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Gulf oil spill: More tar balls wash up; turtles, dolphins found dead

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries confirmed Wednesday that tar balls that washed up on the beach at South Pass in Plaquemines Parish, La., are from the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Biologists found the sticky, dark-colored blobs on the beach at South Pass Monday but did not confirm that they were from the rig until Wednesday, said Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Bo Boehringer.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, which is tracking the oil spill and its effects on local communities, also confirmed the presence of a dead turtle on shore at the Bay of St. Louis, Miss. Locals also saw dead fish on the beach, an hour east of New Orleans.

On Tuesday, the National Marine Fisheries Service said that dead dolphins also had been found in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, but that such deaths are common in calving season, when they swim into shallow waters. Tests are being conducted to see if the dolphins were affected by the oil.

-- Alana Semuels

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obama is the largest $$$ recipient of money from BP. It is NOT W! It is barack huessein obama's fault!

Sonar Radar affects dolphins and whales alot. They will go as far as beaching themselves to escape it; it can kill them. What if someone installed a small amount of sonar radar somewhere near the oil spill? Then the dolphins and whales would be willing to swim farther away from the shore; and the oil. Although, it cannot be too much sonar radar or it most likely would not work and the animals would die. Possibly fish would follow the dolphins and whales away too, meaning that sea birds would probably follow the fish, since that is their source of food.
Lindsey Larson

We all know the party of polluters. Thanks Republicans, for working tirelessly to gut U.S. environmental protections starting with Reagan. Now could you report to the Gulf to help clean up the mess you created.

Another American asking Republicans to quit Protecting Polluters.

They didn't have any safety plan because all that was deregulated by Bush/Cheney.
They didn't wait for the cement to set.
They didn't perform standard safety test.
Gaskets leaking on safety emergency test valve before explosion.
They lie and said only 5,000 gallons, then 20,000 only to find it's in the range of 50,000 gallons of oil spewing.

What's to trust in the OIL and GAS companies when they don't follow US laws that they do follow in other nations?

WHY dog US out and still make a profit?
Before they even knew if the first "top hat box" would work, these greedy incompetent bass turds, were planning for future oil spills by planning a manufacturing of these boxes as a mandate for Deep sea Offshore drilling.

Stupid Palin said it wouldn't ahve happened if it was in Alaska's waters?
Does she even realize how stupid that sounds to even think it after Valdeez?
Knowing her, they wouldn't have said anything, just like the bridge to nowhere bill that was slipped in by Uncle Teddy.

The rich are screwing our lives around and have enough money to go where it's cleaner while WE the People suffer their inept attempts at getting richer.

Id Farm fishing their idea for the future, while they destroy our seas? Like they do livestock manufacturing?

That's some future they have for US, they can't do any of it though, unless WE participate and help them do this destruction of nature.

They have everything on the market now and fish, mammal, people, and air and streams are the "casualties in the war against God's gift of a perfect planetary globe that serves all OUR life's needs.

Here is a great video about the spill:

It's sad. Britain owns BP. They are allies. That is huge. WE must work together to solve the problem. I remember the Republicans going: Bomb Bomb Bomb, Iran. How sad. That is why I voted Democrat. We need to solve, solve, solve our problems, together.

On April 27, 2003, eight years ago the Bouchard Barge B-120 hit an obstacle in Buzzards Bay, creating a 12-foot rupture in its hull and discharging an estimated 100,000 gallons of No. 6 oil. The oil is known to have affected an estimated 90 miles of shoreline, killing 450 numerous bird species the day it happened, and recreational use of the bay, such as shell fishing and boating.

The residents of the Gulf need to know ; Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels -document everything with photos ,dates time and places .

Sure, suddenly dead animals are washing up in the areas that have oil, but they are not sure if the death is oil related. Give me a break.

Last time I saw a group of business men like this, they were swearing nicotine was not addictive!! Jane Velez-Mitchell is covering this oil spill story the RIGHT way on her show "Issues" tonight (CNN Headline News channel).


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