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Archive | September, 2011

Sick Gulf Residents Continue to Blame BP

Many people living near the site of the BP oil spill have reported a long list of similar health problems.

Oil, tar balls, tar mats, and dead animals are still common sights along the Gulf of Mexico (Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera)

Just weeks after BP’s oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, 2010, Fritzi Presley knew something was very wrong with her health.

The 57-year-old singer/songwriter from Long Beach, Mississippi began to feel sick, and went to her doctor.

“I began getting treatments for bronchitis, was put on several antibiotics and rescue inhalers, and even a breathing machine,” she told Al Jazeera. The smell of chemicals on the Mississippi coastline is present on many days when wind blows in from the Gulf.

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No End in Sight for Oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Fresh oil seepages raise questions about further problems with BP’s damaged oil well.

Thick oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 19 km northeast of BP's stricken Macondo well (Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera)

Fifteen months after BP’s crippled Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico caused one of the worst environmental disasters in US history, oil and oil sheen covering several square kilometers of water are surfacing not far from BP’s well.

Al Jazeera flew to the area on Sunday, September 11, and spotted a swath of silvery oil sheen, approximately 7 km long and 10 to 50 meters wide, at a location roughly 19 km northeast of the now-capped Macondo 252 well.

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Dahr Interviewed on Al Jazeera’s Listening Post

Dahr appeared on Al Jazeera’s Listening Post program September 10, 2011, on the impact of the September 11 attacks on the media.

“In a series of interviews with journalists and media commentators, we look back at a decade of lies, misrepresentation, manipulation, flawed or fake intelligence, and how many in the western media bought into that narrative and colluded in its construction.”

Watch the interview at Al Jazeera.

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The Return of the BP Disaster?

Oil is resurfacing again not far from the location of the BP Macondo Well off the Gulf of Mexico, 15 months on.

According to oil trackers, globs of oil have been spotted near the Macondo Well (Bonny Schumaker/On Wings of Care)

Fifteen months after BP’s crippled Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico caused the worst environmental disaster in US history, oil and oil sheen covering several square miles of water are surfacing not far from BP’s well.

According to oil trackers with the organisation On Wings of Care who have been monitoring the oil since early August, rainbow-tinted slicks and thicker globs of oil have been visible.

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