BP pollution continuing

This video from the USA says about itself:

NJNPublicTelevision — 3 June 2010 — Biologists say they are beginning to see positive signs in the effort to bring back a species of migratory shore bird along the Delaware Bay, but the fear is the Gulf oil spill may change things.

Among the principal factors leading up to the April 20 oil rig explosion that is causing untold environmental devastation are the incestuous ties between the oil industry and all sections of the US government: here.

The visible effects of the Gulf oil eruption—including oil covered beaches and wildlife—represent only a small fraction of the devastation underway: here.

From Pure Florida blog in the USA:

The seabirds will get all the attention on the news, due to the “pretty” factor, but the “uglies” will be devastated also … probably in much worse ways.

Birders should be VERY concerned about horseshoe crabs and the oil spill of course. The eggs of horseshoe crabs and the tiny amphipods that live in great abundance in shoreline wrack (washed up seaweed and seagrasses) are the fuel that powers countless migrating shorebirds.

The oil has the potential to remove both of these things as a food source.

Shore birds may very well be “countless” next year.

Wildlife Apocalypse- Video of Gulf of Mexico birds and fish caught in BP oil spill (USA): here.

Government point man: Oil leak will continue “well into the fall”: here.

Dead birds covered in oil reported for first time in Texas, federal report says – AP: here.

Scientists say second oil plume lurking in Gulf of Mexico: here.

Oil Spill Answers from Bird Conservation Expert on the Ground: here.

BP’s Trouble With Numbers: here.

BP Oil Spill Threatens Future of Indigenous Communities in Louisiana: here.

Not Just Pelicans in Peril, But Pancake Batfish, Too: here.

Ohio elementary school students sell paper turtles to raise money to help wildlife hurt by oilspill: here.

BP and disaster capitalism: here.

Oiled SeaBirds: survival rate of oil-soaked birds is under 1 percent: here.

5 thoughts on “BP pollution continuing

  1. Wildlife deaths show oil spill is spreading

    By Brian Winter and Donna Leinwand, USA TODAY

    BURAS, La. – As BP made progress containing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill over the weekend, the number of birds hobbled by the oil increased at an alarming rate, indicating the oil is spreading farther into sensitive marshlands.

    The Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has treated 203 oiled birds, many brown pelicans, since the center opened six weeks ago. Of those, 110 have arrived since Friday, said Jay Holcomb, executive director for the International Bird Rescue Research Center, one of two groups tasked with cleaning the ailing birds.

    At least 75 oiled birds across the Gulf Coast have died, according to statistics compiled by the Coast Guard’s Unified Command. Animal rehabilitation groups and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have also rescued 28 oiled sea turtles.

    “This really increases the urgency of efforts to shut off the leak,” Holcomb said.

    Admiral Thad Allen, the federal incident commander, said Sunday that BP had made some progress toward containing the leak, but added that even after the spill is contained, oil will remain in the Gulf “well into the fall.”

    “This is a siege that is going to go on for a long time. We are spread from south central Louisiana over to Port Saint Joe, Florida,” Allen said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation. “It is not going to end soon.”

    A cap and siphon system installed last week over the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well is now capturing about 420,000 gallons of oil a day, BP officials say. Scientists have estimated that 500,000 to 1 million gallons of oil a day are gushing from the well.

    The gusher will not stop until BP completes drilling a relief well, can divert the oil and plug the broken well with cement, Allen said.

    Meanwhile, technicians at the bird rehabilitation center spend up to an hour cleaning each bird, first rubbing it with vegetable or canola oil to break up the crude oil, then washing them with warm water and detergent. The inside of the bird’s beak and gullet must be scrubbed, too, Holcomb says.

    Typically, as many as half the birds die while in captivity, although the survival in this spill appears to be higher, he says.

    Seeing the oiled birds is “very heartbreaking,” says Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, but he’s troubled most by what isn’t visible. “The vast majority of impacts to fish and wildlife you will never see because it’s occurring under water.”



  2. (Reuters) – An oil well located about 50 miles south of Fort Worth, Texas, exploded on Monday afternoon, according to local media reports.

    U.S. | Green Business

    As many as six people were said to be injured by the blast and ensuing blaze, according to WFAA-TV.


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