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President Obama to return to Louisiana Friday to view Gulf oil disaster work


President Barack Obama addresses the federal response to the BP oil spill disaster during a visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Venice on May 2.

Just a quick FYI:

A White House source said today that President Barack Obama will travel to Louisiana and the Gulf Coast on Friday to to assess efforts to halt the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


VIDEO: NEW deep underwater shots that "BP does NOT want you to see"


This is a must-see. A Good Morning America exclusive:

Philippe Cousteau Jr. (Jacque Cousteau's grandson) and Sam Champion take hazmat dove directly into Gulf's oily waters.

--"Oil and chemical dispersants swirling together into a toxic soup."

--Cousteau, Jr.: "This is a nightmare... a nightmare."

--"One of the most horrible things I've seen under water."

--"Evidence" that using dispersants in Gulf is making things worse."The mixture is now breaking into small small droplets capable of passing right into the flesh of fish and the birds."

--"Any of that, if left on your skin, can cause burns."

Imagine how the sea life feels then. Imagine how you would feel, Big Oil, if you experienced the same kind of torture, if you were forced to abruptly live in an environment that caused severely burning skin, asphyxiation, starvation, a new normal of literally drowning in toxicity.

Imagine the suffering and dying that these living things are experiencing. And why is this occurring? Because we still depend on filthy, deadly fossil fuels, because irresponsibility is acceptable and goes unpunished, because we have toothless oversight, because  profit trumps life.

--"It's the kind of fume-y smell that gives you an immediate headache and you have it all day."

--"They don't know what's gonna happen, and that's what frightens him most."

Only Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) is asking for halt:

“Last week, after I questioned BP about the use of the chemical dispersant Corexit on the Gulf oil spill, EPA directed BP to switch to a less toxic alternative. BP claims that no viable alternative exists. EPA has now directed BP to scale back the use of Corexit, but, if there are concerns about its use, the only prudent course of action is for EPA to stop the use of any dispersants. There is clear scientific evidence that the volume of dispersants being used will substantially increase the toxic loading in the Gulf, and will simply shift the toxicity to another part of the ecosystem, harming marine life, contaminating the water column, and threatening the food chain. And there is no scientific evidence that dispersants can be effective in an oil spill of this magnitude.

“Therefore, it is very possible that the use of dispersants will do more harm than good. BP’s oil spill is already doing enormous damage to the environment and economy of the Gulf region. We should not add to the damage by contaminating the Gulf with more toxic materials, or use the Gulf as a testing ground or laboratory. EPA is right to take action, but it is not enough. EPA must stop the use of toxic chemical dispersants and force BP to the most responsible resolution to this environmental and economic disaster.”

H/t: AltaKocker


Quickie: Gulf of Mexico oil spill has 'perfect precedent' in 1979 spill


Just a FYI quickie:

The Miami Herald reports Monday that the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill mirrors a similar event off the Mexican coast in 1979. [...]

The spill was eventually stopped in March 1980 by drilling two relief wells and a cement cap.

Gilly Llewellyn, the World Wildlife Fund's conservation manager in Australia, discussing a similar disaster (the so-called Montara spill) last year:

"During our research expedition to the area, I witnessed pods of dolphins swimming through oiled water, a heartbreaking sight. And what we managed to see on the surface was undoubtedly just a fraction of what was happening.''

"This no-holds-barred pursuit of oil and gas is madness,'' she said, adding that the Australian government recently approved new drilling areas off its coasts.

"Governments around the globe must learn a lesson from these catastrophes and think long and hard about drilling in sensitive areas. What if a spill the size of the one in the Gulf were to happen in the Great Barrier Reef, or the Arctic?''


Live from the Ocean Floor: New Oil Disaster Counter Features 'Spillcam'


I've posted this widget before, but now they've added a live cam, so we can sit back and watch Big Oil's Katrina destruction in real time.

And cry.

H/t: JamieHarbor