Monday, May 24, 2010

The Damage is Done -- Boycott BP

The White House said Sunday the Justice Department has been gathering information about the oil spill. Press secretary Robert Gibbs didn't say whether the department has opened a criminal investigation. He would only tell CBS' "Face the Nation" that department representatives have been to the Gulf as part of the response to the oil leak.

Even if BP's top kill procedure works this week, the damage has been done.

On Sunday, some brown pelicans coated in oil couldn't fly away on Barataria Bay of the Louisiana coast. All they could do was hobble. Their usually brown and white feathers were jet black, and eggs were glazed with rust-colored gunk.

When wildlife officials tried to rescue one of the pelicans, the birds became spooked. Officials weren't sure whether they would try again, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Stacy Shelton said it is sometimes better to leave the animals alone than to disturb their colony.

Pelicans are especially vulnerable to oil because they dive into the water to feed. They could eat tainted fish and feed it to their young, or they could die of hypothermia or drown if their feathers become soaked in oil. Just six months ago, the birds had been removed from the federal endangered species list.

From "Frustration Grows Along With Gulf Oil Spill" by Greg Bluestein and Matthew Brown, AP


Boycott BP

A few years ago, BP petitioned the EPA to allow them to INCREASE their waste dumpage into Lake Michigan.  Where is their environmental conscience?

Here in Chicago, a grassroots movement and boycott of BP products ensued and BP printed a statement of retraction, seeming to reverse its decision.  I am not sure if they have stuck to that decision or have secretly implemented more dumping.  Maybe a reader can fill us in.

Now the massive oil spill in the Gulf, which officials are saying has topped the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. 

View some of the tragic results happening to the island off LA which is home to hundreds of nesting brown pelicans and other birds.  The oil has desecrated hundreds of miles of beaches in LA and AL already and is sitting at the gulf of the Mississippi River.

Throw the book at BP.  Revoke any rights to oil drilling in the U.S.  BOYCOTT BP!

(This video shows oil-damaged pelicans, many of whom can barely fly, says one of the filming biologists.)