Emerald Coastkeeper's Updates

BP Loses Laptop With Claimants' Info

BP says one of its employees lost a laptop containing personal data belonging to thousands of residents who filed claims for compensation after the Gulf oil spill.The oil giant disclosed the potential data security breach Tuesday.

World Water Day and oyster sampling

Last week I collected our second round of oysters from insider Destin, Pensacola and Perdido passes. I have to say as I spent 2 days on the water I felt extremely lucky to live where I do and my dedication to protecting our waterways was strengthened. I was lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins which appeared to be healthy; though I wondered if any of them were among the large number of mothers who lost their young this year for yet undetermined reasons.

Gulf Divers Experiencing Health Problems,

A sad, but more and more common story from Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper:

Plenty of oil still impacting NWFL

Several areas of sunken oil have been identified offshore in NWFL. BP's plan seems to be to allow it to remain until it makes its way in and can be removed from our beaches. This is, of course, a much cheaper way to deal with the situation; just as using dispersant to sink the oil was much cheaper than removing it right away.

BP owns part of Noble well that got first permit

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HOUSTON, March 1 (Reuters) - BP Plc, (BP.L: Quote) (BP.N: Quote) whose Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico caused the worst

offshore oil spill in U.S. history last year, co-owns the well that was granted the first deepwater drilling permit since the disaster.

 

Viewpoint: We are all obligated to know what's in our water

The infamous Environmental Working Group study published in 2009 has resurfaced. You may recall that EWG analyzed nearly 20 million water quality records obtained from 45 states and the District of Columbia over a three-year period. The data were not created by EWG, yet were submitted to states by the water providers themselves. EWG found 316 pollutants in tap water throughout the United States, with over half of these pollutants not regulated by the EPA.

The doubt still lingers

BP has promised the Florida Ag Commission 20 million dollars; 10 million to sample seafood going to market and 10 million to market "seafood safety". Unfortunately the campaign to market seafood safety has already begun, even though their sampling has barely started. The same thing happened with our State last summer. We sent the message to the world that everything was fine; come on down our beaches are clean and open for business. Only that campaign did not work. Our State did not offer proof, or data to back up that claim and folks doubted the validity.

Volunteers needed

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If you are like me you have some serious spring fever. There are several  ways that you can appease that fever and make a difference in your community at the same time.

 

Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead months after BP spill

Less recovery than expected has occurred since spill as life on parts of Gulf floor has been decimated

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.

That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill compensation czar that said nearly all will be well by 2012.

Suit alleges BP cut back on safety before oil spill

The New York State comptroller, the Ohio state pension funds and other large investors have alleged that BP made cost-saving cutbacks in its safety operations prior to last year's major oil spill and that it disregarded safety warnings from its own managers.

The new documents in a securities fraud class action suit allege that the company "terminated" Curtis Jackson, then a senior manager for Gulf of Mexico operations, and Phil Dziubinski, a senior safety official at BP Alaska who warned of worker fatigue from extensive overtime.

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