The Gulf of Mexico
A Crisis that Must Be Resolved
The Earth Organization
Oct 25, 2010
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THIS IS NOT AN ASPHALT HIGHWAY
This is a solid layer of dead fish and crustaceans floating on top of Gulf of Mexico waters just South of New Orleans on September 17th, 2010 which was the second one in less than a week.
The impression purveyed in the media currently is that the damage in the Gulf was less than feared and that natural micro organisms are swiftly cleaning up the oil spill. This is false and misleading. The dispersant kills the natural micro organisms. The reality of just how toxic the Gulf waters are now is well demonstrated in the pictures above. Although the Louisiana Gulf waters are no stranger to fish kills, the oxygen depletion created by the massive amount of oil, combined with the highly toxic dispersant, has created a situation that is far worse than the quality of water prior to the blowout.
The media has moved on. Yet, the on-going disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is of vast proportion. The oil is not gone. The majority of it is sitting at the bottom of the ocean or dangerously spread throughout the water and is killing off countless numbers of marine life and wildlife. There are unprecedented numbers of people going into hospitals or medical clinics around the Gulf with severe health issues related directly to the extraordinarily toxic combination of oil and chemical dispersant. They come in contact with it through the water, eating seafood, or breathing the air which has evaporated off the Gulf waters. There are many reports of farmer's crops being destroyed by the oil and dispersant in the air. Gulf fish is added to the feed of livestock, and it has been scientifically proven that the toxins move up the food chain to humans. The testing for seafood safety is woefully inadequate because, per the EPA and the FDA, they have only been testing for oil, not the far more toxic chemicals in the dispersant. This is of great concern to the Gulf seafood and restaurant industry, as well as a large number of scientists.
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Our current focus is the restoration of the long term health of the Gulf of Mexico. The end result of our efforts will be a reinvigorated economy where the fishing industries, tourism industries, oil industries, and all other aspects of the Gulf's way of life that depend on clean water can responsibly flourish. We are accomplishing this by supporting proven technologies that will heal the Gulf, and by removing the barriers to their implementation.
You Need to Know
"Dispersed oil" does not mean that the oil is gone. It means "mixed in." Add a pint of motor oil to a bathtub of water. Mix in a highly caustic and poisonous chemical that causes the oil to break up into fine particles so that it is less visible in the water. Most people would have the good sense not to bathe in it or drink it.
Per scientific studies:
- Corexit (the dispersant being used), combined with oil, is 10 times as toxic as oil alone. In studies, 50% of the test fish died within 96 hours when in contact with 2 parts Corexit to 1 million parts water.
- Per the manufacturer's official safety data sheets, results from direct contact with Corexit causes:
- permanent skin damage and scarring;
- permanent lung and eye damage;
- red blood cells to break down causing internal hemorrhaging.
A few examples of ways you and your loved ones could unwittingly consume oil and dispersant:
- by living close to the Gulf waters, you are breathing it.
- by eating fish or crustaceans from the Gulf you are likely to be ingesting it;
- If you take Omega oil supplements you could ingest it if the fish are harvested from the Gulf;
- If you eat beef, pork or poultry, Gulf fish is fed to livestock and it accumulates as it movesup the food chain.
- If you eat vegetables or fruit from any of the Gulf states, you could be ingesting it.
- Your pets could be eating it in their food.
In correspondence received by the Gulf Coast Barefoot Doctors on September 17th, it was stated:
"My brother's recent hospice told me about patients dying of internal bleeding and pneumonia after getting rashes and respiratory illness. And also getting sick and bleeding internally after eating Gulf seafood." These are symptoms of exposure to Corexit.
Our purpose is not to be alarmist. We have no interest whatsoever in creating concern, where concern is not due. But this is a situation that is of great concern, and one which must be addressed and resolved. Fortunately, there is a down-to-earth, effective, and reasonable answer.
There is exceptionally good news but the general public is not aware of it: there is a solution. The Earth Organization has researched extensively, locating cutting-edge methods of "bio-remediation" [Bio-remediation is defined as the harnessing of natural, beneficial micro organisms to clean up toxic conditions. Bio = life. Remediation = remedy, ie. to use life to remedy. Micro organisms digest and convert toxins into non-toxic components.] which would bring the Gulf waters back to their pre-spill condition. Through scientifically proven steps, it first reduces the toxicity of the oil and dispersant, and then harnesses the power of naturally-occurring microbes, helping Mother Nature greatly speed up the process of cleaning up a toxic situation. What normally would take decades or centuries for her to clean up, takes a few weeks with this process, once it is applied.
We have identified bio-remediation companies which have the production capabilities to handle an oil spill of the size and toxicity level of this one. One of these companies, for example, has effectively cleaned up more than 14,000 oil spills in the past 20 years with the US military as their biggest client. The Earth Organization has no financial connections to any bio-remediation companies. We receive no funding or monetary exchange for educating the public about this technology. We strongly advocate the technology because we have seen the results and know, with certainty, that this is the most viable, effective, thorough and swift solution available to returning the Gulf to its pre-spill condition. There are absolutely no bad side effects resulting from its implementation and, surprisingly, it is a fraction of the cost of all other approaches.
The Gulf, which has provided 30% of the seafood to the rest of the world, and which has been a tremendous resource to the economy through tourism and oil drilling, can be returned to its pre-spill condition, if not better, and begin to build back the bounty of marine life that it once held. The waters of the Gulf could be safe once again.
There is a clear and compelling need to remedy this disaster for the people, marine life, wildlife, water, and vegetation in the Gulf. But as noted above, the effects of this toxic holocaust will wind its way into the food chain and the lives of every American citizen and beyond. The negative consequences of this, if left unhandled, will be staggering for many years to come.
We have no choice but to take full responsibility for ensuring that the Gulf is cleaned up. And, with bio-remediation, it can be done rapidly. Every day that goes by, more children are getting sick, more wildlife is dying, more people are out of work from the increasingly distressed economy caused by the spill, more businesses are closing. But restoring the Gulf waters to their pre-spill condition puts the foundation in place to turn the entire situation around, put people back to work, allow the wildlife and marine life to recover, and shield the public's health from further toxic danger.
We need your help to get it done. If you feel, as we do, that the above situation must be handled, and rapidly, please support our efforts through a generous, tax-deductible donation to our campaign.
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