The Gulf Coast Devastation Obama Didn't See

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Today is Day 45 of the Gulf Oil Crisis.
Today, the White House says Obama will make another visit to the Gulf coast, which will be only his third in 1½ months. If it were George W. Bush, the MSM and the green Left would be foaming at their mouth with rage.
I hope when Obama gets there, he’ll be shown all the dead and dying marine wildlife from which he was shielded on his last visit. Neither BP nor the White House wants you to see or know about the devastation. Read this and weep….

Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill

By Matthew Lysiak and Helen Kennedy – New York Daily News – June 2, 2010 

Here’s what President Obama didn’t see when he visited the Gulf Coast: a dead dolphin rotting in the shore weeds. 

A sign expressing hatred towards BP stands on the side of Highway 1 in Grand Isle.
The usually crowded Grand Isle beach on Memorial Day is empty due to the impact of the oil spill.
When we found this dolphin it was filled with oil. Oil was just pouring out of it. It was the saddest darn thing to look at,” said a BP contract worker who took the Daily News on a surreptitious tour of the wildlife disaster unfolding in Louisiana.

His motive: simple outrage.
“There is a lot of coverup for BP. They specifically informed us that they don’t want these pictures of the dead animals. They know the ocean will wipe away most of the evidence. It’s important to me that people know the truth about what’s going on here,” the contractor said. “The things I’ve seen: They just aren’t right. All the life out here is just full of oil. I’m going to show you what BP never showed the President.”
The day was 85 degrees, the blue sky almost white with sunshine, the air fresh with salt tang.
After checking that he was unobserved, he motored out to Queen Bess barrier island, known to the locals as Bird Island. The grasses by the shore were littered with tarred marine life, some dead and others struggling under a thick coating of crude. “When you see some of the things I’ve seen, it would make you sick,” the contractor said. “No living creature should endure that kind of suffering.”
Queen Bess Island was the first place where fledglings were born when the beloved, endangered Louisiana brown pelicans were reintroduced in the 1970s. Their population rebounded and was finally declared stabilized in 2002. Now their future is once again in doubt. In what had been such an important hatchery, hundreds of pelicans – their white heads stained black – stood sentinel. They seemed slow and lethargic. “Those pelicans are supposed to have white heads. The black is from the oil. Most of them won’t survive,” the contractor said. “They keep trying to clean themselves. They try and they try, but they can’t do it.”
The contractor has been attempting to save birds and turtles.
“I saw a pelican under water with only its wing sticking out,” he said. “I grabbed it and lifted it out of the water. It was just covered in oil. It was struggling so hard to survive. We did what we could for it. Nature is cruel, but what’s happening here is crueler.”
The uninhabited barrier islands are surrounded by yellow floating booms, also stained black, that are supposed to keep the oil out. It’s not working. “That grass was green a few weeks ago,” the contractor said. “Now look. … This whole island is destroyed. How do you write a check for something like this?”
He said he recently found five turtles drowning in oil. “Three turtles were dead. Two were dying and not dead yet. They will be,” he said.
As the boat headed back amid the choppy waves, a pod of dolphins showed up to swim with the vessel and guide it to land. “They know they are in trouble. We are all in trouble,” the contractor said.
BP’s central role in the disaster cleanup has apparently given the company a lot of latitude in keeping the press away from beaches where the oil is thickest. On Monday, a Daily News team was escorted away from a public beach on Elmer’s Island bycops who said they were taking orders from BP.
BP spokesman Toby Odone denied the company is trying to hide the environmental damage; he noted BP has organized press visits to the spill zone and said BP cannot tell cops what to do.
The contractor for BP said the public needs to see the truth. “BP is going to say the deaths of these animals wasn’t oil-related,” he said. “We know the truth. I hope these pictures get to the right people – to someone who can do something.”

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0 responses to “The Gulf Coast Devastation Obama Didn't See

  1. Brigitte in Paris

    I was suggesting a few days ago that BP should be prosecuted for cruelty to animals and I still think it’s a good idea. There are no words to express the feeling of outrage and pain when I think of the horrible suffering of billions of animals who are not equipped to understand and cope with this situation. Humans can understand, even if they also suffer terribly, but animals like children ae totally innocent and unable to understand and save themselves.
    When I hear that this is the biggest ecological disaster in the history of the US I want to scream “in the history of the WORLD”. Currents will move the toxic soup over all the oceans just like depleted uranium gets carried around the globe by the winds.
    I am annoyed also when I read some EPA person say that the problem posed by the underwater plumes of oil+dispersant is one of lack of oxygen, as if the mix were not toxic and deadly.
    Certainly the cleanup crew is being traumatised by the sight of all the dying wildlife, and in addition to an early death they can look forward to the BP equivalent of “WTC cough” and years of litigation to obtain reparation.

  2. Brigette, my sentiments exactly! My husband and I cried as we watched the suffering wildlife, the pelicans and the sea life that was shown, full of oil and being suffocated. It really made me physically sick to watch it. But Mr. O has complete control of what happens in these federal waters and he has done nothing effective, exhibiting absolutely no leadership, in this most horrific emergency in our country!!!!!


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