TS Radio: Ron Johnson ….Coverup continues on BP Oil Spill

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They’re Poisoning US


Arnold Mann, the hard-driving, no-holds-barred investigative reporter who blew the lid off toxic mold in the late 1990s (TIME, USA WEEKEND), has just published a new book. It’s called “They’re Poisoning Us”-From the Gulf War to the Gulf of Mexico, An Investigative Report, and it’s a can’t-put-it-down, tell-all, that has unearthed many disturbing facts that confirm our worst suspicions about what THEY knew, when THEY knew it and what THEY did (or did not do) to save lives and property. More

Regulations hamper oil spill clean-up

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D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c  downsizer-dispatch@downsizedc.org

First regulations failed to prevent the oil spill, and now regulations are preventing the spill from being cleaned. That’s not unusual. Government regulations often make problems worse, as with the regulations described in the sample letter below.

Please send a letter to Congress asking them to stop impeding the oil spill clean up, and to do less in general so they can focus more on trying to do a few things right.

You can copy or borrow from my sample letter to Congress . . .

You politicians constantly tell us that your regulations are needed to protect the environment. But it looks like your regulations are actually harming the environment, by strangling efforts to clean the BP oil spill.

Read this story: The Obama administration forced Lousiana to stop using 16 barges that were sucking up oily water.

And then this story: A stupid set of laws, called the Jones Acts, have blocked foreign crews from helping to clean the oil spill.

I think you guys need to start regulating less, and doing less in general. BP is paying a huge price for its incompetence, and deservedly so, but you guys constantly get a free ride. You aren’t responsible for anything! More

The Worst Oil Spill in U.S. History, and It’s Still Business As Usual?

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Food & Water Watch

Secretary Salazar Needs to Close Atlantis Today, or Get Out of the Way!
“Salazar is basically rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic.”

Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit said this of U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar today, and we’ve found it to be true. The first official response to Food & Water Watch’s request for a federal court order to shut down BP’s Atlantis oil rig has shown little has changed under Salazar’s leadership. Tell President Obama that Salazar should either close Atlantis today, or get out of the way.

We notified the Minerals Management Service over a year ago that BP Atlantis was missing 89 percent of its necessary safety documents. Even though missing documents are at the heart of many BP disasters, including the current one, MMS still refuses to close Atlantis until it can be proven safe. In an official response last week, the agency even admitted that they have done no meaningful investigation and even though we’re facing the worst oil spill in U.S. history, MMS continues to issue permits to BP for deepwater oil drilling.

The inability to close a rig that is operating without any evidence of safety, especially in light of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, makes us think that Secretary Salazar is serving oil interests, not the public interest. It seems to be business as usual under his leadership, despite heavy-handed rhetoric to the contrary.

President Obama should demand his resignation and find someone who will regulate the oil industry-starting with shutting down BP Atlantis until it is proven safe.


Thanks for taking action,

Sarah Alexander
Outreach Director
Food & Water Watch




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Will Gulf coast workers suffer the same fate as those who cleaned up after the Valdez?

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live Link: Silence in the Sound


My name is Merle Savage, and I worked extensively as a female general foreman in Task Force One, during the oil recovery project in Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989. My name during that summer was Bailey; however, in 1994 I obtained a divorce and retained my former name of Savage. This is why any one that worked the cleanup was unable to locate me until now.

Between May 5-September 15, 1989 I worked for Veco which was the company that was contracted by Exxon to supply boats, equipment, and personnel for the oil cleanup. The first weeks I cleaned the beaches with a 5 inch hose on my shoulder spraying hot water onto oily rocks. The spray mixed with crude oil was always coming up into our faces. Respirators were not available only paper masks. We were always covered with crude oil. On the beaches there was no way to wash our hands before eating and it was impossible not to get the crude oil on our food. The work day was anywhere from 12-16 hours a day, 7 days a week. We faced each day suffering from the Valdez Crud, which was like an extreme flu, with chills, fever, vomiting, headaches, and respiratory infections with chronic coughing that lingered throughout the 4 months.    READ  MORE


We Done Did Stupid – Lets Not Compound the Issue People.


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In a staggeringly stupid move, the Federal Government has again moved beyond belief. (If this report from the AP is to be believed)

“William Mahan bends over a bowl of raw shrimp and inhales deeply, using his left hand to wave the scent up toward his nose. Deep breath. Exhale. Repeat. He clears his palate with a bowl of freshly cut watermelon before moving on to raw oysters. Deep breath. Exhale. Repeat. More

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