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BP Gulf Oil Spill's Walking Dead

"And I think the media now has to...tell the American people who’s getting money for poisoning the millions of people in the Gulf." - Hugh Kaufman, senior EPA analyst, admits millions have been poisoned in the Gulf states.

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(CHICAGO) - A biochemical bomb went off in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010--as dangerous and destructive as a nuclear blast.

While an atom bomb’s destruction can be measured immediately after detonation, BP’s unintentional biochemical bomb is a slow-motion explosion that's driving a continuing disaster. Unfortunately, lingering death occurs with both types of explosions.

Millions exposed to uncontrolled hemorrhaging, lesions, cancers

Recently, frustrated scientists presented evidence that millions of Gulf area residents were poisoned by the BP Gulf disaster. Worse, they believe that millions more could be exposed to long term poisoning.

Yet other than those worried scientists few seemed to care.

Now more frightening evidence has emerged: areas of the Gulf Coast may have been saturated with high levels of benzene, hydrogen sulfide and radioactive hydrocarbon effluents--three deadly substances that can cause disease and death years after the initial exposures.

[Full report available here.]

The EPA and the ongoing news blackout

The curtain of silence that dropped just days after the Deepwater Horizon blowout has never been fully lifted. At the time, a no-man's land was created prohibiting fishermen, reporters, news helicopters and civilian sea and air craft from approaching the immediate disaster zone. The US Coast Guard and BP conducted joint operations feverishly attempting to quell the spreading disaster.

Reporters were threatened with arrest. News stories were yanked. Scientific reports buried. And data from the NOAA research vessel--initially sent to the region to take readings of the seafloor--was suppressed.

Yet some information leaked.

Beyond the oil gushing into the Gulf at a rate never before seen, deadly methane gas flooded the region. The methane reached such high levels of density in the Gulf that brilliant scientists like Dr. John Kessler of Texas A&M recorded stunning readings of methane--amounts one million times higher than normal. His reports managed to reach the media.

Although access to the forbidden zone has been restored, a partial news blackout remains in place blocking public access to the data that measured toxicity in the Gulf waters and Gulf states from April into August.

A conveyor belt of death: deep sea oil plume 22-miles long

Poisons flooded into the Gulf for three months. Unabated, these poisons have affected the ecology of the region. Now evidence is mounting that the delicate infrastructure of life inhabiting the Gulf continues to absorb much of the poison and is passing it on to unsuspecting humans. Reports that sea life in the Gulf have remained uncontaminated are being vigorously challenged.

And new reports are circulating the globe that the missing oil’s been found. A plume 22-miles long is suspended deep in the cold, dark waters of the Gulf. It’s not breaking up and it’s not being eaten by microbes.

It is, however, acting as a conveyor belt of death.

Cocktail of poisons

Some environmental experts are calling what’s pouring into the land, sea and air from the seabed breach ‘a chemical cocktail of poisons.’

Areas of methane dead zones devoid of oxygen are continuing to drive species of fish into foreign waters, are killing plankton and other tiny sea life that are the foundation for the entire food chain, and are polluting the air with cancer-causing chemicals and poisonous rainfalls.

And before the news blackout fully descended, the EPA released data that benzene levels in New Orleans had rocketed to as high as 3,000 parts per billion (ppb).

Benzene is extremely toxic, even short term exposure at low levels can cause agonizing illness and slow death from cancerous lesions and leukemia years later. But 3,000ppb is far from a low reading.

Hydrogen sulfide was also detected by the EPA monitoring stations around the New Orleans area. The EPA reported hydrogen sulfide levels as high as 1200ppb. A normal, safe level falls between 5 to 10ppb.

Recently, Ron Kendall, an ecotoxicologist from Texas Tech University, was interviewed by National Geographic concerning the affect of the poisons released by the blown out well on bacteria and plankton in the Gulf.

The results were not looking good. Indications of a major, ongoing poisoning occurring in the Gulf were widespread. "This is what we've been worried about, because this is the base of the food chain," he told National Geographic. "Any effects on that level can work their way right on up."

Meaning right up the food chain to humans--many of whom have already been exposed to poisons from the air and water.

The bio-chemical time bomb

According to a report issued by Michael Harbart, Professor of internal medicine at Wayne State University and Kathleen Burns, Ph.D., Director of Sciencecorps, long-term exposure of the chemicals released by the ongoing BP Gulf disaster--at relatively low levels--should be avoided at all costs because "the potential for serious health damage is substantial. Chronic health effects are typically evaluated for specific crude oil components and vary from cancer to permanent neurological damage. They cover a range of diseases affecting all the organ systems..." [ “Gulf Oil Spill Health Hazards”]

Senior EPA analyst admits millions poisoned in Gulf

Recently--in an eye-opening interview with 'Democracy Now!'--Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, made this shocking admission:

"And I think the media now has to follow the money, just as they did in Watergate, and tell the American people who’s getting money for poisoning the millions of people in the Gulf."

As Alexander Higgins at 'Democracy Now!' points out: “Hugh Kaufman has been at the EPA since the Agency was created in the early 1970s, as an engineer, investigator and policy analyst. Prior to joining the EPA in the beginning of 1971, he was a captain in the US Air Force. He helped write all the Federal laws regulating the treatment, storage, disposal, and remediation of solid and hazardous waste. He has been the Chief Investigator on numerous contamination cases, including Love Canal and Times Beach.”

[For links to the transcript of interview and the EPA analyst’s video testimony, go here.]

The walking dead

Like those exposed to the Russian Chernobyl disaster, or the many thousands now sick and dying after exposure to the 9-11 Twin Towers toxic cloud, the people of the Gulf coast may have joined the ranks of the walking dead.

Experts cannot predict with any certainty that the poisons will be contained exclusively to the Gulf states. Weather patterns and the variable density of the substances could conceivably expand the Death Zone into parts of the Midwest and East coast of the United States.

Download the PDFs and study the scientific papers here.

Review the 26 source links here.

Access the video interview of EPA whistle blower Hugh Kaufman here.

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merisa September 9, 2010 1:14 pm (Pacific time)

it was a good artical but it could be shoter

Rev Reggie Jackson` August 28, 2010 1:17 am (Pacific time)

It is amazing that you will never hear this on any news channel on regular tv!! The media whores are making millions of dollars lying to us!! Besides; the CIA have their agents of deception at every television channel and they control what is on TV. Colby said this and they killed their CIA chief!! But the Great God of Heaven protects those whom He has special projects and jobs for!! And I have b een sent to warn America and the whole world about the coming mark of the beast system that will enslave the whole world in the very near future. And I have been sent to work special and great miracles among the nations of the Earth!! and God will kill them before He allows them to hurt or kill me!! And then they will go straight to hell immediately!! And their mark of the beast chip will send you straight tho the lake of fire and brimstone on Judgment Day if you take it according to Revelation 14:9-11 !!

August 26, 2010 3:13 am (Pacific time)

this is deverstating,people need to wake up and see what is really going on every day right under our noses most people dont care though because they dont think it effects them.OH BUT IT DOES.What a sad state of humanity we live in today with only areselfs to blame. right now i dont know who is worse them behind the curtin minipulating the mass covering this up or us standing back continuing to let this go on by blatantly egnoring it. please pepole wake up please this carnt carry on.

WideAwake21 August 27, 2010 10:49 am (Pacific time)

Welcome to the future, my friends.

John MacNamara August 27, 2010 9:58 am (Pacific time)

Read up on UN Agenda 21 if you want to know what this chemical attack against the people of the Gulf is all about

Linda P August 27, 2010 6:56 am (Pacific time)

This was an intentional poisoning of the American people. Wake the hell up! It's REAL and not just some scare mongering! It's another way for Big Pharma to get super rich in the years to come. Shortly all of the people who did inhale the methane and benzene will become very ill and DIE. So what for scare mongering is that? It's the truth. Even here in Ohio I'm getting the Corexic rain and suffering upper respiratory symptoms. So what are the people in the south suffering - probably much worse than I am.

jerrys August 26, 2010 7:49 pm (Pacific time)

I live in New Orleans, and am a lawyer with decided liberal, Sierra Club-type tendencies. That said, this article is the worst sort of hysteria mongering, and totally counter-productve. "Walking dead." Please. This has been a big problem. There is still much we don't know about the long-term effects. But the seafood taken from here is presently the most tested in the world. You have much LESS idea about what you're eating that comes from elsewhere. Enjoy! I admire Hugh Kaufman. All he is saying is "follow the money," be skeptical. Great advice. But otherwise, much of this article is of the blog-quoting-blog BS sort. There is no there there. (Try following the links to the supposed scientific articles.) Come on down. We have our problems. But we're not zombies here. And the food is pretty good.

Johnny de Vulcan August 26, 2010 7:38 pm (Pacific time)

We may see that they will use this "opportunity"(never vaste a good crisis)to declare another fake pandemic; claiming that the victims of these poisons have "a flu"- and need some mercury and squalene -vaccinations. If many start dying they will use it as proof of the necessity of vaccinating all. Paranoia? I think they will do anything to kill as many as possible. Paranoia - or De-population-agenda at work???

Lance August 26, 2010 8:23 am (Pacific time)

BP's 'unintentional' biochemical bomb? Unintentional? Watch 'Endgame' by Alex Jones. Unintentional me'arse. With my email I normally get a response from the EPA within hours even though I'm Canadian...why were they NOT monitoring for VOC's? No response since 2 weeks after the gusher started. Dead people walking for sure.

happi August 26, 2010 6:00 am (Pacific time)

We the people haven't even begun to grasp the enormity of this catastrophe, which conveniently will save the gov billions in entitlement benefits as millions perish in the coming years. An unprecedented number of massive fish kills have been reported from the Gulf coast, east coast up to MA. Millions are still eating "safe" yet untested seafood harvested from these massive areas.The dominos of death have started to fall.

Kelly Ann Thomas August 25, 2010 5:58 pm (Pacific time)

This is the worst environmental disaster in human history, but because the majority are not wiped out instantaneously, the masses believe that it's not so bad. There is no cap. The infamous "cap" was on Well A, the well that blew in February. Well B, the relief well, blew on April 20th. There is no solution t this and BP and the US government are well aware of this. they are just propping up the house of cards because BP is finished (as is the global economy) when the truth is finally accepted by the masses. The US government and BP will continue to lie, lie, lie especially in light of the November elections. They do not have the resources or managerial expertise to evacuate 20 million people.

NotUmarikin August 25, 2010 11:24 am (Pacific time)

It's just a bunch of redneck hillbillies that are going to get sick and die. Who cares?

gp August 24, 2010 8:05 pm (Pacific time)

good article on the BP coverups-

Shepton August 23, 2010 3:53 am (Pacific time)

The usual health scares unsupported by fact. Why should this spill be different from any other - because people want to get as much compensation whether they deserve it or not.

ALl I can say is that if there were dansgerous levels of so called poisons in the atmosphere, local health officials should have been monitoring air quality as a m atter of course and stopped all work if such dangerous levels were found.

THis is as bad as the scurrilous report that said that all the Exxon Valdez responders were dead! IN fact that was rubbish. Not one of my team diesd post that spill.

Take all this with a very large pinch of salt, it's lawyer fodder.

Editor: Oh yeah right, perfectly safe, I hope you take the first swim.

Anonymous August 22, 2010 11:29 pm (Pacific time)

and not 1 arrest...

Anonymous August 22, 2010 6:57 am (Pacific time)

Altho judges have ruled that its ok for journalists and politicians to fib, it is not
ok to fib at a congressional hearing.
BP says 75% of oil, still in gulf.

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