Mayflower, Arkansas Oiled Animal Photos

I found these on the FB page for HAWK Center (Helping Arkansas Wild Kritters). They were working the animal response team for the oiled wildlife, but this morning it was learned that Wildlife Response Services (the ones that assisted Gulf of Mexico wildlife) will be taking over for HAWK. I’m not thrilled about it, but HAWK is probably a bit overwhelmed right now. We didn’t get a lot of photos of wildlife from WRS during the Gulf spill…it seemed a lot of stuff was suppressed. Anyhow, if you would like to help HAWK, please like them on their FB page. It can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/hawkcenter

Here are some photos of the animals, taken by HAWK. Thanks to HAWK for the work they did with the animals.

Blue Winged Teal

Blue Winged Teal

Mallard Hen 2

Mallard Hen 2

Mallard Hen 3

Mallard Hen 3

Oiled Muskrat

Oiled Muskrat

Wood Duck Hen

Wood Duck Hen

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They Must Be Hiding Something Really Big

Author: Mac Slavo

As the BP oil leak continues to gush into the Gulf, and the only solution being actively pursued seems to be relief wells that are about 30 days from completion, the nation is starting to wonder – what is really going on down there?

The initial BP report at the time of the oil rig explosion was that 1,000 barrels of oil per day were leaking into the Gulf. Over seventy days later, we now know that it is roughly 100 times bigger than BP originally “estimated.” Our readers were aware that the problem was much bigger than originally reported had they read the article The BP Oil Disaster is a WAY BIGGER Problem Than You May Think published on May 6, 2010. Still, there were BP and government officials who completely denied that the leak was severe and were adamant about being able to shut it down with top kills, junk shots and a dome.

Last week, the US government essentially suspended first amendment rights in spill-affected areas by restricting access to photographers and journalists. Anyone found violating the 65-foot safety zone will be charged with a Class D Felony, punishable with jail time and a fine of up to $40,000.

In a free country, where the right to a free press is supposed to be protected by the very first of 27 amendments, all Americans should be alarmed.

No national security emergency has been declared (yet). Americans are (rightfully) alarmed by this latest development, which implies that something much more serious may be happening.

Reginald Kaigler at Demcad’s Corner says that Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire:

Here are the possibilities:

1. Incompetence
Maybe the government is trying to protect BP and themselves from looking incompetent. Perhaps they are worried that this will make Obama look incompetent and hurt the Democrats in the coming elections.

2. Malicious Intent
Perhaps Obama wants this disaster to cause the maximum amount of damage so that he can use this crisis to push for his cap and trade policy proposals.

3. A Greater Threat
The last explanation seems like the most probable cause. Maybe the reason why the cleanup effort is failing is because they are not focused on cleaning up. I’m starting to wonder if we’re doing with a crisis that is greater than an oil spill. We now have reason to believe that the oil is spilling from the ocean floor. So maybe BP created some kind of under sea volcano that threatens the health of the entire Gulf of Mexico and now the government is trying to prevent panic by controlling the information.

The government’s motives can be any one of these explanations or a combination. In any event, what the U.S. government is doing is a direct violation of the 1st amendment of the United States constitution. There’s a reason why we are being lied to about the amount of oil that is erupting from the scene. there’s a reason why we are not using supertankers to clean this mess up. There’s a reason why the government is blocking the media out.

The federal government has something to hide.

What is it?!

We’d love to know the answer to that.

  • For those millions of us on the Gulf Coast, we’d really like to know if we should be preparing to evacuate and getting our affairs in order if we won’t be allowed to return due to oil-soaked cities or toxic air.
  • Is there really a methane-gas oil volcano under there ready to explode, potentially causing a Tsunami anywhere from 20 – 200 feet high? If you’re a BP or government scientists evaluating this situation, you should have a theory on this. For those of us in the direct path of any such tidal wave, we’d like to know the probabilities of an event like this occurring.
  • In all seriousness, what are the odds of plugging this leak with the relief wells? And please, stop lying to us. Everything you have said thus far has been grossly underestimated, including your percentages for the previous, failed attempts. We’ve heard that there is a 95% the relief wells will work. Is this true?
  • And what if, in a worst-case scenario, this well is in the 5% and we can’t plug it? Then what? What is the government’s contingency plan? Should we expect another hamburger and fries luncheon with our comrades in Russia to discuss a nuclear detonation?

President Obama gave us a not so fantastic speech about the oil leak a few weeks back where he failed to answer any real questions about the spill. Other than trying to push an alternative energy agenda, the President didn’t tell us anything new and provided absolutely no plan going forward.

All of this side-stepping and diversion leaves us with the same takeaway as Reginald had, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Someone is hiding something, and we would really like to know what it is considering this leak will affect the lives of millions and will, without a doubt, lead to a complete economic disasters for all of those who directly and indirectly depend on the Gulf of Mexico to provide a living for their families. And when we say “disaster” we really mean it. Reports suggest that Pensacola, FL hotel and condo cancellations are at – get this – 100%. Raise your hand if you think you know what is going to happen to commercial real estate, residential real estate, jobs and small businesses in the Gulf areas over the next 0 to 6 months.

We are resigned to the fact now, that the government will not provide any substantial details that could be helpful. They’ve resorted to putting people in jail rather than giving us the truth. This suggests that for the prepper on the coast, you should be ready for anything, from nuclear undersea detonation and methane-catalyzed tidal wave, to hundred mile wide dead zones and oil-infused hurricane storm surges.

Unfortunately, the American people who will be directly affected by this disaster will likely have no warning about potential ramifications, and will experience them in real-time, as they happen – though it is likely the rest of the country will not be alerted because it is no longer out of the question that the government will institute a full media black-out of any adverse effects.

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/they-must-be-hiding-something-really-big_07052010

Are they preparing us for failure?

A couple of notable stories I have read…I am wondering if they think the relief wells are going to fail?

BP is poised to plug its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico. Drilling engineers have only one chance to get it right.

One wrong move as engineers break through the cement and steel pipe of the Macondo well could increase the torrent of oil into the Gulf. In the worst case scenario, it could even trigger a blow-out in the relief well.

They pretty much have one shot,” said Wayne Pennington, the chair of geophysical engineering at Michigan Tech University. “Once they hit it and they try to kill it they really just have that one chance.” …

The intercept could be complicated if it turns out that the oil is flowing around the pipe, between the pipe and the cement of the well bore

http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/geophysical-engineer-once-bp-tries-relief-well-they-really-just-have-that-one-chance-could-trigger-a-blow-out-in-the-relief-well

HOUSTON — As engineers bore deeper into the seafloor toward the source of the oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP PLC is growing more confident that the relief well it expects to complete in August will succeed where all previous efforts to contain or kill the gusher have failed.

But what if it doesn’t work?

At the very least, oil would continue to spill while workers try something else.

That proposition would surely bring more misery for the people who live, work and play along the shores from Louisiana to Florida.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iV4SwHJNesVoVCV9ko4WK3wBjsmgD9GP10CG0

Relief well backup plans are part of Gulf of Mexico oil spill response

Although drilling a relief well is still considered the ultimate solution for stopping the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and government officials are working on backup plans if the well fails, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday.

Allen, who is the federal government’s point man for spill response, shared one such plan that officials are in the early stages of studying. That involves the possibility of sucking oil from the well through a pipeline that would feed to an inactive platform nearby. From that platform, the oil could either be produced or pumped back down into the ground.

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/06/relief_well_backup_plans_are_p.html

What the bloody hell is going on here? For two months, we have been sold that this is going to work…now, there are doubts? It is time for them to start telling the truth, whether it be the Coast Guard, BP, or Obama. I guess that is too much to ask for, though.

Relief well is last best hope to contain gusher

As engineers bore deeper into the seafloor toward the source of the oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP PLC is growing more confident that the relief well it expects to complete in August will succeed where all previous efforts to contain or kill the gusher have failed.

But what if it doesn’t work?

At the very least, oil would continue to spill while workers try something else.

That proposition would surely bring more misery for the people who live, work and play along the shores from Louisiana to Florida.

And consider this: Chief Executive Tony Hayward said in June that the reservoir of oil is believed to hold about 2.1 billion gallons of oil. If the problem was never fixed, it could mean another two years of oil spilling based on the current flow rate until the reservoir is drained.

BP says the first relief well is on target to be completed by early August. A second relief well, which could be completed a few weeks later, is viewed as a backup if the first one doesn’t work.

But efforts to contain other major oil spills haven’t always gone according to plan.

The 1979 Ixtoc oil spill, the Gulf’s worst oil spill before it was eclipsed by BP’s disaster, wasn’t contained until three months after the first of two relief wells was completed. By then, 140 million gallons of oil had spilled in the 10 months it took Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, to stop the leak.

That’s why BP is developing “backups for the backups.” But the British company is sparse on details, and even the ideas it is floating can’t guarantee the blown-out well that has already pumped up to 160 million gallons of oil into the sea over 2 1/2 months won’t keep flowing into the fall — or perhaps even beyond.

So, the Gulf region is left to hold its collective breath as BP puts much of its effort into the relief well just as Mother Nature could unleash a blistering hurricane at any moment.

“The relief well itself is not a slam dunk,” said Gene Beck, a petroleum engineering professor at Texas A&M University.

Kent Wells, a BP senior vice president, said other options include trying to reconfigure the existing containment cap to collect more of the spewing oil or tying it into another production platform on the surface. However, Wells has been mum on a game plan and he said no decisions have been made on the alternate platform idea.

BP declined repeated requests from The Associated Press over several days to make Wells available to elaborate or for a spokesman to comment further.

As to the hurricane concern, Wells said only that the rigs drilling the first relief well and the backup relief well are designed to operate in everything except a tropical storm or hurricane. If engineers had to disconnect and evacuate the area, drilling could be offline for 14 days, during which time an estimated 2.5 million gallons of oil would flow into the Gulf unabated each day.

History is on BP’s side, but the depth of the seafloor isn’t.

Engineers and oil industry experts familiar with or involved in previous relief well missions at sea say that if the heavy mud BP plans to pump into the existing well from underneath at its source doesn’t stop the flow altogether, it should at least reduce the pressure that is forcing oil so fast into the sea.

Carlos Osornio, a Mexican engineer in charge of Pemex’s deepwater drilling operations during the Ixtoc crisis, said BP may ultimately find that both relief wells are needed to contain the gusher.

“One relief well may not be enough to contain the high volume (of oil flow), but two will work for sure,” he said.

A reduction in pressure could give BP the option of putting a new blowout preventer on top of the one that was damaged in the April 20 explosion. That was a containment option BP considered early on, but hasn’t tried because of the risk posed by the amount of pressure from the seafloor.

A new blowout preventer isn’t foolproof either.

“It’s very unpredictable because the current condition of the well down there is unknown,” said Satish Nagarajaiah, a Rice University engineering professor who focuses on offshore structures.

BP engineers are using tools and running tests that tell them where they need to go. Drilling down parallel to the gushing well before cutting in sideways makes that data more accurate than it would have been if they were approaching the well horizontally, said Donald Van Nieuwenhuise, a University of Houston geology professor who has been a lead geologist on several offshore drilling projects.

“They’re not looking for a needle in the haystack anymore,” he said. “Now they’re just trying to figure out where they want to pick that needle up.”

Bruce Bullock, director of the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University, said he is “somewhat suspect” that the relief well will hit its target on the first try.

“You’re going 18,000 feet to hit a dinner plate. My guess is two or three times is more of a likelihood,” he said.

Osornio, the former Pemex engineer who is now a deep drilling consultant, said there is no reason BP wouldn’t be successful the first try.

“Today’s tools provide specific locations in real time as they drill, something we didn’t have during Ixtoc,” he said.

Still, there’s potential peril if BP misses its target and decides to drill deeper directly into the oil producing formation.

Engineers tried that approach and were successful in killing several out of control wells in 1970 during the Bay Marchand fire off Louisiana.

But George Hirasaki, a Rice University professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering who was involved in the Bay Marchand oil containment effort for Shell, said engineers have to be very careful when drilling into any formation that has hydrocarbons, which poses the risk of the same type of explosion that destroyed the rig.

Bullock said there have been past successes with relief wells on land and in shallower waters, but no relief well is risk-free.

Beck said he expects the drillers to hit their mark on the first try but wouldn’t be surprised if it took two or three attempts. Beck puts the odds at 80 percent that the relief well will in short order kill the gushing well.

“There haven’t been a significant number of deepwater blowouts before,” he said. “To a certain extent, we’re in an unproven area here, as well.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100705/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill_relief_well

I Am That Dolphin Dying In The Gulf Of Mexico

INTRODUCTION: I am that dolphin dying in the Gulf of Mexico — Due to the man-made environmental disaster caused by an Oil spill & toxic dispersants.

MY DOLPHIN POD & OUR PAIN & SUFFERING due to the OIL & DISPERSANTS: The Gulf of Mexico oil spill & the toxic dispersants are giving my dolphin pod, my family & me headaches. Now when we breathe air into our blow holes in the top of our heads we often breathe in oil (1) – which causes our lungs to burn & we cough. (2) & The dispersants make our eyes & our skin burn & blister. Our baby dolphins are all dying now & we cry. I used to jump through the air with joy when I saw the sun rise. Now I am too tired. These waters are oxygen depleted. (3) We are also hungry as we search for food in large dead zones in the Gulf. Many of the fish are gone now & those that are left taste like petroleum & dispersant soaps. We are in great pain. We are suffering.

OTHER SUFFERING CREATURES IN THE GULF:

As a wildlife specialist said: “You see this bird totally covered in oil & all you can see are those (sad) eyes looking at you blinking”. (4)

PRE-OIL SPILL DAYS: Before the oil spill & dispersants, life was good here in the Gulf of Mexico. I would jump thru the air with the wind & then fall back into the clear blue & clean water. I used to play with the other dolphins. & The fish were delicious. Every now & then a pelican would compete with us for the fish, but the fish were plentiful. My dolphin pod, my family & I were in heaven here in these beautiful waters in the pre-oil spill days. It was a good life.

POTENTIAL VOLCANIC ERUPTION & TSUMANI in the GULF:

Although things are bad here in the Gulf of Mexico now – Things may even get worse. I fear for all life here in these waters. An author states: “A gas bubble approx. 15-20 miles across 10+ feet high near (BP’s) well head … ha(s) formed (&) it may cause a massive explosion (in the Gulf of Mexico) within weeks or months.” … Causing a possible “Volcanic eruption & a huge tsunami”. (5), (6) Oil wells are also known to increase the risk for earthquake activity. (7) So this tragic event in the Gulf may get much worse for me & the other dolphins & wildlife here in these waters.

OTHER CAUSES OF DOLPHIN DEATHS: MILITARY SONAR BLASTS:

Thank you Pierce Brosnan, the National Resources Defense Council & the International Fund for Animal Welfare for speaking out on behalf of marine animals & against other environmentally dangerous technology such as Military sonar – which causes brain hemorrhages & deaths in whales & dolphins. (8)

CRIMES AGAINST THE EARTH & ECOCIDE: You humans with your big Egos say that you are the Superior species & that God have given you the right to dominate & conquer the Earth. & Yet you have caused this tragic man-made environmental disaster here in the Gulf of Mexico. You destroy animals, plants & ecosystems. Homo Sapiens, You are an imperfect species: You fail to be proactive & to prevent catastrophes such as this oil spill. (9) You humans walked by the pond & you saw your Homo Sapien reflection in it & you fell in love with yourself. (10) You think only of your own selfish needs & you deny & ignore the importance of the Earth & it’s animals & other life forms. You humans leave a path of misery behind you. You willfully commit Crimes against the Earth. You willfully commit Ecocide against the Earth. Humans lack respect for the Earth. Homo Sapiens are disconnected with Nature. You humans live in your sterile heated & cooled homes while you drink your filtered water & you eat your clean foods – While you pollute the air, land & the waters of the Earth for the wildlife. You dominate & multiply, you consume, you conquer; You deplete, you lessen, you diminish, you weaken & you destroy the Earth.

REQUIEM FOR THE GULF OF MEXICO: Clint Mansell has written a powerful Requiem for the Gulf of Mexico, including images of the oil spill. (11) This requiem speaks for those of us with No voice – for those of us who are victims of human aggression — for those of us who are dying due to human recklessness, human greed for profits & human lust for oil.

GOOD-BYE to the EARTH: I am that dolphin dying in the Gulf of Mexico. I say good-bye now to the Earth. I am dizzy, I am nauseous, I have chest pains & I am weak. (12) My liver & kidneys are failing. (13), (14), (15) My red blood cells are exploding. (16), (17) I am almost blind from the toxic chemicals. I am gasping for air. Yes, I am dying. Then I breathe my last breath here at sunset. Good-bye sweet Earth & to my family & my dolphin pod. Then I am silent as I float here in the oil stained waves & dispersant fumes of the Gulf of Mexico. The tide slowly washes me onto the shore. On this sandy shore of Louisiana, I lie here all alone, belly up with my mouth open as flies buzz around my body — Here on the beach as the yellow sun slowly sets. In the early morning hours a corporate oil rep. sees me, looks both ways & he throws my body into a black garbage bag; Then he throws the bag into a hot, dirty, smelly dumpster — to hide evidence. (18) & I am gone forever.

*Yes, I am that dolphin dying in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thank you. Respectfully, Mary Hamer, M.D.

http://www.countercurrents.org/hamer230610.htm