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You Defile It, You Buy it
When BP's oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, little did they know they would eventually end up gaining a piece of real estate. Everyone's favorite oil company purchased a swath of land this week near Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi. The land, located on Cat Island, is apparently fouled with oil. BP intimated to the Sun Herald of Blioxi, Miss., that they bought it to make the cleanup easier. Upon news of the sale, three new watchdog groups were formed dedicated solely to keeping watch for Tony Hayward's yacht.
BP might face criminal charges for fouling up the Gulf of Mexico, but that's not stopping them from reaching a deal to start drilling again. Everyone's favorite oil company is set to begin production again in July, but they'll only be allowed to drill from wells that already exist. Speaking to ABC yesterday, NOLA's Congressman, Cedric Richmond, said the revamped permitting process and new regulator safeguards that have been put in place by the Interior Department since the Big Oozy is enough to stave off his concerns. "If BP can make it through that then I think they should be allowed to drill," he said.
LaPlace Man Gets Shot, Brings the Wall Love
After a double shooting left two people wounded in LaPlace over the weekend, police appear to have put out a standard description. Sketchy man comes to door twice, looking for man who is not there. Sketchy man returns a third time, shoots man through the door, and also hits woman on the couch. Sounds mysterious, right? Well, luckily, in the mordern media age, we have the Interweb to fill in the details. As he apparently sat healing from his wounds, the call of the Facebook was too loud to ignore for Tucker Mendoza.
Dead Dolphin Distention
It's been about a week since the last reminder of the serious paddling against the tide that's going in the Gulf, so we could use another one. Ah, yes, here it is: The AP reports scientists who were catching fish to test for oil exposure accidentally killed three dolphins in the process. The cetaceans apparently got trapped in the trawl, and drowned as a result. But don't worry, they were only small dolphins (6-7 ft. long), and their species isn't endangered. We're willing to admit that the outrage of this news coming on this particular week might be a matter of degree. The accident follows a report that says the Big Oozy might have killed 50 times more dolphins than first estimated.
Mac McClelland's Got Her MoJo Working Near Grand Isle
The Big Oozy's beginning is almost a year gone, but reports of tarballs washing onto shore continue to trickle in with the tide. Missing among the conjecture, however, has been actual photographic evidence of the beaches where the oil's still rollin'. Sounds like a good opportunity for Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland to have a standoff with a BP flunky! McClelland returned to the scene of her prime this week, seeking to see how the beach has changed in a year down at the Grand Isle-adjacent wildlife refuge, Elmer's Island. After the go-ahead lackey lambasting, she found an even better example of primitive thinking: cleanup workers who fashion their own tools. And, oh ya, there's oil, too.
Spillness Snow Job?
In the wake of the Big Oozy, there were questions about whether the pollutants in the Gulf were bound to make coastal residents sick. Last month, a study formally confirmed that residents were reporting widespread symptoms. But there was still a lack of proof to tie them to the BP blowout. Well, one influential doctor is alleging that there might be a reason for that. Over at La. CoastPost, coastal scientist Len Bahr turns his concerns from barrier islands to corporate roadblocks. He recounts the stories of Dr. Mike Robichaux, who has witnessed Ochsner Health employees deny that illnesses of certain people close to the coast have anything to do with oil. But who, we are left wondering, is beind Ochsner?
Slick Scuttlebutt Investigated
Could it be? The phantom plume has come to exact revenge? The Coast Guard is investigating reports of a 100-mile oil slick near the site where the Deepwater Horizon went down, Rocky Kirstner with the Natural Resources Defense Council reports. Crews are apparently searching near the site of the Matterhorn well, which is north of the Macondo well site that spawned much environmental agony last year. There's been plenty of oil boo-boos since the Big Oozy, but none were reported to be anywhere near 100 miles in size.
Deepwater Horizon Might Be a Name From a Movie, After All
The Big Oozy's path to the big screen featured animated productions, actors playing concerned citizens and even some financial help from BP. But the environmental disaster's turn on the red carpet got some serious help yesterday when a production company bought the rights to turn the epic New York Times account of the final hours aboard the Deepwater Horizon into a movie. The project is being helmed by a trifecta of production companies that execs are doubtless hoping will put their unique stamp on the project.
Half of Respondents in New Survey Report Sickness Due to Oil Exposure
UPTOWN - A local environmental group released one of the first independent studies today on the impacts of the BP oil catastrophe. The Louisiana Bucket Bridage's report is nearly the only one that focuses solely on the health and economic impacts of last year's Big Oozy.
Feinberg, Science Diverge
Earlier this month, oil spill claims overlord Ken Feinberg noted that payments to people affected by the spill were based on the expectation that the Gulf would be fully recovered by 2012. There was instant outrage, and the assumption that he was wrong. But the one-two punch of Southern time and academic time meant there was a little lag in someone coming forward to use, y'know, science to refute him. But, over the weekend, we got one. University of Georgia Professor Samantha Joye reported that on a recent trip to the seafloor in a submarine, she found more oil than expected.
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