Q: Is BP Oil Spill’s COREXIT Causing Horrific Red Tide in West Florida Now?

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”  I’ve been curious about whether the Corexit from the BP spill could have had an impact on this disaster and look what just came up as I googled “Red Tides and Corexit”. I know the BP spill was a long time ago but maybe the Corexit is just making its way east.”

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute – Oil Plus Dispersants May Lead to More Red Tide Events

American Chemical Society – Oil Spills and Dispersants Can Cause the Initiation of Potentially Harmful Dinoflagellate Blooms (“Red Tides”) by Rodrigo Almeda, Sarah Cosgrove, and Edward J. Buskey

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Tuesday News – hardly any

From Real Coastal Warriors : Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill

“…Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.”

WIPP town meeting (looks like a bosses’ meeting) live stream #1. The rest of it.

The Watchers – Red tide kills thousands of fish in Gulf of Mexico, poses a greater health threat

The helicorders at Lake FUBAR were pretty quiet until noon then they started up and then sputtered. LA18 shows it.

The AdvocateJudge tells sinkhole lawyers to settle taxpayers’ claims

The state district judge presiding over year-old lawsuits seeking reimbursement of state and parish costs from the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole urged Texas Brine Co. and its insurers Monday to turn their attention away from internal battles over coverage and focus on settling the primary legal claims seeking to recover taxpayer dollars.

Judge Guy Holdridge, of the 23rd Judicial District, told a courtroom of more than two dozen lawyers from Texas Brine Co., its insurers, and state and Assumption Parish government that he has dealt with similar cases in the past involving multiple insurers and millions of dollars in claims and that the sheriff’s and Police Jury’s claims, in particular, are worth just several hundred thousand dollars each.

“My frustration is why are we working and kneading me up as a judge over these small claims, and I’m having to deal with 1,000 New Orleans lawyers. I don’t know why we are doing this,” Holdridge said at the Assumption Parish Courthouse in Napoleonville. . . .


There has been fewer posts here than usual because news from Bayou Corne has slowed to a trickle …
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There’s been almost no updates posted lately from DNR.

 

DEQ has a new situation update Aug. 3 but they don’t report any stats. They just say everything’s fine. They have a water quality report for 7-29. They have a July air sample report.

The  Texas Brine Action Plan was pretty recent, Aug. 3. Oxy has one too for Aug. 3. So does KDS Promix, DOW, Arcadian GasChevron and Crosstex. Chevron is reducing inventory and slowing down. They don’t say it is due to instability but we doubt it is a reduction to greed that prompts them! Arcadian is idle too.

Texas Brine’s Action Plan uses an incredibly old photo of Lake FUBAR. We wonder how they can plan anything without a current picture or map.

The last Texas Brine drilling report was for 2012 just after the collapse. They say they closed Oxy 3 with a master valve so maybe they didn’t do any more drilling and that was the last report.

Big Mystery Yellow-Slick Near Sanibel Island, Florida – Corexit Stew??

From RSOE

The yellow color of the water is a sign that red tide once again is affecting Sanibel Island, according to one scientist, concentrations are highest at the Sanibel boat ramp, but they don’t know yet how toxic it is. Thousands of dead sardines are washing up on Sanibel’s Nerita Beach, most likely killed by toxic red tide. “We’ve been coughing like mad we’re down here for an hour or two, burning nostrils it’s not pleasant,” Chris Boesen, Sanibel resident. Red tide happens naturally, but scientists are trying to figure out whether freshwater from the Caloosahatchee makes the bloom more intense. “I don’t like t that’s for sure and i see it as a question and I can pick my days to come to he beach and just avoid some days not coming down here,” Boesen said. For visitors, avoiding red tide can be more complicated, some people tell us they are willing to deal with its affects during a short stay on a beautiful island. The best way to avoid red tide is to stay upwind of the water. Pay attention for an itchy scratchy throat feeling that may be a sign of the toxin and don’t eat or let your pets eat anything dead that washes up on shore.

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=BH-20130105-37731-USA

We know red tide from algae thingies is naturally occurring in the sea but this story looks like it could be related to the BP spill and the big amount of Corexit sprayed all around. Just a suspicion here … not substantiated.