dispersant controversy, oil plumes persist in the gulf - water absorbent pads
Along a winding road, in the southern state of Alabama, bayola Bateerof-
The working shrimp boat floats quietly along the pier.
At the end of the road, more than a dozen twins in the Pier area of Alabamaengine, steel-
BP's large vessels under the contract are responsible for oil cleanup.
Police guard the entrance.
Opposite the port at the end of the public pier, four large white plastic containers are placed on a tray marked "Nalco Corexit ec900 5a.
Oil spill dispersing agent
Note: prolonged contact may cause irritation . . . . . . Do not enter the eyes, skin and clothes. . . .
"Some containers have black hands --
A written letter on the back that says "oil wastewater" or "clear water.
"The other container sits on its own further away from the tray with the same warning label, but is clean.
Earlier last week, witnesses said similar containers were next to bp's contracted vessels that entered the Gulf.
Some fishermen in the area believe the ships continue to spray chemical cleaners on oil that continues to pollute the waters and coasts here.
Workers working for bpork said that when they returned to the dock in the afternoon, BP's ships would leave during the day or at night to get the job done.
No one seems to be able to prove this, however.
The British government and BP have denied that they have been spraying dispersing agents since ChinaJuly.
But some fishermen say this is still happening.
They say those who may have evidence do not dare to stand up for fear of losing their jobs.
Dion Sutton, a worker, was wondering if they were still spraying.
About a month ago, his cousin saw a plane spread near the nearby coast and BP said it had never done so.
Like many fishermen here, Sutton thinks it's all about sinking crude oil into the sea and making people invisible.
In the Gulf States, common stories about spraying are still there, just as oil is still ashore in patches, tar balls, and underwater plume.
Walk to the beach on the island of arabamasi, where you can't help but walk in with fresh weathered oil, once the world-famous white sand beach.
With a shovel, you will find a layer of black oil-like material.
Thick black clay
Just like oil is pushed up.
Madder and dunes are almost all in the holiday villas on the beach.
Some people in Alabama are tired of being told that the water is good and keeping things in their hands.
Commercial fisherman "catfish" Miller designed his own home testing equipment to look for the lead in the water.
Yesterday, Catfish designed a unique device consisting of a large conical line tomato plant stand in his backyard.
He carefully bent it and wrapped it outside with a white suction pad to form a funnel.
There were more than 10 passengers on board yesterday, including a marine biologist.
Place the shaped device in 12 feet of water near AL Pass Christian.
He put it in the water for less than a minute and then pulled it in to see how much oil it captured in the absorption pad.
He threw it into the water near the Inner Harbor ten times.
He hit oil ten times.
"It surprised them," he said . "
"Every time we throw it in the water, it catches oil.
Why can't experts find this?
Until people really understand what's going on here, I'll stick to it all the time.
It's just a cover. up.
"Many of the people who attended the fishermen and visitors party in airvington last night agreed.
While the government reported that up to 75% of the oil had disappeared, been captured or dispersed, the vast majority of people attending the conference said that oil was not only there, but it had just begun to affect the community. Prof.
Steve Picco of the University of South Alabama is well aware of this because he studied the devastating effects of the Exxon Valdez oil disaster on the town of AK Cordoba.
He said the oil disaster, such as members of these pit communities against each other.
Some people start cleaning up and some don't.
When people try to figure out how to restructure their lives and break even, there is a conflict.
A few years later, reports of suicide rates, divorce rates and abused women in Alaska soared.
"This is a marathon," Picco said . "
"This is not 100-meter dash.
The gun just rang. ”Dr.
George Crozer, a marine scientist at the Dau Island Marine Laboratory, said that what bothers him most is what we don't know.
There is no doubt that some oil is separated from swamps and coastlines.
But they also pushed the oil into the water column, where the crude oil may not degrade for a long time.
How will this affect the biological accumulation of oil and the health of the ecosystem?
No one knows anything for sure, except that the amount of it is not quantifiable.
"There is no doubt that we made a monster in the Gulf of Mexico," Crozier told the audience . ".
"We have learned a lot so far.
But the oil is not gone.
"Raymond Vates, a commercial fisherman on the Gulf Coast, told the audience that he recently decided to bring his diving equipment and go to the bottom of the sea outside the beach to find himself.
What he saw shocked him.
In 20 feet of the water, he said, he saw a huge pool of oil tar balls on the muddy bottom, some as big as watermelon.
"I called BP but they didn't want to hear it," Vates said . ".
"How can you do this when you see what I see?
There are children swimming in the water.
We cannot allow this to continue.
I will keep looking for it as long as I can find it.
This may keep him busy for a long time.
Fishermen from Florida to the state of Luis Anna are worried about their seafood and safety.
They don't believe in what experts tell them, especially those who work with bp.
They learned to believe only what they saw with their own eyes.
So far they don't like what they see.