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Originally posted by louieprima
Don't get me wrong. I like your dedication. However, let's stick to the facts. The only sources connecting the recently found sheen to the Macondo Well are internet oil spill blogs, most of which have reported very erroneous and exxaggerated things in the past.
They usually use "primary" sources that either do not check out or are misquoted.
The sheen that has been reported is not that close to the Macondo location. Now whether or not it is connected to breakages in the seafloor has not been determined but there is no evidence to suggest that is the case.
What has been seen is simply a "sheen". A sheen is not good, but neither is it something to get hyper excited about. The real Oil Spill involved thick sludge. Small sheens are relatively common, sometimes coming from large ocean going vessels or from oil platforms.
In an effort to get to the truth, our go-to pilot, Bonny Schumaker from the enviro nonprofit On Wings of Care, will be flying over the site tomorrow. We will be posting details and photos from the scene immediately as they become available.
I am keeping an eye on this development, but so far, it is nothing to jump to conclusions about.
I'd really like to know who your "South Louisiana" sources are, especially when you refer to Bogalusa as being in "Northern Louisiana." It is in Southeast Louisiana, north of Lake Pontchartrain.
99% of everyone I've ever known in my life comes from South Louisiana. I have family in Houma, practically ground zero for Oil Spill issues, yet somehow I don't hear nearly as much about all these mystery sicknesses and new oil sightings that you have. Curious.
Have you even ever been to Louisiana?
Are your sources solely from the internet?
I am keeping a very nervous eye on the new development but being alarmist helps no one.
Bloggers, alarmists, and conspiracy theorists merely play into the hands of BP. By associating you with the spill, people not in the know will assume all the anti-BP evidence is a bunch of baloney when they still have much to answer for. Real stuff.
When you go into the marshes and Gulf, it isn't covered with dead animals. Exactly the opposite in fact. Do you occasionally see a dead dolphin or a dead bird floating or washed up? Sure you do. Animals die. Just because someone films a dead bird, it doesn't mean they are everywhere.
Again, South Louisiana, at least on the surface of the water is just fine. Dolphins, birds of all sorts, and fish aplenty. Was just out there 2 Mondays ago.
Dolphin mortality has been higher and occasionally someone pulls up a sickly fish, and these are connected to the spill, but it doesn't mean that the Gulf has become some poisoned barren wasteland of death.
I'm pretty familiar with the Mississippi Coast, too. Saw plenty fishing and recreation boats out there.
By no means am I towing a line for BP. Quite the opposite. Rather than some internet hobby or cause, this subject directly affects my life and those that I love and care about. A culture and lifestyle that I hope to never leave. I hate BP. I just cringe when someone, whether good intentioned or not, turns the real issues (and there are very real issues) into fantasy ones.
Please stick to facts and/or reputable sources. Primary ones.
There may be legs to this story but as of yet, the actual evidence is scant. It is a possibility that there is some connection between the sheen and last year's spill, but keep in mind there is plenty of activity in the Gulf and this may be nothing but a minor spill from another well (which happens from time to time with little effect).
Fellow Lousianians, I know some of you are on ATS, chime in please....
As for the Pearl River Paper plant spill, that is still developing too. The paper plant has taken responsibility. Now it is up to the authorities in LA and MS to hold them accountable. We'll see how that turns out. Hopefully the chemicals will dissipate and become less harmful as they reach the Lake.
First, we spotted oil on the surface above the exact location where the Deepwater Horizon and Macondo well are located, in Mississippi Canyon Block 252. Take a look at the captions in the photos for coordinates. Obviously, from the air I cannot confirm that the oil is BP’s and from there Macondo well. I can only report that I spotted oil above that location. I reported this to the National Response Center and had a lengthy conversation with a Coast Guard official. Notice that the oil seems to be clustered in round formations. I have no idea why or how this could happen and neither could the USGC official. The formations are clearly rainbow in color and in some cases have also a brownish tint. Take a look:
The number of private sector jobs in Louisiana has grown 6,900 over the month and by 39,100 since July 2010