Black Sludge, Fish Gasping for Oxygen

Fish gasping for oxygen flapped helplessly around George Arnesen’s shrimp boat off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Arnesen said he’d never seen anything like it in his 15 years working on the Gulf.

“It’s real emotional for me being a commercial fisherman knowing that my livelihood, way of life altogether, is in great danger of being destroyed,” Arnesen said. “A whole industry is in danger of being destroyed.”

Arnesen dipped a large bucket into the water. When he pulled it back into his boat, the bucket was filled with thick, black sludge.

Echoing the sentiments of other fishermen, Arnesen complained about a lack of adequate protective measures along the coast.

“We just rode the whole beach and there’s no boom,” he said. “There’s no absorbent. They’re not out there trying to close off any of the gaps. We’ve seen one spot that had some sand bags in it.”

In addition to the effects of the oil, federal regulators had raised concerns about potential hazards associated with the record quantities of chemical dispersant BP has been using to break down the oil near the site of the spill. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive instructing BP to seek less toxic alternatives.

But BP officials said some of the other chemical dispersants are not available in the amounts they need, or haven’t been fully tested for effectiveness in the type of setting of this deep water spill.

In a letter to the EPA and U.S. Coast Guard, Douglas Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer for exploration and production writes:

“Based on the information that is available today, BP continues to believe that COREXIT was the best and most appropriate choice at the time when the incident occurred, and that COREXIT remains the best option for subsea application.”

BP has applied a total of 715 thousand gallons of dispersant on the Gulf oil spill, including 85 thousand gallons underwater.

Today, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson returns to Louisiana to monitor the response to the oil spill. This marks Jackson’s third visit to the region since the oil spill in the Gulf began just over one month ago.

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  2. anarchore says:

    Hey there Heidi.

    Here’s a song that is appropriate for the subject, Lost Children of the Sea.

    Have you heard that Ronnie James DIO has died, as a result of stomach cancer? I can’t believe it. As someone else remarked, once again I lose someone who I didn’t realize was as important until they are gone.

    As well as the part he played in our lives, his music filling a subconscious void – he was of immense importance to metal in general… the work of Rainbow(check out ‘Stargazer’ predates the neo-classical feel of black metal by over a decade, and Satyricon are one group that has already stated their feeling of loss.

    There is a thread on Stormfront, where it is mentioned that DIO and metal in general wakes up white people… it certainly speaks to the soul…

    I believe this song is about our people’s fall from grace, from making the mountains shake with laughter, “hiding in our corner of the world”…

    The we did the “demon dance” with religion and technology and “rushed to nevermore”, now we are enslaved by capitalism and the ‘anti-humanist semitic influence’.

    It’s been a sad week in a sad sad world.

    However Dio’s music, and his whole life up to the very end was never about giving up and saying “die”!

    I am giving the mallochio sign to every yuppie, Albertan piece of shit I see.

    \m/ Horns up for evermore! \m/

    In the misty morning, on the edge of time
    We’ve lost the rising sun, a final sign
    As the misty morning rolls away to die
    Reaching for the stars, we blind the sky

    We sailed across the air before we learned to fly
    We thought that it could never end
    We’d glide above the ground before we learned to run, run
    Now it seems our world has come undone

    Oh they say that it’s over
    And it just had to be
    Ooh they say that it’s over
    We’re lost children of the sea, oh

    We made the mountains shake with laughter as we played
    Hiding in our corner of the world
    Then we did the demon dance and rushed to nevermore
    Threw away the key and locked the door

    Oh they say that it’s over, yeah
    And it just had to be
    Yes they say that it’s over
    We’re lost children of the sea

    In the misty morning, on the edge of time
    We’ve lost the rising sun, a final sign
    As the misty morning rolls away to die
    Reaching for the stars, we blind the sky

    Oh they say that it’s over, yeah
    And it just had to be
    Oh they say that it’s over
    Poor lost children of the sea, yeah

    LOOK OUT! the sky is falling down!
    LOOK OUT! The world is spinning round and round and round!
    LOOK OUT! The sun is going black, black
    LOOK OUT! It’s never never never coming back, LOOK OUT!

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