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I apologize for the break in updates on the oil spill as we have been preparing for the oil to hit our shorelines.

As of yesterday, June 4th- I am sad to announce that tar bars and some tar mats have came on shore in Escambia County and have traveled as far East to Navarre Beach, FL.

In the upcoming days, I will be collaborating all of my accumulated data and working on putting forth an overview of the last few days. Please stay tuned to this blog for more information.

Thank you for caring during this time of tragedy.

Dear God~


God, if you can hear me, there are people out there that understand the implications of drilling~ esp. in such great depths and we speak on behalf of the population that we are SORRY for our greed and our manipulative manner.

I speak on behalf of the People who are willing to stand up and say NO MORE; that we will do EVERYTHING in our power to put a stop to any addtl drilling and to start think creatively for our energy solutions.

Please forgive us for our sins and forgive us our trespasses as this is YOUR Earth and we are merely creatures who are BLESSED to be living upon it.

Please help us learn the error of our ways and to help contain the spill and the associated gases so that our wildlife does not suffer and the good and innocent people along the Gulf coastline can bounce back from this man made, greedy, selfish and bottom dollar faulty logic.

Please God, help me help the Gulf of Mexico and all of her innocent creatures who reside in it, who feed off of it and who reside next to it.

In the Light and the Love of the Lord, I am Denise M. Haywald (Anahata R. Broen). Amen. xoxo


April 23, 2010

Living off the coastline of Florida my entire life, the Gulf of Mexico is dear to my Heart. I remember lofty days of building sandcastles in the warm sun and playing paddle ball with my family while the waves lapped upon the sandy shore. A place where relaxation and Peace were exemplified and the Ocean current instilled a Love and a protective mechanism in my Heart which made me stand tall in defense of Mother Nature (and especially the Gulf of Mexico) at an early age. My Heart resides along the Gulf of Mexico and, still, until this day~ I live within five minutes of the gorgeous Gulf.  The Gulf of Mexico, that is. Not the Gulf of Oil.

Oil is what makes the world go ’round or at least that we are made to believe. In fact, the 2010 Annual Energy Outlook Early Release Overview states that “our primary energy production is 74.23 quadrillion Btu and will sharply increase to 90.83 quadrillion Btu by 2035.”  (AEO). Many so-called solutions have been given to fit this need of energy, some would even argue that we have gone to war over it. Either way, we depend on oil and natural gases for day to day functions- that is something that can be agreed upon by all parties.

On March 31, 2010- President Obama called for lifting a 20 year ban on offshore drilling which includes the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to central Florida, plus Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico (the later allowing drilling only 125 miles from Florida beaches).  Many people applauded this effort including RNC Chairman, Michael Steel, Florida Governor, Charlie Crist and Former Incomplete Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin who supports offshore drilling as long as it is done in “a safe and responsible manner.”

However, it is important to recognize that there is no way to “error proof” offshore drilling. Of course, the safety precautions can be put into place but,  as the Mineral Management Service found there is currently  “a lack of communication between the operator and contractors, a lack of written procedures, a failure to enforce existing procedures and other problems.” (Associated Press). As careful as people try to be, mistakes will happen.

Look at the oil rig that exploded off the Louisiana coast on 04.20.2010, ironically a couple days before Earth Day.

The spill started when the rig, the Deepwater Horizon owned by Switzerland-based Transocean Inc. and contracted by BP, was putting the final touches on a well in 5,000 feet of water that had successfully encountered a deep reservoir containing tens of millions of barrels of oil. On Tuesday evening, an explosion erupted which resulted in 11 people missing. Days later the rig sank and a pipeline burst from the pressure and started gushing oil.  A horrible “slippery” slope effect of environmental poisoning, if you will.

As of today, there is an oily sheen covering 600 square miles and the slick  is about 70 miles south of the Mississippi. The oil slick is spreading northeast and could possibly affect the Alabama  and North-West Florida coastline. To make matters worse, this area received torrential downpour of rain and heavy winds on Saturday 04.24.2010 which is now resulting in a “chocolate frosty” whip where the ocean once laid.

What’s even worse than this situation is our Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs response:

“I doubt this is the first accident that has happened, and I doubt it will be the last.”

Thank you Press Secretary Gibbs for stating the reason why we SHOULD NOT drill in the Gulf of Mexico in such a clear and concise manner.

The current oil spill of 04.20.2010 has already shown us an initial impact on the surrounding waters, animals and plants.  When our sea animals (particularly fish) are impacted, that means that our fishing industry will hurt.  When our oil rigs are impacted, our gas prices go up (think of the price of gas a gallon during hurricane season each year). When oil spills out unto our land, our tourist industry is negatively affected.

Of course, it would be unrealistic to suggest that the established oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico be shut down. However, the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) must do a better job in enforcing these regulations.

“On June 19, 2009, EPA published in the Federal Register a SPCC compliance date extension for all facilities until November 10, 2010. Facilities must amend or prepare, and implement SPCC Plans by the compliance date in accordance with revisions to the SPCC rule promulgated since 2002.” (EPA)

This compliance date was amended 5 times. 01.09.2003, (68 FR 1348), again on 05.17.2003 (68 FR 18890), a third time on 08.11, 2004 (69 FR 48794), a fourth time on 02.17.2006 (71 FR 8462 ), and a fifth time on 05.16.2007 (72 FR 27443).  “These extensions provided additional time for the regulated community to understand the 2002 SPCC compliance regulations.” (EHSO).

There is no way that it takes 10 years to simply understand a compliance regulation.  It would have been one thing if they were trying to incorporate the standards but that was not the case.  Not only is Transocean Inc. and BP accountable but the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Committee needs to be held accountable for neglect.  The Environmental Protection Agency needs to stay on top of the SPCC or disband the committee altogether and find another means of accountability.

Perhaps it would even be as safe as to say that the Government needs to find another means of energy as a whole.

Yes, oil is a necessity in which is need to live.  Yes, we should remove all foreign dependency as much as humanely possible. However, more drilling is NOT the answer.

Instead of “drill, baby, drill”, how about we “innovate, baby, innovate”?  Instead of spending more money on finding untapped areas of oil or building additional rigs, let’s put that money towards other forms of renewable energy such as solar power, wind power, hydropower, biomass, and biofuel and geothermal power. Alternatives that we are familiar with yet refuse to tap into. If anything, the govt would rather tap the sea floor than tap people for innovative ideas and that is selfish, reckless and irresponsible.  Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is the lazy’s man way to living. Let’s roll up our sleeves and put in the hard work so that the oil spill of 04.20.2010 does not happen again.

*** What type of renewable resource would you like to see used other than coal, oil and/or natural gas and how best could we implement this new line of thinking while keeping taxes low? Which alternate energy solutions do you think would create the most jobs? Where within the US could we implement these new strategies? ***

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Sources:
(AEO) — http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/aeo/overview.html

(McGill et al) http://green.yahoo.com/news/ap/20100423/ap_on_bi_ge/us_louisiana_oil_rig_explosion.html

(MMS) http://www.mms.gov/

(EPA) http://www.ehso.com/ehso3.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.epa.gov/oilspill/opaover.htm

http://www.epa.gov/OEM/content/spcc/

http://www.ehso.com/ehso3.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.epa.gov/oilspill/opaover.htm

http://www.ehso.com/SPCC.htm

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92471630″ NPR


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