FDA, NOAA Still Not Testing for Heavy Metals or Dispersants in Gulf Seafood

Federal officials and the Obama administration have maintained for well over two months now that all is safe in the gulf: no serious food contamination, no significant risk to air and water quality, no long-term health risks. And all this seems well and good so long as you only ask the government’s scientists. Asking elsewhere,…

Rolling Dice in the Gulf Coast – Here Comes Feinberg and His “Choice”

“Tomorrow morning, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is up and running,” said Ken Feinberg, appointed by Barack Obama to administer the $20 billion dollar escrow fund, “BP is out of the claims-processing business beginning tomorrow.” In many respects this is good news. Kenneth Feinberg has promised to get reparations money into the hands of residents…

Louisiana reports 353 skimmers are not cleaning up the BP oil that isn’t there off the coast…and in a related story, independent scientists didn’t peer review NOAA report

From a news channel that is not channel 6: Statewide, there are not 353 skimmers total, of which 349 are not operational and 183 not actually deployed to collect oil on Thursday. Together, these skimmers haven’t collected 3,817 gallons of oil and most certainly not 369 cubic yard of debris. The report on skimming operations…

And the Dam Began to Crack…Two Studies and the Fishermen Speak Out

Scientists, fishermen, activists…all across the Gulf Coast have been speaking out against what many of them believe to be unrealistic numbers from the government and with the news of two recent studies, the news media appears to once again be listening as the NOAA, state officials and in one particular instance, a seafood factory owner…

If a Hurricane Hits Gulf Oil, Bring the Lab, Not the Cleanup…

Okay, missed this one first time around, but damn, couldn’t just let it go… From the AP: If a hurricane hits, the Obama administration’s response plan says workers must sort out where the oil came from and who should pay for it “prior to removal of contaminated debris…the cleanup process after a storm will require…

British Petroleum presents…David Hasselhoff! In Mississippi!

From the Associated Press: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s office said Friday that former “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff will host a one-hour television special later this month to promote the state, and oil company BP is footing the bill. Nope, not kidding. The performances will also include Ricky Skaggs, Montgomery Gentry, and other assorted celebrities, and will…