< class="art-postheader">Mississippi Resident Pleads with Media to Cover Oil-Related Illnesses Among Gulf Residents

While mainstream media has made a few mentions of the tar balls that washed ashore on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Lee, it has neglected to mention the high volume of fresh oil that has washed up in various places, including Fourchon Beach, Pensacola Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, and Bay Saint Louis. (See the pictures here, here, and here.) Fresh oil means fresh toxins and a fresh round of illness which the fishermen who have been forced out of work due to the BP spill cannot afford.

This leaves citizens pleading for help for those who are sick and don’t have access to appropriate care.  Mississippi resident Laurie Lambert created a video of an oil-soaked neighborhood and issued a heart-felt plea for help for a friend who is in the hospital vomiting blood. Traditional medicine can find nothing wrong, she says, except elevated levels of oil-related toxins that are 400-600 times higher than normal.

Lambert shared alarming pictures of oil-soaked ditches in the Harbor Drive community of Hancock County with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) but says MDEQ dismissed the toxic mess as a normal byproduct of car and boat usage in the area. The sheer volume of oil in the ditches makes such an assumption ridiculous, according to area residents. The neighborhood frequently floods during storms, and most of the fresh oil washed in with Hurricane Lee.

Here are the pictures:

In August, BP denied reports that fresh oil was once again floating to the surface of the water in the Macondo Prospect but has since backtracked on its position. While BP is now investigating a larger than normal sheen in the area, spokesmen for the oil giant deny that the wellhead involved in the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster is leaking again. Some experts fear faulty drilling attempts and the Deepwater Horizon explosion may have damaged the sea floor, giving rise to oil seepage that may flow for some time to come. While mainstream American media has been inexplicably silent on this developing news, Al Jazeera has the full story.

Meanwhile, scientists have confirmed that the tar balls which littered Gulf beaches post Hurricane Lee are leftover toxic garbage from the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout. The circumstances give rise to a number of questions. Is oil still flowing into the Gulf? If so, from where? And why doesn’t anyone seem to care?

Lambert says she has collected samples of the oil that has flooded the ditches of the Harbor Drive community, but no one is interested in testing them. A simple chemical test could reveal whether or not the oil shares the same fingerprint as the MC 252 crude that spewed from the Deepwater Horizon well in 2010, but to date, no one has volunteered to do so.

Instead of restoring the Gulf, Lambert says, BP has spent money sponsoring sea food festivals and flooding television, radio stations, and newspapers with ads falsely proclaiming that the Gulf Coast is fresh, clean, and open for business. Could the influx of advertising money be the reason why media seems reluctant to cover ongoing damage to the Gulf?

Anyone who is interested in covering this story further should contact Laurie Lambert through her Coastal Justice Facebook page. Alternatively, email me at diane@blackoilredblood.com for more information.

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