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Old 04-13-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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Oil spill across 1/5th of remote wildlife refuge
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A crude oil spill covers about one-fifth of a remote national wildlife refuge near the mouth of the Mississippi River, and another 120 square miles in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Lt. Stephen Nutting says the slick covered 16 square miles of the 76-square-mile Delta National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, and a 12-mile-wide slick stretched 10 miles into the gulf...
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About 18,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Cypress Pipe Line Co. line before the operator, Chevron Pipe Line Co., could close the broken section.
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Wildlife still exposed to Exxon Valdez oil 20 years after disaster
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Scientists in Alaska have discovered that lingering oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill is still being ingested by some wildlife more than 20 years after the disaster. The research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, uses biomarkers to reveal long-term exposure to oil in harlequin ducks and demonstrates how consequences of oil spills are measured in decades rather than years.

The Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground on the Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989, spilling 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into the sea, covering 1,300 square miles. It is still regarded as one of the most devastating human-caused contamination events, and the effects on wildlife populations and communities have been...
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Oil spill in Gulf could be devastating to dozens of endangered species
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April 23, 2010

Oil spill in Gulf could be devastating to dozens of endangered species - Times Online
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The Gulf region contains about five million acres of wetlands, which are an essential habitat for three quarters of all of the migrating waterfowl that cross the US.

There are more than 3,300 marine species in the Gulf, including six endangered species of whale. Its shores include the only known nesting beach of Kemp’s Ridley, the world’s most endangered sea turtle. There are also populations of...
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Debating Synthia, a genetically engineered life form
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Debating Synthia, a genetically engineered life form
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Human folly has shown that naturally occurring invasive species introduced into the wrong environment can spread quickly. From killer bees in California and cane toads in Australia to zebra mussels in the Great Lakes and rabbits in Canmore, alien species can cause native populations to collapse, or at least eat all the plants in your garden.

Imagine what a genetically engineered synthetic life form might do. Unleashed in the Gulf of Mexico to gobble up an oil spill, could lab-grown microbes take over the oceans, killing all forms of life? We hate to be the authors of a bad B-movie, but geneticist Craig Venter's newly created synthetic life, nicknamed Synthia, seems a bit like The Attack of the Franken Cell.

We're not dismissing the potential good that can come from the scientific marvel that Venter has cooked up at his lab in Maryland. But as Ottawa genetic watchdog Pat Mooney notes, the arrival of Venter's synthetic microbes "should be a wake-up call that...
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BP pledges money from captured oil to aid wildlife
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WASHINGTON - Money from any oil collected and sold from BP's leaking oil well will go toward a fund that helps restore and improve wildlife habitat in the four states most damaged by the nation's largest oil spill.

Although thousands of barrels of oil continue to spew into the Gulf of Mexico each day from BP's broken well, the energy company is salvaging much of it, using a containment device installed last week.

That captured oil could generate more than $1.4 million in revenue each day, based on flow-rate estimates calculated by federal officials...
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Creative solution to a political nightmare. A fund that BP creates and presumably controls over and above any clean up money they come up with. Interesting....
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Oh lookie what we did with some of the money we got from BP, BP money buys sports towels, Xmas lights, jingles - Nation - Modbee.com, “Sports towels and fleece blankets. A poker tournament. A $1 million Christmas display. A prom for senior citizens. BP gas card giveaways. A "most deserving mom" contest. And advertising, lots of advertising.” So much for using the $$$ cleaning up more of the Gulf for future generations. Stupid is as stupid does. We can’t fix stupid.
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More money is starting to roll in, Mitsui unit to pay $90 million over Gulf oil spill | Reuters. 90M is a lot of money… it could go far helping address the ecological damage but… we’ve never had a great track record spending money responsibly and I doubt they’ll use this windfall for anything other than a short lived boost to the local economies. I’m sure we’ll blow that wad boosting tourism leaving next to nothing for actual clean up which is a shame since…. what they ultimately do with the money will perpetuate the myth that all of us as are rich fat greedy Americans overseas. We’ll be viewed as not caring about anything but our “amusements”.
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Gulf Oil Spill Still Stains the Environment 2 Years Later Despite BP Propaganda
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Activist Post: Gulf Oil Spill Still Stains the Environment 2 Years Later Despite BP Propaganda
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Although BP has spent upwards of $100 million to sponsor tourism ads for the Gulf, the stark reality of the disaster they perpetuated continues to linger for those in the region. April 20th marked the two-year anniversary of America's worst oil spill and is cause for reflection, as well as a continued evaluation of this event which has irrevocably altered the health of citizens, wildlife and the environment.

Evidence continues to mount that the use of the dispersant Corexit has led to...
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EPA Grossly Misrepresents The Toxicity Of Corexit Used In Gulf Of Mexico
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EPA Grossly Misrepresents The Toxicity Of Corexit Used In Gulf Of Mexico
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Quite incredibly, the EPA issued a positive report on May 1, 2012 regarding the safety and toxicity of various dispersants used in the BP Gulf Oil Spill. Included in this assessment was the use of Corexit.

This report “indicated that all eight dispersants had roughly the same toxicity, and all fell into the “practically non-toxic” or “slightly toxic” category. Scientists found that none of the eight dispersants displayed endocrine-disrupting activity of “biological significance.” The same report went on to say that “dispersant-oil mixtures were generally no more toxic to the aquatic test species than oil alone.”

The first question that jumps out for those who have researched this subject with any degree of thoroughness is how this recent report fails to reconcile with previous studies performed by the EPA…
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