*THIS* HAS GOT TO END
Posted September 11, 2012on:
THIS being…well this:
It is totally unacceptable at least to me and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade that this number of “accidents” occurred during Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac. These industries; oil and gas, chemical and the like are “long-term residents” of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. They are not unfamiliar with hurricanes and tropical storms and they know how to prepare for their effects. There were at least 93 “incidents” during the storm according to the Bucket Brigade. Of those incidents Jill Mastrototero had this to say:
The 93 industry accidents that have been reported to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center demonstrates that we have lax enforcement by regulators and self-regulation by industries just doesn’t work,” she said. “Industries need to make real investments in equipment, in planning, in training their workers to prevent and respond to future actions.” Jill also stated:
“Its completely shameful and irresponsible and inexcusable that seven years after Katrina and Rita, the lessons of those storms, the lessons we were taught by the BP oil disaster, that we have industry’s continued business-as-usual approach to showcase the fact that their inaction and their ill preparedness has proven to be dangerous and deadly and unacceptable to the health of our communities, our families and our workers…”
Jill mentioned the lessons (supposedly learned) from the BP Macondo oil spill and guess what reared its ugly head once again? Oil from the BP spill in the form of tar balls.
Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill. Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer’s Island and Grand Isle matched the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP’s Macondo well.
Ed Overton, the LSU chemist who did the state tests, said the oil found on Elmer’s Island had not degraded much while oil at Grand Isle had.
“Both were good solid matches on Macondo oil,” Overton said.
Experts expected that hurricane waves would stir up oil buried along the Gulf Coast and that Isaac, which made landfall on Aug. 28 and soaked the region in the days afterward, apparently did just that. Reports of tar balls washing up on beaches after the storm were reported in Alabama and Louisiana, two states that got hit hard by BP’s massive offshore oil spill.
Mr. Overton, the chemist from LSU says that more oil is likely buried along the Gulf Coast beaches perhaps buried as deep as three feet. I’m glad that oil apparently has a DNA of its own which can be identified. We can just add this to the bills that BP is going to have to pay. Of course BP, being a good corporate citizen chose to look at the brighter side of things:
“If there’s something good about this storm, it made it visible where we can clean it up,” BP spokesman Ray Melick said.
And to think, they pay the man to utter words like that.
Going back to the current pollution incidents, the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality – DEQ (a misnomer if ever there was one) said:
“The impact to human health and the environment has been minimal, especially considering the size and duration of the storm,” the statement said.
Sure, that’s right. Except that one refinery in Chalmette (Fredster’s home town) had releases of:
277 tons of sulfur dioxide, 1,200 pounds of hydrogen sulfide and 100 pounds of benzene at Chalmette Refining in St. Bernard.
That’s correct: Benzene. It is used in oil refining and it is a known carcinogen. But the DEQ says it was just a little tiny bit and its impact on us humans “has been minimal”. Uh-huh. Chalmette Refining will have to file an incident report with the E.P.A. and or the National Response Center and that report will probably state that the release was unavoidable due to power outages or something similar even though these industries had weeks to follow Mr. Isaac on his trek across the Atlantic and into the Gulf; plenty of time to have prepared for it.
I think one of the saddest things I saw was this:
As the gentleman said in the video, this is our state bird. Perhaps we should change it to an image of an oiled pelican.
This is an open thread.
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