Friday, May 21, 2010

Our plastic problem is our oil problem

If oil drilling leaks, tar sands and tanker spills ain't enough for you, there is Plastic Pollution! A terrible blight on our planet. It makes me feel that the plastic producers and executives should be paying to clean up the worlds oceans first and foremost! The United Nations should consider holding these executives accountable for crimes against humanity. Why are we not investing every resource imaginable in clean energy and a sustainable future for the planet?

Our Today is Forever.
Our plastic problem is our oil problem.

PLASTIC - from production and distribution to consumption and pollution.

It all comes from the same stuff, crude.

This video is sickening and may break your heart!
- set to Queen's Who Wants ...To Live Forever.


JOIN the Sunshine Coast's own Pebble in the Pond Environmental Society to find ways to eliminate plastic: PIP was started by a group of like-minded individuals in Powell River, BC in 2008 who were horrified when they learned of the plastic gyres in the world's oceans and decided that although they were small, like pebbles, they really could do something.

Plastic Pollution Coalition

5 Gyres is dedicated to understanding plastic marine pollution through exploration, education, and action. Facebook Page:

Fake Plastic Fish
Fake plastic fish are cute... but if we keep filling our oceans with plastic, they could be the only kind we have left. Join me on Fake Plastic Fish and learn to live life without new plastic.

The GP2 Project - Cleaning Up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
On behalf of our Oceans, we are expanding our reach around the World to clean plastic, waste & chemicals from our Oceans & give our future a Healthy & Vibrant Planet & Oceans. *Our mission includes having the resources & collaborations for clean-ups

Sunshine Coast BC Canada facebook fan page!/pages/Sunshine-Coast-BC-Canada/109315035764459

It's Always a Good Day on the Sunshine Coast! Duane


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Estimated Gallons Leaked by BP in Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

I think the United Nations should imprison these oil executives and try them for crimes against humanity as this is just what this is! I am really furious that they can put a man in space but have no recourse or due diligence for an oil spill leak. The billions of dollars wasted on clean up could have went to developing and supporting clean energy technologies and industry. And then they want to drill and have oil tankers along the west coast of Canada, the US and in the Arctic. INSANE!

GRAPHIC: Odometer tallying volume of oil leak.

OIL SPILL Stopped -- May 28, 2010 PBS News Hour
Adm. Allen: Gulf Oil Leak Suppressed For Now; Leak Meter Paused, By: Chris Amico
As of 8 AM today, we've frozen our Gulf Leak Meter, based on reports that the flow of oil is being held back.

Big Oilmance (Lyrics Below) - BP Oil Spill
>> Lady GAGA Remix spoof <<

BP's Suttles: 'Top Kill' Effort Hasn't Stopped Oil; Leak Meter Restarted

OIL SPILL -- May 29, 2010

BP officials have estimated the spill was flowing at a daily rate of 5,000 barrels, despite the doubts of multiple scientists. According to some estimates, oil is escaping into the Gulf at a rate as high as 100,000 barrels a day.

THANK YOU to PBS News Hour for adding me as a Twitter friend!

VIDEO GRAPHIC: Live Video Feed of Oil Leak

How the World's Oil Giants Are Selling the 'Captured Carbon' Dream
Inside a global effort to convince the public an unproven technology will let us have our fossil fuels and a cooler planet, too.
By Geoff Dembicki, 17 May 2010,

here is a term I saw on fb today "Ecocide"
A new movement seeks to declare ecocide - the extensive destruction of or damage to an ecosystem - a fifth international crime against peace, making corporations punishable by the U.N.'s International Criminal Court. The BP oil spill would be up first; those destroying the Alberta tar sands, the Amazon rain forest and other areas could be next.

Protect Our Pacific Coast from Oil Spills: Dogwood Initiative
Tell our government that they must heed the warning from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It's time for a permanent tanker ban on Canada's Pacific Coast. HERE is there facebook fan page

VIDEO: Lessons from the Exxon Valdez oil spill

The Gulf Oil Leak is Bad: BP and Corporate Irresponsibility
There is room for big companies to be part of the solution rather than the problem.

Gulf Oil Spill Truth
Here is a facebook group blogging the Gulf Oil ecocide crisis!

Ecocide is a Crime
large-scale destruction of the natural environment or over-consumption of critical non-renewable resources.

1,000,000 Strong Against Offshore Drilling
Offshore Drilling is bad for the planet, bad for people & bad for the economy.

In Memory of the Wildlife & Ocean Life killed by the 2010 Gulf oil spill
This page is for those who are heartbroken by the damage this recent oil spill has caused to the environment& the ocean and in memory of the animals, the birds, fish, dolphins or any other creatures killed by this man-made disaster.

VIDEO: The Exxon Valdez Disaster: 20 Years Later

Boycott Petroleum Products Day WE would like to institute a Global Boycott Petroleum Products Day on July 6th 2010. We all use to many Petroleum Products. Oil Plastics etc. We would like to boycott all Petroleum Based Products for one day. The Big Oil Companies need to know that we will no longer stand for the pollution of our planet by their Oil based products. In light of the recent oil spill in the Gulf Coast we feel the large Oil Companies need a wake up call. We ask that you do not buy any Petroleum Products that day.

Our plastic problem is our oil problem
If oil drilling leaks, tar sands and tanker spills ain't enough for you, there is Plastic Pollution! A terrible blight on our planet.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Raises Arctic Offshore Drilling Concerns The oil well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has raised questions about the safety of drilling for oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea. Oil companies like BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Imperial Oil have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to lease large tracts of the Beaufort seabed for exploration.


Stop Shell Oil's Offshore Drilling Plans in the Arctic:

No end in sight to offshore oil moratorium, federal minister says
By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun May 22, 2010 The moratorium on offshore oil development in B.C. won't be lifted any time soon, especially after the environmental disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice said Friday. Read more:

Climate Action BC is a campaign coordinated by the Wilderness Committee to work with other groups and individuals at the grassroots level to stop the causes of global warming and fight for climate justice.

Despite Moratorium, Drilling Projects Move Ahead WASHINGTON — In the days since President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells and a halt to a controversial type of environmental waiver that was given to the Deepwater Horizon rig, at least seven new permits for various types of drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted, according to records. The records also indicate that since the April 20 explosion on the rig, federal regulators have granted at least 19 environmental waivers for gulf drilling projects and at least 17 drilling permits, most of which were for types of work like that on the Deepwater Horizon shortly before it exploded, pouring a ceaseless current of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Click link to read full article on New York Times website....


Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf

Map of the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico - Interactive Map -

Coastal Oil Cleanup May Prove Impossible

The spill could leave behind a toxic stew lethal to the fish and wildlife that inhabit that maze of marshes along the Gulf Coast. read full story.......

VIDEO: Raging Grannies Oil Spill Protest: "BP, You Suck!"

South Florida Raging Grannies protest the BP Gulf Oil Spill mess in this biting and darkly funny new song parody, "BP's Frigging' Drillin' Rigs". See the Grannies in action at the oceanfront, a BP gas station, a Palm Beach County condo - & use the lyrics below to sing along, especially with the chorus!

"BP's Friggin' Drillin' Rigs"
(Tune: "Battle Hymn of the Republic")
Lyrics © by Raging Granny Vicki Ryder

"The USA's addicted now to fossil fuel and oil,
So BP's drillin' off our shore and makes our blood just boil.
We warned them that the oil could spill and wash up on our soil...
Halliburton and BP -- you suck!

You suck the oil from the sea and poison all the soil;
You suck the profits from the work while others sweat and toil;
You suck the lifeblood from us while you plunder and destroy...
Halliburton and BP -- you suck! So take your friggin' drillin' rigs and move 'em from our shore! Take your friggin' drillin' rigs and don't come back no more! Take your friggin' drillin' rigs 'cause we don't want your oil! Halliburton and BP -- you suck!

You bypass the inspections and ignore the warning signs;
You bribe your way to drilling rights and profit from your crimes.
Eleven workers now are dead and fish all swim in slime...
Halliburton and BP -- you suck! So take your friggin' drillin' rigs and move 'em from our shore! Take your friggin' drillin' rigs and don't come back no more! Take your friggin' drillin' rigs 'cause we don't want your oil! Halliburton and BP -- you suck!"

BP reduces estimate of how much oil it is capturing BP sharply reduced its estimate on Monday of how much oil it is siphoning off each day from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico that has been spewing oil for a month and threatening ecological disaster.

The British-based energy giant said the oil captured on average by a mile-long siphon tube was 2,010 barrels (84,420 gallons/319,500 liters) per day in the six days before May 23, less than half the up to 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons/795,000 liters) per day the company estimated it had been capturing. At times the capture was as low as 1,360 barrels per day (57,120 gallons/216,200 liters).

The oil group believes about 5,000 barrels have been leaking every day, although some experts have given significantly higher estimates for the size of the leak.

MARCH ON WASHINGTON July 4th 2010 - Declare Independence from Fossil Fuels !!! FILL THE MALL THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY! Declare our independence from non-renewable energy, fossil fuels, dirty energy sources, OIL SPILLS, COAL MINE ACCIDENTS, and all the problems caused by a LACK OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY POLICY! This is getting RIDICULOUS! We have been debating and touting the need for renewable energy for DECADES. No more! We must DEMAND a ROBUST major transformative energy reform bill be signed into law BY THE END OF THE YEAR!

STANDING UP to North Coast Oil Tankers: A 385km Stand Up Paddleboard expedition along the proposed north coast oil tanker route, bringing awareness to the people and wildlife of the Great Bear Rainforest.

VIDEO: BP Flash Mob Protest May 28, 2010 — In Manhattan at Houston and Lafayette Streets. The police put barricades up, the stated intent of the protest was not to blockade the station.

Hands Across the Sand June 26th U.S. citizens opposed to off-shore oil drilling in our waters. Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations. This movement is not about politics; it is about protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, fishing industry and coastal military missions. Let us share our knowledge, energies and passion for protecting all of the above from the devastating effects of oil drilling.

Boycott BP stations.
BP brands to boycott include Castrol, Arco, Aral, am/pm, Amoco, and Wild Bean Cafe, Safeway gas. laissez le bon temps rouler pas chez Bp. Grass roots Facebook page advocating a Boycott of bp.


MSNBC May 26, 2010 — Ixtoc I was an exploratory oil well being drilled by the semi-submersible platform, Sedco 135F in the Bay of Campeche of the Gulf of Mexico, about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche in waters 50 m (160 ft) deep.[1] On 3 June 1979, the well suffered a blowout and is recognized as the second largest oil spill and the largest accidental spill in history.

In the next nine months, experts and divers including Red Adair were brought in to contain and cap the oil well.[6] Approximately an average of ten thousand to thirty thousand barrels per day were discharged into the Gulf until it was finally capped on 23 March 1980, nearly 10 months later.[7] Prevailing currents carried the oil towards the Texas coastline. The US government had two months to prepare booms to protect major inlets. Eventually, in the US, 162 miles (261 km) of beaches and 1421 birds were affected by 3,000,000 barrels (480,000 m3) of oil.[7] Pemex spent $100 million to clean up the spill and avoided paying compensation by asserting sovereign immunity.[8]

The oil slick surrounded Rancho Nuevo, in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which is one of the few nesting sites for Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. Thousands of baby sea turtles were airlifted to a clean portion of the Gulf of Mexico to help save the rare species.

Washington B.p. sister page to Boycott Bp. Sound off on the Governments response/ or lack of response to the Bp Gusher in the Gulf. facebook group Protect our Pacific coast from oil spills
For 37 years the northern coastal waters of British Columbia have been protected from oil tanker traffic. This ban is now under threat. Plans to build pipelines and a supertanker port in BC to service the Alberta Tar Sands are moving forward with support from the BC and Canadian Governments. But there is still time to save our coast.

Keep BC's North Coast Oil Tanker Free

The BP Oil Spill Re-Enacted By Cats in 1 Minute
tremendousnews — June 05, 2010 — This should catch you up on everything that's happened with the BP oil spill so far.

No Offshore Drilling in BC! "The B.C. Liberals, when elected in 2001, pushed to open up the coast for drilling, but shelved the idea by 2005, given lack of support among voters. The Gulf disaster pushes it farther back on an already dusty shelf." - Globe & Mail, May 6, 2010

Alaska Pipeline Shut Down Following Oil Spill
Associated Press. ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Up to several thousand barrels of crude oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline spilled Tuesday into a massive tank and overflowed into a containment area, shutting down the 800-mile line until the hazard is removed. The spill happened during a scheduled pipeline shutdown at a pump station near Fort Greely, about 100 miles south of Fairbanks.

Douglas Channel Watch
We are a group of people concerned about protecting the Douglas Channel and Kitimat Valley with regards to pipelines, tanker traffic and the environmental effects of industrial development. BP first quarter profits 6.1 billion this year. 67 million a day profit! CNN

Some of BPGlobalPR’s tweets, in billboard format. (SPOOF)

Big oil eyes B.C. coast, notwithstanding Gulf of Mexico spill Marine mammals have made a remarkable recovery in this province, but that could be erased by a catastrophic oil spill. By Charlie Smith


Shayleen LePage
this is sad.

Duane Burnett
infuriates me. a billion dollars spent on clean up already. that's a billion dollars that could have been invested into an affordable clean green energy future so we can kick this dirty fossil fuel addiction. ecocide! throw em in prison!!! I wonder how they missed the memo for the last 40 years from scientist and the UN that we have to get off of the fossil fuel.

Gordon Birtch
There's still WAY too much money to be made in fossils... It's all about the $.... period... technologies have been in place for years... GM's EV1 is a prime example... the money train ain't slowin' down 'til they're out of product.... GREED SUCKS!!!!!!!!!

Joey Gray
Plus all the $$ wasted on spin + suppression, vs. helping the fishers and the cleanup... what bizarre, sick priorities.

Gordon Birtch
YEP.... they play and the world pays.... the only question is when are we gonna stand up as one voice and put a stop to this short sighted bullshit!!! we might have to go without some luxuries, but we might just have a planet for our children..... sometimes social change can only happen when the people force it... anyone seen Greenpeace on this one??

Duane Burnett
do you think the Gulf Oil Spill might be the turning point? I was thinking it is has a wide impact on just not BP. Its almost like a 911 ecocide.

Christine Doyle

Debra Dee
I know that in 1995 someone had a patent for an electric vehicle and the paper work he had me file showed that the BIG car companies knew what was possible at least 10 years prior. I learned then,,, that in 1985 there was a window for GM and Ford to make electric cars the most prominent vehicle coming out of their factories but put a stop to any ... See Moreother choice but gas guzzlers. I have proof that those companies blinded us to other options over 25 years ago. They made the Prius out to big new invention but it wasn't. (Think of what was done to make big city transit possible; dry cell) We had an inventor here on the Coast (some 17 years ago) who made electric cars, tricycles and boats (and designed the Sechelt Pier) but no one listened then.
The electric car SHOULD BE our car of today (been around for over 30 years) but we all sold out to the big oil companies.

Manuen Edwards
I am speechless ...

Arne Hansen
electric cars have been around a lot longer than that. The Vancouver Electric Vehicle Assoc owns a Detroit Electric car, still running, that was built 100 years ago. All it has ever needed in maintenance is new batteries.
An electric truck conversion company that 10 years ago used to be based on Vancouver Island, moved to California when San Diego wanted hundreds of electric trucks for the harbour

Arne Hansen
It has been calculated that enough money has been spent on the illegal war in Iraq to get the whole planet off fossil fuels. Ironically, Iraq was seized to keep oil prices low and oil and gas wells flowing full tilt.

YouTube’s top suggested oil spill clean up methods
by Matt Burns

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Should Oil Drilling & Tankers be Allowed on British Columbia Coast


Like many of us around the world, we watch in disbelief at the terrible oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Some people have even said it was deliberate!

I blogged the news story on my facebook profile and got quite a response from people!

I linked to a yahoo news report which is following the disaster

... the blown-out well 40 miles offshore is spewing five times as much oil into the water as originally estimated — about 5,000 barrels, or 200,000 gallons, a day. At that rate, the spill could eclipse the worst oil spill in U.S. history — the 11 million... gallons that leaked from the grounded tanker Exxon Valdez in Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989

A BC group called the Dogwood Initiative have a website calling for protection of the Pacific coast from oil spills and they too are following the slick in the Gulf

For 37 years the northern coastal waters of British Columbia have been protected from oil tanker traffic. This ban is now under threat.

Plans to build pipelines and a supertanker port in BC to service the Alberta Tar Sands are moving forward with support from the BC and Canadian Governments.

But there is still time to save our coast.

They claim that

The oil spill from the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has highlighted the fact that unless we take action to ban tankers on our coast, one day it could be us watching oil creep towards our shoreline.

I am wondering what you think about the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the prospect of oil spills along the west coast of British Columbia, Alaska and Washington? And what about the Alberta Tar Sands?

A recent rap video parody I star in spoofing Prime Minister Stephen Harper proroguing parliament so he could attend the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics called "I'm On A Break" even has a line in it about the tar sands which many call an international embarrassment.

He's on a break yah like in the past and
Gets to avoid issues like Alberta tar sand
He's the king of the world for another short while, so
If you're still at work then you sure not him, no
Stand up people, this break is for real

For me, I can't understand why we continue to invest billions into fossil fuels when we need sustainable energy and technologies so desperately, and why on Earth is the world's supposed greatest super power so freaken LAME at responding to natural disasters. I don't anyone will ever forget how they treated their own people when Mississippi was flooded by a hurricane.

Tongue in cheek I said on my facebook profile
>>>>> NOT <<<<<<<<<


Duane Burnett
I tried to find an email to let BP know what I really think

Marc Buzzell
what a disaster im very embarrassed to be a fuel dependent human

Lois Vader
Cap it!! Now!! Hey Big this CBC report..they talk about the oil spill around 30.03 - 33.07 if you want to fast forward it:'Leary_Exchange/ID=1480327840

Bren MacDonald
People use the phrase "This is a disaster" too often, and it loses much of it's meaning; what happens then when something like this happens? This is being called by many perhaps the worst environmental disaster ever. That's nuts!

As a side note, I'm not pressing 'like' because this REALLY isn't a 'like' situation.

Duane Burnett
1,000,000 Strong Against Offshore Drilling

Mitan Niebergall
fucked up! It seems like all of these oil spills are done on purpose or something. I could be totally wrong..... but what if I'm right?

Elisa Jardine
This is horrific and devastating. We have to do something! Do everything we can!

Graeme McRanor
Getting laid on a tropical island is the only offshore drilling mankind should keep busy with...

Susan Davidson
Never, never, never !!

Manuen Edwards
argh how depressing i just want to hear some good news for a change why are people so irresponsible and destructive it really is scary and depressing if we keep abusing the earth especially our oceans with pollution we are all doomed for sure .... we probably are anyway we seem just too stupid to restrain ourselves ..... argh

Duane Burnett
NEW fb group >>
Protect the Marine Life in Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

Chelsea Sleep
oh no!

Rob Thomson
Absolutely no oil tankers on our coast! Witness the damage happening to the Louisiana coast and then think of the fragility of our coast in this wet, pristine and green environment. Take a float plane from Vancouver/Richmond up coast to the Central and North Central coasts and see the immensity of our wilderness from 1000'. In spite of our hacking much of the coastline with clear cuts, inland just a little bit more is an ocean of green. We can't afford to damage this most precious space. NO OIL TANKERS!

Cheryl McNevin Baron
No tankers!

Manuen Edwards

Allegra Mills

Manuen Edwards
I heard a roomer they might want to start filling the open pit mine up here with Vancouver's garbage ... just another great idea hey ? how is it possible people are so incredibly stupid ? oh yeah ... money has a lot to do with it in most cases

Rob Thomson
If you ever have the opportunity to visit the central coast- in particular my favourite part, Johnson Strait and Calvert Strait, or even just a cruise up the Inside Passage, the beauty and solitude of our coast is overwhelming.That we would even think of allowing tanker traffic anywhere near our coast is absurd, ludicrous and just plain mad!

Is there anything that we won't think of doing to risk damage our environment for a few measly extra bucks to buy new toys that we really don't need? If we allow the coast to open up to tanker traffic then we are absolute first class certifiable idiots.

Allen Snowdon
Unfortunately oil is a lot like illegal drugs. As long as there's a demand there has to be a supply. Every single one of us are oil-addicts, and we are all ultimately responsible for these disasters. Ideally we should wean ourselves off this dependence on cheap, dirty energy and find cleaner alternatives, but that will not work until we can collectively practice proper conservation.

I try to remember that there are many sides to every issue, and I am always so grateful from what I learn from all of your amazing feedback. I am hearing a definite no from the people, so why do the corporations and governments seem to insist on taking us down the road to environmental destruction for short term gain?

So thank you very much for that!
Should Oil Drilling & Tankers be Allowed on the British Columbia Coast?

It's always a good day on the Sunshine Coast! Duane

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