We're approaching two months since the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion killed 11 of the men on board. Today, BP CEO Tony Hayward is in Washington, D.C. facing members of congress all requesting honest, open answers and not prepared statements to their questions. Hayward is without counsel. He's representing himself, and he has one technical advisor with him to answer the more technology specific questions regarding the rig, the explosion, and the failed attempts to stop the leak, which is still pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons into the Gulf as I write this.
"What I was trying to say -- that BP understands how deeply this affects the lives of people who live along the Gulf and depend on it for their livelihood -- will best be conveyed not by any words but by the work we do to put things right for the families and businesses who've been hurt," Svanberg said in a statement.
On Tuesday, June 15, the NOAA Ship Pisces reported a dead sperm whale floating 77 miles due south of the Deepwater Horizon spill site. NOAA is currently in the process of conducting thorough testing to determine the circumstances surrounding the mammals death, as well as collect information about its life. This is the first dead whale reported since BPs rig exploded on April 20. It was not found in oiled waters; however, its location of death is unknown.
As soon as the whale was sighted, Pisces Field Party Chief Paul Felts called the marine mammal hotline to report the finding to the Wildlife Branch of the Unified Command and NOAAs marine mammal experts.
Based on the estimated size of the whale, scientists believe it is a sub-adult. Its condition suggests it may have been dead for between several days to more than a week. Although it was not found in oiled water, NOAA marine mammal experts are using hindcasting analysis to look into the location from which the whale carcass may have drifted.
While it is impossible to confirm whether exposure to oil was the cause of death, NOAA is reviewing whether factors such as ship strikes and entanglement can be eliminated. Samples collected from this carcass will be stored under proper protocols and handed off when the Piscescomes to port on July 2, or possibly if another boat is sent to meet the Pisces. Full analysis of the samples will take several weeks.
The Plaquemines Parish Inland Waterways Strike Force recently discovered broken eggs and crushed chicks on Queen Bess Island. As you can see in the pictures, plastic bags containing snare boom were recklessly placed without consideration for the natural wildlife on the island.
The people BP sent out to clean up oil trampled the nesting grounds of Brown Pelicans and other birds. Pelicans just came off the endangered species list in November of last year. They already have the oil affecting their population during their reproduction time, now we have the so called clean up crews stomping eggs, said (parish president Billy) Nungesser. The lack of urgency and general disregard for Louisianas wetlands and wildlife is enough to make you sick.