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It’s not incredibly surprising to see deformities in the wake of the oil spill—we knew (and know) very little about dispersants in general and about Corexit, the dispersant used by BP, in particular. A nonprofit environmental law firm called Earthjustice actually had to sue to obtain the precise formula of the material, and even then, that group claims that there is nowhere near enough data to know what effects the dispersant will have on the Gulf. According to Earthjustice’s review, at least 13 of the 57 chemicals in Corexit are suspected or known to be toxic to aquatic life. Phosphorus, for example, may have helped microbes readily break down the oil, but phosphorus also happens to be toxic to fish. What’s not clear is what’s actually causing these deformities—is it the oil, the dispersant, or both?
We do know, disturbingly, that the oil entered the food chain. That may be part of the problem here—shrimp and crabs are bottom-feeders, and snapper, according to Wikipedia, also commonly feast on crustaceans like sea lice and crabs (though not shrimp).

(via Deformities in Gulf Seafood Found After BP Oil Spill | Popular Science)

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Darla Rooks, a lifelong fisherperson from Port Sulfur, Louisiana, told Al Jazeera she is finding crabs “with holes in their shells, shells with all the points burned off so all the spikes on their shells and claws are gone, misshapen shells, and crabs that are dying from within … they are still alive, but you open them up and they smell like they’ve been dead for a week”.
Rooks is also finding eyeless shrimp, shrimp with abnormal growths, female shrimp with their babies still attached to them, and shrimp with oiled gills.
“We also seeing eyeless fish, and fish lacking even eye-sockets, and fish with lesions, fish without covers over their gills, and others with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills.”

Drill, baby, drill

    dendroica:

    It’s not incredibly surprising to see deformities in the wake of the oil spill—we knew (and know) very little about dispersants in general and about Corexit, the dispersant used by BP, in particular. A nonprofit environmental law firm called Earthjustice actually had to sue to obtain the precise formula of the material, and even then, that group claims that there is nowhere near enough data to know what effects the dispersant will have on the Gulf. According to Earthjustice’s review, at least 13 of the 57 chemicals in Corexit are suspected or known to be toxic to aquatic life. Phosphorus, for example, may have helped microbes readily break down the oil, but phosphorus also happens to be toxic to fish. What’s not clear is what’s actually causing these deformities—is it the oil, the dispersant, or both?

    We do know, disturbingly, that the oil entered the food chain. That may be part of the problem here—shrimp and crabs are bottom-feeders, and snapper, according to Wikipedia, also commonly feast on crustaceans like sea lice and crabs (though not shrimp).

    (via Deformities in Gulf Seafood Found After BP Oil Spill | Popular Science)

    Darla Rooks, a lifelong fisherperson from Port Sulfur, Louisiana, told Al Jazeera she is finding crabs “with holes in their shells, shells with all the points burned off so all the spikes on their shells and claws are gone, misshapen shells, and crabs that are dying from within … they are still alive, but you open them up and they smell like they’ve been dead for a week”.

    Rooks is also finding eyeless shrimp, shrimp with abnormal growths, female shrimp with their babies still attached to them, and shrimp with oiled gills.

    “We also seeing eyeless fish, and fish lacking even eye-sockets, and fish with lesions, fish without covers over their gills, and others with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills.”

    Drill, baby, drill

    — 1 year ago with 57 notes
    #science  #Corexit  #BP  #oil spill  #Gulf of Mexico  #environment  #shrimp  #fish  #seafood 
    Gas prices expected to drop below $3 — Republicans suddenly silent on Obama’s role →

    Think Progress reports, “Experts predict average gas prices may fall below $3 this fall after dropping 14 cents in two weeks. When prices hit a record high, Republicans attributed sole responsibility to President Obama, even though there is no evidence that factors like drilling impact what consumers pay. Just two months ago, Republicans said Obama shouldered the blame for rising gas costs, and that only he had the “key” to lower gas prices…

    “Are Republicans now reversing their rhetoric and giving Obama credit for falling gas prices? Of course not. […] Obama’s policies haven’t changed since April: the Keystone XL pipeline has not been built, drilling hasn’t drastically changed, and the same regulations are in place. Yet gas prices have fallen. Economics says he isn’t responsible, either way.”


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    Of course, if prices do go back up it won’t be because of Obama’s policies either — though we can be sure that Republicans will sell it that way even if Mother Nature is to blame:

    As of Sunday, 23 percent of oil and gas production in the region had been suspended, according to a government hurricane response team. Employees have been evacuated from 13 drilling rigs and 61 production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm was not expected to result in higher oil and gas prices. “It’s largely a non-event for oil,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #economy  #news  #politics and tagged below $3  #blame obama  #credit for falling gas prices  #falling gas prices  #Florida  #gas prices  #GOP  #Gulf of Mexico  #obama's policies  #oil platforms  #President Obama  #Republicans  #rising gas prices  #tropical storm debby