BP Was Drilling In A Mine Field! Gulf of Mexico Is Major Dumping Ground For Unexploded Bombs.
You learn the darnedest things on the internets. For example, I just found out that the Gulf of Mexico is the primary disposal site for unexploded military munitions - over 30 million pounds of bombs, projectiles and chemical ordnance. And because records are spotty and incomplete, we don't know exactly where these dumps are.
GULF UPDATE 8/20/11 - OIL RISING AGAIN FROM MACONDO WELL: BP HIRES FLEET OF 40 SHRIMP BOATS TO LAY BOOM AROUND OLD DEEPWATER HORIZON SITE
Gulf Update: August 18, 2011: The area being investigated is South of Louisiana
BP Investigates New Oil Sheen Near Green Canyon Block In Gulf Of Mexicohttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/18/bp-sheen-gulf-mexico_n_930156.html
FDA Press Release Warning: Consumers warned to avoid eating oysters from area 1642 in Apalachicola Bay, Florida (Gulf)
Sick fish in Gulf are alarming scientists
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Scientists are alarmed by the discovery of unusual numbers of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and inland waterways with skin lesions, fin rot, spots, liver blood clots and other health problems.
"It's a huge red flag," said Richard Snyder, director of the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation. "It seems abnormal, and anything we see out of the ordinary we'll try to investigate."
Patterson is conducting research on the chronic effects of the BP oil spill on Gulf fish. And he sees troubling signs consistent with oil exposure: fish with lesions, external parasites, odd pigmentation patterns, and diseased livers and ovaries. These may be signs of compromised immune systems in fish that are expending their energy dealing with toxins, Patterson said.
"I've had tens of thousands of fish in my hands and not seen these symptoms in so many fish before," said Patterson, who has been studying fish, including red snapper, for 15 years. "All those symptoms have been seen naturally before, but it's a matter of them all coming at once that we're concerned about."
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