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Summary | Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disaster: Week of November 21

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  • Tests Confirm Gulf Seafood Contains Toxic Oil
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  • 6 months after oil spill, much remains unknown
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Tests Confirm Gulf Seafood Contains Toxic Oil, Beth Buczynski, Care2.com

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Take Action: Tell the FDA to Come Clean About Gulf Seafood

Experts: BP ignored warning signs on doomed well, Dina Cappiello, Associated Press/Wopular
BP and its contractors missed and ignored warning signs prior to the massive oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, showing an "insufficient consideration of risk" and raising questions about the know-how of key personnel, a group of technical experts concluded.

BP deep-cleaning Gulf beaches amid new worries, Jay Reeves, Associated Press/Wopular

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  • Many are anxious to see the beaches cleaned as quickly as possible by whatever means are available. Others say BP may be making matters worse by bringing heavy equipment onto beaches and spreading the petroleum stain.
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  • Experts: BP ignored warning signs on doomed well
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The Gulf Between Us, Terry Tempest Williams, Orion Magazine

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  • Stories of terror and beauty from the world's largest accidental offshore oil disaster
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  • 6 months after oil spill, much remains unknown
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6 months after oil spill, much remains unknown, Brian Skoloff and Harry R. Weber, Associated Press/Seacostonline.com

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  • It could be years before the spill's true effects are understood.
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  • Watch Crude Justice and hold BP accountable
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  • The Gulf Between Us
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Denied BP Oil Spill Claims Rising Sharply, Brian Skoloff, Associated Press/Huffington Post

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  • For Gulf coast residents with apparently legitimate claims, the process can be maddening.
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  • BP oil spill: US scientist retracts assurances over success of cleanup
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BP deep-cleaning Gulf beaches amid new worries

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  • Many are anxious to see the beaches cleaned as quickly as possible by whatever means are available. Others say BP may be making matters worse by bringing heavy equipment onto beaches and spreading the petroleum stain.
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  • Experts: BP ignored warning signs on doomed well
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Jay Reeves, Associated Press/Wopular

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, Mike Belk grabs a handfull of clean sand at a deep cleaning operation in Orange Beach, Ala. With its Macondo well dead and few visitors on the coast during the offseason, BP has launched its biggest push yet to deep-clean the tourist beaches that were coated with crude during the worst of the Gulf oil spill. Machines are digging down into the sand to remove buried tar mats left from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. (AP Photo - Dave Martin)

What's typically a beautiful, quiet stretch of beach in the fall now resembles a construction site. Bulldozers and yellow dump trucks shake the ground; a giant sifting machine spits clean sand out one end, tar balls out another.

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With its Macondo well dead and few visitors on the coast during the offseason, BP has launched its biggest push yet to deep-clean the tourist beaches that were coated with crude during the worst of the Gulf oil spill. Machines are digging down into the sand to remove buried tar mats left from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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The work is getting mixed reviews. Many are anxious to see the beaches cleaned as quickly as possible by whatever means are available. Others say BP may be making matters worse by bringing heavy equipment onto beaches and spreading the petroleum stain.

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Experts: BP ignored warning signs on doomed well, Dina Cappiello, Associated Press/Wopular
BP and its contractors missed and ignored warning signs prior to the massive oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, showing an "insufficient consideration of risk" and raising questions about the know-how of key personnel, a group of technical experts concluded.

Experts: BP ignored warning signs on doomed well


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  • BP and its contractors missed and ignored warning signs prior to the massive oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, showing an "insufficient consideration of risk" and raising questions about the know-how of key personnel, a group of technical experts concluded.
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  • BP deep-cleaning Gulf beaches amid new worries
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Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

In a Sept. 4, 2010 file photo, workers watch as the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer stack is lifted onto the deck of the Helix Q4000 on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. Federal investigators said testing of the blowout preventer began Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 at a NASA facility in New Orleans. The blowout preventer is a key piece of evidence in the investigation of what led to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill (AP Photo - Patrick Semansky)

BP and its contractors missed and ignored warning signs prior to the massive oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, showing an "insufficient consideration of risk" and raising questions about the know-how of key personnel, a group of technical experts concluded.
In a 28-page report released late Tuesday (Nov 16), an independent panel convened by the National Academy of Engineering said the companies failed to learn from "near misses" and neither BP, its contractors nor federal regulators caught or corrected flawed decisions that contributed to the blowout.

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Donald Winter, a professor of engineering practice at the University of Michigan and chair of the 15-member study committee, said in a statement that plugging of the well to seal it off for future oil and gas production continued "despite several indications of potential hazard."

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BP deep-cleaning Gulf beaches amid new worries, Jay Reeves, Associated Press/Wopular

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  • Many are anxious to see the beaches cleaned as quickly as possible by whatever means are available. Others say BP may be making matters worse by bringing heavy equipment onto beaches and spreading the petroleum stain.
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  • Experts: BP ignored warning signs on doomed well
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Tests Confirm Gulf Seafood Contains Toxic Oil

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Take Action: Tell the FDA to Come Clean About Gulf Seafood

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Beth Buczynski, Care2.com

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Test from several independent laboratories have confirmed that Gulf seafood contains a high level of toxic compounds as a result of oil contamination.

BP's Deepwater Horizon well leaked over 206 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a five month period, yet government officials have gone out of their way to assure the public that shrimp, fish, and crab harvested from those waters is completely safe to eat.

Unconvinced, scientists in separate parts of the country tested seafood samples from recently reopened areas that have been deemed "safe" for commercial fishing.

Robert M. Naman, a chemist at ACT Labs in Mobile, Alabama, conducted tests on Gulf shrimp pulled from waters near Louisiana after being contacted by a New Orleans activist.

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Has the American Dream Become Our Nightmare?

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The time is ripe for us to rethink some of our deepest beliefs about the way this country should work, and how we should live our lives.

Mary Sykes Wylie,  Psychotherapy Networker/AlterNet

For much of our history, we haven't felt any need to negotiate our national faith in unlimited upward mobility. To the great American middle class, the path forward and upward to economic comfort and security was clear, dependable, beautifully simple: you went to work every day, earned a little more money every year, saved what you could, and didn't radically overspend. In return, you were rewarded with your fair share of the most bountiful and productive society ever to exist on earth. You knew the value of money, you appreciated the value of money, and money thanked you, in its way, by allowing you to graze pretty freely throughout that fruited plain spanning the land from sea to shining sea.

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True, there were always people having financial difficulties, but they were individual deviations from the norm, and most felt they could count on making more money than their parents. The default position in America was an implicit promise of perpetual abundance, as if an unwritten amendment to the Constitution guaranteed the right to several chickens in every pot and an SUV in every garage.

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