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Where’s the Deepwater Horizon Oil? – August 25, 2010

Microbes are busy, and oil is dispersed but far from gone

The BP/Deepwater Horizon well is now capped but it will be sometime before we understand where the nearly 5 million barrels of oil that gushed from the ruptured well have gone. On August 2nd, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its "BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Budget," the agency's assessment of what's happened to the oil. But the report came under stiff questioning last week at the August 17th House Energy and Commerce, Energy and the Environment Subcommittee Hearing on "The BP Oil SPill: Accounting for the Spilled Oil and ensuring the Safety of Seafood From the Gulf." Since then two scientific studies of the underwater… more

by: Elizabeth Grossman

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Oil Spill Kills Gulf Coast Shrimp Season; A Culture Hangs in the Balance – June 21, 2010

"This is the one thing that could destroy our culture and I don't want to see it happen," says Grand Isle, Louisiana resident Karen Hopkins, wiping at tears she's clearly fighting. Hopkins, a Louisiana native and long-time resident of Grand Isle, runs the office at Dean Blanchard Seafood. Blanchard typically buys 13 to 15 million pounds of Gulf Coast shrimp annually. Hopkins' house sits across from what should be a busy loading area for Dean Blanchard Seafood and no more than ten yards from a pier where boats that should be gearing up for a night out shrimping are coming in from a day skimming oil and changing oil-soaked boom.

It's… more

by: Elizabeth Grossman

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Gulf Workers Admitted to Hospital Amid BP Claims of Public Safety – June 1, 2010

This story appears courtesy of The Pump Handle.

As of Saturday afternoon, May 29th, ten oil spill clean-up workers had been admitted to West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) in Marrero, Louisiana. All but two have been hospitalized suffering from chest pains, dizziness, headaches, and nausea. One crewmember admitted on the 29th had fallen and hit his head on a stair after a wave mixed with oil had washed onto a deck, hospital spokesperson Taslin Alonzo told me. The other, who was working on what Alonzo called "an oil rig," was suffering from hypertension. All crewmembers hospitalized have long experience working on the water, according to Alonzo.

The two crewmembers hospitalized on May 28th had been working on the… more

by: Elizabeth Grossman

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Cashing in on Disaster – May 5, 2010

photo of an aircraft spraying a pink-colored fog over a seascape. an industrial ship and some oil platforms are evident

As oil continues to flow unabated from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico at what’s estimated to be a rate of at least 210,000 gallons a day, a suite of extraordinary measures are being deployed to both staunch and mitigate the underwater gusher. While much attention has been paid to BP’s efforts to build an oil collection dome and drill a relief well (estimated to take 90 days to complete), far less has been said about the chemical solution… more

by: Elizabeth Grossman

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In Praise of Backyard Hens’ Eggs – September 9, 2009

A late summer diversion

This may seem incredible and laughable to those with more rural experience, but as a lifelong city dweller – a third-generation native of New York City – who grew up and spent much of her life living in small Manhattan apartments, I tasted home raised eggs for this first time this summer. A gift from a friend who raises chickens in her backyard in southeast Portland, Oregon, where I now live, the eggs were not only delicious but beautiful. Pale creamy browns, deep russet with red speckles, and light watery aqua blue green. Unlike store-bought eggs, the size of eggs in the dozen varied from very large to smaller… more

by: Elizabeth Grossman

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