‘Deafening silence’ on BP Gulf oil still leaking
Originally published on Examiner.com
Deborah Dupre, Human Rights Examiner
Although the deep sea BP Gulf of Mexico oil well was said to be capped 16 months ago, the oil is still bubbling up from BP’s Macondo Formation area and the military and oil industry officials still remain silent about it according to an environmental attorney who spoke to Couthouse News Service Monday, although the new movie, “The Big Fix” documents details of the ongoing Gulf Catastrophe and related human rights violations, including the right to health.New Orleans-based environmental attorney Stuart Smith told Courthouse News Service that new oil is washing ashore barrier islands in Louisiana and Mississippi and, “There’s a deafening silence on the issue” from the U.S. military’s Coast Guard and from BP, the Petrochemical-Military-Industrial-Complex (PMIC).
On April 20, 2010 the TransOcean Deep Water Horizon deep sea oil rig rented by BP exploded, setting off a series of health rights abuses including carpet-bombing the Gulf region with Corexit that with oil, is eleven times more lethal than oil alone.
Since then, toxicologists studying fish from Louisiana waters are finding heightened levels of cancer-causing carcinogens and genetic mutations. An untold number of human casualties in the region have resulted thus far, although the human toll was predicted to be high by experts, such as oil guru, the late Matt Simmons and by toxicologist Riki Ott.
“In the spring of this year, we did some sampling and when we got the results back, it was a fingerprint match to fresh Macondo oil,” Smith said, as he has informed the media at “The Big Fix” press conferences and indicates in an interview in the movie.
Courthouse News reports Smith saying BP and the Coastguard sent investigators to the well in August, and they came back saying no oil was leaking.
The fingerprint had already shown that the fresh oil matched that from the Macondo area.
“That was very interesting to us. We couldn’t understand why. Then again, we did some more testing this summer and it came back the same way. We’re finding fresh Macondo oil washing up on beaches on the barrier islands. And then, through sources that I have, we heard that their [BP's] well was leaking, and that there was oil in the Gulf, and that they had research vessels there at the site. ”
“We covered that, and then there was a big push back from BP, denying it. And so Bonny Schumaker [a pilot and founder of Wings of Care] flew out there in late August, and lo and behold, there’s fresh oil bubbling up to the surface and this is still in the vicinity of the well. We don’t know how much oil it is.” …
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