New poisonous tar balls that washed ashore on New Year’s Eve along the Gulf have tested positive as being from BP’s wrecked Macondo Prospect, according to officials and an environmental attorney.
“Some 44 months after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, crude oil is still spoiling what had been finest white-sand beaches in this country,” stated New Orleans-based attorney Stuart Smith on Friday.
A Florida state environmental official sent photos taken on New Year’s Eve of the new tar balls to Smith. They were from Florida’s Escambia County beaches.
Some 42 pounds of those tar balls were collected and tested, confirming they are from BP’s Macondo oil field, the site of the catastrophe, according to Smith.
“In fact, there were so many tar balls from BP’s 2010 spill that a Coast Guard oil-spill response team was called in.”
Not only are BP’s lethal tar balls a routine occurrence. Massive tar mats — in one case about half the size of a football field — are prevalent, such as those found in the barrier islands off Louisiana, closer to where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, according to Smith.
Some of BP’s oil washing ashore was recently found to contain flesh-eating bacteria that could possibly infect beachgoers who come in contact.
There are also more Gulf state residents suffering and dying from the H1N1 flu virus than there are in other parts of the country.[See: Mystery Gulf killer, return of the Swine Flu bioweapon]
An Australian national news program did more to disclose to the public the ongoing lethality of BP’s Gulf crime than any American TV network has to date.[See: Aussies Blow Lid Off BP Gulf Oil-Corexit Deaths, ‘Health Catastrophe’ Cover-Up]
BP’s oil is still leaking from the Macondo Prospect. This is still being censored by corporate-controlled media and the government, as this reporter disclosed this past summer and in her book, Vampire of Macondo.[See: Giant Cover Up of BP’s Main Gulf Leak Continues (Video)]
“The non-stop fouling of our beaches is an unpardonable sin, and one for which BP should be apologizing every single day,” Smith said Friday. “To the contrary, this hugely profitable oil company has been lashing out over the last few months, hurling allegations of fraud at residents and small business owners who dare to seek some economic justice. The allegations seem intended to distract people from an environmental crisis that is ongoing.
“I find BP guilty,” asserts Smith, adding, “of incredible hubris.”