The oil spill has forever changed our way of life, but we can’t give up…

What’s it like to grow up on a bayou, anyways? It’s beautiful. It’s full of mullet, sheepshead, crabs, gators, blue heron, gulls, the occasional shark and even a manatee or two if we’re lucky.  Oh, and I can’t forget the dolphins. The sunsets are streaked with pink, purple, and gold…and this is just a small part of it. 

For those of you who may feel removed from the oil spill and may not completely understand why we love this place called the Gulf of Mexico and all of her bays, bayous and estuaries, let me tell you why we’re fightin’.  We’re fightin’ for those fast movin’ mullet, those striped sheepshead and those glistening, glorious  dolphins…even those sneaky blue crabs that disappear into the seawall…

This is an anonymous letter from a Gulf Coast resident, sent to Aaron Viles who blogs for the Gulf Restoration Network.  It talks about this person’s love for the area and fears about the current oil spill disaster. It’s a very moving letter and truly conveys how alot of us feel. It’s linked here: http://www.healthygulf.org/201007101398/blog/bp-s-oil-drilling-disaster-in-the-gulf-of-mexico/bp-s-drilling-disaster-an-anonymous-letter-from-the-gulf. While you’re on their site, check out the Gulf Restoration Network, they’re doing alot of great work in the gulf.  Here’s a picture of the backyard I grew up in…Don’s Bayou, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

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Should I pack the tarballs in my carry on?

Alright, take a look at this picture. I’m not sure who is smuggling tar balls out of the Northwest Florida airport but this is pretty crazy. Thanks to my friend Sylvia for posting it!

Gulf Waterkeepers + Support the Front Lines of Oil Spill

This is a great website put out by the Waterkeeper Alliance.  The Waterkeepers are a crticial source of information on the spill and they’re a dedicated group of folks who really believe in what they’re doing.  This site focuses on the group of Waterkeepers in the Gulf and what they’re doing on a daily basis to battle the effects of the spill.  My gratitude to them for being out there and doing the work that they do… please check out their website and support them! If you don’t feel like making a donation, please share their website with family and friends and spread the word. Here’s their site:  http://www.saveourgulf.org/

Just gimme some truth…

This is a great John Lennon song that really sums up the whole Corexit situation. Check the song out on YouTube if you haven’t heard it. Yeah, there aren’t any tarballs, but the water is so toxic that it explodes test tubes and shrimpers are reported to be bleeding out of their rectums. No biggie, right?  I don’t know why the federal government won’t come clean about the Corexit.  My parents and I were talking about the dispersants recently and how toxic they are…my mom wants to know why they didn’t discover that Corexit was toxic 1.5 million gallons ago.

Talking about what’s happening to our backyard is so hard. All of those memories of going to the beach, playing in the sand, making drip castles with my cousins…will they all be wiped away? Watching the exploding water samples just makes my imagination run wild. I read that they are shooting Corexit as far down as 5,000 feet into the water column.  Seriously, the Gulf has become one giant science experiment…if you haven’t seen this, take a minute and watch it. This is why I’m so fired up about a bunch of kids playing in this toxic water.  Why won’t they tell the truth?

Come on in, the water’s toxic!

Man, this article really heats me up…young kids are taking surf lessons in water that is known to be highly toxic in Pensacola, FL. What is up with this? The almighty dollar, folks. That’s what it is, and in a way, these guys are just trying to survive. But hey, taking little kids out in water that was shown to be exploding with toxic chemicals? Just doesn’t seem right.  I know why he’s optimistic…he just wants the greenbacks to keep flowin’. Hey, forget about that nonsense, come on in the water’s great!

http://www.pnj.com/article/20100725/LIFE/7250301/1056/NEWS10/Surf-store-co-owner-s-optimistic-on-spill

I’ll take a Tropical Storm with my Oil Spill…and throw in a dash of Corexit

It’s official, the second named storm of the season is on her way. TS Bonnie is headed directly for the Gulf and may intensify over open waters after moving over South Florida.  In the past, I’d call my dad and we’d talk about the first storm of the season coming into the Panhandle.  We’ve weathered so many of these storms, it’s just so natural. Late last year, my mom was outside on the phone with me while the wind whipped around her. Well, that’s all changed thanks to the oil spill. Will there be toxic rain? What about the oil storm surge? How bad will it get? Will it get pushed up into the bays and bayous? No one knows for sure, and we’re all holding our breath. Being on the east coast of Florida doesn’t make it any easier. All I can think about is my family, my friends, the dolphins, the sea turtles, the blue heron…the list just keeps getting longer. Damn, BP. Damn you, the Minerals Management Service, Halliburton and the rest of them. Damn you for ruining my hometown. This tropical storm is just the icing on the cake.

For those of you who want to read a good blog on the track of the storm check out Dr. Jeff Masters’ Wunderblog from Weather Underground, I posted it below. Good, factual stuff. That’s what we need right now. Not crazy, “the methane gas is going to kill us all” information (although, that does scare the living tar balls outta me). We’ve got to keep our wits about us. Call your friends, family or neighbors – see if they need help to prepare or evacuate.  Hang out with them and talk. This is an unknown, never-seen-before-in-history combination of a giant oil spill colliding with a Tropical Storm / Hurricane.  We’ve gotta batten down the hatches, not only physically, but mentally. Hang in there.

Here’s the link to Jeff’s blog: http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/show.html

Hurricanes + Oil + Homeowner’s Insurance

If you live in the gulf, please check this link out regarding hurricanes and oil damage. FEMA is saying that the oil will most likely flood homes along with the water, but if you’ve got flood insurance you should be covered. I really wonder how that’s all going to shake out when it’s time to make the claims. Here’s the link: http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/98142719.html

Unfortunately, if this new storm does come ashore, it’s too late for those that haven’t purchased flood insurance, as FEMA has a 30 day waiting period. This is a good story from the Property Insurance Coverage law blog, even tho it was written a few weeks ago, it talks about property insurance and the threat of oil from a hurricane.

http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/2010/06/articles/insurance/oil-and-hurricanes-here-comes-the-one-two-punch/

Non-Profit Organizations Testify On the Use of Chemical Dispersants

Check this video out from CSPAN:  http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294559-2

EPA Whistleblower Accuses Agency of Covering Up Effects of Dispersant in BP Oil Spill Cleanup

The truth is finally starting to come out about the dispersants…please read this article and share with family and friends!

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/212418-EPA-Whistleblower-Accuses-Agency-of-Covering-Up-Effects-of-Dispersant-in-BP-Oil-Spill-Cleanup?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Gulf water sample explodes when chemist tests for toxicity

Guys, the water is not safe, regardless of what it looks like. Check this article and video out as chemist Bob Naman, an analytical chemist with 30 years in the field, tests the gulf waters in his lab.  Here’s the link and below is the video: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/19/oil-spill-gulf-water-samp_n_651331.html

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