Oil Spill

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Oysters, With a Side of Mothballs

Source, Vanessa Pike-Russell’s Flickr photostream. No, this is not a bizarre recipe. First, the good news. Extensive testing of seafood from the Gulf shows that “99%” are safe to eat, despite the fact that the fate of some one million barrels of oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig is unknown.

Korycheer Happy Children To mark the one year anniversary of the disastrous BP oil spill, I wanted to share this article that I published last summer. Like many New Jersey families, my children and I spent several sunny, fun-filled days on the Shore last summer, enjoying mini-golf, water parks and beautiful, pristine beaches. The BP…

Every driver is faced with increasing gas prices in the midst of a recession. Each morning, I drive past this gas station (somewhere in New Jersey) that heralds “$1” per gallon gasoline. Could this be true?

BP’s just released 2010 Annual Report to shareholders is proforma, with the exception of a detailed section titled “Gulf of Mexico Spill.” (p.34; you can read the full report here.) No bonuses for the top Executives this year, but rewards for “good business results.” Something to think about the next time you fill up your…

BP’s Black Beach Burden

Teaser for “Black Beach” from Fourth World Media, LLC on Vimeo. Video. I recently wrote about “oil-eating microbes” and the lack of evidence that they will offer a solution to cleaning up the environmental nightmare that began last April after the BP oil spill. What will BP’s “black beach” burden become?

Co-authored with Dr. Norma Bowe and originally published on Truthout.org. Science and the news media sometimes occupy different worlds. Journalists rely on scientists for the latest findings, but can be drawn to controversy and provocation because it increases readership, sometimes looking for disparities to make a point. Scientists want nothing of it; their conclusions are…

Lingering 1989 Exxon Valdez oil in beach sediments in Prince William Sound, Alaska I clearly remember the announcement of the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez in 1989. The event was so upsetting that I refused to purchase gas from Exxon for decades.

Fuel for Thought

My recent posting on deepwater oil drilling raised questions about alternative energy sources. The news of more and more permits allowing deepwater oil drilling is discouraging given available alternative fuels, but understandable. Here’s why.

Drilling Deep For Oil – Full Speed Ahead

The final report from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling was just recently submitted to President Obama. Will lessons be learned from this disaster?

Today’s report of Arsenic-eating bacteria published in Science could have some unanticipated benefits: clean up and bioremediation after an oil spill. I may be off base, but here’s my reasoning. Caveat: these newly discovered bacteria may not be useful in reducing arsenic levels after an oil spill if they are “fastidious” or too finicky to…