outright opposition to the plan (1). Both they and the public have been hindered by a lack of information about the plan and what exactly has been proposed.
With the posting of documents related to the plan and the state's permit request to the Corps of Engineers answers are beginning to emerge.
NIOSH Oil Spill Worker Health Evaluation Interim Report #1
On May 28, 2010, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request from BP for a health hazard evaluation (HHE). The request asked NIOSH to evaluate potential exposures and health effects among workers involved in Deepwater Horizon Response activities. NIOSH sent an initial team of HHE investigators on June 2, 2010, followed by additional teams. To date, 14 HHE investigators have been on-scene; the investigation is continuing.