Fishermen Find Miles of Supposed Missing Oil From BP Spill
October 24, 2010
(ChattahBox News) – Turning a blind eye or hoping it magically disappeared isn’t gonna make this problem go away. Louisiana boating captains in the Gulf of Mexico have spotted massive oil slicks almost 400 feet wide and at least one mile long, still remaining after this summer’s BP oil spill. Boat captains working the BP clean-up, stated that they “have been reporting large areas of surface oil in the on the Mississippi River delta for more than a week,” said there was little to no response yet on the part of BP, but Coast Guard officials Friday said a boat had been dispatched to investigate the sightings. The captains did not want to be named for fear of losing their clean-up jobs with BP, according to Bob Marshall, of The Times-Picayune. Wildlife officials are nervous that the oil will not be removed quickly enough to beat the fall bird migration and the prime fishing season could be reclosed if the oil is confirmed. The oil-affected waters are also part of the main shipping channel and highlight concerns from skeptics who said the clean up reports were vague and overreaching.
William Reilly, co-chairman of a presidential panel probing the BP spill oil spill caused by the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, said in recent testimony that he believes it was a result of government corruption, rather than simply being an accident.
“The regulatory and inspection process has been subject to political and industry pressure. The industry has successfully sought congressional intervention to prevent implementation of mms rule making,” concluded Reilly.
As long as lawmakers and the oil industry are in bed together, safety issues will not be properly addressed and more oil spills could happen in the future in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Reilly.
President Barack Obama’s moratorium on deep-water drilling is set to expire 30 November.