Gulf Spill Update

It ain’t over til the fat lady sings.

It’s an old southern expression, originally reported as being “Church isn’t over until the fat lady sings.”

Sportscasters have shortened the phrase over the years to “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

As far as I know, no fat lady has sung over the oil spill.  And it certainly ain’t over till it’s over.

Okay, you’ve known I’m quirky since the inception of this blog.  That hasn’t changed.  Nor is the fact that I’m pretty outspoken.  So, now I’m speaking out to BP, all modes of print and talk media, including the EIC mogul, Rush Limbaugh, who recently said on the air, “I told you the ocean would take care of the oil, didn’t I?”

Yea, well, Rush, that’s what the liberal media and BP would like you to think.  I’m ashamed of you for jumping on that band wagon without sending out conservative scouts of your own to see with their very own eyes whether or not the ocean took care of the oil.

The following photo, taken in the Gulf just off Grand Isle, came to me last week from a major media player.  This photo shows oil in the foreground, but more importantly, a plastic coating on the surface of the water.  Within days of this photo, there were reports of dead fish washing up on shores, jellyfish and stingrays floating at the surface.  Under normal circumstances, stingrays NEVER float on the surface.

My source told me that the commercial fishermen were describing the surface of the Gulf appearing as though it has a layer of “cellophane” over it.  I discussed this with a couple of different people, and one of them informed me that petroleum also has paraffin in it, and that might be coating the surface, as it will not ever “blend” with the water or become emulsified.

Another person suggested the coating might be from the dispersant.  I did some homework on Corexit, the dispersant BP sprayed on the oil.  The makers of Corexit claim on their website that common usages of the active ingredients are in baby bath, body lotion, cleaning products, and air fresheners.  Seems like they would have us believe that the dispersant is harmless, right?

If this coating remains, the oxygen levels will drop, and fish kills of great magnitude will follow.  Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s just normal for this time of year, either.

Furthermore, the media is reporting that the total oil spewed into the gulf was estimated somewhere around 220 million gallons.  They report that about 45 million gallons were either burned off, skimmed, or sucked up, so what in the world happened to the other 175 million gallons?  We must ask ourselves the question, “Does dispersant make the oil sink to the bottom?”  There, it would be “out of sight–out of mind” and neither require burning, skimming, or sucking up.  I’ll just say it plainly:  The more oil that sinks to the bottom, the less BP has to pay skimmers and suckers.  And you can quote me on that.

What are the long-term affects of all the oil that is sitting on the bottom of the Gulf? Doesn’t sound too healthy to me.

Let’s not be gullible, American citizens.  Let’s be sly and wily.

Dumb and ignorant is what BP and the media are hoping for, though.  They would have us believe that the well is capped, the relief well is almost finished, and the problem is therefore O V E R.

Not true.  That fat lady has not sung, and from the looks of things, she won’t be singing for a very long time.

Just because the cameras are off and CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX have pulled almost 100% of their people from the coast, it doesn’t mean the show is over.

The show is far from over.

And I’m just here to remind you of that little inconvenient truth.


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  1. I do agree with Rush to a lesser degree BW,Mother Nature will take care of most of the oil in the ocean but by useing dispersents we don’t know what new problems we may cause and there is no way to predict them,this will be a wait and see deal for the next 5 years.

    Burn all your marsh next January and go on with life because at this point if we lose a class of fish,crab or shrimp there is not much you and I can do about it except hound BP and the federal government to start hatcheries for the affected spiecies.

    1. As always, Ronnie, I respect your comment. I believe the ocean could take care of the oil eventually, because it is a natural material that comes from the earth; and unlike Alaska, we have microbes in our water and soil here that breakdown the crude oil. So thank you for qualifying what I said: It is the dispersant-laden oil that now causes more potentially serious problems. What will Mother Earth do with this man-made poison? That remains to be seen. Yes, Ronnie, life goes on . . . . . and thanks again for the encouragement.

    1. Well, I’m glass half full and still hoping and praying for a happy ending. It’s just that I’m not sure how long this horror flick will run, ya know?

  2. You and your sources may be correct about the cellopane look on the surface of the Gulf.I it leaves a slick surface on rocks,then it very well could on water,and if Corexit9500 &9527 isn’t toxic,then why do they need personal protective eqiupnent while they are spraying on OUR GULF WATERS.Another thought,how can they make these claims without long term testing on the product.They have made the statement that there is minimal to no impact on small fish and/or wildlife(that is BS) I have seen the results.

    1. Hey C.E., if you look back at the photo, you can see the orange oil. The plastic coating is separate from the oil. The informant said it literally kept four-foot waves from breaking over into white caps as should have happened. Ditto everything you say about the toxins. I think I might stop using all the products on their list of common usages, too.

  3. Thanks again for hearing what I don’t hear much of anywhere else. I do listen to a show that’s on in the wee hours of the morning that reports what I believe is the truth but it’s good to hear from someone living near the source. I’m glad you’re reporting this.

  4. I’d personally rather see the oil on top of the water than use the dispersants. Common sense tells me it would just be better to skim and/or suck it up than to use chemicals. But hey, I’m not a Chemist, Chem Eng., Enviromentalist etc. I’m just an ordinary run of the mill person who’s mad as hell at what has happened.

    1. . . . and has a whole lot of common sense to go along with that anger. Again, if they sink it, they don’t have to pay skimmers or suckers. (no pun intended) Hey, maybe I’ll get famous for that quote right there!!!

  5. Hm. Thought there would be more response than this. Wonder if I offended some readers? Maybe everyone just wants to be “done” with the oil spill. Oh that it were so easy . . . .

  6. Don’t worry BW , they’ll be back just as soon as a “cookin” piece is posted. LOL! Maybe you can have a Shrimp boil…show ’em the seafood has been undergoing strict testing and is SAFE to eat!

  7. I’m still with you but, just don’t know what to add. I just hope that BP isn’t allowed to pull out before they clean up every drop.
    I do know that on Fox news today, they were reporting about all the dispersants being dropped. Said the government had allowed “limited” use of it in an emergency but, seemed they were over doing it.

  8. BW, you have a big ally – his name is Michael Berry, the top radio talk show host in Houston. He’s broadcasting his Houston talk show tomorrow (8/4) from an oil platform somewhere off Plaquemines. He was at the Commander’s Palace in NOLA today.

    If anyone wants to listen live, here’s the link. The show is on from 3-5.

    He’s committed to an end of the drilling moratorium, and also to a continued BP presence in the Gulf until all of this is cleaned up. He’s mad as he## at the Coast Guard for allowing BP to begin cutting back, and at the EPA, etc. for what is certainly inadequate if not flat sloppy testing.

    He’s the guy who’s coordinating the four-day trip of support for Louisiana over Labor Day I told you about. I’ve sent links to your blog and information about you to him. We’ll see what happens. In any event, he’s one of the people who will do what he can to make sure this stays in the news – and he can do a lot.

    Tonight, I’m just nervous as a cat over the static kill process on the well. That’s the fat lady I’m waiting for. They have to get Macondo closed up, killed, sealed in, kaput – and do it before a storm shows up. Then, we can really get serious about remediation.

    1. I remember your call about him, but I don’t remember how I could get in touch with him for that weekend. Did you tell him about us folks down here? BTW, took the boat south yesterday and was amazed at how beautiful our saltwater marshes are. I’m so thankful for that, and I hope it stays that way.