English: Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon’s 126 person crew. Français : Les restes en feu de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
CHALMETTE, LA — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.
Like so many Gulf Coast residents who pitched in after the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Barisich was motivated by a desire to help and a need to make money — the oil had destroyed his livelihood.
Today he regrets that decision, and worries his life has been permanently altered. Barisich, 58, says respiratory problems he developed during the cleanup turned into pneumonia and that his health has never been the same.
“After that, I found out that I couldn’t run. I couldn’t exert fast a walk,” he said. His doctor declined to comment.
Check out this jackalope from British Petroleum’s asinine statement regarding his company’s perpetration of an ecological disaster of biblical proportion.
British Petroleum (BP) rep Randy Prescott made a comment to those worried restaurateurs facing rising prices for shrimp and oysters, “Louisiana isn’t the only place that has shrimp!” His office phone number is (713) 323-4093; his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Give Randy a call or send an email and give this insensitive clod a piece of your mind. Snopes.com is confirming this is a true statement. Getting seafood from further away will cost restaurants more money AND the fact that seafood is available from places other than Louisiana does not help all those out of work fishermen. Now does it Randy!
No matter in what “context” this remark was made, it is just more evidence that British Petroleum is not putting this disaster in perspective. If it was an American company that did this in the North Sea and oil was all over England, Scotland and Wales, we would be the great capitalist Satan etc…
BP’s latest heavy mud effort to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico has failed. The oil flow was too much for the heavy mud to cap the well.
So until next week, oil will continue to pour in the ocean unabated (18 million gallons and growing). Next week BP will try a new untested procedure to cap the well. This procedure involves a robot and cutting of the end of a pipe and placing a cap and seal over it. It could take 4 – 7 days to complete.
The is now the largest oil spill in US history and growing daily. The ecological and economic impact of this fiasco will be felt for 50 years! Up to 40 million gallons of oil could wind up in the Gulf before all is said and done.
The White House stated the leak is enraging as well as heartbreaking.