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Summary: Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disaster: Week of September 12

5 New Items including:

  • The Gulf Disaster Will Keep Destroying Lives For Years to Come
  • Regret, apology not part of BP's oil spill report

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

John  Sherffius

Regret, apology not part of BP's oil spill report, Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

  • But it does provide an early look at the company's probable legal strategy — spreading the blame among itself, rig owner Transocean, and cement contractor Halliburton — as it deals with hundreds of lawsuits, billions of dollars in claims and possible criminal charges in the coming months and years.
  • Regulatory Capture Of Oil Drilling Agency Exposed In Report

Regulatory Capture Of Oil Drilling Agency Exposed In Report, Dan Froomkin, Huffington Post

  • Rather than take issue with the report's findings, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement's (BOEMRE) new reform-oriented director, Michael Bromwich, has responded with an implementation plan aimed at fixing the problems.
  • Uncovering the Lies That Are Sinking the Oil

The Gulf Disaster Will Keep Destroying Lives For Years to Come, Byard Duncan  AlterNet

  • The gulf spill presents physical and mental threats to those nearby and across the country.
  • Is There Anything We Can Do About It?
  • Too bad there's no sound science to prove BP's responsible.

Uncovering the Lies That Are Sinking the Oil, Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld, t r u t h o u t

  • Toxic Dispersants Found on Recently Opened Mississippi Shrimping and Oyster Grounds
  • BP and Administration: Lies, Deceit, and Coverup in the Gulf

Corporations scoff at workers' rights--even the right to come home from work alive, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

  • OSHA, the agency scorned by labor haters, has been meek and weak
  • In West Virginia, coal miner's slaughter


Regret, apology not part of BP's oil spill report

  • But it does provide an early look at the company's probable legal strategy — spreading the blame among itself, rig owner Transocean, and cement contractor Halliburton — as it deals with hundreds of lawsuits, billions of dollars in claims and possible criminal charges in the coming months and years.
  • Regulatory Capture Of Oil Drilling Agency Exposed In Report

Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

File - In this April 21, 2010 file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Oil giant BP PLC says in an internal report released Wednesday Sept. 8, 2010 that multiple companies and work teams contributed to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill that fouled waters and shorelines for months.

BP's long-awaited internal report on what it believes went wrong when a rig exploded and started the massive Gulf oil spill never mentions the words blame, regret, apology, mistake or pollution. The word fault shows up 20 times, but only once in the same sentence as the company's name.

BP took some of the blame, acknowledging among other things that it misinterpreted a key pressure test of the well that blew out and eventually spewed 206 million gallons of oil into the Gulf. But in a possible preview of its legal strategy, it also pointed the finger — and plenty — at its partners on the doomed rig.

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Regulatory Capture Of Oil Drilling Agency Exposed In Report, Dan Froomkin, Huffington Post

  • Rather than take issue with the report's findings, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement's (BOEMRE) new reform-oriented director, Michael Bromwich, has responded with an implementation plan aimed at fixing the problems.
  • Uncovering the Lies That Are Sinking the Oil


The Gulf Disaster Will Keep Destroying Lives For Years to Come

  • The gulf spill presents physical and mental threats to those nearby and across the country.
  • Is There Anything We Can Do About It?
  • Too bad there's no sound science to prove BP's responsible.

Byard Duncan, AlterNet

Photo Credit: Public Citizen

Despite President Barack Obama’s recent, high-profile frolick in the gulf – during which he made a point of eating seafood and swimming in the region’s seemingly “unpolluted” waters – questions remain about the spill’s impact on both the region and the country as a whole: Will cleanup workers and residents suffer the same health problems that devastated those living and working near the Exxon/Valdez spill two decades ago? Will Americans from D.C. to L.A. face increased risks of eating contaminated seafood? All available evidence seems to say, “yes.”

Since cleanup efforts began, Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals has documented  a steady increase in “health complaints believed to be related to exposure to pollutants from the oil spill.” And according to a “Recordable Injury and Illness Data Sheet” compiled by the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command, more than 300 oil-related illnesses were reported in a period of less than two months. These maladies strongly resemble many of the 11,000 that were reported soon after Exxon/Valdez, and range from nausea, faintness and difficulty breathing to dehydration and heat exhaustion.

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Oil spill cleanup workers at risk! Manny Herrmann, American Rights at Work

  • BP's record on worker safety is beyond pathetic.
  • Sign our petition: Any worker who wants safety equipment – like respirators – should get it, and BP should pick up the tab.


Americans drowning in prescription drugs

  • America has become a nation of druggies. The seniors are being drugged for nearly every symptom a doctor can find, children are being doped up with (legalized) speed, and middle-aged soccer moms are popping suicide pills (antidepressants).
  • This Is Your Country on Drugs
  • Mind Over Meds

Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com

Nearly half of all Americans now use prescription drugs on a regular basis according to a CDC report that was just released (1). Nearly a third of Americans use two or more drugs, and more than one in ten use five or more prescription drugs regularly.

The report also revealed that one in five children are being regularly given prescription drugs, and nine out of ten seniors are on drugs.

All these drugs came at a cost of over $234 billion in 2008.

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This Is Your Country on Drugs, George Kenney, In These Times
Melody Petersen talks about how we’re hooked on Big Pharma.

Mind Over Meds, Daniel Carlat, New York Times | NY, in Mind Freedom

  • Over the past few years, research studies have shown that therapy is just as effective as medications for many conditions, and that medications themselves often work through the power of placebo. In one study about three-quarters of the apparent response to antidepressants pills is actually due to the placebo effect.
  • This Is Your Country on Drugs

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