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Demorats block shooting survivor Steve Scalise from testifying at gun control legislation hearing. Here’s his statement

What happened to #BelieveSurvivors?

From Fox News: Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday on new gun control legislation Democrats plan to push on the American people. The top Republican on the committee, Doug Collins, R-Ga., asked committee Democrats if I could testify about this legislation in an appropriate setting to offer another perspective as both a survivor of a shooting attack and strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. But the Democrats said no. While liberals may try to silence conservative voices, I will not be silenced. The American people deserve to hear all perspectives. Here is the testimony I planned to give:

Statement for the Record

Republican Whip Steve Scalise, House Committee on the Judiciary
February 6, 2019

My name is Steve Scalise. I am the Congressman for Louisiana’s 1st District. I am the Republican Whip. I am also a target of gun violence.

Many of you may be familiar with the events of June 14, 2017. Around 7:00 AM, at the last morning practice before the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, an Illinois man named James Hodgkinson opened fire on myself and a group of Republican legislators and volunteers on an Alexandria, Va. baseball field.

Fortunately, as a member of House leadership, I was accompanied by my Capitol Police security detail who were able to return fire and engage the shooter until additional law enforcement officers arrived and ultimately took down the shooter. I was shot and nearly fatally wounded, and both of my detail agents were shot as well. I am alive today thanks to the bravery of U.S. Capitol Police and the Alexandria Police, heroes like Congressman Brad Wenstrup and the first responders who rushed to the scene, the incredible medical team at Washington MedStar Hospital Center, and most importantly the grace of God.

I applaud the intentions behind this hearing and believe we are all pursuing the same goal of reducing gun violence. As someone who experienced gun violence, I do not want anyone else to go through that trauma. However, it is also important to me that we be honest with ourselves and the American people about what will — or won’t — actually prevent these tragedies. The shooter who targeted me that morning was armed with an SKS rifle and a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, both of which were purchased in compliance with Illinois gun laws.

The new gun control restrictions currently being considered by the Democratic majority in H.R. 8 would not have prevented my shooting.

In fact, these new gun control measures being proposed in H.R. 8 would not have prevented any number of recent mass violence events. Several perpetrators of recent multi-victim shootings also purchased their guns legally. In some instances, the background check system failed, and lack of intervention from law enforcement failed to intercept potential threats.

I want to stress that the man who shot me was issued a permit to purchase firearms by the state of Illinois, and had acquired them legally. At Virginia Tech, Charleston, and Sutherland Springs failures in the background check system allowed individuals to illegally obtain the firearms they used to commit their crimes. The alleged loopholes that H.R. 8 claims to fix would not have prevented these tragedies either.

Instead, whether intentionally or not, the gun control proposals in H.R. 8 could turn law abiding citizens into criminals while also failing to achieve the stated purpose of reducing gun violence.

A recent study by the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis and Johns Hopkins University into California’s effort to implement “comprehensive background checks” found that, “The simultaneous implementation of [the Comprehensive Background Check policy] and [prohibitions on firearm purchase and possession for persons convicted within the past 10 years of certain violent crimes classified as misdemeanors] was not associated with a net change in the firearm homicide rate over the ensuing 10 years in California.” Even though California implemented more stringent background checks, this study shows that these measures did not reduce gun violence.

In fact, most criminals obtain firearms through unlawful means — whether through theft, straw purchases, or lying on the required paperwork. A DOJ study of federal inmates found that only seven percent who possessed a firearm while committing the crime they were serving time for purchased it legally from a firearms dealer under their own name. Based on similar gun control measures in states like California, H.R. 8 would not deter a criminal from engaging in criminal activity, and it won’t decrease gun crime. Instead, it only succeeds in limiting the ways that law-abiding citizens could exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Every single month in America, law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permits defend themselves and others against criminals who have guns. For example, on January 8th, a man approached a 25-year-old woman in Chicago, displayed a weapon, and attempted to rob her at a bus stop. The woman had a concealed carry permit. She drew her own weapon and fired a shot, killing the armed robber. The owner of a nearby pharmacy said such violence happens “all over” Chicago. However, in this case, the intended victim was able to defend herself with her own gun.

On January 2nd, a Good Samaritan in California with a concealed carry permit used his firearm to stop an attempted stabbing of a security guard and held the perpetrator until law enforcement could arrive at the scene.
On January 17th, a man at an IHOP in Alabama opened fire on employees, killing one before another employee pulled his handgun and killed the shooter in self-defense.

On January 29th, an armed robber held up a Family Dollar Store in Georgia. A customer was able to use a personal firearm to shoot and kill the robber before the criminal could hurt any of the many employees or customers in the store.

These are just some examples from the last month alone. There are hundreds of stories like these every single year from law-abiding Americans all over the country.

I am alive due to the effective and immediate response of my Capitol Police detail, and the Alexandria Police Department. Most victims of gun violence do not have law enforcement already on the scene to respond to a violent gunman. Instead of making it harder for citizens to defend themselves until law enforcement arrives, Congress should consider legislation like H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that would help law-abiding citizens have the same tools to defend themselves as a criminal has of trying to inflict harm, regardless of where they travel.

I firmly believe we must never forget, nor minimize, the importance of the Second Amendment to our Constitution.
H.R. 8, as well as other new gun control legislation currently being considered by the House Democrat majority do not accomplish the goal of reducing gun violence.

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Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” New Orleans housing charity is in trouble

From NY Post: Brad Pitt is caught in a hurricane of litigation over defective houses his Make It Right foundation built in New Orleans and he can’t find a graceful exit from the storm.

Make It Right appears to be barely functioning. The charity reportedly stopped building new houses in 2016. Its website hasn’t been updated since December 2015, and social-media accounts went idle in mid-2017. Like most nonprofit orgs, Make It Right has publicly posted its tax filings and financial statements for several years, but the last available filing is for the 2014 tax year. Years ago, the charity partnered with other groups to build veterans housing in Newark, New Jersey, and affordable apartments in Kansas City, Missouri.

New Orleans homeowners are suing Pitt and the foundation, claiming fraud over defective designs and shoddy construction. Pitt and other former foundation officers are petitioning to be removed from that suit, and he and the organization are suing the architect who oversaw the project in the city’s devastated Lower Ninth Ward. The charity has made repairs to rotting and collapsed porches.

In December, the city of New Orleans warned the 109 Make It Right homeowners that natural-gas meters in their houses might be improperly installed — a dangerous condition that could lead to gas leaks and explosions.

For Pitt — an architectural buff who hoped to pioneer new designs for affordable, green housing — the venture has been an embarrassing disaster. “The easy thing for him would have been to walk away, but then he would be accused of abandoning the people he promised to help,” my source said.

Pitt — after buying a mansion in the French Quarter and raising millions for the foundation after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — was busy making movies. He let other people run the project, which aimed to build 150 green-energy houses.
“Brad was a co-founder, but he wasn’t on the board for years,” the source said. “When the problems arose, he committed to help make it right.”

Ron Austin, the lawyer representing the homeowners, told me, “According to their 2015 tax filings, the foundation is insolvent. If Mr. Pitt succeeds in getting himself removed from the lawsuit, these residents will be without any remedy. It’s obvious he is trying to cut and run.

Austin said his clients are stuck with 30-year mortgages. “It’s sad and scary. They don’t have anywhere to go, and they can’t afford to move.”

Emails and phone calls to the foundation were not answered.

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Lawyer for Houston serial killer Danny Bible says he's "too sick" to execute

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Rapist and murderer Danny Bible


Firing squad works for me.
From Houston Chronicle: Lawyers for Houston-area serial killer Danny Bible filed a civil rights suit Friday alleging the aging death row inmate is in such poor health that any attempts to execute him will end in a gruesome, botched procedure.
The so-called “ice pick killer” has Parkinson’s, bad veins and a slew of other medical conditions that raise the possibility of a prolonged and painful lethal injection process his lawyers argue could violate the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The 66-year-old is scheduled to die on June 27.
“Texas will almost certainly join Alabama and Ohio and add itself to the unconscionable list of botched executions in America,” his attorney Jeremy Schepers told the Chronicle.
“Mr. Bible is an elderly, frail man who has been confined to a wheelchair for the last 15 years and his health is rapidly deteriorating,” he continued. “Recent medical evaluations confirm that his veins are inaccessible and unsuitable for placing an IV. Any attempts to carry out the execution will amount to torture, cause excruciating pain, and violate his constitutional rights.”
Bible’s bid for reprieve comes months after a high-profile botch that forced officials in Alabama to call off the execution of Doyle Hamm, a 61-year-old death row prisoner with lymphoma. In February, a lethal injection team there spent hours poking the condemned killer’s arms, legs and groin to find a usable vein before ultimately giving up as the midnight deadline approached.
Previously, Ohio saw similarly botched procedures in the attempted execution of Romell Broom in 2009 and Alva Campbell in 2017. Schepers writes that Bible is in worse health than Hamm, Campbell or Broom.
The Texas lethal injection preparation – a part of the process media and witnesses are not permitted to observe – involves inserting two IV lines, while the prisoner is strapped to a gurney.
But lying down causes Bible shortness of breath, and his lawyers argue that he would “likely be choking and gasping for air” during attempts to hook up IVs that may be “futile” anyway.
Bible’s legal claim, which lays out a “galaxy of medical issues” in detail over the course of 90 pages, names Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials and “anonymous execution team members” among its numerous defendants.
This isn’t the first time a Texas death row prisoner has fought his sentence by questioning the lethal injection process. Thomas “Bart” Whitaker – a Fort Bend man eventually spared by Gov. Greg Abbott – was one of three inmates behind a years-long suit alleging the drugs Texas uses could cause undue suffering.
And earlier this year, hours before his February execution, John Battaglia unsuccessfully tried winning a stay by raising concerns about two allegedly botched executions his lawyers said were caused by too-old drugs.
Both of those cases focused on the possibility that the drugs themselves would cause suffering, a claim that could more generally apply to any death row prisoner. Bible’s argument focuses more narrowly on the possibility that he, specifically, is unfit to execute.
“To my knowledge this is the first suit of its kind in Texas,” said lethal injection expert and death penalty lawyer Maurie Levin, who worked on the Whitaker and Battaglia cases.
In Bible’s case, his lawyers suggest that an alternative method – firing squad or nitrogen gas – would decrease the risk of suffering.
Bible was initially sent to death row in 2003, more than two decades after the crime that landed him there.
A former drifter, Bible’s lengthy string of violence dates back to at least 1979. That May, a passerby found the bloodied, half-naked body of Inez Deaton along the slope of a Houston bayou. She’d been stabbed 11 times with an ice pick before her killer posed her corpse by the water.
For nearly two decades, Deaton’s slaying went unsolved – but Bible’s violent streak continued.
In the years that followed, Bible terrorized women in the Midwest, once setting his girlfriend’s car on fire because he didn’t like her haircut. After he returned to Texas and settled west of Fort Worth, he murdered his sister-in-law Tracy Powers and her infant son Justin. Then, he killed Powers’ roommate, Pam Hudgins, and left her body hanging from a roadside fence.
Following those killings, he fled to Montana, where he kidnapped a woman and raped an 11-year-old girl, according to court records.
Eventually, he was caught and in 1984 he pleaded guilty to Hudgins’ murder. He was sentenced to 25 years for the killing and 20 years for a Harris County robbery. He was released on parole eight years later, under a since-repealed mandatory supervision law.
While still on parole, he raped and molested multiple young relatives, including a 5-year-old. Then in 1998, he raped Tera Robinson in a Louisiana motel room before stuffing her into a duffel bag when he became enraged that he couldn’t maintain an erection. The woman broke free and called for help.
Bible was eventually caught in Florida, and freely admitted to his crimes under questioning.
Weeks after he was sentenced, Bible narrowly escaped death during a head-on-collision on the way to death row. The officer behind the wheel of the prison transport vehicle, 40-year-old John Bennett, died in the wreck, while Bible ended up in a wheelchair.
In past appeals, Bible’s attorneys have used his deteriorating medical condition to argue against his execution, saying he can’t be a danger in his current state.
Texas has already executed six men this year, including another Houston serial killer, Anthony Shore. Aside from Bible’s, there are seven other death dates on the calendar in Texas.
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YouCaring Crowdfunding Site Removes Page Raising Money for Louisiana Police to Sue BLM Protesters

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YouCaring founders: Brock Ketcher, Naomi Ketcher and Luke Miner

They are a private company and allowed to set their own guidelines. Yet in typical progressive form, their hypocrisy shows in what they say and actually do (see note at the bottom).
From Yahoo: Crowdfunding website YouCaring has withdrawn a campaign to raise money for police lawsuits against the Black Lives Matter protest movement, on the grounds the page did not promote harmony.
The online fundraiser, set up by personal injury lawyer Donna Grodner, was intended to raise money for lawsuits she has filed against Black Lives Matter on behalf of Baton Rouge police officers.
The Louisiana litigator has filed two federal cases on behalf of police against the movement and its leaders Deray Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie. The page aimed at raising $20,000 before it was taken down, PBS reported.
YouCaring, a free crowdfunding service, has been used by families and individuals across the U.S. over the past year to raise money for everything from medical bills to replacing flood-damaged property. It has also supported different local and national Black Lives Matter campaigns.
However, YouCaring has said it is not the right platform for Grodner’s page, removing it Sunday.
“In alignment with our mission, we removed this fundraiser because it was not within our community guidelines around promoting harmony,” YouCaring chief marketing officer Maly Ly told the NewsHour Weekend in an email.
“We are not the right platform to air grievances, or engage in contentious disputes or controversial public opinion,” she added.
The first lawsuit pertains to an incident on July 5, 2016, in which an officer, who filed the complaint anonymously, was hit by debris in a protest during a “Weekend of Rage.” The protests followed the shooting of a black man, Alton Sterling, by local white police.
CNN reported that the second lawsuit relates to a July 17, 2016, attack by gunman Gavin Long where two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy died. The shooting also wounded two deputies and an officer.
The suit alleges Black Lives Matter and its leaders are responsible for the injuries because they “incited violence against police in retaliation for the death of black men shot by police,” and “did nothing to dissuade the ongoing violence and injury to police.”
“In fact, they justified the violence as necessary to the movement and war,” the complaint says.
The legal team for the two cases has also created a GoFundMe page to raise money for expenses on the two cases. GoFundMe did not return a request for comment on the page.


YouCaring is not the right platform to “engage in controversial public opinion?”
Then why are they allowing this: “BLM Cambridge Summer 2017 Action Plan & Fundraiser?”
And if you search “Black Lives Matter” on YouCaring, you will get 49 results for that search item. But “harmony” or something like that…
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Judge blocks Texas rules requiring burial of fetal remains

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks


From Fox News: A federal judge on Thursday blocked until at least next month hotly debated Texas rules mandating burial or cremation of fetal remains that were set to go into effect within days.
The ruling by Austin-based U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks (appointed by George H.W. Bush) begins the latest legal battle for a state whose tough anti-abortion laws were largely struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer.
The Center for Reproductive Rights and other national advocacy groups sued to prevent Texas from requiring hospitals and clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains from abortions or miscarriages rather than disposing of them in a sanitary landfill, as they often currently do with such remains and other biological medical waste.
The rules had been set to take effect Monday. The lawsuit argues that the rules serve no medical purpose and are meant to shame women who seek abortions and make it harder for doctors to provide them.
Sparks scheduled two days of testimony for early next month, then said he expected to rule by Jan. 6 on whether or not the rules can be allowed to stand going forward. Earlier legal challenges blocked similar measures in Louisiana and in Indiana, where they were signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence, now Donald Trump’s vice president-elect.
Texas’ proposed rules brought more than 35,000 public comments. The state health department wrote that it “believes the methods allowed by the rules will protect the public by preventing the spread of disease while also preserving the dignity of the unborn in a manner consistent with Texas laws.”
Greg Abbott
The new rules were proposed to the health commission at the behest of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in July, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti-abortion laws that would have left Texas with 10 abortion clinics, down from more than 40 in 2012.
They require fetal remains, regardless of the state of gestation, to be treated like those of a deceased person by having them buried or cremated. Cremated remains would still have to be buried or scattered.
Republican state lawmakers also have pre-filed bills that would codify similar rules into Texas law. The Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 10.
Remains are currently most often disposed of in sanitary landfills, and that cost is included in the price of getting an abortion or otherwise undergoing treatment for a terminated pregnancy.
Critics say cremation, and especially burial, would cost more and force women to have to cover the additional expenses, while funeral home operators also have worried about the added costs interment and cremation. The Texas Catholic Conference, however, has announced that it is readying plans to allow free burial for fetal remains at Catholic cemeteries.
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Sunday Morning Funnies

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Florida
A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.
Amazing,” he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more.
Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State Trooper, blue lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, “What am I doing? I’m too old for this!” and pulled over to await the trooper’s arrival.
Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of his vehicle and walked up to the Corvette. He looked at his watch, then said, “Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a new reason for speeding – a reason I’ve never before heard – I’ll let you go..”
The old gentleman paused then said, “Three years ago, my wife ran off with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back.”
Have a good day, Sir,” replied the trooper.
Georgia
The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.
He called her into his office and said, “Y’all graduated from theUniversity of Georgia and I need some help. If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?”
The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, “Everthang but my earrings.”
Louisiana
A senior citizen in Louisiana was overheard saying, “When the end of the world comes, I hope to be in Louisiana .”
When asked why, he replied, “I’d rather be in Louisiana ‘cause everythang happens in Louisiana 20 years later than in the rest of the world.”
Mississippi
The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!”
Bubba replied, “Did y’all see who it was?”
The young man answered, “I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.”
North Carolina
A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait.
A passerby studied the scene as he drove by, and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was.
The man replied, “I got a flat tahr.”
The passerby asked, “But what’s with the flowers?”
The man responded, “When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back. I never did understand it neither.”
Tennessee
A Tennessee State trooper pulled over a pickup on I-65. The trooper asked, “Got any ID?”
The driver replied, “Bout whut?”
Texas
The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch. The Sheriff asked, “Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch? Don’t you see that sign right over your head.”
Yep,” he replied. “That’s why I’m dumpin’ it here, ‘cause it says: ‘Fine For Dumping Garbage.’”
Y’all kin say whut y’all want ‘about the South, but y’all never heard o’ nobody retirin’ an’ movin’ North.
~Steve~                          H/T  Wild Bill Alaska
 

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Louisiana biz to Obama: “Kiss our ass”

In the wake of the POS’s “You didn’t build that” slap-down of American businesses and entrepreneurs, signs have cropped out across the United States rebutting the POS. The most famous, thus far, is the Gaster Lumber and Hardware sign in Savannah, Georgia:

Here’s another one: A custom made sign hanging on the fence of Blue Stream Services, an oil and gas rental and supply company, located on Highway 90 in New Iberia, Louisiana.

The “We” in the sign refers to the owners, the hardworking and dedicated employees, the suppliers, and the company’s clients and customers.

H/t my friend Sol

~Eowyn

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US soldier refused service at Muslim-owned Texaco station

UPDATE (July 10, 2012):

The gas station owner apologized. Go here for my follow-up on this story.
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An American soldier in uniform walks into a Texaco station on Highway 10 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The Muslims who own the station tell him:

“We don’t sell to your kind here.”

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If the video is deleted censored by YouTube, what it shows is the exterior of the Texaco gas station, with patriotic protesters lining the road. The voice-over narrator describes the denial of service to a serviceman and that there was a previous similar incident.
H/t my friend Mark S. McGrew and FOTM’s beloved Tina.
Mark, who’s running for El Paso County Sheriff, asks this question:
“What would it be like if Jews refuse to serve Christians, blacks refuse to serve whites, whites refuse to serve Mexicans, Democrats refuse to serve Republicans, etc. etc., and everybody refuses to serve anyone not exactly like them?”
My question to the Muslims at that Louisiana Texaco station is:
“If you hate America so much because our soldiers are in ‘your land’ — Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle East — why are you in America? Why don’t you go back to your Muslim homeland?”

Oops!

My apologies to Terry who’d already posted this news! (See his far superior post, “I dun did it now, Cher!“). But I’m not deleting this duplicate post because it’s already received two Facebook clicks and 6 Twitters from readers who missed Terry’s original post.

Will Terry forgive Eo the dolt?

~Eowyn

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Ben Swann's Reality Check – GOP Rule 38

This was broadcast on Fox 19 Cincinnati last night. 
Friday, 2:00 PDT from  Ben Swann on the Reality Check Facebook page:
UPDATE: ON THE UNIT RULE
There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the “Unity” rule, Rule 38 at the RNC and how it can be applied. As I shared in last night’s Reality Check, the rule would prevent States or Congressional Districts from binding their delegates and forcing them to vote for only one candidate. Som…eone posted a very intelligent explanation about this on the Daily Paul that the GOP get around this rule by allowing 3 delegates, who are RNC leadership in the state to be unbound. This prevents 100% of the delegates from being a “Unit”.
There is another issue however that has not been discussed, which needs to be covered. If Congressman Paul continues to win delegates in the Bound states, he may assign those delegates. A lawyer contacted me with this information:
“I would look into the possibility of Ron Paul giving delegates to Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to ensure they have five on the first ballot. Even under my definition of “bound” (copied from Black’s Law Dictionary), “bound” delegates can still be “assigned”. There is nothing that stops Ron Paul from selectively releasing delegates.”
Finally, there is still the issue of abstaining. More to come on that…
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Increase in Carcinogens in Gulf Water


Scientists of Oregon State University (OSU) found that levels of some cancer-causing oil compounds rose significantly in the waters off the Louisiana coast during the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bettina Boxall of the Los Angeles Times reports on October 2, 2010 that Kim Anderson, an OSU environmental toxicology professor, found a 40-fold increase in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, from May to June. “It’s an incredibly huge jump in concentration in a natural environment,” said
Anderson. “It’s a huge increase that folks that deal with the more biologic side of it will have to address.” But presently she is not prepared to say what, if any, threat the elevated levels posed to the gulf environment because the OSU research team is still analyzing the results.
Anderson and her research team started testing for the contaminants a few weeks after the April 20 well blowout, taking water samples at four near-shore locations along the Gulf Coast. Results from early August, after the BP well was capped and stopped leaking, continued to show elevated levels in the water.
The amount of such hydrocarbons in crude oil varies, as does the toxicity of the compounds, which constitute a large class of chemicals. Some are not toxic at all, and some are carcinogenic, Anderson said. Her gulf samples included all three types.
Lisa Faust, communications director for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, said her agency did not have enough information on the Oregon research to comment. But she added that state testing of seafood harvest areas had not detected harmful levels of the pollutant. “In all our samples of water we tested, at the most there were trace levels of PAHs — and nothing at the level that poses risks to human health,” Faust said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to reopen federal waters in the gulf to commercial fishing. Last week Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft, who is taking over management of the federal spill response, said the government’s extensive testing of gulf seafood has had “no detects whatsoever of any” PAHs.
In an e-mail, a spokeswoman for the federal Environmental Protection Agency said the agency had “analyzed more than 1,600 water and sediment samples alone” as part of its response to the BP spill “and found very few samples with chemicals at levels above concerns to aquatic life and no samples with chemicals at levels of concern to human health.”
~Eowyn

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