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The Gulf Oil Spill: How to Help

Disjointed cleanup efforts and hazardous chemical exposures are making it hard for volunteers to get involved, but here are a few ways to make a difference.



The Gulf Oil Spill: How to Help

In May the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a controlled burn in the Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Office 2nd Class Justin Stumburg.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—The seemingly endless images of gushing oil pouring from the broken pipe under the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico are depressing, to say the least. As BP, the Coast Guard, the National Guard, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clamor to stop the leak, countless other organizations and individuals are jumping in to help. You can, too. Here are some ideas:

#1: Send nylons, not hair. A small California nonprofit, Matter of Trust, launched a highly publicized effort last month to collect human and animal hair from salons and farms to send to the gulf to be used in "hair booms." Volunteers filled long tubes of recycled nylons with the hair, which were then deployed in oily water to help absorb the spilled petroleum. However, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and BP have asked Matter of Trust to stop sending hair, as the commercial booms they were using were more efficient. Turns out the hair often absorbed as much water as oil, and the nylon tubes sank to the sea floor, threatening bottom-dwelling aquatic life. Still, Matter of Trust believes its hair booms will be useful in later stages of the cleanup. However, the organization is no longer accepting hair donations, and instead needs your old nylon stockings and pantyhose. Find out how and where to send them at www.matteroftrust.org

#2: Help oily birds. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and NOAA, birds have been hurt the most by the oil spill. Of the 612 oil-soaked birds found since the spill began, 527 had already died. Here's how you can help. If you live in the area, report any oily bird sightings to the FWS on its hotline at 866-557-1401. The FWS advises that you don't handle birds yourself. The oil can be toxic, and oiled birds are already stressed, so handling them could cause even greater harm. If you don't live near the coast, you can donate money to the International Bird Rescue Research Center or to Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, a Delaware-based wildlife rescue operation. Composed of scientists and veterinarians, these two groups are working together and along with FWS to clean birds. BP is footing the bill for the cleanup efforts, but your donations will help support the missions of these groups and provide funds for future emergencies.

Filed Under: VOLUNTEERING, WATER POLLUTION

Published on: June 4, 2010



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POEM: OIL AND WATER

Oil and Water
Even a child knows oil and water don't mix
Fisherman sense the impossible fix
Thicker than blood
Underwater flood
Plug the leak with cash!
There's enough in the man's hidden stash
Burning water is really a solution?
Whales that live a decade in moderate pollution
Are floating to the surface as mortars
They have no real mourners
Their beauty is exploited by cnn and time life
The wealthy oil executive is the government's trophy wife
Her family has the connections
She will use her man until he loses elections
Lost races cause the cycle to start over
It never ends as long as the masses covet their Range Rover
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POEM: OIL AND WATER

Oil and Water
Even a child knows oil and water don't mix
Fisherman sense the impossible fix
Thicker than blood
Underwater flood
Plug the leak with cash!
There's enough in the man's hidden stash
Burning water is really a solution?
Whales that live a decade in moderate pollution
Are floating to the surface as mortars
They have no real mourners
Their beauty is exploited by cnn and time life
The wealthy oil executive is the government's trophy wife
Her family has the connections
She will use her man until he loses elections
Lost races cause the cycle to start over
It never ends as long as the masses covet their Range Rover
© Tanya Tee

This is just the beginning...

It's been a long time coming, but there's no doubt that any such exploration methods for extracting oil come with significant risk. One thing I question is, however, Obama's moratorium on future development of marginal supplies like this. We're still enormously and strategically dependent on Middle eastern oil which is a colossal weakness (as well as shipping half of our technical know-how and jobs to the UAE) so the quicker we can develop supplies nearer to home the better.

BP Oil Spill

It is now more than a month since the BP oil rig explosion but we can see slow development in the clean up process of the ocean. Being one of the largest oil spills in US history, no doubt that it there is a possibility that it will result to environmental disaster. BP Exploration and Production Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles was not too long ago interviewed on many questions with regards to the oil spill. Some of the stunning responses are bound to upset numerous more Americans. He claims that technology on oil spill cleanup hasn't improved simply because there is a lack of need for it making it not advance. Evidently Suttles has slept through the last dozen huge oil spills which should have advanced technology. Furthermore, it should not matter if the need is there; we all know BP would not have to take out an installment loan to study cleanup methods just to be safe.

Mother Nature taking back the planet

I could not agree with your posting more!! This needs to be said, and loudly!

Oil Spill

Let us use the oil spill to re-think our demand for cheap oil. This is the real reason for oil companies (with the blessing government) to drill for oil in more and more riskier conditions. You can blame BP or Exxon, wherever this or the next accident is to happen or where wars are fought, but the truth is that our game is getting riskier as it is harder to get to the oil.
This can only be controlled by lowering the American demand for oil. A more moderate oil usage would be easier to handle and would not require to agree to unsafer practices.
As long as gas is cheap in the US, we are getting away huge cars with unreasonable gas mileage. With rising oil prices more people start thinking about buying reasonable cars but abandon that thought again after gas is cheap again.
I suggest that the government taxes oil and raises the price to the level of European prices and use the money to build a reliable web of public transportation.

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human beings

"Clearly" you sound rather down. There never was any guarantees that anyone of us will make it to a ripe old age. While I agree with some of your comment about war, overpopulation,etc.,
we can all make a difference one little step at a time. Most Americans are kind, responsible people who try to help each other regardless of the circumstances.
The dire news media viewpoints (where we form most of our opinions) should at least be scrutinized with a skeptical eye. The media feeds on the anxiety of the American public to sell advertising to make money and that's why we are bombarded everyday with negative stories.
My advice to you would be to relax, go to a church, park or a movie or have dinner with a friend and stop listening or reading the negative news for a while.

bp oil

I don't know who was responsible for letting BP Oil drill in the gulf but the Federal Governments over the past couple of decades haven't handled the situation with any competence. Clearly BP Oil executives are a bunch of sociopaths and don't care about the environment or their own workers. The time to work out a disaster plan is before it happens not after. Well thought-out, proven devices needed to have been in place before drilling and Congress needed to make sure this happened.

I believe the Feds have to many bean counters running the country and not enough people with some actual gray matter.

Human Beings

Clearly, the grand experiment called "human beings" is coming to an end. Nothing we can ever EVER do will fix the messes we continually create. War, overpopulation, depleted land and the list goes on. Rest assured Mother Nature will triumph in the end. Humans are creating their own demise with every action, every day, every step of the way. Time to stop breeding. It is time to get out of the way.

oil cleanup

I know there has been thousands of ideas of stopng the leak and
clean-up. Who is looking in to these? News say they are working
on getting ideas> I know someone with an idea and cannot get
a response. Shouldn't they hire people to check out the ideas to
see if they are feasable, even if aren't an actor or producer???

Another alternative

But there is something we can do! I'd like to suggest you check out www.unitywave.com

You can actively contribute by consciously holding your focused intention for the Gulf of Mexico. Together we will create a powerful group synergy... the Unity Wave.

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The BP OIL DISASTER

BP refused to put in place the necessary precautions that would have prevented this disaster in the first place because they are so greedy. Now they will not give the workers the necessary equipment to help keep them safe for the same reason, greed and the fear of facing the truth. This is disgraceful and disgusting.

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Thanks for the much needed info. The environment is important to us all,we all want to contribute as we all use and enjoy the environment and as you say "it belongs to us"

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