BP keeps killing birds

This video from the USA says about itself:

This video, part three of a series, explores the social consequences of the BP oil spill. The disaster has destroyed the livelihoods of tens of thousands of fishermen and small business people, and experts say it may uproot whole communities and trigger mass migrations.

Shorebirds among the oiled mangroves in Bay Ronquille, Louisiana: Cornell Bird Blog: here.

Sea Turtles in Gulf Oil Spill: Not forgetting terrible toll: 583 found dead, 147 captured alive, 3 released. Report: here.

Scientists announce plans to protect sea turtle nests and eggs: here.

Hurricane Alex pushed oil onto the shores of Gulf coast states and forced the suspension of cleanup efforts throughout the region: here.

Photos: Hurricane Alex pushes oil on cleaned beaches: here.

BP Oil Spill Nears Record As Largest In Gulf History: here.

Will BP lead Tate into artistic hell? Here.

Video: The Power of Big Oil: here.

Britain: Calls for a moratorium on deep-sea offshore drilling in the North Sea have been rejected by the government: here.

The Con-Dem government has made one of its most controversial appointments to date after former BP boss Lord Browne was parachuted in to axe Whitehall jobs: here.

2 thoughts on “BP keeps killing birds

  1. 30 June 2010 21:49 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Environmental groups filed suit against BP Plc on Wednesday seeking to halt controlled burnings of spilled oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico because they say endangered sea turtles are being burned alive in the process.

    The lawsuit accuses the British energy giant of violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act and terms of its lease with the federal government for the deep-sea drilling rig that exploded on April 20, unleashing the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

    The suit says rare turtles protected under the Endangered Species Act are being inadvertently burned to death when spill containment crews corral large patches of oil on the surface of the Gulf and set the petroleum ablaze to dispose of it.

    Those deaths, the suit says, amount to illegal “takings” of endangered turtles. A check of federal records has found no indication that BP ever applied for special government permits that would allow for “incidental takes” of protected species under such circumstances, according to the lawsuit.

    Among the creatures most at risk from the incineration of oil at sea are the endangered Kemp’s ridley turtle, the smallest known sea turtles in the world and among the rarest.


    Private boat captains chartered for wildlife rescue missions in the Gulf said in affidavits filed with the lawsuits that many young sea turtles have tended to congregate among oil blobs floating in the water, apparently unable to distinguish between the oil and mats of seaweed that provide natural shelter on the surface of the Gulf.

    The turtles are then presumably swept up and unable to escape when shrimp boats contracted for cleanup operations are used to drag fire-resistant booms to encircle the floating oil before it is set ablaze.

    The government says at least 275 controlled burns have been conducted in the Gulf since the spill, removing about 10 million gallons (37.8 million liters) of oil from the open water.

    The lawsuit seeks a U.S. court order to immediately halt the burnings until steps can be taken that allow rescue teams to work with the incineration crews to remove as many turtles as possible from areas slated for burning before oil is ignited.

    A BP spokesman declined to comment on the litigation.

    Dr. Michael Ziccardi, a California-based wildlife expert and veterinarian overseeing sea turtle and marine mammal rescue operations in the Gulf, has said separately that such precautionary measures were recently being put in place, with the full cooperation of the U.S. Coast Guard.

    A spokeswoman for one of the four plaintiffs in the suit, the Animal Legal Defense Fund in San Francisco, said a hearing on a request for a temporary restraining order was set for Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.

    Ziccardi, a professor at the University of California at Davis who heads the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, said no turtle deaths from oil burnings have been confirmed but acknowledged that some unknown number of turtles had “likely” perished in the process. Ziccardi is not a party to the litigation.

    He said the controlled burns of oil at sea are still widely regarded as preferable to letting the slick wash into sensitive coastal areas where it can do greater environmental harm.

    Joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund as plaintiffs in the case against BP, 2:10-cv-01866-KDE-DEK, are the Animal Welfare Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island Restoration Network.

    (Writing and reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; editing by Sandra Maler)

    (c) Reuters 2010. All rights reserved.


  2. Big oil companies haven’t only destroyed our environment but they are putting Americans out of a job. They work very hard in coming up with new lies and propaganda, trying to convince you that the health of our nation’s economy depends on their well-being. You and I know they are dead WRONG!

    We’ve already seen a wave of job losses due to BP’s disaster in the gulf – communities wiped out economically because of their criminal irresponsibility. What they try to hide from us is their obsessive obstruction to a clean energy economy.

    Our future lies with the creation of green jobs that will provide for a more sustainable and innovative economy.

    Sign this petition to tell Congress that you want them to act on green energy solutions, and that you’ll be in their offices, at their townhalls and on their phones this summer to check on their progress!

    It is up to you to spread this message with your friends and family and act today to fight back against all the lies and the propaganda peddled by the oil companies.

    Robert Greenwald
    and the Brave New Foundation team


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