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Halliburton Destroys Gulf Spill Evidence, Gets Slap on Wrist

26 Jul
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Tim Probert (r.) of Halliburton is sworn in along with officials from BP and Transocean before May 11 Senate hearings on the Gulf oil spill. Tim Sloan/AFP/Newscom

by Rabb!t / Earth First! Newswire

The 2010 BP Oil Spill is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. It spilled approximately 210,000,000 US gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and the initial explosion, caused by faulty cementing around the injection well, killed 11 workers.

During an internal probe into this cementing after the blowout, Halliburton ordered workers to destroy computer simulations relating to safety measures. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to the destruction of this evidence.

This charge—knowingly destroying evidence during a government investigation in an attempt to cover up the cause of 11 human deaths and one of the largest disasters in the country’s history—is considered a “misdemeanor” charge. Halliburton is required to pay a $200,000 fine.

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The RNC, Koch Habits, and Uprisings in District 12

28 Aug

Everglades EF! and the EF! Journal take the stage before the March on the RNC to express solidarity with the growing rebellion in District 12 (hell yeah, that’s a Hunger Games reference.)

by Clinton Tyree, reporting live from the streets of Tampa Bay.

So Hurricane Issac didn’t blow the political elite and their flock far into the oil-slicked, algae blooms of Florida’s dismal Gulf Coast, like we had hoped. As it turns out, those of us who showed up in spite of the storm (or enthusiastic to witness its beauty and fury) have have had to do a little hell-raisin’ of our own.

While numbers have been small, the pain in the ass which protests have inflicted thus far has not gone unnoticed. Thanks to the over-reaction of the police state swarming the city, life in the Tampa area has been a glimpse at the true face of industrial-strength democracy.

Despite the rain and cops, rabble-rousing wingnuts of the 99% (yeah that’s us, and y’all) have marched in the militarized streets. And despite the extreme paranoia, folks have consistently breached security to disrupt business-as-usual for politicians that pave the way to growing corporate control over the planet.

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Oil Spills and Global Trade… Yup, We Still Live in an Ecocidal Empire

15 Apr

Here are some reminders from this weekend in Florida, as if you needed more reminders…

Geologist Rip Kirby examined the skin of a graduate student who swam in the gulf and then showered. Under regular light, his skin seemed clean, but ultraviolet light revealed orange blotches — dispersant-mixed oil.

According to an article in St. Pete Times, scientists find that oil from Deepwater Horizon spill is still causing damage in the Gulf of Mexico 2 years later:

“Tiny globs of it, mingled with the chemical dispersant that was supposed to break it up, have settled into the shallows, mingling with the shells, he said. When Kirby shines his light across the legs of a grad student who’d been in the water and showered, it shows orange blotches where the globs still stick to his skin.

“If I had grandkids playing in the surf, I wouldn’t want them to come in contact with that,” said Kirby, whose research is being overseen by the University of South Florida. “The dispersant accelerates the absorption by the skin.”

As those blotches show, the gulf and its residents are still coping with the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which began with a fiery explosion aboard an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010.”

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A day earlier, the Florida paper reported on Obama’s visit to the Port of Tampa, one of the biggest ports in the country, where the president touted trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama that he signed into law, under his goal to double earth-killing exports by 2015.

The AP has reported that 12 Secret Service agents accompanying him in Colombia have been "relieved of duty" due to allegations of misconduct related to prostitution in Cartagena.

Here’s a bit from his 8-minute speech, en route to Colombia: “We are the most inventive country in the world. We’ve got the best entrepreneurs in the world… We’ve got the best infrastructure in the world, and we’re going to keep on at it and make sure that the 21st century is the American century, just like the 20th century.”

Ah, Obama’s family friendly eco-imperialism.. brings a tear to the eye.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughter Sasha swim at Alligator Point in Panama City Beach, Florida, August 14, 2010.
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Recent Surge in Sea Turtle Deaths Prompts Lawsuit

17 Oct

With sea turtle deaths in the Gulf of Mexico and the southern Atlantic spiking to levels not seen in recent decades, conservation groups last week filed a legal complaint that would force the National Marine Fisheries Service to strengthen protection for the endangered turtles.

The Fisheries Service has linked these “strandings” to drowning in shrimp fishing nets. Despite this rise in sea turtle strandings and the devastating impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, the conservation groups say the agency has not fulfilled its duty to protect the imperiled animals from harm.

Recent federal reports show the number of drownings in the Gulf alone likely exceeds the allowable take for the Gulf and Atlantic shrimp fisheries combined, and also indicate significant noncompliance with existing regulations. The lawsuit aims to force the Fisheries Service to complete the required studies and adopt interim measures to protect turtles.

“Sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico are still reeling from the impacts of last year’s oil spill, and they simply can’t withstand the chronic threat of drowning in shrimp nets,” said Jacyln Lopez, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The government’s own data show that record numbers of sea turtles have perished in the Gulf of Mexico this year, yet the Fisheries Service has not taken protective measures to prevent sea turtles from dying in the shrimp-trawl fishery.”

The Endangered Species Act requires the Fisheries Service to ensure that its actions do not jeopardize the continued existence of endangered species and to respond to evidence of new threats to their survival. The lawsuit challenges the agency’s failure to protect sea turtles in the wake of a huge increase in strandings and seeks to establish protections for the turtles, including increased enforcement and observer coverage to reduce turtle deaths from shrimp trawls; closure of sensitive areas to shrimp trawling; and broader requirements for shrimp boats to use turtle-excluder devices to allow turtles to escape drowning in all types of trawl gear.

Conservation groups filing the suit include the Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network, Defenders of Wildlife, and Sea Turtle Conservancy.

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Video Round-up of Rising Tide’s Week of Action Against Extraction

25 May

Indigenous and Environmental Groups set sail from Australia to protest offshore oil drilling

27 Mar

A flotilla of six boats sailed from Auckland Sunday to launch a protest against plans by a Brazilian oil company to drill for oil and gas off the East Cape of the North Island.

The protesters, including the Greenpeace environmental group, the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society and an East Cape tribe of indigenous Maoris, said they feared potential damage from an oil spill like last year’s BP accident in the Gulf of Mexico.

The government announced in June that it had given Brazil’s Petrobras International Braspetro BV a 5-year exploration permit, covering 12,333 square kilometres of the Raukumara Basin.