I predicted, as no doubt most of us had, that when BP caps the well and stops the flow of oil, the news stream will tell us it's all okay now, even while pushing news of the Gulf to back pages, and the mass culture will believe it. That's happening.
Things are not all better, despite what the mainstream news feeds tell us. There are brave and diligent people out there still bringing us news of what's really going -- like James Fox -- but unfortunately, people like him aren't being quoted on CNN or the the AP releases in your local papers. According to them, things are much better and it's all over.
Another person bringing us news of what's really going on is Dahr Jamail:BP's Insidious Coverup and Propaganda Campaign: Out of Sight, Out of Mind The oil is still there, as is the Corexit.
Two captains of so-called “vessels of opportunity” helping with the cleanup recently told Times-Picayune reporter Bob Marshall that they saw more oil at South Pass on Tuesday than they have during the entire crisis.
“I don’t know where everyone else is looking, but if they think there’s no more oil out there, they should take a ride with me,” charter captain Mike Frenette said.
Another captain, Don Sutton, saw floating tar balls for 15 miles from South Pass to Southwest Pass. “And that wasn’t all we saw. There were patches of oil in that chocolate mousse stuff, slicks and patches of grass with oil on them,’” he said.
Yesterday I spoke with Clint Guidry, a Louisiana fisherman who is on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Shrimp Association and the Shrimp Harvester Representative on the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force created by Executive Order of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
“Right now, there is more oil in Barataria Bay than there has been since this whole thing started on April 20,” Guidry told me.
BP oil is now turning up under the shells of post-larval blue crabs all across the northern Gulf of Mexico. Nearly all the crab larvae collected to date by researchers, from Grand Isle, Louisiana all the way over to Pensacola, Florida, have oil under their shells. Further analysis is showing that the crabs likely also contain BP’s Corexit dispersant.