Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disastor Summary

From the good folks at NRDC. My head will explode in frusteration if they play a pro BP add on the telivision one more time.

Today’s Summary
The well may be capped but the future of the Gulf and its people is still up in the air. Just look at all the Gulf coast residents who are still dealing with the physical devastation of the five-month spill as well as the mental health ones. Look back at the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 to see why. Evidence from that 1989 oil spill showed significant increases in suicide rates, domestic violence and bankruptcy. This history suggests that if we ignore the psychological issues faced by those individuals touched both indirectly and directly by this spill, we will be dealing with a long-term psychological crisis. Researchers are clear that it’s important to establish effective interventions aimed at helping individuals deal with the symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other related disorders quickly. Mental health support systems are just getting going along the Gulf coast. The checks from BP are clearly not enough to repair the damage to lifetime endeavors, and it’s still not clear when the fishing industry will be restarted with a bang. BP Gulf oil spill touched just about everyone, and we urge local, state and federal governments to put in place failsafe measures to prevent even more devastating effects of this disaster from occurring.

Quotable Quote
“This crisis is not over for Louisiana until every family and community is made whole again” – Gov. Bobby Jindal

National News

Times-Picayune: Oil getting watered down in Gulf
Federal scientists are continuing to see diminishing amounts of oil in deep water in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the BP oil spill, but scientists are still searching deep in the ocean for signs it is deposited at the bottom.

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Check this one out, too,0,2317857.story BP’s $100m fund has few takers
So where are the applicants? Far fewer people than expected have applied for money from a $100 million fund BP set up to help deep-water rig workers after a federal moratorium on drilling prompted by the massive oil spill. With nine days left to apply, a spokesman for the the program said that only 356 people have come forward. It turns out that many rig workers are being kept on the job by their employers, despite the moratorium.

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Reuters: No sign of that miles-long plume
Remember that underwater plume, nearly as long as Manhattan? Well, now the government is unable to confirm reports that the plume of oil is still lurking beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil spill

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1 BP searches for new PR chief The name BP has become synonymous with the worst oil spill in US history. Its legacy will go on for years. And that’s why it’s looking for a new head of global communications in an effort to restore its tarnished reputation after the massive oil spill from its Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

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AP: Experts probe oil spill’s health impact
A group of doctors, scientists and public health experts are meeting in Tampa starting Wednesday to discuss how best to study the health effects of the BP oil spill on cleanup workers and the public. The federal Department of Health and Human Services asked the Institute of Medicine to gather a committee of experts to review the long-term physical and psychological effects of the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana that affected people in five states. BP is contributing $10 million to the study.

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NOAA reopens red snapper season
The recreational red snapper fishing season is getting back to normal in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA announced on Tuesday it will reopen the snapper season to allow to catch the quota they did not reach because a portion of the Gulf was closed by the Gulf oil spill.

Read more Gulf Coast groups press for money to protect coast
Congress should use fines levied on BP for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to set up a federal trust fund to restore and protect the region’s fragile wetlands, according to a report released by America’s Wetland Foundation, a coalition of groups working to protect the coastline. “This and Katrina/Rita elevated the issue of wetland loss,” said Valsin Marmillion, managing director of the foundation. “They put an exclamation mark on the area that’s really on life support.”

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Oklahoman: Keep on drillin’
Weeks after the Gulf oil spill ended with capping of the leaking well, Americans appear to have taken the disaster in stride. A recent poll shows despite the environmental damage and loss of nearly 5 million barrels of oil, most U.S. voters still support offshore and deepwater drilling, the Oklahoman writes.

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Buffalo News: The kill is not the end
What we really need to learn, though, is how to prevent this kind of environmental and economic calamity from happening again while we learn to wean ourselves from our dependence on oil and toward new sources of energy. We don’t really know how much abuse the Earth can take before we inflict significant, irreversible damage, but it seems prudent to assume that less is better, the Buffalo News reports.

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Times-Picayune: BP stops the oil but the spill is not forgotten
After so many failed attempts at merely stopping the flow of oil, the permanent closure of the well felt like a longed-for dream that would never come true. Not that the feeling Sunday was so lighthearted. Rather, it felt like a phase of our nightmare had ended, the Times-Picayune writes.

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ABCNews: Coast Guard practice oil spill response
The Coast Guard will never be caught unprepared again and will make sure they are not only ready but ready quickly in case of a spill. That’s why some 30 coast guard members took part in an oil spill simulation on the Stono River in South Carolina.

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Thad Allen video: How clean is clean?



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