This blog was built to help those affected by the BP spill stay informed about condition on the coast. Thanks to all that have helped those with health issues get their voices heard in DC, told the story of a declining fisheries, sick children, land loss and the long term effects of the worst man-made disaster in our nations history. Now it’s time to turn it over to communities in need. I will be on the road playing music and fighting for the Gulf. Please use this page as a resource to get your story to the public and help preserve what is left of Sportsman’s Paradise.
Fight the Good Fight,
Human Nature vs. Mother Nature
And so here is what can be done to report not only the damage from Issac, but the oil washing up in this storm. The two communities I worry most about are S. Plaquemines and Assumption for different reasons. S. Plaq still has a considerable amount of levee/oil and damage from Katrina while Assumption has the sinkhole/salt mine collapse to deal with changing pressure and possible flooding of a contaminated area.. Lafitte and many other low lying parishes are taking a beating as well as Southern Mississippi, but we knew eventually a hurricane would hit our most vulnerable wetlands and estuaries. Basically, the same folks that were steamrolled by Katrina & the BP spill now have to deal with another tidal wave. This has the potential to be a toxic storm. Last, they are considering blowing up the levee around Madisonville. We will soon update as news is available
We’ve learned that in this day and age helping people who need it and cleaning up a mess is not nearly as important as the PR campaign or winning the next election. More important than politics and liability, is self preservation. As human beings-it’s our responsibility to help one another. Whether you believe in global warming, sea-level rise, or the Good Lord… our the Barrier Islands, the great Cypress & Oak trees, and much of the land that once protected us from Hurricanes are no longer here. WE have seen time and again that the people who are called to tell the truth will not waiver. Those whose lives and lively hoods are at stake will fight until the death to save their homeland. Unfortunately, if the public is lied to or misinformed they will fight one another. This storm will be no different than others, but keep in mind that this is only a CAT 1. I guess there is no good answer, no full proof plan, but what moves people to help one another is your story. For those that continue this blog- All you have to do is tell the truth..back any claims with science, video, first hand reports, and pictures from credible sources (real people)… and be there for one another.
REPORTING TO THE MEDIA THROUGH BRIDGE THE GULF & REPORTING OIL WASHING IN:
The following posts are from the LOUISIANA ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION NETWORK AND BRIDGE THE GULF. SUBMIT WITH TIME DATE AND LOCATION TO firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-522-2423. YOU ARE ADVISED TO OBEY ALL CURFEWS AND STAY OUT OF OILED AREAS, BUT IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT OIL on your property & feel the need/duty to collect samples… rubber gloves, boots, and an air-tight container such as a mason jar are essential. you do not want to use any container that will leak or cheap that would chemically react to oil, dispersant, or foam… the samples must remain in your possession until they can be collected… resources are not available to test every sample. Your photos, location, and the condition of oil will determine what get tested. Location can be had by dropping a pin! on and I phone or with GPS.. time & date must also be recorded. Please do not put yourself in harms way and make sure you have the safety equipment. If you chose to go into contaminated areas realize that your health may be at risk. For concerns about oiled areas please contact:
FROM BAYOU CORNE-John Achee’s LATEST BLOG ENTRY…. We have reports of trees down in the Napoleonville and Paincourtville area, one blocking Highway 401 (Canal Road) where work is being done to remove it from the roadway. Downed power lines have been reported in the Paincourtville, Bertrandville, and Labadieville areas. Entergy has advised us that they have pulled their trucks and workers off of the roads to ensure their safety. I spoke to the Sheriff just a minute ago and he and his department are currently accessing damage in the area.
We cannot express enough to all to abide by the curfew and shelter in place. The winds will become much stronger as the day progresses. The OEP is running, fully staffed, phone lines open… If you have any questions, please call us at 985-369-7386.
Trisha James/Surf Rider Foundation
ALL GULF COAST states should be reporting tar balls, tar mats, oil, oily material or oiled
debris washing up on our beaches, barrier islands and marshes as a result of the 2010
Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster. Please do not handle this material as it is toxic. Please call
the National Response Center at 800-424-8802.
Louisiana State Officials have asked residents to report to their local state as well as to the
NRC. The 24-hour Louisiana Emergency Hazardous Hotline number is 877-925-6595. The
National Response Center number is 800-424-8802.
If members of the public have health concerns related to dermal or inhalation exposure to
oil, they may call the Louisiana Poison Control Center 24 hours a day at 800-222-1222.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will be out performing Quick Rapid
Assessments when it is safe. Park Service personnel will assess State Park beaches
separately. Beach and coastal people will be monitoring erosion and reporting any suspect
oil. BP and the USCG will be out assessing as well and will be sending Strike Teams this
weekend. Normal cleanup crews should also be present by this weekend.
Avoid areas affected by oil.
Avoid direct skin contact with oil, oily material and oiled debris.
Do not drive your boat through oil slicks or oil sheens.
Young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems and
individuals with underlying respiratory conditions should avoid affected areas.
Do not let pets enter oil-affected areas.
Do not burn debris, driftwood or other materials contaminated with oil.
If oil gets on your clothing, wash separately from the family laundry. You may use your
COLLECTION OF OIL
Please use proper precaution and procedures should you wish to collect tar balls and/or oil.
Wear gloves which will not “melt” such as stripping gloves, as well as proper clothing and
Collection should be made appropriately showing validity via time-stamped photos and/or
videos. Glass jars with tight lids which are not plastic should be labeled with your name,
date, time and GPS coordinates.
MC 252 oil fluoresces under UV light. It will appear neon orange. Those who have or wish to
purchase this lamp must use a 365 nm light. VERTEK is a low voltage UV flashlight which
has been tested and verified in the labs. Color hues can vary due to age, weathering, PAHs
present and Corexit contamination. To compare before and after examination on your skin,
clothes or boots, make sure to photograph or video prior to collection in absolutely dark
conditions. Do not wear light colors.
Emerald Coast Surfriders uses the LUMCON lamp which has verified findings via analysis by
spectrometry analysts in laboratories.
James “Rip” Kirby on UV light oil contamination detection:
Unknown MC252 / Corexit Contamination in Ambient Light, but detected under UV light:
Bridge the Gulf will receive your photos and videos:
LEAN has posted an announcement on sampling and collection:
John Amos of Skytruth will receive your oil photos: