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Air tests from the Louisiana coast reveal human health threats from the oil disaster

skytruth_oil_image_5-9-2010.jpgThe media coverage of the BP oil disaster to date has focused largely on the threats to wildlife, but the latest evaluation of air monitoring data shows a serious threat to human health from airborne chemicals emitted by the ongoing deepwater gusher.

Today the Louisiana Environmental Action Network released its analysis of air monitoring test results by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA's air testing data comes from Venice, a coastal community 75 miles south of New Orleans in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish.

The findings show that levels of airborne chemicals have far exceeded state standards and what's considered safe for human exposure.

For instance, hydrogen sulfide has been detected at concentrations more than 100 times greater than the level known to cause physical reactions in people. Among the health effects of hydrogen sulfide exposure are eye and respiratory irritation as well as nausea, dizziness, confusion and headache.

The concentration threshold for people to experience physical symptoms from hydrogen sulfide is about 5 to 10 parts per billion. But as recently as last Thursday, the EPA measured levels at 1,000 ppb. The highest levels of airborne hydrogen sulfide measured so far were on May 3, at 1,192 ppb.

Testing data also shows levels of volatile organic chemicals that far exceed Louisiana's own ambient air standards. VOCs cause acute physical health symptoms including eye, skin and respiratory irritation as well as headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea and confusion.

Louisiana's ambient air standard for the VOC benzene, for example, is 3.76 ppb, while its standard for methylene chloride is 61.25 ppb. Long-term exposure to airborne benzene has been linked to cancer, while the EPA considers methylene chloride a probable carcinogen.

Air testing results show VOC concentrations far above these state standards. On May 6, for example, the EPA measured VOCs at levels of 483 ppb. The highest levels detected to date were on April 30, at 3,084 ppb, following by May 2, at 3,416 ppb.

Here's a chart based on the data from LEAN's analysis, which was done by award-winning analytical chemist Wilma Subra:

lean_analysis_oil_spill_air.jpg(Satellite image of the Gulf oil spill taken May 9 from SkyTruth. Click on image for a larger version.)

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re: Air tests from the Louisiana coast reveal human health threa

The oil spill had caused a lot of damage especially to our mother nature lets hope that they can resolve this problem as soon as posssible

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There must be NO CAP placed on BP's financial responsibility to the people imperiled by BP's gross negligence. The 'Senators-to-the-Rescue' with their inappropriately inadequate $10 billion cap, are clearly stepping in to rescue their corporate masters. People of New Orleans, be damned.

BP and government NON REGULATORS are responsible for this environmental catastrophe, which has no end in sight. BP must pay ALL damages, including the ongoing economic losses.

I suggest that the USELESS CORPORATE SHILLS aka CONGRESS, suspend their taxpayer funded salaries including all the LIFETIME benefits they enjoy at the expense of the American taxpayer, and instead, for starters, funnel that money to the 27,000 people in New Orleans, who have lost their source of income and whose future incomes have been destroyed by this irreparable ecological meltdown.

AND LASTLY, HIRE THESE BRILLIANT GUYS ON THE DOUBLE: http://www.wimp.com/solutionoil/

re: Air tests from the Louisiana coast reveal human health threa

Dear World, this is a diaster! This is our world, a gift from our Creator! It is a special gift that we are suppose to protect, care for, respect and cherish! The problem is there are not enough of us respecting man kind, there are not enough of us caring for the animals and plants. There are even less taking the time to understand our responsibility to the air and water! People believe they should have whatever they want! Too many are convinced to believe that the oil, and other natural resources such as minerals are "just ours for the taking". Well what ever we take we had darn sure better be able to replace it. We dig and we dig and we take and we take and we spill and we waste and then we look dumb founded for a while, then we "look around " for another place to dig, take, plunder, spill, waste! It is all about $ "greed". There are other people on this planet who are ridiculed because they only take what is available on the trees, or a bush, they respect each other, they may fear and mis-understand the next group of people, but they don't plunder, they don't do unnecesary killing of the "Creators creatures" and they don't waste nor foul up our precious air nor foul up our water! They are usually labled the "crazy people, trible people, indigenous people, heathens!" But they demonstrat in their daily life "respect for this precious gift "life and planet earth!

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It must be risky for any boats in the area of the gusher.
Gas leaking into the water and rising to the surface is an extreme hazard to any boats buoyancy.
It only takes a small concentration of gas in the water to sink a boat.

re: Air tests from the Louisiana coast reveal human health threa

now there are some assuptions i'm gonna give.....
but feel free to correct me if i'm wrong

10 miles long, 3-miles wide, and 300-feet thick (this is the underwater plume they are talking about only that we are considering here)

L 52800 ft long
W 1000 ft ( lets assume this low average width since it probably isnt a nice neat shape)
H 50 ft thick(same reasoning)

LxWxH=2,640,000,000 cu. ft.
times 7.48 (gallons per cubic foot)=19,747,200,000 gallons of oil
divided by 42 (gallons per barrel)=470,171,420 barrels
divided by 28 days 16,791,836 barrels per day

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All these volume calculations are great, ASSUMING that the oil plume is comprised of 100% oil.
Any data on this?

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@John: You're not accounting for the fact that the underwater plumes are not uniform blobs of oil, they're most likely an oil-water emulsion of much lower concentration, likely something in the 0.5-2% range. Either way, adjusting for these factors, it's apparent that far more than BP or NOAA has estimated is actually gushing. Recent analysis of the video indicates that it's likely 70,000 barrels/day, and as much as 100,000 barrels/day.

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I just got back from Destin, Florida. I went with 5 friends, and all of us had some of the symptoms mentioned in this article. My eyes were very red, watery, and itchy which is very unusual for me. Several of the others had throat irritations, stuffy noses, and nausea. None of us had any symptoms until after we arrived in Destin.

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Please mail all Oil Gobs to Brit Hume, apparently he and Rush think there is no issue and its natural. Faux News

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/17/brit-hume-where-is-the-oi_n_578803.html

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skeptic: ummm, yeah. Here's your data: Oil and Water don't mix. Therefore, by definition, the oil plume is 100% oil.

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Hope in one hand and shit in the other. Then please do get back to us with an update as to which hand filled up the quickest.

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Well, that got me worried! My husband is on a barge around Dolphin, Alabama working to help clean up the mess. Never thought about it making something sink......maybe he should quit. And while we live right across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans, (19 minute drive to the French Quarters) an awful lot of people are having trouble with stomaches and headaches. We thought it was a virus going around....now I am starting to wonder. Will they bother to tell us if the levels here are too high? I somehow doubt it....and if they did.....where would we go?

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I don't know if the well is physically capable of producing anything like 10 or 16 million barrels of oil a day.
According to BP, the well was planned to pump up to 200,000 barrels a day. 10 million is 50 times that much.
Can a 21" pipe possibly move that much oil a day?

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Do all the figuring you want… but oil molecules and fumes are escaping into the atmosphere… Air quality is being affected...

No cap? We should soften responsibility for BP who cut corners for safety? Unbelievable… By the way… the Republicans are, for the moment, silent just after proclaiming “Drill Baby, Drill”

Republican LEADERSHIP… Senator McConnell said Sunday that there should be caps on BP because in the future LITTLE companies would not be able to drill in the Gulf if the caps were too high… What McConnell does not say is this… What if another calamity happens… would that small oil company be able to pay for such a large disaster? The taxpayer would end up with the bill... McConnell does NOT think that is of particular importance… McConnell thinks only about oil, money and energy… He’s a typical Republican…

WE HAVE TO GET OFF OIL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY…HARD TO UNDERSTAND? No change is necessary for the greedy… for one dimensional thinkers who do not like change… for uncaring, untouched people… Why change anything,... when everything is just right?

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Fuel
Planting only 6 percent of the continental United States with biomass crops such as hemp would supply all current domestic demands for oil and gas.
Did you know the average American spends 33 of 40 working hours to support their need for energy? It's true; 80 percent of the total monetary living expense for everything we do is ultimately wrapped up in energy costs; from the energy it takes to make the food we eat, to fuel for the cars we drive, to the manufacturing, storage and transportation of the products we buy. And 80 percent of solid and airborne pollution in our environment can be blamed on fossil energy sources. It is estimated that America has already exhausted 80 percent of its fossil fuel reserves.
Industrial hemp is the number one biomass producer on earth, meaning an actual contender for an economically competitive, clean burning fuel. Hemp has four times the biomass and cellulose potential and eight times the methanol potential of its closest competing crop - corn. Burning coal and oil are the greatest sources of acid rain; biomass fuels burn clean and contain no sulphur and produce no ash during combustion. The cycle of growing and burning biomass crops keeps the world s carbon dioxide level at perfect equilibrium, which means that we are less likely to experience the global climactic changes (greenhouse effect) brought about by excess carbon dioxide and water vapors after burning fossil fuels.

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THE TWO MAIN REASONS WE ARE IN SUCH AN ENVIROMENTAL MESS TODAY
1) The decision of the United States Congress to pass the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was based in part on testimony derived from articles in newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst, who, some authorsTemplate:Http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAhearst.htm stress, had significant financial interests in the forest industry, which manufactured his newsprint.
2) Hemp paper threatened DuPont's monopoly on the necessary chemicals for manufacturing paper from trees and hemp fiber cloth would compete with Nylon, a synthetic fibre, that was patented in 1938, the year hemp was made illegal It is often asserted in pro-cannabis publications that DuPont actively supported the criminalization of the production of hemp in the US in 1937 through private and government intermediates, and alleged that this was done to eliminate hemp as a source of fiber—one of DuPont's biggest markets at the time. DuPont denies allegations that it influenced hemp regulation.

3)Hemp for Victory is a black-and-white United States government film made during World War II, explaining the uses of hemp, encouraging farmers to grow as much as possible.

THE GOVERNMENT MUST KNOW THE REAL VALUE OF USING HEMP IT HELPED SAVE THIS COUNTRY DURING WW2!!
Dear Daniel,
Michael Brune
Executive Director, Sierra Club
The Gulf of Mexico - Oil Disaster is a Wake-Up Call that America needs to embrace and develop an alternative to oil as a fuel source. The time has come to look to our past, for what is the most viable source of energy from the most resourceful plant, that was so foolishly banned by an act of ignorance. The plant that was grown since the first settlers arrived,and revered by our Founding Fathers who praised it as a wonder of nature.
"Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere." George Washington
"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country." Thomas Jefferson
The issue of hemp?s true potential has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media but if one does a search on the Internet, an abundance of information on the truth can be found. One statement claims that if just 6% of the land in America was dedicated to growing Hemp, we could produce enough bio-fuel to cover our energy needs
When it comes to deriving fuel from organic matter the key words are biomass & cellulose and when it comes to the percentage of biomass ? cellulose and the tonnage per acre, Hemp beats out all other plants. Depending on the reports cited Hemp provides from 4 to 50 even a 100 times the cellulose of corn, sugar cane and other matter used for fuel.
During World War II, the Department of Agriculture mounted a campaign urging farmers to grow Hemp for the war effort and produced a short film entitled ?Hemp for Victory.? Yet after the war, Hemp was once again banned as a legal crop.
We need to put end one of the greatest travesties in American history and make Industrial Hemp a legal crop to provide the country with new industries and jobs for Americans that will lead to energy independence.How long must American farmers wait to grow this precious resource?
Hemp is the Green Bullet that can put America back on the path to prosperity.

re: Air tests from the Louisiana coast reveal human health threa

BP has shown you Christers that all life is a gift by destroying all of the life in the Gulf of Mexico. Those gifts didn't please BP. BP destroyed all of these gifts of life the way a spoiled brat destroys his/her cheap gifts after their birthday party.

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Did anyone see the photo of the first hemp car made by Henry Ford in the beginning years of auto manufacture? It was a beauty. Too bad the petro chemical industrial complex continues to pay off most of our politicians so generously to stop hemp manufacture in this country. Industrial hemp has nothing to do with marijuana but it has been purposely construed together to make it seem a threat to the moral makeup of this country. It is a lie and everyone knows it who has done the slightest bit of research.

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Oh were getting off alright, were well over Hubberts peak and whats happening is just a preview of whats in store.

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I appreciate imaginative solutions to our energy crisis, we need to include a complete inventory of what we consume in terms of resources and when this is done one easily realizes that this experiment with industrialized civilization is unsustainable. Cellulosic ethanol, and now Hemp Biogas proponents seem to forget that we are also facing peak water, in fact were facing peak everything, including human population. Its time to collectively address the crises rationally and realistically, we arent going to solve them with greater layers of technological complexity, we need to revert to simpler ways of being. Its very hard to cope with, but the reality is that this is going to entail a reduction to population numbers that are even lower than before the discovery and exploitation of non-renewable resources. Humanity's very survival is in question. The change isnt coming from the top, we need to realize the magnitude of the problems and take individual and community based adaptive measures. I know this seems overly pessimistic, but an overly optimistic assessment of conditions has fed the formation of these challenges. Its time to get real. Or very survival depends on it.

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We live in an age where truth has become an illusion of sorts with both sides of an argument able to cite sources that back their own individualistic claims, but if we look at humanity as a singular whole, then the entire spectrum of thought becomes a circular view of which we are all a part.
There is no doubt that our environment is on the brink of catastrophe; no longer can the living ecosystems on the planet absorb the dualistic trends that have come to define the modern world. We must change either the way we treat the planet or our own individual inner states. A Buddhist approach makes the claim the two are mirror images, reflections of each other.
There have been several articles recently trying to address the reasons humanity is reluctant to embrace the problems developing from our lifestyles of greed and overconsumption. One such argument makes the case that human nature since the beginning of time has dealt with these two conditions. The article concludes with the suggestion that investors can profit off of a transition to a more peaceful state of existence, but it does a fine job of opening up the discussion of human nature in relation to the climate, environment, and energy crisis we are currently facing. No one ever said that a sustainable future is devoid of a vibrant economy.
Particular Buddhist principles outline that greed and overconsumption arise from an imbalance within the human mind. Here in the Western world, society dictates that we 'juice up' on caffeine or other natural stimulants in order to keep up with our daily responsibilities, and then usually at the end of the day we need an alcoholic drink or a smoke in order to slow down and relax. Every day, rain or shine, we repeat this pattern. 24/7/365 we harvest resources to sustain our civilization.
Walking in nature provides a contrary view to the reality that most of us live through every day. In nature processes unfold more slowly; actions are more deliberate; interdependence is a necessity. Society has spent countless years and innumerable dollars to remove humanity from nature, and the linear experiment has seemingly transformed the human being from a creature that came from and is dependent upon nature to an animal that tries to control and exploit it at the peril of our own species.
The climate and environmental crisis we are facing is providing humanity an opportunity to see another role for our species to fill; that is, one of stewardship and sustainability. Humans should offer more gratitude to nature for all that it provides; our actions should show this gratitude by making sacrifices of some of the things that make us feel 'comfortable'.
Do we need to all live in caves and work by candlelight, like critics of the simpler-life argument claim? Of course not. What we need to do is begin addressing the issues that are causing our insatiable greed leading to overconsumption of the world's resources. The thought that more stuff creates happiness is an illusion; observe people with money and you will most probably find that they have the same problems that people living in poor neighborhoods have. Money does not calm inner turmoil.
Capitalism is the tool we are using to fuel our competitive lifestyles; we need bigger cars, nicer houses, larger TVs, newer handheld gadgets, and prettier kids than our neighbors. It seems as though, as a society, we are never satisfied with our present condition.

It is not that we have to give up our amenities that we have come to love so much; rather, we simply need to bring into balance our inner demands with our environmental limits. We need to balance our wants with our needs.
Without first acknowledging that part of the human condition is the fact that our desires can never be fully fulfilled, we will collectively continue to fill the void with products manufactured from nature. We can see in Developed countries how people fortunate enough to buy one vacation house in addition to their regular residence are never really satisfied; many of them proceed to buy more houses and fill them with 'goodies' until they own eight or nine or ten of them. This idea that seven billion people can all own more than they need, and that the planet has the capacity to fulfill these desires is truly, common sense tell us so, unsustainable.
The number of pharmaceutical pills that the older generations are currently taking is testament to the fact that even our modern life with all of its creature comforts isn't enough to fill the void created by our desires. We are addicted to our own mental constructs of 'want' when we should be filling ourselves up with what we need.
In the western world, we have even begun to pass down our addiction of wanting more to our children; young people on medication that is ultimately geared to numb ourselves to our deteriorating condition, or the growing number of obese children in America shows a tangible, visual example of this problem.
We certainly try to transform the world's resources into products that make us feel full; products and experiences that fill our soul with awe and make us say 'Wow!', but I have only found that natural landscapes and living beings are capable of producing a level of beauty that inspire us to walk within balance on land. A first generation iPhone simply makes us want the 3G version.
We will remain forever locked in a cycle of suffering as a society while we depend upon shopping malls and infomercials to provide our happiness. True happiness comes from caring for something with all of your being and having that living being flourish from your efforts. Destruction and degradation only brings about more suffering. Compassion is the fertilizer for life.
To simply state that our survival depends upon the survival of nature is not working because the planet is so large while the human perspective is so small. Those most responsible for climate change and environmental degradation have built castles that shelter them from the most damaging effects (they also have the luxury of moving from one affected region to one not in full crisis mode, to their second, third, or fourth home). We need to find a way to feel full with what we need and let go of what we want.

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I live in Atlanta. Most of our late spring & summer weather systems come out of the Gulf. Since the end of last week, everyone I know, as well as myself, has had what we thought was a cold. The symptoms are a severe headache, mild cough, mild suffy nose, and mild nausea. No one is getting any better. I think the air pollution from the oil spill has spread here as well.

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"Will they bother to tell you if the Levels are too high?" I think that they already have. THE LEVELS ARE TOO HIGH! IF It's the choice between my health and moving......then I'd move. That's a pretty simple decision to make!

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I would say that is in addition to the Chemtrails (contrails from planes spraying the atmosphere nearly 24/7) that's the major cause. The oil spill is only minutely responsible. Boy, do they lie good. The chemicals contained in that spray are Barium, Sulfur Dioxide, magnesium, copper, aluminum and glass particles. I'm 'certain' because of the now toxic levels of these chemtrails for geo-engineering this planet, the oil spill was a good excuse to 'shift the blame' on someone else for the toxic air quality. EPA was order to NOT test the air with the spraying going on, and to keep quiet about it. So much for honesty.

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Personally, I don't believe our Mother will ever recover from this tragedy. I think of all the good souls who selflessly volunteered months of their lives to help clean up the disaster of 911. Because of not informing the public of the dangerous toxic chemicals, many have suffered. To the woman who is worried about her volunteering husband, I understand your concern. This should be a concern to the entire population, how much more can we {the Planet) endure?

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Really this terrible and frustrating news is not coming as any surprise to me ( or anyone else, I suspect.) I think this "PREVENTABLE DISASTER" is going to have so much more misery, attached to it, that EVERYONE will be DEMANDING REAL CHANGES, especially about "OIL DRILLING," for the sake our planet's survival~

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What has really got me concerned;
1. If a hurricane like Hugo or Carla comes into the gulf, it will suck all the oil now in suspension, into the atmosphere and send it hundreds of miles down range as OIL RAIN. Everything will be coated ice storm slick.
2. If the oiled atmosphere and oxygen ratio is just right, what kind of national firestorm will lightning ignite down range?

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What has really got me concerned is;
1. If a hurricane like Hugo or Carla comes into the gulf, it will suck all the oil now in suspension, into the atmosphere and send it hundreds of miles down range as OIL RAIN. Everything will be coated ice storm slick.
2. If the oiled atmosphere and oxygen ratio is just right, what kind of national firestorm will lightning ignite down range?

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That is just under 6000 Gal per min. and yes that size pipe can handle that much. I am a Large dia. well driller.

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I agree with Angel Baluyut that there should be NO CAP on the financial responsibility of BP.
I would love to see them go under. The same applies for all the other oil companies that still want to drill for oil in the Oceans.
Can one imagine the amount of damages BP would have to pay out if it can be proved that there is indeed a health hazard in the air that is breathed?
They won't have enough money!
Shell, heed the warning because you are just as guilty as BP.

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Sue,

I spent the morning outside yesterday in New Orleans and near my mother's home in Metairie. After about 4 hours, without warning, my throat became seriously inflamed and sore to a point where it became difficult to speak or swallow. My eyes were slightly irritated. It subsided only after I was back inside for about 3 hours. 7 hours later my throat is now just slightly sore. I had no cold, sinus or other symptoms before I walked out my front door today nor after. I have always been extremely sensitive to toxic chemicals,experiencing discomfort as a child when others had no reaction to slight exposure. Think of me as a canary. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, OUR AIR HERE IN NEW
ORLEANS IS NOT SAFE.

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I live in Murfreesboro TN. The last few days, when I go outside, my eyes are burning a little bit, my stomach hurts and my throat feels a little raw. I, too,am very sensitive to chemicals. Our trees and flowers/plants are looking rough; even some of the evergreens are getting brown around the edges. I feel like something is in the air and I am very worried about it.

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I am from about 2 hours south of Atlanta in the Pine Mountains. We have had a 'virus' going around rampantly. Could be just a virus, but I have never seen anyone get a virus and it come back a week later. At first no one gave it much thought, but now we are all talking about it. The pediatrician's office is so full, you have to stand up in the waiting room.

Oh, and we have been OVERRUN with flies. Strangest thing. I mean you go into gas stations, grocery stores, everywhere there are flies! Maybe that's just from the ton of water over the past year, but just another oddity.

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To put it bluntly, the shit is about to hit the fan folks. Something really shady is going on here and I don't mean that lightly.

The fact that they aren't telling people that the air could/is toxic around the gulf leaves me thinking that this could be one of the biggest environmental catastrophes the world has ever seen. The reason being the leak can't be fixed for another 2 months at best until they get the relief wells drilled to equalize pressure - so, logically if they told people they had to breathe toxic air for another 2 months or longer...

Yeah, this event is REALLY being underestimated in the scope of damage it is going to do.

Godspeed.

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Daniel, what I wonder is do they know how beneficial hemp would be? Has someone even told Obama? Its stunning to think that the leader of the free world would allow greed to destroy, when he could really change every thing, like he wanted to. Please copy your comment and mail/email/fax and any other way possible to get it into the hands of our leaders. SOMEONE must take a chance and bring about the change we need, or we are ultimately doomed.

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THE REVELATION
For D.M.

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
Revelations 16, 3

A vial of wrath emptied in the flood,
Peril’s anti-eucharist,
Water clotting into blood

Only metaphor, an ancient poem,
There is no angel and no vial,
An otherworldly theorem

Self-judgment has been given, it is yours:
Here is the vial of wrath,
Break the glass and pour

And then we greedily took up
The gleaming glass -
The waves broke on the shore

Pavel
June 14, 2010

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For me problem seems not in catastrophic oil spills every minute to ocean, but more that our government and BP taking no action. One was elected by us and ideally should defend us from all this corporation, but in real world it's look like we elect our jailers by ourselves. BP acting like any corporation should act, to protect their assets. Just imagine for split second, if they will shut the spills, may be with just with C4 on both sides, and water pressure will lock it forever. But I can tell you what is going to happened after this, they will be kicked out immediately and will loose this oil spot. So only one way to keep their presence and not to loose $$$ it's not completely shut spills, and keep f** our mind with excuses. Most silly action show us our government, who should immediately kick BP ass out there, and shut this drill forever, nor let BP keep doing their dirty business.

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This is what happens when we think we know it all, GOD sits back and takes his hand of protection away from us, we are trying to remove him from everything in this country our money, ect. Every scientist has been consulted about the oil spill and still nothing. This is too humble all those people who think they are better then GOD or better yet who think they are GOD!!!!

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So, Luz, your egomaniac GOD is willing to sacrifice not just the southern populations, but multitudes of innocent ocean creatures as revenge for trying to remove a reference to him from $$money?? I think your GOD taught my 2nd grade class.

Your silly, uneducated and uber-vain GOD should sacrifice you, for exposing his stupidity.

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There was this comment in an article I read recently about oil spills and decided to keep. Does anyone know about this one? Read below:

>To the 'clean-up' in the South regarding the oil spill - did anyone know
>this? Here is a response from a lady who should know.......
>
> The crude oil is toxic!! Workers cleaning the oily Gulf beaches need to
> know the danger. Don't become BP's Collateral Damaged, like Exxon’s
> Collateral Damaged.
> http://www.lvrj.com/news/exxon-valdez-oil-risks-spur-warning-for-gulf-cleanup-crews-93258964.html
> My name is Merle Savage, a female general foreman during the Exxon Valdez
> oil spill (EVOS) beach cleanup in 1989. I am one of the 11,000+ cleanup
> workers from the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS), who is suffering from
> health issues from that toxic cleanup, without compensation from Exxon.
> Dr. Riki Ott visited me in 2007 to explain about the toxic spraying on the
> beaches. She also informed me that Exxon's medical records and the reports
> that surfaced in litigation by sick workers in 1994, had been sealed from
> the public, making it impossible to hold Exxon responsible for their
> actions. http://www.rikiott.com Exxon developed the toxic spraying; OSHA,
> the Coast Guard, and the state of Alaska authorized the procedure. Beach
> crews breathed in crude oil that splashed off the rocks and into the
> air -- the toxic exposure turned into chronic breathing conditions and
> central nervous system problems, neurological impairment, chronic
> respiratory disease, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, liver damage, and
> blood disease. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5632208859935499100
> My web site is devoted to searching for EVOS cleanup workers who were
> exposed to the toxic spraying, and are suffering from the same illnesses
> that I have. There is an on going Longshoreman’s claim for workers with
> medical problems from the oil cleanup. Our summer employment turned into a
> death sentence for many -- and a life of unending medical conditions for
> the rest of Exxon’s Collateral Damaged.
> http://www.silenceinthesound.com/stories.shtml
> Posted 6/8/2010 10:59:18pm
> by msavage

As such, I'm not surprised to read the above article.

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This is only one of many disasters that have hit our country and will hit our country until our leaders and the people wake up and realize there is a G-d. Our leaders have been bullying Israel and the Jewish people into dividing the Holy Land and giving it to terrorists. That land is not our government's land to give away. It is not the EU's land to give away. They are even bullying Israel to give up part of Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state. None of that land belongs to the Palestinians. Just as they bullied Israel to forcefully evacuate and relocate Jews from Gaza, and are doing the same for the West Bank now, Americans are now most likely going to be forcefully removed from their homes and lands on the Gulf Coast because of the toxic chemicals and health dangers erupting from this disaster with the oil and the use of the toxic Corexit product to disperse the oil. The disasters will only get worse people until America repents.

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I also live in the Atlanta area, and we have so many people up here feeling sore throats, constant slight headache, extreme fatigue, nauseous - ALL WHILE GOING OUTSIDE - AND ALL ONLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT RADAR AND SEE THE RAIN/WIND FLOW COMING UP FROM THE GULF/SOUTH INTO GEORGIA.

This is going to be a pandemic, and everyone needs to fill out these online comments like this one here so we can all see what is really happening in the different area's - AND FROM REAL TRUE PEOPLE.

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Wouldn't we start to see bird deaths like in the old mines if these gases start getting up to lethal concentrations?

Is anyone tracking bird deaths inland not from oil but just from air?

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Drill baby drill? Of course republicans are for drilling. We are for drilling in alaska, ON LAND where it is much safer. And shallow drilling in the ocean. But apparently the demys and environmentalists say no. I am for drilling because it reduces our foreign dependancy on oil. I have and will currently buy gas from bp stations. The technology for green energy is just not there. We cant get america off the nipple of oil, and put it some green energy. that research will take years. Get outa left field!

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Hey Bobbie Eck -- here's a reality check for you. Right after the Repubs said Drill Baby Drill, your incompetent Dictator in Chief (aka Barry Hussein) said that we were going to open up the coastal waters for more drilling. Remember he said that about 3 weeks before the oil leak? I know, that's so weird.

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The size, scope and implications of the geyser in the Gulf have been downplayed since day one. A month after university scientists estimated that some 50,000 to 100,000 barrels were being released each day, the government has finally come around to accepting their findings and is now using a 60,000 barrel a day figure. Which means all earlier estimates of the total toxins released must also be revised.

Some have taken to calling this an 'extinction event' or a 'doomsday' scenerio affecting the biosphere. And no one knows what will happen when the Corexit, the crude and the methane enter the atmospheric water cycle, which they are sure to do. When it starts raining toxins then you'll know the proverbial shit has hit the fan.

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So, EPA has detected hydrogen sulfide ( H2S) at 1,000 ppb (which = 1 ppm)
The current US occupational limits are:
NIOSH 10 ppm 8-hr
OSHA 20 ppm 8-hr
50 ppm 10-min
100 ppm IDLH (immediately dangerous to life and health)
If this was measured onshore, I would not be surprised to see 100 ppm nearer the source, i.e., offshore. In the water column, I suspect the H2S producing that hig an airborne concentration will be lethal to many organisms.
The article stated:

"The concentration threshold for people to experience physical symptoms from hydrogen sulfide is about 5 to 10 parts per billion."

They are mistaken about their quoted lower limit. It should be 5 - 10 ppm, NOT 5 - 10 ppb. See:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_sulfide and http://www.safetydirectory.com/hazardous_substances/hydrogen_sulfide/fact_sheet.htm

It pays to check your sources and demonstrates the fallibility of web reports.

Any VOC measurement is an approximate measurement because "VOC" is a generic term for a mixture of organic compounds. "VOC" is reported as the measurement sensor's response to an uncharacterized mixture of volatile organic compounds (hence VOC). This is usually reported as the sensor 's equivalent response to methane ("as methane") or some other reference chemical. It's not too useful for comparison or impact analysis because the chemicals in the mix will be variable and the individual chemicals have hugely varying limits. For example, here are limits for 2 common petrol constituents:
benzene 0.1 ppm (=100 ppb)
toluene 100 ppm (=100,000 ppb)

These 2 vary by a factor of 1,000 which is why VOC is not a very useful measurement in evaluating health impacts.

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James LoveLock is an independent scientist who worked along Carl Sagan and Lynne Margulis (Sagan's wife) at Nasa. He is the inventor of the Gaia theory whose main premise is that "the biosphere and the physical components of the Earth (atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere) are closely integrated to form a complex interacting system" or more simply stated :the Earth is a living organism. In his book, 'The Revenge of Gaia' he states that "The Earth is about to catch a morbid fever that may last as long as 100,000 years" resulting in the deaths of million of people with the survival of the human race dependent on a small portion of the population living at the poles.
THIS WAS BEFORE THE CATASTROPHIC OIL SPILL.
God have mercy on us.....Remember..Our kingdom is not of this world.... and lets pray that some how this disaster will awaken a new dawn of sensible,sustainable living and an awakening of just how fragile our MOTHER EARTH is and needs to be nurtured.

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I have to call BS on this one...........

PPM = Parts per Million
PPB = Parts per Billion

Lets get something straight here............

1000 ppb=1 ppm
100 ppb=0.1 ppm
10 ppb=0.01 ppm
1 ppb=0.001 ppm

therefore the 1,192ppb there freaking out over is actually equal to 1.192ppm....

According to OSHA and other sources 1ppm of H2S is pretty much harmless and your just getting into the threshold to where you can barley just smell it. Only at concentrations of 10ppm or better does it cause any any eye irritation or anything else. Looks like the morons who wrote the article are purposely trying to cause a panic by confusing the facts of H2S exposure.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owad...ONS&p_id=21955

BTW..........Yall are more than welcome to correct me if I'm wrong in any of my facts.........HD

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It isn't about the pipe anymore. The oil has started to leak through passages created by the immense pressure it is under miles below the surface. It's digging it's own path to the surface. The Gulf is ruined and may become uninhabitable once the toxic fumes spread throughout the region. There is a lot of information that is out there in bits and pieces that are pretty scary when you put them together. Don't take the media, the Feds or BP's word. Thank anyone who has ever demanded better protections against the corporate giants who have become rich at the expense our our natural resources. Tell the idiots who would apologize to or for those companies that the American people expected to have our best interests protected not sold out. The short term value of profit has killed the long term value of our our nation's environment, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands and it is threatening millions more. I think it was Lily Tomlin who said: "Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse."

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The birds are flocking to the North by the 1000's, fish are fleeing to the shores, people need to heed the warnings and get out before the evacuations begin. If you wait for the evacuations you will be forced to relocated at the hands of the National Guard/ Military, you will not be afforded the time to leave the way you would like. Your clothes on your back is all you'll be allowed to take with you. Talks are already in progress as to the logistics of this evacuation. Don't wait, it'll be too late

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The air quality in the GOM region is becoming very dangerous. Birds are flocking N. by the 1,000's. Fish are swimming inland to their death. Threatening levels of methane hydrates are heading inland. You need to leave on your own. Plans for mass evacuations are being discussed. Do not wait for the Nat. Guard and Military to move you, you will not be afforded the choice of where to go or what to bring. The Nat. Guard has been activated, Marshall Law has been instated. The methane hydrate levels have been increasing at an alarming rate in the vicinity of the well. The atmoshpere is approaching saturation levels that will require the vessels to move away from that area so they do not sink. The prevailing winds will carry these clouds to the shore. The effects on humans will be catastrophic. The land will resemble the sea. Please do not wait, Good luck, God Bless.

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I live in Sandy Springs and have been outside all this past week. I have been breathing the air with no ill effects whatsoever. Today is a gorgeous day to work in the yard. All this nonsense about fumes and sore throats is hypochondriac hype.

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Reading your story on health problems due to oil spill.
Is there any way you could start an addition to this site asking for specifics such as;
Zip Code
Symptoms
Duration of symptoms
Do you have allergies, respiratory problems?
Worse after rain? How many hours do you spend outside?
Something like this, by just using a zip code it gives people privacy yet you can determine their general location.
This so you can put together a data base that is not tainted by regulations and preset determinations.
My zip is 36530
Symptoms burning eyes, headache, burning throat. I'm outside as little as possible.

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You should read Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 that country is FULL OF THEM.

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We need a revolution. We need to take this country away from the corporate pigs that run the puppet show. They have had their chance, and look what happened. Capitalism can be blamed for this. We need REAL CHANGE... NOT what dip shit Obama "wants"... I mean a REAL change. We need to stand up for our Mother and protect her before it is too late. If everyone who is talking about this and wanting changes actually DID SOMETHING other that post in forums bitching about it, this country... and this WORLD... might have a fighting chance.

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Sell your car and buy a bicycle!

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THERE IS A SOLUTION! THEY'VE USED IT BEFORE! WHY AREN'T THEY USING IT NOW??? LOOK AT THIS & REPOST IT EVERYWHERE!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VfypUzx1tI&feature=player_embedded

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I do not want to scare you,but they are not getting sick from a 'virus'!!!!They MUST wear Hazmat respirators!!!!! Just look at the 9/11 first rsponders who were told they didn't need respirators...they're all dying from horrible lung diseases!!! If I where you(especially if you have children!!) find somewhere to go up North!!! I'm SOOOO sorry!!!!!!:((((

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Paul Watson just released a video news report cataloging the facts that indicate at the very least CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE by BP (and possibly the federal government) in this oil spill.

In short, it turns out:
1. BP knew months ago they had a problem.
2. BP ordered the oil rig crew to use salt water in the tube instead of the standard drilling oil / mud
3. BP Chairman and ex-BP chairman at Goldman Sachs dumped large portions of their BP stock 11 days before the spill.
4. Haliburton (the oil rig underwater construction company) bought an experienced oil spill cleanup company immediately before the explosion
5. The coast guard is turning back cleanup crews from the state of Louisiana and cleanup crews headed for the estuaries without any legal authority (stating BP orders!) Who made BP king of the gulf or gave them authority over our coast guard?

Check it out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Va3W8JQ9o

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Well said. Other reasons that HEMP is illegal include LAW ENFORCEMENT after the end of prohibition had to have something to do & the STATE BAR UNION MEMBERS enjoy profits from squashing peoples' pursuit of happiness.

These EVILDOERS, WRONGDOERS MUST be made accountable for their CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY & their CRIMES AGAINST PEACE.

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While reading the comments about the sickness and air problems in Georgia and the Atlanta surrounding area, I have two comments from the other posters in Georgia.

The first comment about people feeling the symptoms from the air quality is true! It is only when the wind or a current front system is coming from the South. So if the other poster was not feeling the effects, I bet it was because for the past 10 days or so the radar movement from the storms and wind are coming in from the West (as they normally do) hence the cleaner air.

I have asked around and did some research, and about 2 weeks ago the winds and rain were coming from the South, and people have noticed that is when they were feeling bad (mostly scratchy throats and headaches) but some with extreme fatigue and insomnia. God only knows what the long term effects are going to be.

Hope this helps, and please more people post from their area's. I live 20 miles south of Atlanta on I75. Bless us all!

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2 weeks ago I had a killer migraine. After 2 days of that, I got a bad long-term asthma attack - I had to go to the ER, get medicine (in addition to my usual preventative stuff), and I'm just now beginning to be able to get up and dressed within 2 hours. Oh yeah, I'm 38 and in otherwise good health - just super-sensitive to stuff around here - here is Louisiana, about 60 miles north of the coastline and about 150-200 miles west of New Orleans. I'm stuck here due to a contolling X-husband that will take my kids away from me if I leave the area, so I have to wait until it's a 'legal' emergency.

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I forgot to add - I've also been seeing dead baby birds. Not that I usually go out looking for them, just that I've noticed them the few times I have managed to get outside.

Stuck in Louisiana

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Republican/Democrat/Independent/TP, it does not matter.
The majority are all bought and paid for,
Look at where your elected officials derive their money from.
Look on your Senator's web sites.
See how they stand on the Carbon Tax bill aka: Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.

I feel for you all down in the Gulf Oil Tragedy zone
The problems we face as a nation like the Oil, economic collapse, immigration are low on the totem pole of Czars.

Who will regulate Carbon Capture?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/12/obama-climate-czar-has-socialist-ties/

In the service of his ultimate mission -- the leveling of social inequalities -- President Obama offers a tripartite social democratic agenda: nationalized health care, federalized education (ultimately guaranteed through college) and a cash-cow carbon tax (or its equivalent) to subsidize the other two.

"Green Energy Jobs & American Power Act", remember the Global Warming Hysteria,,,that turned out to be a hoax. That is the premise for the bill sitting on the Senate floor that will be one of the final nails in America's coffin.
Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act
http://youtu.be/NXGkI-mw7Pw

The Ties that Bind---Wake UP PEOPLE!
CAP AND TRADE LEGISLATION MUST BE STOPPED!!
http://youtu.be/TMEnNdDJNIw

Vote in November and move to Impeach

I realize it is True TV with Jesse Ventura, but watch the whole video
http://youtu.be/ih1UPeEK9Ig

zonehttp://gretawire.forums.foxnews.com/topic/the-american-sting-appearing-2008

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Are you serious? Of course it is 100 percent oil, what do you think BP spent all of that money drilling for? it is a pocket of oil, did you sleep through your 4th grade earth science lessons???