Thursday, July 08, 2010
CNN iReport roundtable: Thursday at 3 p.m. ET

Please join us here in the blog for our weekly roundtable discussion. We'll be talking with journalist Mike Pearson, who plans to travel to the Gulf Coast to interview people affected by the oil disaster and record their personal stories.  You can find out more about his project and suggest people for him to talk to at his website http://www.thegulfandme.com/.

 

Mike is a longtime journalist and worked at The Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about "The Gulf and Me" project. He'll also have tips to help you start your own personal history project.

 

We'll open comments at 3 p.m. ET and will talk with you then.

195 Comments
July 8, 2010
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I have provided a list of questions that I think should be asked of people on you tour through the Gulf............ (1) Considering the British connection to the Gulf Oil Disaster, should the Queen have visited the Gulf Region instead of New York?  (2) As was done with the Banking/AIG scandal,  do you feel it does any good to see congressional committees grilling BP executives?  (3) Should  manslaughter and criminal neglect charges be filed against some of the BP executives? (4) Should the press and animal rescuers  have to deal with the new 65 ft "Nazi law" restricting them access? (5) Will victims from the oil disaster now face a "life sentence" mired in our corporate friendly court system? (6) Will the Court system protect BP just like was done with the Exxon Valdez? (7) Did you know that it took 20 years and in the end, the 38,000 litigants of the Exxon Valdez spill wereonly  given an average of only $19,736?  (8) Should the Gulf region take over the oil reserves from BP in order to receive proper compensation? (9) Did you know that 90% of the money awarded in the Valdez spill was taken back by the same system of justice you will be dealing with. (10) Do you think President Obama protecting BP?

July 8, 2010
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Hi and welcome to this week's roundtable.

 

July 8, 2010
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I see the blog is now open. I live in Navarre Beach.

July 8, 2010
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greetings!

July 8, 2010
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Welcome

July 8, 2010
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I'm hoping to see Greg and Diane on here, as they are getting the brunt of this disaster in pcola.

July 8, 2010
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Hello, David et al. I'm glad to be here with you to talk about "The Gulf and Me" and personal storytelling!

July 8, 2010
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I want to start by introducing Mike Pearson, he's going to be going down to the Gulf to interview people and collect their stories about how the oil disaster is affecting their lives.

 

 

July 8, 2010
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Just got off the phone with my brilliant mining engineer dad. He has been trying to get through to BP with his suggestion to plug up the well: send powdered iron ore, or nickel ore, which is even heavier down the well instead of mud. He had used this technique to grout and waterproof underground areas of the Churchill Falls hydroelectric dam.

July 8, 2010
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Bill Copeland in Silicon Valley.

 

July 8, 2010
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Hi from Paul The Pizza Man from Vermont.

July 8, 2010
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I've been watching Sert Gator and we now have a danger area in St. Vincent near Apalachacola.

 

July 8, 2010
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@wiegland -- Those are interesting questions and I would encourage you to file iReports asking them. I don't think that's quite what Mike is going for with his project.

 

July 8, 2010
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Hi from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada.

July 8, 2010
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As I said in my video, why not drop something very heavy over the 19inch hole? 

 

July 8, 2010
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Hi everyone

 

 

July 8, 2010

I am Gary Ek a videographer and Sound Engineer in Key West, We Have Been Working Closely with keysspill.com and both the Key West Wildlife Center, and Ed Clark from the Wildlife Center of Virginia. To monitor the Disaster in the Gulf Caused by BP oil co. in our region.......

July 8, 2010
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@MikePearson -- Why don't you go ahead and start telling us about the The Gulf and Me project.

July 8, 2010
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Howdy, all

July 8, 2010
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Hi,

 

I'm planning on doing a report on some of the Vietnamese shrimpers in Mississippi who are having trouble with the Vessels of Opportunity program.  I've never done an interview before.  Do you have any suggestions?

 

Thanks!

July 8, 2010
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Back to you David, how about our lives, the beaches, the animals.

 

July 8, 2010
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Well my dad told me that he tried to pass his suggestion on but the BP website is "plugged" with 10,000 suggestions that they are wading through. Isn't there a better way to get the input from top scientists?

July 8, 2010
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Bill I think it is bigger and more complicated than that one spot. 

July 8, 2010

I'm here :)

July 8, 2010
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Greeting from the Emerald Coast of FL-I've been reporting from South Walton County FL where our initial impact began on June 23. Since this is THE LARGEST lab experiment in history- what can we do to urge the public to be cautious and our local officials vigilant?

July 8, 2010
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Between accidental oil spills in the Gulf and deliberate polluting off Wa coast, marine life does'nt have a chance!

After researching gray whale migrations following the recent wave of apparent starvation deaths near Seattle Wa, it became clear to these whale watchers what is probably happening. Since the beginning of time these massive creatures migrated along our coast feeding in and out of estuaries on mud and ghost shrimp. Today however, a powerful and greedy Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association somehow acquired a free pass since 1964 to chemically eradicate shrimp in Willapa Bay and Grays harbor, Wa. The shrimp populations have been decimated to near extinction! Take two large estuaries out of the equation and, well, your getting the pictures!(5 DEAD WHALES IN A WEEK)

Here's the kicker; The  Wa. state Department of Ecology is still giving out permits to aerial spray carbaryl for more shrimp control! PLEASE RESEARCH! We are not making this up! Save a whale and possibly yourself, DON'T EAT CHEMICAL FLAVORED OYSTERS!

 

 

 

July 8, 2010
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@Mike ... Ask local people what they prefer: to plug the well ASAP or salvage it for production? 

July 8, 2010
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The Questions I provided are really not questions. They tell a sad story of how our society really works.

July 8, 2010

hello David

greetings to Mike and my Question is how can this government let this crisis to continue whenever there is a disaster around the world we the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are the first to go and help But here in our own backyard we have complete imbeciles at the helm

or could this be a prelude to something bigger down the road I've read that there are maybe thousands of leaks in the gulf could they be trying to cover there tracks ???? 

July 8, 2010
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How y'all doing? Hope you're all doing well.

July 8, 2010
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I was thinking of next week heading to Florida to see for myself what is going on, since we have a media blackout.  Maybe you can tell us what CNN is doing about this?

July 8, 2010

@Mike - Welcome to the CNN Blog where anything is possible :)

July 8, 2010
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I have not been in the water for over a month. Can't snorkel, can't fish. Too afraid of the dispersants. I'm still suffering from rashes. The children and pregnant women are mostly susceptible. The vacationers here HAVE NO CLUE. If they don't see the tarballs, they think it is safe.

July 8, 2010
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I think David has fairly well described the project, but to reiterate, what I'm trying to do has many of the same traits that many of you here are doing ... telling personal stories of how the oil spill has affected peoples' lives.

 

The website, www.thegulfandme.com, features tools for people to submit their own stories, to discuss those stories, and also to suggest people and places that I and anyone else who might join the expedition should profile.

 

The ultimate product will be a book and ebook chronicling those stories. Part of the proceeds will go to Gulf recovery efforts.

 

As David noted, I'm not at all trying to investigate the spill or efforts to clean it up. I'll leave those stories to my former colleagues in daily journalism. I'm interested in the more intimate stories that reveals the personal impacts of this very large disaster.

July 8, 2010
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It's really nice to see so many new faces here today. We're happy to have you all here. Just to let you know, we do this every Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

 

July 8, 2010
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@anne48503

There is only one hole 19 inches in diameter.  Some risk in breakdown at lower levels, but plugging one hole is not complex.

July 8, 2010

one more question

If it is true that the government is blocking people from cleaning up the spill ?

July 8, 2010
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Well it depresses the hell out of me and I live on the Fraser River, 10,000 miles away. I have a sense of urgency that I don't feel from Obama or anyone else in the administration. The world is bleeding to death from the Gulf.

July 8, 2010
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Mike, I did a report @ the Fort Myers Beach (FL) Hands Across the Sand Event. Many here were simply trying to get the word out that we do not have oil on our beach. Perception leads people to believe because oil has effected Florida, that the entire coastline is contaminated

 

July 8, 2010
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The intimate impact is seeing our livlihoods being banished. The fishermen cannot fish. The people cannot eat the fish. This has created a trickle effect. Jobs are being lost. Stores are closing, and tourism is way down.

July 8, 2010

hello Everyone- I am Gary Ek a videographer and audio engineer living in Key West, we have been working closely with Florida Keys Community College Marine Science Professor Dr. Rice and keys spill.com as well as the Key West Wildlife Center, and Ed Clark from the Wildlife Center of Virginia. In hopes of monitoring the Long Term Effects of the BP disaster in the Gulf.....

July 8, 2010
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I have noticed in all dictatorship run countries that The People of that nation have NO VOICE and live in a very bad 3rd world status existence.  Don't you think it is the responsibility of corporations like CNN, FOX, MSNBC, to fight to stop the build up of dictatorship?

July 8, 2010
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Hello from hot, muggy, NYC!

July 8, 2010
Click to view MikePearson's profile

Seawitch ... wonderful project. I hope to spend some time in that community as well.

 

Interviewing across cultures can be very difficult for even a seasoned journalist, especially if there is a language barrier involved.

 

I think the most important traits an interview can have are genuine interest and compassion. People like talking about themselves to people who genuinely care. They'll open up and give you more sense of who they are if they can tell you really care and you're not just there for a get. And don't be afraid to get your hands dirty ... help them do their jobs. You can learn a lot that way.

 

And pay attention to the little details. Things that don't seem to be relevant have often shown up in my stories.

July 8, 2010

@Mike, can't think of many things I can do on a personal level from Upper Michigan.. i find all my material online..

July 8, 2010
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Hi David it's nice to be here.

July 8, 2010
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Hi everyone - Great concept and cause.  Are you finding support or hatred for BP from people living in the gulf?

July 8, 2010
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@everyone -- The reason we invited Mike today is because personal stories is a huge part of CNN iReport's DNA. We thought this might be something our Gulf Coast iReporters would be interested in participating in.

 

We also though Mike would be great resource for people who are interested in doing similar projects.

 

So if you have any questions about ways to get people to tell their stories, share facts that might be uncomfortable, or anything else, feel free to ask away.

 

July 8, 2010
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Where are the booms that have been requested since the beginning of catastrophe? Why are the BP cleaners only skimming the surface? Why is the public not made aware of the present danger to our health?

July 8, 2010
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@davidw

Ask people if they trust that BP is acting in their interest, or is BP acting in the interest of salvaging long-term profit. 

July 8, 2010
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Mike- I applaud what you are doing. This project could make into a lifelong journey of stories from the Coast- and what will happen a year from now- 2 and 5 years and 25 years down the road. Too many unknowns right now.

July 8, 2010
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That's all well and good David. But there are people in this county who do not want that type of information spilled out. It's almost like a mafia war. You are chastised for speaking up and showing the real deal.

July 8, 2010
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Hello,

 

My name is Merita..I am a native of Pensacola Fl for 61 years.

I am one of the Administrators of "Coastal Warriors" on Facebook... Please feel free to view our site online...

 

It was asked of our readers "How has this oil crisis effected you"

Their answers are very profound and I believe  need to be put out there for our government and leaders to see. Judge for yourself.

Stephen

Scared & excited all it the same time. To see the Bible prophecies come to life like this is amazing.

 

 

Priscilla

Depressive episodes to the point I think I might need meds. I am in Ga, but lived in FL. I have family and friends all along the gulf coast from MS, east to FL. I can only imagine how much worse it is for all of you who live on the coast. : (

 

SaJenna

i live 37 miles from the gulf in Louisiana... i'm just waiting for a hurricane to hit here and we won't be able to come back... what do i do with my business and home.. ugh the unanswered questions are killing me!!!

 

Wendy

I have lost all trust that our government can manage a crisis situation on US soil. We're all in really serious trouble, and we don't even know it.

 

 

Moonshine

Dazed and confused...I Feel like I am being slowly poisoned to death...

 

 

Merita

I need Valium lol

on a serious note...I expected my country to pull out all resources offered and available...and I normally am one that sees things for what they are....Very disappointed in our "leader?"... very

 

 

Enid

Made me more hopeful that more people will become aware of the importance of our wildlife and coastal food chain so that we will be vigilant and protect our waters. I have a new appreciation for life on the Gulf.

 

Ed

PISSED OFF, WE NOT ONLY NEED BUT MUST HAVE SEPARATION OF CORPORATIONS AND THE US GOVERNMENT

 

Enid

Also, it has provoked me to become more politically active and look into the option of getting an electric car.

 

Lisa

Funny you should ask that question right now... I was coming back from watching fireworks, thinking about everything going on... I looked at the SUV's and cars full of families enjoying this evening's celebration and thought, This has been great, I've enjoyed my life so far but we are all in for a big change. BIG. CHANGE. Our officials may think they can change things but they can't. They're mired into the goo that we have accepted and they're laying on oily sheets with our enemies. A small yet growing group of people have to fight now. We deserve it and all those kids I saw tonight staring in awe at the fireworks deserve it too. It's my honor to do battle with you.

 

 

Dorothy

MAKES ME WAY TO ANGRY & THAT IS NOT A GOOD THING!

 

 

Pat

I also thought our president could handle a national emergency, but all our government officials have failed and are still failing the people and that scares me. I never realized how corrupt the majority of politicians were. I assumed there were some, but I never realized that there were so many and that money really talked to so many of them. I never realized what contempt politicians felt for the American public. I have become more politically aware of everything, of human and animal life. I will make sure I know who to vote for and not vote for in every election. I will reduce my use of petroleum products and remain true to the the different causes I have found in this journey. Our fore fathers must have felt this way and they dared to leave to find a new country to live in. We do not have that option, so we will have to be daring enough to work on changing ours.

 

 

Heather

i turned up sick and had to evacuate from my husband and home to get some air and detox.

 

Diana

I am consumed with finding more info and more info & more, putting other things I normally do aside, like listing on ebay...

 

 

Eli

I am steeling my spine for a long hard fight... long because it will take a long time to get people to change their behavior, we can easily cut US Oil Consumption by 30% and shut down all of those high paying Oil Industry jobs, and like they told the Steel, Tech, and Auto Industry, hey folks, its okay, we have NEW jobs for all of you, well OIL WORKERS, your new jobs will be in the alternative energy fields. We hope you are as enthusiastic about it as you were about your dirty oil jobs...

 

 

Amber

Everything going on has made my anxiety sky rocket. I am 24 and have been here in the panhandle of FL since I was 5 and the seeing everything thats happening upsets me a great deal. All of the theories and rumors would make anyone on edge. I have trouble sleeping and Im always nervous...its just taking a major toll.

 

Peggy

Did any of us really believe that we would be here watching the "End of the World"? That's what it feels like..Is this the Fall of the American Empire"

 

 

 

 

 

July 8, 2010
Click to view bijoux55's profile

CNN is doing a great job. I have a feeling that this is your finest hour. You seem to get the urgency of the situation but the government doesn't.

July 8, 2010

I think Gregg Hall has been doing a great job of keeping people up to date on what is happening. CNN he said was going to set up something to make his videos easier to load.. I hope you guys do, his reports are awesome..

July 8, 2010
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mike,

 

I work on a weekly basis with those that I'm going to interview.  I work for a seafood processor and their boats dock at one of our facilities.  I've been helping them organize paperwork.  But I established a more personal relationship with them by taking pictures of their boats.

 

I guess the best thing to do is let them tell their story. 

July 8, 2010

hello Mike

Since our beautiful and wonderful government is bringing a Lawsuit to the state of Arizona (which is Illegal)I was wonder WHY DOESN'T THE STATE OF LOUISIANA NOT DOING THE SAME TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION and BP FOR INCOMPETENTS !!!!!!!!

July 8, 2010
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Did something happen? I can't refresh the page and some avatars are dead.

July 8, 2010
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Hi Mike:

I have a story of how the oil spill has affected some peoples' lives all the way up in Grand Isle County Vermont.  Would this be something you would be interested in?

July 8, 2010
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We have alot of military out here; i.e., Navy, Air Force. They are constantly in the air and in the waters. What I don't understand is how they have been "set aside" and let the Coast Guard handle this one. I still think there is a BIG cover up going on.

July 8, 2010
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HI David.

I have ideas to share with BP, that may help stop the oil. I was told by CNN, mid May, that BP had a website and they gave it to us. They said BP was taking suggestions there.

I Iogged into the website, completed the form, very specific, and hit submit. It would not go thru. I tried the next 3 days, same thing. Is BP misleading the Us by telling us that they will take ideas, and then it's impossible to get those ideas to them? I am upset. We have been mislead.

Then, I watched the President on the beach last month and he told the public that anyone on the beach, or us for that matter, could get ahold of him directly, with ideas. Dan the public? Can we believe this? Why isn't the red tape cut, and information flowing as fast as the oil is? If it was, BP and our administration would have our ideas that could have stopped this oil.

Please forward to any and everyone, including BP and the President. This world can NOT allow this to happen without all people being allowed to help.

They work for us, BP, and the government. If they want to organize our efforts that's one thing, but we should all be working. All.

Barbara Lyn

July 8, 2010
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tjatnb- here in FL, skimmers were available but NEVER requested. The military never offered them either- this is from our local government. You have not because you ask NOT!! Different skimmers are used for inland bay waters and deep waters. Who knew? RE- booms- many companies are backlogged in production. One thing for sure the Coast Guard booms have proven to be about 10% effective in reality... This is going to be a 2-3 year project- so we have a LONG haul. My concern is hurricanes- IF we have a CAT 2 or 3 or 4, will our beachfront properties become hazmat zones due to oil intrusion and possible dispersant contamination too??

July 8, 2010

We in the Keys Feel that this Will Impact Migratory Birds that are soon heading into this mess in the gulf and then here to us, only to spread the contamination to South America....

 

Eventually this will be a global Problem for not only the Delicate Living Coral Reefs, but to all Sea Life.

July 8, 2010
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I've just got back from spending over 5 weeks in Venice, La., and there are serious concerns that life will never be the same. I have spent weeks talking with charter boat and fishing/shrimping captains and there is a feeling that they will never be able to get their lives back.

July 8, 2010
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mamarazzi, I think you're right. Many of the disasters I've covered ... and there have been many ... cause their devastation swiftly and dissipate. The path to recovery after a tornado, flood or hurricane is clear.

 

What fascinates me about this disaster is how slowly it continues to unfold, and how we may not have a handle on its ultimate impact for years or possibly generations to come.

 

I rather imagine I'll try to return to the Gulf later on to do a companion piece to this project, exploring how what's happening now ends up changing life there.

July 8, 2010
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BP is illustrating the fact that it is not in business to serve the public interest. Only profit.  So the only higher authority, our government must order them to stop the leak immediately. Now. 

 

July 8, 2010
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What is most disheartening is the lack of Government oversight in serious matters (such that this incident, though perhaps not forseeable was still the result of lax enforcement) yet spend a disproportionate amount of resources on matters shifting away from cause and more on remedy.

 

Stricter oversight would have prevented the disaster by not allowing BP to run a lax operation.

 

Firing more people at the agencies responsible would have resulted in better oversight.

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

July 8, 2010
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@weeddude -- You've sent some really great stuff over the past few weeks. It's been really interesting to see your work.

 

July 8, 2010
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And WHY HAS THIS OIL SPILL NOT BEEN DIVERTED TO A RELIEF VALVE? If it is capped, the entire area will break apart. Oil is spewing not just from Deepwater Horizon, but all along the area. It's natural to have methane gas and oil. But I think they hit a deep pocket.

July 8, 2010
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Although, I am very glad that CNN is covering the oil spill so thoroughly, I'm hoping you will start to give half as much attention to the unemployment benefits story as that too is having a tragic impact on the lives of millions of Americans. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the visual drama of oil covered birds and beaches but the result of the deadlock in the Senate is just if not more, devastating for families that may end up living in their cars over the next few months...

July 8, 2010

ED Clark from Wildlife Center of Va. Says A minimum of 10 years to begin to feel an IMPACT- WE Cant Wait That LONG.....

July 8, 2010
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@mackintron/everyone -- Our developers had to restart our servers, so things are acting a little wierd. It will sort out once's everything's up and going again.

 

July 8, 2010
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MIKE- you see many people frustrated over the governments lack of intervention and possible cover ups. Can you suggest questions they could ask people in their hometowns that would garner insight and interest in an iReport? HOW and WHAT questions might bring interesting ANSWERS?? Thanks for doing this for us today!

July 8, 2010
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Also let me be clear about a few things:

 

I have asked multiple people about their views on BP and each time the answer is the same, "just plug this whole so we can get on with out lives." - If you are not fishing/shrimping in LA., then you are working or doing work for the oil industry. Everyone down in plaquemines parish cant believe the Federal government is attempting to stop drilling with a moratorium.

July 8, 2010
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Yes, I watch the skimmers. But I also see the flimsy boom they are using. I have a contact in Norway and they make ROUGH SEA boom for the Nord Sea. Why is it not here? RED TAPE from our government and CG. And has A WHALE finally made it into the Gulf and out of the Mississippi River? They had to test it.

July 8, 2010
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Mike - have you given any thought to finding the impact on those Gulf beaches not oiled? Tampa, Sarasota/Clearwater, Naples/Ft. Myers and the Keys? I'm sure TX has their share of affected but not oiled beaches as well..

July 8, 2010
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@davidw - Thanks!

July 8, 2010

Florida Keys and the CONCH REPUBLIC - will Not WAIT for BP to Respond and our Prepared for WAR against this Terrorist Act.

 

PHUCK BP !

July 8, 2010
Click to view MikePearson's profile

pizzaman, I certainly would. I don't think geography is the only defining factor in whether this disaster has touched your life, and as others have noted, the effects are sure to spread far beyond the Gulf itself.

 

You can upload your own stories to the site at http://www.thegulfandme.com/upload-your-story/

 

If you, or anyone else, would like to suggest someone to profile, please visit the website and fill out the profile suggestion form at http://www.thegulfandme.com/the-assignment-desk/.

July 8, 2010
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The Making of a Conspiracy Theory: Questions for the EPA of the United States - BP oil spill, acidification oceans

 

Q. The size of the growing dead zone in the Gulf: The article states that the dead zone in the Gulf was 8, 000 square miles, nearly the size of New Jersey in July 2008; I would like to know what was its projected size for July 2010?

 

Q. Different news articles/videos in 2008 claim that there was a growing dead zone the size of New Jersey 8,000 square miles and in these articles/videos some researchers claim to believe that it is due to pollution from the Mississippi, how conclusive was that finding?

 

Q. There are several articles on the acidification of the oceans as early as 2004 claiming that the rising CO2 levels leading to global warming are also leading to the acidification of the oceans, could the growing Gulf dead zone have been caused by the acidification of the oceans?

 

- One article claims the oceans are more acidic than they have been for 800, 000 years, is this also the EPA's finding?

- One video with Philippe Cousteau claims the reefs in this region were already a dead zone, have the coral reefs in this region been affected by the acidification of the oceans?

- One video with Sigourney Weaver claims the oysters were already affected in the Northern regions and so is the Plankton, were the shell species like the shrimp, oysters, and Plankton in the Gulf affected by the acidification of the oceans?

- Are ocean acidity levels or the effects of the acidification of the oceans higher in the Southern waters like the Gulf region?

- One article claims that rising CO2 levels could cause grave harm to important marine ecosystems as CO2 concentrations reach 450 ppm and above, what are these current concentrations?

- One article claims the oceans could reach a carbon-saturation point and this would contribute to global warming, with record warm heat wave temperatures in 2010 and record warm water temperatures in 2010, has this saturation been reached or what is the carbon-saturation point and when will it be reached?

 

Q. You mentioned "Environmental Terrorism", in 2008 there was a dead zone the size of new Jersey 8, 000 square miles that was growing and I believe it was due to the acidification of the oceans from fossil fuel burning, given this fact do you believe that this oil spill could be an act of terrorism or to coverup the effects of fossil fuel burning, the acidification of the oceans?

 

July 8, 2010
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@weeddude Ditto what Dave said. What are your plans on processing all the information you've gathered? Slash making sense of it. Anything really stick out?

July 8, 2010
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Hey everyone!

July 8, 2010
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*hole

July 8, 2010
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Oh, anyone having any lingering issues with the site, try clearing your cache. I just did.

July 8, 2010
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Yes, Mamarazzi - Hurricanes. All the homes on the coast will be black from the oil. I wonder if our high insurance bills will take care of that. Need to call and find out, ha ha.

July 8, 2010

From our PHEINDS at Boycott BP: Most gas stations that are "Mom and pops" are handed over to people from other countries with huge tax breaks and loop holes that make it easy for them to start and stay in business. This should not be offered to anyone but to the struggling and unemployed from this country. So I ask you the question: Do I care if they go under?

 

Not one damn bit.

PHUCK BP !

July 8, 2010
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@thepizzaman -- sorry for late response, but I hope you will share that story on CNN iReport. We'd love to see it.

July 8, 2010
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@mcintron - Nice to see you in the roundtable. We've got a new unemployment project in the works. We got such a large response to the assignment and this story is still unfolding. Stay tuned for more.

July 8, 2010
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Hello-arriving a little late and reading fast-it's fantastic to see so many concerned individuals. I live in Central Florida so my eyes are on the television to follow the impact on the coast-very disturbing to see the images of the animal life and people as well-almost as disturbing is the federal response-I have high hopes for the Obama administeration but the physical response appears lacking. Why aren't the coast guard and navy more on the horizion of our coasts?

July 8, 2010
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@Mike -

 

There are so many stories and so many questions.  America doesn't want to be weened off oil and now we can see the price that we'll pay.

 

I've been working the other side of the story for some time now ... shooting short interviews with folks that are working to reduce the demand for petroleum. In a way, I'm documenting the revolution in personal transportation, three minutes at a time.

 

 

July 8, 2010
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I comment regularly on the Deepwater facebook site...From day one I have been screaming where are the High tech Oil skimmer separating vessels..The Booms just do not do what we need to contain the oil...

 

I have a son who is the Captain of a supply vessel that runs out of Fourchon La... My brother was also the Safety Director of the Valdez oil spill...He lives in Gulfport...Many of my family live all up and down the coast. We all grew up here and are totally overwhelmed by this disaster...Our beach is known for it's sugar white sand and I have walked it's shore many times in my lifetime. People are scared out of their minds wondering if they will have to leave all they have ever known behind....

July 8, 2010
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David, might I suggest a better BLOG software. We constantly have to scroll down. It is NOT real time. In other words, post and see the next post automatically.

July 8, 2010
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NOT OIL BUT JUST AS DEADLY!

Why aren't ghost and mud shrimp on an endangered list? (i.e. 90% declines!Please read below.) Why are oyster growers still spraying carbaryl(sevin)directly in OUR waters for shrimp control in Wa state?!

 

An open letter to President Obama,

Please issue an executive order outlawing all aquatic pesticides being

applied to our estuaries. The recent listing of the Pacific Smelt as

threatened along with WSDA Kim Patten's revelation concerning 90% major

declines of ghost and mud shrimp at the Department of Agriculture's

Burrowing Shrimp Conference held March 12th, 2010 in Long Beach Wa,

should at the very least, inspire you to stop this poisoning / polluting

of our waters. These chemicals, carbaryl, glyphosate, imazapyr and other

inert chemicals used or endorsed by certain oyster growers(PCSGA)are

decimating our fisheries. Oyster FARMING is not a fishery. They are not

even NATIVE! Please SAVE OUR WHALES,

SALMON and other NATIVE fish by saving the food chain!

 

 

July 8, 2010

Why doesn't the President declare WAR on this Problem - Pull Troops out from the Bullshit War in the GULF...

To Fight the Real Terrorists at BP ! - In The Gulf Of Mexico!!!

July 8, 2010
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this blog thread seems to be censored, my previous 2 posts were not posted.

July 8, 2010
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@weeddude the sad fact is the moratorium is only for a very few, specific deep oil projects and doesn't affect most of the drilling going on now in shallower waters. But some people are trying to make political hay out of this tragedy by misrepresenting the truth.

July 8, 2010
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Well actually I am working on a book and my Gulf Tour is going to be its own chapter.

July 8, 2010
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Sorry David. I am somewhat of a techie. You could also go live with video and blog on the side. Just another idea. No point to this blog.

July 8, 2010

Four hours ago I posted an I-Report about "Who's in Charge?"... I talk about how BP is basically controlling the whole situation, from the EPA to Coast Guard to the Police.. Check it out, I would give the link but ..... "who's in Charge?"

July 8, 2010
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Arriving a little late, good to be here.

 

July 8, 2010
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Thank you Mike.  I will send my story to you.  I want my story to reach out and touch people.

July 8, 2010
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@tjatnb -- We're working on making our roundtables more user friendly. I don't have an ETA right now though.

Sorry it's a pain.

July 8, 2010
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Unfortunately Atlantis is in 7000 feet of water and is an older rig. What is being done about that?

July 8, 2010
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One serious issue I have with questions asked by CNN on-air staff is that they have points they feel compelled to make in their presentation that overwhelms the person they are interviewing.  Let the people involved speak their mind.  Let them make their points, outside of the interviewer's agenda.  Most interviews are dominated by interviewer's setup and redirection. Frustrates the truth.

 

July 8, 2010
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my sister said "where else would you let the perpetrator clean up the crime scene?"

July 8, 2010

For an American living in this country this is just insane to let this oil leak to continue like it has

something is wrong I don't see how people in this government can look at themselves in the mirror

our founding fathers are doing back flips !!! for having this kind of corruption in this government is just criminal! to destroy nature on purpose is mind boggling !!!GOD BLESS THIS AIR,LAND AND SEA

July 8, 2010
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mamarazzi - I think it's always going to be hard for individuals out there on their own to get to the heart of such a complicated, multi-faceted story without the kind of time, support and resources that major news organizations have. As we've seen, it's often even hard for major news organizations to accomplish those feats. I think the best thing you can do is to continue to highlight the personal and local impacts this disaster is causing. While the government and corporate titans are arguing over out heads and drowning out everything else, it's easy to lose sight that real people are seeing their lives disrupted and in some cases derailed by this situation. Keeping those stories front and center, and encouraging policymakers to pay attention to them, is critical.

 

QuixoticOne - Yes, I have, particularly from a tourism perspective. I have to believe that perception has become reality for some people who aren't familiar with the Gulf or who aren't following the news as closely as we are, or perhaps are simply scared that the oil will reach a particular area and are consequently choosing to go elsewhere.

July 8, 2010
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Watch DWTV or even RT (Russion TV) to see a different approach to asking locals and experts.

July 8, 2010
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One thing I want to point out is that Mike's advice on interviewing will work on any topic -- whether it's interviewing a neighbor, who was in World War II, your aunt about her civil rights experience or anything.

 

July 8, 2010
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tjatnb- One of the most effective boom products is from GUNDERBOOM. They have an 8 week production time right now. They have  perhaps some of the best equipment to use in high seas too. I have been in meetings with Coast Guard, BP, Department Environmental Protection-FL, Health Department, our local sheriff who is doing everything humanly possible to stop oil from hitting our shores in Walton County FL. BP is running the show now, not the government. This is why you dont see FEMA around- and independent contractors hiring workers to clean our beaches and shorelines. OSHA does require the workers to only work 10-15 min per hour, a maximum of 2 hours of exposure to the toxins in the clean up per day. FL wants the gov't to get involved so they can begin their strategized chain of command and proven rapid response to disasters- but you have all seen Katrina and 9/11. Do we REALLY want the gov't involved in this?  BP holds the $. BP approves everything. We are at the mercy of BP according to our officials here in FL.

July 8, 2010
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@Mike -- too much air time is spent on the effects, the human interest, rather than grilling the perpetrators on causes and the best, fastest means to mitigate.

July 8, 2010
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@zdan, that's great to hear, thank you! It is the biggest under-reported story of the summer, in my opinion.

July 8, 2010
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Tks David...This is a great outlet

July 8, 2010
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On behalf of all of us, I don't understand why Corexit is still being used, but was banned by the UK. It is highly toxic, neurologically and topically. So the government wants us to get sick to go to the new Health Care Reform? And the poor BP cleaners have to go to BP's health care, not their own.

July 8, 2010
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@mcintron - People will lose jobs. Now I am for this short term ban on drilling to make sure we have sometime to view the safety concerns, but this will cost jobs at a time when people need them the most. If you have never been to plaquemines parish then I suggest you take a drive down HWY 23 south of NOLA. They have yet to fully recover from Katrina and now you want take away the highest paying jobs in the region? The markets/stores deliver food to the rigs each day. There are helicopter pilots and bases that ferry workers each day to the rigs. The pipe contractors.

July 8, 2010
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Can't the U.S. Government plug the well?

July 8, 2010
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It took the bombing of Pearl Harbour to bring America's attention to WW2. What will it take to get this administration's attention and start acting like it is an emergency.

July 8, 2010
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Take BP out of the loop.  Crash program to plug the 19-inch hole.

July 8, 2010
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Mike - I spoke with a woman from NY who was surprised not to be able to see the burn fires from the shore. Consequently, many of our hotels are offering an "Oil Free Guarantee."

July 8, 2010
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Thanks for the invite.

 

Ours is more of finding a speedy and lasting solution rather than playing blame game. No doubt it is important to have negligence taken care of through the legal framework. As of now with 53,000 barrels spilling daily, of paramount importance is the stoppage (structural) rather than legal approach. It is also no doubt that legal approach takes time and possibly will take forever. This ideally will shift the thought and energy from acting on the oil spill to prooving innocence.

 

Following the developments closely against the new approaches that are being used by experts and while also considering factors like rough seas, high pressure oil spill, and not forgetting that this is a global disaster, we feel that (1) mud and cement plug which is being proposed may not work under high pressure and it is highly unlikely that cement will bond in the presence of oil, (2)the improvement of rough seas within the said 7-10 day is relative, based on the dramatic weather patterns that have been witnessed of late. this therefore means that it will be trial and error method which may backfire or misfire all together. (3) the proposal of removing the existing cap and replacing with a bigger one may even bring more disaster considering the magnitude of the oil spill pressure.

 

Proposal:

we strongly believe that in terms of bringing a speedy solution to the oil spill, the technological idea presented in a sketch model is worth giving a consideration. Therefore, it will be important to ask the experts if they have considered this model. without being a prophet of doom ,it may be a long shot to seal the cap completely before 27th July 2010. The experts can further improve on effects of torsional stresses on the bolts to withstand the pressure.

July 8, 2010
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Jobs are no excuse to continue an extremely hazardous activity like drilling below the level that humans can work.  You might as well promote war to keep the young employed.

July 8, 2010
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The use of chemical dispersents is like sweeping it under the rug but much worse as the rug , in this case, is the oil booms and diapers placed to protect the wetlands!

July 8, 2010
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Trust me, while they are burning and the wind is going in your direction YOU BETTER STAY INSIDE!

 

It will make you physically sick.

July 8, 2010
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Great response regarding BP stations-I know of at least two in the Leesburg area-Despite the coverage, I still see people shelling out their money and purchacing gas in them daily...why? Does the impact need to arrive in their back yards before they realize they are funding a form of terrorism? And is it funded by our own government-when is the last time we entered one of these stores and were waited on by an American? This is the same attitude I see reflected in the government response to BP on a much larger scale.

July 8, 2010
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when will the oil be completely stopped so no oil is flowing out into the gulf?

July 8, 2010
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Hey everybody- it was a treat being a part of this roundtable. Good Luck to all of you who are attempting (like I am) to get the truth and REAL QUESTIONS out there of what is happening amidst this HUGE LAB EXPERIMENT. It is high tide here- out to do a beach scan right now...

MIKE and DAVID, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to encourage us in pressing deep into the impact of this oil disaster not just regarding people, but our economy and very future. God Bless!

July 8, 2010
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@BillCopeland: The US Government doesnt have the resources to plug this well. We are dealing with a disaster 1 mile below the ocean surface. Those rovers you see on TV with all the images are not small units like the size of the a microwave, but they are the size of most NYC apartments! We are working in places we dont have the technology at the Federal level to fix.

July 8, 2010
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mike,

 

Thanks for the advice on interviews.  Need to get back to work.

July 8, 2010
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@mamarazzi - thanks for coming.

We've got a few minutes left, so if you've got any questions for Mike about writing or reporting or about how to get involved this is your chance.

 

 

July 8, 2010
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Yes David I plan to share it with CNN iReports.

July 8, 2010
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Just to introduce ourselves,

we are Wycliffe and Richard Omanya (brothers)from Nairobi Kenya and happy to contribute.

July 8, 2010
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me re getting back to work. While I commend Mike on his approach to showing the impact, to be honest it is like interviewing bystanders and victims to a drive by shooting while the shooting is still going on. The shooting needs to be stopped first.

July 8, 2010
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@MikePearson, thanks for being here! Do you have a top 5 list of suggestions for videotaping and editing an interview that will give it the most impact? I have a hard time editing an interview down to three minutes... ;p

July 8, 2010
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the main problem we are all facing is the inability to get proven products in the BP vendor data base.

My experience since May 1st has been delay after delay.

the review process has been a public relationslocal and  ploy to fool the public that BP & the White House are actually concerned with the clean up, the well being of our citizens and the viability of our local and regional economies.

20 billion will be gone in months and with absolutely no positive results from this money.

the Tea party needs to really look at the New Ssi being controlled by BP , not Mr Feinberg. He may actually get something accomplished. 

July 8, 2010
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@BillCopeland: You are 100% right. Jobs should not be the only reason we keep drilling. However lets be real honest here. We are dependent on this horrible resource. Even if we embrace nuclear, thats years away. Even if we can get some type of new energy plan here in the US, we need some 'serious' lifestyle changes that just dont seem to ever come here in the US. We are a product of the baby boomer generation. The generation that dictates our spending and buy habits. A generation that like '4 on the floor and V8 motors.'

July 8, 2010
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@gweeko - I appreciate your passion, but if you want to participate in this discussion and in our community, you need to watch your language and be respectful to our guest and our other members.

Thank you.

July 8, 2010
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mf48- BP stations are independently owned and sell all brands of petroleum. Much of our Gasoline is sold like stocks on the NYSE/market- EVERYBODY at some point has sold BP gas at their NON BP station. We would be a 3rd world country if we didn't use petrol products. I buy a new bottled water made from plants- THIS is what we need to address...our entire LIFE is cocooned  in petroleum products and plastic and synthetic fibers. It will take decades to get us off our petrol addictions.

July 8, 2010
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BillCopeland, I'll respectfully disagree that too much time is spent on "human interest."

 

At the end of the day, this disaster is about people. It's about how people caused it, how people will fix it, how people will live through it and how it changes people.

 

I agree that it's enormously important to hold BP, the rig owner, the government and all others involved accountable and to closely track their efforts so that we can make informed policy decisions. But I also believe it's crucial to collect and preserve the intimate stories that explain how this disaster is not simply one large-scale oil leak, but rather a million tiny dramas that say a lot about who and what we are.

July 8, 2010
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the clean up crews in florida (south walton county) our out every single day walking up and down the beaches including helicopters that do an aerial sweep of the area.

July 8, 2010
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@mcintron - that's a great question!

July 8, 2010
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@MikePearson - Thanks for stopping by.

 

@Everyone: - You can contact me on twitter and follow my updates not just on the Gulf but other news that is going on at ( @weeddude )

 

Thanks!

July 8, 2010
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@weeddude

The engineering of plugging is a lot easier than salvage.  Plugging can be done, jobs can be saved, but many like you don't believe we can do it.  Believe we must rely on the big corps to take care of us.  Go offline maybe and Yahoo IM to cyberdrax.

July 8, 2010
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yclf I don't think they are trying to plug the hole.  If they were they would have all the ships in the world that are offering to help here in the Gulf. It is obvious to me that they are not wanting it stopped.  

July 8, 2010
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Sorry I am late. Hi Everybody

July 8, 2010
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@mpgomatic Sounds like that project you're working on is turning out pretty cool!

July 8, 2010
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Another concern centers around the fact that hurricane season is here-I'm a lifelong Florida resident and have lived through countless hurricanes...and have seen first hand the destruction they can bring. Now, these killer winds and rain may bring both oil and chemical poison to central Florida as they do skimming of their own. Will we be eligible for funding from BP to repair and clean up what these storms can now bring inland? And I cannot feature the type of documentation that they will require-the federal government needs to step up and treat this situation for what it is-another version of september the 11th.

July 8, 2010
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  In June 11 vendors were invited to Gulf State Park Pier in Orange Beach Alabama to demonstrate our products to cleanup the Oil Spill. As of this date no further correspondence has been recieved by any one of the 11 vendors. BP is not actually interested in cleaning up this mess this spill in a cost effective, eco-friendly manner. Its all about old school methodology and bureaucratic red tape. Gov Graham please get his cleanup on track.

 

July 8, 2010
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They also would stop spraying the dispersant because it is causing the oil to come from the bottom of the surf; into our beaches.  The skimmers (THEY KNOW)are useless because they can only skim the top of the water. This is so obvious I can't believe CNN don't report about it...

July 8, 2010
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@anne48503

I agree 100%

 

July 8, 2010
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@nsaidi - Thanks! :) It's not a job, but it's good work.

July 8, 2010
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And thank you BP for the depreciation of my house, it is now only worth a third of it's cost.

July 8, 2010
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mcintron ... I'll say upfront that I'm not a video guy, but your dilemma really isn't any different than that of the print reporter faced with a 5pm deadline and a limit of 8 or 10 inches of newspaper column to tell a complex story.

 

I'm sure I could offer five ideas with a bit more thought, but three come to mind immediately:

 

1. Listen. Don't impose any preconceptions on the interview.

2. Pick one dominant theme and run with it. You'll have three or four ideas probably, but pick just one and stick with it.

3. Be ruthless with the time or space you have. Something really good is going to end on the cutting room floor. Be okay with that.

 

July 8, 2010
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Let's see what the tax collector will do this year? And I don't even own this land. It is a 99 year leasehold.

July 8, 2010
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So long and thanks for all the fish.

July 8, 2010
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@MikePearson, thanks! All good suggestions and I really try for #3! :) I like the idea of sticking with one main point when I'm reporting on a story. Thanks!

July 8, 2010
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@everyone - I want to thank everyone for coming today and thank Mike for his advice.

Here's the link to his website again http://www.thegulfandme.com/

I hope you'll check it out and share your stories.

 

July 8, 2010
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While I'm happy to answer any other questions, I just wanted to say I think all of you who've been submitting Gulf stories are doing really great stuff. I'm looking forward to more.

 

I'd also urge you to visit www.thegulfandme.com, sign up for updates, post personal stories, spend some time in the forums and talk these issues over there or nominate someone or someplace you think we should visit.

 

And if any of you want to help, I may be recruiting additional help for the expedition. Hit the contact link at the website to drop me a line.

July 8, 2010
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I see you are running out of time and I just wish to thank CNN and all of you for your passion and concern-let us all continue to fight and pray for our people, animals and environment.

July 8, 2010
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2 of my posts were censored and it is probably due to the 2 links they contained.

 

If you do a search for The Making of a Conspiracy Theory you should be able to find a series of posts and videos on the gulf catastrophe that you may find interesting.

 

July 8, 2010
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I suggest when interviewing, do not lead the interviewee along your agenda, but let them speak their mind.  If they feel constrained they will stop speaking.  If you edit honestly, you can pull out the real story, not the your preconceived one.

July 8, 2010
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Thanks everyone. We look forward to seeing your iReports on the site.

July 8, 2010
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The damages that are going to occur to people all over is incalculable I am sure Mike will find terrible stories to report.  If I go next week I will be reporting on the media blackout and becoming an eye witness to the truth.

If your interested in that story I will be making an ireport on it and I could send it to you.

July 8, 2010

Hi all still alive in New Orleans.

July 8, 2010
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No other invasion of our Shores would be tloerated, let alone the destruction of numerous lives, businesses and landmarks.

The govt taxes petroleum at every corner and now the revenue from that conflict of interest needs to be diverted to the cleanup not bombs, bullets,and help for foreign nations that have no direct impact to our national GNP or will ever pay a dime in return as would the investment in cleaning this Oil Spill from our waters, beaches ,and marshlands.

July 8, 2010
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I agree BillCopeland A true story it should be based on,yet it is always capitalism that wins in the end with this system We will see what happens

July 8, 2010

The oil has reached Lake Ponchatrain I'm worried about the Mississippi. Don't know if it could happen. Heard it flows down river. I don't know if it matters. But that's the water for bathing. I don't drink the water here.

July 8, 2010
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In regards to a conspiracy theory,

 

Q. Do you believe that Halliburton through different models, simulations, and stress test was aware that the combination of a bad cement job and the removal of the heavy drilling mud could lead to catastrophe or the rig explosion?

July 8, 2010
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So now 80 days into it we still have the leak still nothing is becoming of their latest efforts and it will be interesting how much longer before we see if BP's idea works. I can't believe nothing but their idea was the solution.

To me BP, the Coast Guard or the federal government has know concern or urgency to fix this. They still don't. Do they have any other backup solutions in case what their working on know doesn't work?

This leak is worst than we can see. We are only shown what's on top of the water and not the plume's under water moving with the currents and killing everything in there path. Wait till they come in contact with the coral reefs, more death and destruction.  

 

July 8, 2010

quicksand what you have to remember is the Gulf spill of 79 took NINE months to stop in only 200 feet of water yet this one is in 5000 feet. That's why they have to use robots. I don't see a end soon.

July 8, 2010

And no new solutions for 30 years since the last spill.

July 8, 2010
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I used to think Democrates were more environmentally natured TILL I moved to Wa. state. Here the Dems Murray,Cantwell ,Dicks, Gregoire ect ect all allow special interests to aerial spray pesticides and herbicides in OUR OCEAN! Unless an independent or enviro-Repub is running This guy will vote "NONE OF THE ABOVE"!

July 8, 2010

 

tjatnb

 

And thank you BP for the depreciation of my house, it is now only worth a third of it's cost.

=============================

Katrina already took care of that for me!

 

July 8, 2010
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Hi Mike,

On the personal story front as being affected. We as a country are all affected by this spill. I live in Montana and I am still affected by this disaster in one way or another.The cause and effect of this oil disaster is a tangled spiderweb of who is in charge and what hoops need to jumped threw to get anything done in an emergency situation.I personally tried and am still trying to bring attention that I have the technology to contain all the oil spewing out now and furthermore cap the well in less than 14 days.It took my Republican rep Roy Brown to finally find another entity other than BP to ask for help. Stephen Chew --- What did he do ?? he is supposed to be smart !!!

Today I will be submitting my plans to fix this to the Coast Guard.Hopefully the Coast Guard will not steal my plans for business is business and who has time to patent under an emergency.No one had the answers and no one would listen while all along we heard them crying.I will be writing a full story coming soon to rightonjohn.com and will be posting it on  cnn ireport.

Hopfully this will help our country in many ways

John

July 8, 2010

Is the meeting over?

July 8, 2010
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Mike I would also like you to consider, even though the blame is going to BP, the operations of the rig and the lead up to the explosion in the book because the view I see, it is mostly Haliburton and more TransOcean than BP's fault.  If you look into any corporate business the corporations doing the work are responsible for the actions of their work. BP didn't operate that rig; Transocean did. It might be normal to pull out the 'mud' of a well and allow sea water to fill the well instead but this was not a typical dig. Halliburton should have known this. They are the ones who removed the mud which controls the pressure of the oil.

July 8, 2010
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They knew about how much methane hydrates were beneath that sea floor.  They knew about the pressure.  I can't understand why we are letting BP fall for this alone? It is befuddling if I didn't know what the real 'plan' was instead I am looking at this like a very bad movie written out and the only befuddling that get's me is why We can't see it before our eyes.

July 8, 2010
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David - a question for you.  there is a company in Florida

that has a machine that is capable of cleaning up a lot

of the spilled oil.  I emailed and posted all over CNN

for SOMEONE to do some investigation and see what this

company is about.

 

No one from CNN had anything to do with taking a look at

the company.  Instead, like Hollywood media, you followed

what Kevin Costner's machines were like.

 

That is fine, we need all the clean-up that we can get.

 

But this small company in Florida has machines that work

at least 10 - 20 times better,faster than K.C.'s machines.

 

Could you at least take a look and possibly have someone

from CNN contact the company and do an interview/demonstration.

 

The company is called Enviro Voraxial Technology in

Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 

You can see demos and interviews done by other networks

on their website. I wont post the url or else this post

will be deleted but they also go by the name of EVTN.

 

Thanks in advance

and if you can, RSVP to this post

 

July 8, 2010
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I have done a lot of research on Corexit....BP, of course says it's fine as well as the EPA.. Information I get is saying EPA tested the fish for only 9 days in some sort of solution that contained COREXIT...What I know about their study is not detailed enough for me because someone involved in that area has said what EPA didn't tell all was that within 14 days all the fish were dead...

 

My daughter had her little ones at the beach the other day but they were not allowed in the water... She is one to stick her head in the sand and says "I can't change it so I don't want to hear about it". Well seems my ONLY grand daughter, who is one,  has been having fevers now for 4 days and doctor doesn't see anything that is wrong with her..and of course my daughter still doesn't want to hear what Corexit can do. Some official or CDC needs to send out pamphlets to all the medical profession so they will know what to look for...Many of them do not believe anything is in the air, even at the beach..Somehow we need to educate the doctors ...Media could do their own RELIABLE water test and test the air for Hydrofluorocarbons ...I saw some guys on you tube doing their own testing and their lab results, the reported were off the chart...I guess so...They are freaking everybody out on line but the sample was taken from some sludge  on the beach instead of what appears to be "Clear water" People need to know the truth to help calm the current fear...Many are uprooting and evacuating permanently. There is even a web site on facebook that have folks that live away from the disaster, volunteering their homes and land for those that have no place to go. 

July 8, 2010
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To whom it may concern:

After reading the article titled "Oyster bed pesticide cited in salmon study" printed on the front page of the April 22, 2009 edition of The Daily World  we are appalled and will tell you why. Dr. Richard Wilson of the Willapa Grays Harbor Oyster Association states and I quote "If we can't use carbaryl (chemicals) we would not be farming.(oysters) It'll definitely impact the Grays Harbor economy". This statement proves that GREED has taken over common sense!

Ask any fisherman who harvest sand shrimp and he or she will tell you that where there once were thousands there are now very few left for crab, halibut, salmon ,ect ,( let alone bait)! No wonder our salmon fishery is floundering. (no pun intended). COMMON SENSE says you should NOT mess with the food chain!

Most of us love to eat the slimy things, but if we have to choose between oysters or everything else UP the food chain, the choice is easy!

Please feel free to copy, paste and share this editorial to stop this self-destructive INSANE practice. Listed below are a few emails and phone numbers to share your concerns.

Gov. Gregoire 360-902-4111 www.governor.wa.gov

Rep Norm Dicks 253-593-6536 www.house.gov/dicks

Sen.Maria Cantwell 206-220-6400 www.cantwell.senate.gov

Sen Patty Murray 206-553-5545 www.murray.senate.gov

Pres. Barack Obama 202-456-1414 www.whitehouse.gov

Northwest Coalition for alternatives to pesticides 541 344 5044

Pacific Coast Shellfish growers association 360-754-2744 pcsga@pcsga.org

 

July 8, 2010
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Corporations are killing our planet,oil in the gulf,natural gas in drinking water in NY and PA, biocides in the Pacific north west by shellfish corps. Its no longer "we the people" but rather "them the corporations" FIGHT BACK! WRITE A LETTER! WAKE UP!

July 8, 2010
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My biggest question can the leak be fixed? Honestly?

Second question is, how is the ocean floor in the Gulf Geographically formed and is the Mississippi Basin extending out under the Gulf of Mexico and how far, also how far from the Oil spill is it if so?

Third, is the New Madrid Fault extending down the Mississippi Basin into the Gulf?

Fourth, What if we can not fix this leak? Can anyone come up with a reasonable way to at least contain it?

Fifth, Would a Nuclear Bomb be a solution to a maybe fragile ocean floor geographically and Biologically?

I believe most important would be containment for now?

Thanks. 

July 8, 2010
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BP BP concepts of flow,volume and pressure is incomprehensible.

www.reggaeforum.com/bp.html

This problem is 80 yrs based on modern science.

 

Thanks

 

July 8, 2010
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my name is April McKinney. I live in Pensacola. I am an actively protest B.P.

I own a cleaning service, I operate 90% of my business on the beach. I clean condos between renters in the summer. I make great $ at it too.

Rentals are down here due to the spill. People are scared to spend the $ to come down, and see toxic waste covering the shoreline. Im just out right now...

I am a single mom with 2 kids, and now my income has plummeted to almost nothing...

B.P. cares more about PR moves then they do about the clean up and restoration of the Gulf. Its sad.

4th of July BP paid the workers to stand out at the beach and handout bottles of water to the beach goers as a PR tactic. Its ridiculous. BP should hire local clean up crews to each affected area, so the $ will stay in the community.the $ would go back into local business to help cope with the loss. I see Texas, Miss, and La plates parked all down the beach.so those workers make per diem and send their $ home to their families. Why pay other people to rebuild our beach, when we are right here struggling ourselves? I have a cleaning service. pay me to clean, I live right here in Pensacola. BP is wasting money, time, and resources. When the oil does come ashore permanately then bp will claim they paid out what was required

WE NEED BOBBY JENDAL TO RUN THE REBUILD THE GULF COAST CAMPAIGN !!!!

bp made $20 billion bucks last year alone.

CEO Tony Hayward has a reported net worth of $16 billion...i wonder how much he has contributed to the clean up process?

I bet he wishes there was a do-over button in real life.

"Well Mr. Hayward, They dont make a band-aid big enough to fix our problem"

I am mad as hell at Obama too

"I VOTED FOR U, Mr. Obama"

At the time I was unaware that Bp was Mr. Obama's #1 campaign contributor...

WOW  !!! Bobby jendal refused to take 1 hot cent from big oil for his campaign, but Im just saying...

So now we are stuck with no jobs, no fishing, no beach, no way to provide for our kids, and no where to take them to enjoy the summer.

I boycott BP... i refuse to buy gas or shop at BP.

and to all the BP owners crying on the radio begging people not to boycott them, i feel their pain, honestly I do...but its a few more jobs lost thanks to the neglet of BP and they need to file a claim with them just like the rest of us.

My car is brite yellow, and I painted bp sucks, save the gulf coast all over the entire car and drove it all the way from West Va. home to Florida, then to La...and then to Miss. People are honking the horn, jumping out at redlights to take pics, and telling me their stories too...PAY UP BP, how much are ur life worth to u? well that how much each gulf coast resident is entitled too...I am sad, but more importantly I am MAD...MAD as hell..."you want ur life back, Mr. Hayward?" I ask, bitterly..."Well so do we!"

July 8, 2010
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my 6 yr old dont understand why she cant swim in the gulf... I told her Bp poisoned the water, and we cant get in it till its all cleaned up...

the beach is a very big part of our lives, i never thought i would see the day it was taken away from us...

we will have tremors and earthquakes from this trust me...this much oil and gas pushing out of the earth, what is filling that void ???

None of us truely know how bad it will be yet...

so i find it amazing Bp already has a 20 billion dollar 'budget' they are working with....HMMMMMM, how do they know it will only take $20B's to fix it...what if it take 100 billion ? will Mr. Obama make Bp cough it up? 'cause FEMA aint came to the rescue yet either....wow, man ! and I thought Busch reactedly poorly around here after Katrina...but has anyone even heard FEMA mentioned for this ???

911 America...We are still waiting on relief aid around here

July 8, 2010
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Good luck my southern brothers and sisters. I pray for all you men and women. I also know this will trickle up and/or down so therefore I pray for the children. Greed is truly a horrible thing!!!

July 9, 2010
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**SteveBova**

thanks for the prayers, for all of us

boycott bp where ever you are.

Individuals can make a difference

individual prayers make a difference to

Keep us all in your hearts and prayers

we will being praying about folks like you too

July 9, 2010

mitworld.mit.edu/video/488

July 9, 2010

Still Rock'n here in So Cal...Check out my report on "Bruce Springsteen" LOL! Have a good weekend, Al

July 9, 2010
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plates in the earth are going to shift. possible tsunamis? earthquakes? tremors? the oxygen levels have already changed, will the temps change too? our sand barriers that protect us and our shores from major weather disasters are now 'slippery when wet'

i guess it hits closer to home if u live around here. its a part of our lives that has been taken out...i been to the beach everyday, its different... the air off the sea is different, i went one day and the fumes in the air made me feel dizzy. You know what i think it sucks that Florida refused to drill off our shores and now we are impacted by the biggest oil spill ever....in human history! most  beautiful natural beaches in the world ... ya know its food for thought

July 9, 2010
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The Pacific coast shellfish growers assoc. are spraying chemicals in major Wa. state estuaries this month. GOD help the future moondance...

Dear editor; Please pick one of these published letters and reiterate/warn the carbaryl aerial spraying datesjuly 10-11th along with the spraying of spartina. Please warn of the very possible dangers of poisoning.(especially in children and pregnant women) Thank you, Steve and Cynthia Bova

                            229 toleak st

                            Ocean Shores, Wa 98569

                            360-580-5534

P.S. We tried to find out the spartina spray dates to no avail, perhaps a profesional journalist can get an answer.

Stop playing God with chemicals

 

Monday, October 26, 2009 11:13 AM PDT

 

Please read then research the use of chemicals by certain oyster growers and government agencies harming our estuaries and air quality. We believe that special interests greed and power has literally taken over common sense.

 

Please President Obama, issue an emergency moratorium on chemical use/abuse that harms our air quality and estuaries. Please do it for our future generations!

 

After reading Marilynn Smith’s editorial published in the chinookobserver.com on Sept. 23rd concerning spartina, we would like to add our two cents concerning her statement, “If God wanted it in our bay he would of put it there.”

 

We wonder if Ms. Smith is that naive to believe that God didn’t bring spartina to the West Coast.

 

Just to name a few, God, through man, brought apples, cherries, blackberries, Pacific oysters and spartina to Washington State. In fact, one species of spartina is NATURALLY migrating north from the South American coast on God’s ocean currents planting seeds in God’s estuaries!

 

We are also curious about Marilynn Smith’s views on God’s native ghost shrimp, crab and salmon and the unintelligent use of carbaryl to kill them. Perhaps she can write a rebuttal and defend the use of that chemical also.

 

As for farming, why is public tax revenue being used to subsidize wealthy oyster-growers anyway? Are tax dollars also being used to pay for the weeding of corporate vegetable farms? We hope not but wouldn’t doubt it!

 

We are sorry that you might lose your view to a much needed oxygen producing plant but try to be less selfish and think of future generations. We urge the government to stop playing God with chemicals bought with public tax monies!

 

 

 

 

 

If they must use state and federal tax dollars instead of corporate profits why not subsidize the hiring of farm workers to pull the weeds only where oysters are farmed thus helping the economy and the health of God’s estuaries and atmosphere (air quality)?

 

In closing, we passionately urge our elected officials to leave our God out of it and rethink their positions concerning the elimination of oxygen producing spartina. Please do it for “God’s” children and our grandchild.

 

Steve and Cynthia Bova

 

Ocean Shores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 27, 2009

 

PLEASE RESEARCH AND HELP AS THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF ACERS OF GREEN

SPARTINA MARSH IS BEING KILLED WITH TAX FUNDED NOXIOUS CHEMICALS in the

USA! climate change we can believe in! > > To our Elected Leaders and

the Editor: > > Although global warming is a controversial subject,

climate change is agreed upon by virtually everyone except the ostrich.

This change of the weather also brings about a change in plant and

eventually animal migrations. This plant migration is most likely mother

nature's way of adapting to temperature and rain fall changes along with

rising seas. This natural movement allows oxygen producing plants to die

off in one area and start thriving in another. This keeps the oxygen to

carbon ratio in our atmosphere sustainable to life and naturally slows

climate change. > Our Government, and The Nature Conservancy, among

others, need to wake up and look at the big picture concerning the

chemical eradication of spartina grass.The reason this grass was thriving

(before harmful chemicals) is because of climate change and nature trying

to balance out the environment. > Please get involved and help stop this

very unintelligent abuse of chemicals before its to late for our

grandchildren! Give your elected leaders a wake-up call demanding an

updated independent scientific review of Miranda Wecker's policies and

investigate her possible ties to corporate oyster-growers and the Monsanto

chemical corporation. If there aren't any ties we urge Ms. Wecker to

upgrade her education by taking "common sense 101" at a college of her

choice.(Miranda Wecker is Chairman of the Washington State Department of

Fish and Wildlife and also holds a position with the University of

Washington and a major proponent of spartina removal using noxious

chemicals) > Thank you, Steve and Cynthia Bova(bova.cindy@yahoo.com) > > Ocean Shores, WA 98569 > 360 580 5534

 

Officials should quit playing God

 

 

July 10, 2010
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wow , so bp killed the gulf so no oysters and shrimp from here, and they poisoned the waters on the Pacific coast too, so no seafood from there...guess its chicken tonite, oh wait they pump chickens with steriods, hamburgers? ohhhhhh dont forget mad cow disease...

ok ok ok i guess i will have a salad, damn if they dont use pesticieds there too...

will someone tell me what is safe for me to feed my kids for dinner again...they 'dont eat' list is too long !

July 15, 2010
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I'm not really sure were this blog should go but it is important to me to get this information out there.

There is a scam going on and they are called PLATINUM SERVICES. They are taking money out of peoples accounts. I've never heard of them before and they have taken $99.50 out of my account. To learn more, Google PLATINUM SERVICES and read what people have to say.

P.S. They refuse to refund any money.

These people need stopped!

July 18, 2010
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Hopefully the Oil Spill Commission will hold true to its duties and investigate the violations of federal rules and safety procedures and enact stricter laws and heavier fines

July 18, 2010
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Mike i would like to invite you down to Lafayette , Louisiana

I have over 30 years in the offshore industry with first hand knowledge of the violations that are affecting our environment for the worse i would be happy to show you the in's and out's of the offshore oil industry

July 29, 2010
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I live in Newport News, Virginia. I am currently unemployed and was overjoyed to see the passage of the extended unemployment benefits bill since mine had run out in June, and I was unable to find employment. With all my bills running behind due to lack of personal finances, I was at wits end and could see no way out. Well I'm still at wits end because the Virginia Employment Commission tells it's unemployed that they have no idea when they will begin to extend those benefits to us even if we do qualify. They insist that President Obama never signed the bill passed by the house into law and that the Department of Labor has not given them the go ahead to dispurse any funds. When asked how long it will take before they will send out checks, they reply that they have no idea, it's out of their hands. Is this just another political ploy or is the state of Virginia refusing to honor the rights of it's citizen's regardless of whether a bill has been passed or not? Do individual states have so much power that they can actually disregard the Federal governments bills and laws in this manner, and is there nothing we as citizens of the USA can do about it? Are we really at the mercy of our individual state's ability to do whatever the heck they want because they have what seems to be unlimited power to do just that regardless of legislations to the contrary?

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