Deformed Crabs, Eyeless Shrimp in Gulf Three Years After BP Oil Spill

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The Gulf on Day 30 of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Shrimp with no eyes. Shrimp with bulbous tumors on their necks. Crabs with holes in their shells.

That's what fishermen around the Gulf of Mexico are still finding, three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

BP, the oil company responsible for the spill, says it's all natural, according to a report by Al-Jazeera: "BP claims that fish lesions are naturally common, and that before the spill there was documented evidence of lesions in the Gulf of Mexico caused by parasites and other agents."

A Louisiana oysterman who is only operating two of the ten boats in his fleet told Al-Jazeera: "We're seeing crabs with holes in their shells, other seafood deformities. The state of Louisiana oyster season opened on October 15, and we can't find any production out there yet. There is no life out there."

A Hernando Beach seafood dealer said, "Our stone crab harvest has dropped off and not come back; the numbers are way lower. Typically you'll see some good crabbing somewhere along the west coast of Florida, but this last year we've had problems everywhere... We've seen fish with tar balls in their stomachs... I'm in west-central Florida, but fishermen all the way down to Key West are struggling to make it."

BP is still fighting a federal lawsuit about the spill and claims seafood is safe. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal pointed out, "Three and a half years later, BP is spending more money -- I want you to hear this -- they are spending more money on television commercials than they have on actually restoring the natural resources they impacted."

Yet the spill and dispersants that were sprayed to combat it have left toxic chemicals throughout the Gulf. Coral and microorganisms are devastated, and dolphin strandings may be related. Oil is still being found near Tampa and Sarasota.

Meanwhile, BP is whining about paying people negatively affected by the spill.

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frankd4 topcommenter

.....................actually the truth is,  we are addicted to OIL,  and want it cheap.................. and so corners will be cut and risks will be taken and major accidents will occur = period

compare that to GERMANY where petrol is $12 a litre yet the GERMAN PEOPLE will not allow FRACKING   why ?  it may accidentally foul the water used to make BIER !  the GERMAN PEOPLE simply put the value of their BIER over the value of OIL - so gas is expensive and BIER is cheap (and unpolluted !)

it's a simple matter of PRIORITES - that's all

frankd4 topcommenter

.............................WELL,  if justice were to be SERVED, then ALL that shellfish and those fish with warts should be SERVED as FOOD to the spouses and children and parents of those BP executives !

and the BOARD of DIRECTORS and the entire executive staff should go ahead and eat as much seafood as they can from the GULF of MEXICO including those found with deformaties

and share those crabs with holes in their shells and shrimp with no eyes with any and ALL BP attorneys and the family members of those attorneys


The gift from BP that just keeps on giving.  And Haliburton helped..  They wont be happy until there is no life left on the planet.


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