Scott Porter – The BP oil disaster – Current studies and observations of the animal and coral species in the Gulf

“…Its now turned into the dustbowl of the 1930`s …. Its literaly dead .. contaminated by marine snow…”

Scott said when referring to what he was seeing while diving in the Gulf of Mexico in recent years.

“..about 80 – 90% of the corals I would normally have harvested were gone and dead due to contaminated marine snow….”


In light of the recent finds by Samantha Joye (U of Georgia, Athens), we wanted to establish that the corexit did NOT break up the oil but only sunk it and killed the microbial community that would normally clean the oil from the water.

So, we introduce Scott Porter who was told to dive by the NOAA (2 weeks past a notice sent by the EPA telling NOAA to keep its divers out of the water) to dive in contaminated water. There is good evidence that scott was badly advised (Following FOI requests etc). He did his graduate work in marine biology in California and then moved to Louisiana to do aquaculture work.

Scott now runs Ecorigs, his organization is unique in that it dives off abandoned platforms to harvest coral. Scott’s other work includes finding out if there are high levels of crude and corexit still in the waters?


Download/Listen to the interview.

Published on the 21 of November 2015

Published to European News Weekly

Published by J Hagan, S Mc Gee and with help from C Digges

The case of the melting diving suits

Scott believes the damage was caused by solvents in the water which would have that effect on rubber and plastic..Scotts diving in the contaminated water over preceding years caused;

JF me in shk suit pic 4b

“two of my vulcanized rubber diving suits to melt”

Scott also mentions the issue of constant leaks from orphaned and abandoned wells in the Gulf. He goes onto mention about information about another well that has been constantly leaking and the response by the oil company which was to ignore the leak.

Problems with the clean up.

In the early days companies used to dig a pit and put the effluents into the pit and when levies collapsed on the pits the pollutants got dispersed everywhere in the waters. When the disaster happened the pollution response unit has no idea how to cope with it. They had no boats on the ready or no plan so they then decided to dump corexit on top of it. Dispersant are only to be used when skimming wasn’t possible but that rule was not observed in this case.

Testing Procedures.

The protocol adopted by the government for testing sea fish was the “sniff test”. Scott suggest that somewhere after the eighties something went wrong and Louisiana went from having a decent testing procedure but today it is non-existent. Scott blames the Mineral Management System. Crabs, coral, dolphins and tuna are discussed. He also mentions a very expensive and limited study that was applied researching deep sea corals. Scott also discusses using a UV light to check Clams for contamination and finding many positive and interesting results. We discussed the issues of the lack of interest by many Universities to research this problem effectively and the issues that may have stopped them. There were many problems with testing hydrocarbon toxicity in humans and doctors were unprepared for such tests. Getting tests done on samples was also very difficult.

What was the issue concerning the study of the deep sea coral accepted by The NOAA?

Scott says that is a really interesting question. He says the method being used by sending ROV’s to the bottom is so much more expensive than accessing the shallower soft coral around the rigs

“that they have to sail by whilst heading to the deep sea”.

He also says that because of the darkness and depth of the water;

“it would have been like looking for a needle in a haystack”

Scott said by 2011 it was becoming obvious the NOAA had no intention of taking the tests devised by Scott seriously.. So Scott went out and did a small version of the study instead. Eventually at the end of this small study the results were sent to a lab and it was found it was oil from Macondo well which was inside the coral. He says also because most of the studies are funded by BP, they get to decide the outcome of any studies undertaken.

During 2011 and 2012 the governemnt couldnt find problems;

“…Its now turned into the dustbowl of the 1930`s …. Its literaly dead .. contaminated by marine snow…”

Scott said when referring to what he was seeing.

He continued to say that;

“..about 80 – 90% of the corals I would normally have harvested were gone and dead due to contaminated marine snow….”

As well as testimony he has video notes as evidence to these observations.

Then NOAA became interested in research Scott had been doing about 6 months ago where he was tracking the source of oil slicks. But the NOAA, after some thought, were distrustful of being able to track the finger print of the oil and as ana side the actual pollution did not seem of concern to them according to Scott. He went on to suggest that the reason the NOAA didn’t find the contaminants that Independent Researchers found was due to either faulty equipment or the suspect protocols which they used.

The Giant Eel.

Scott suggests that this would actually be the perfect creature to study for ill effects of contamination. They live on the sea bed where the marine snow drops and where the hydrocarbons would settle to.

This creature also has a skin as opposed to scales so he wouldn’t have the protection a scaled fish would have. Also, The Eels are the top predator and would bio accumulate the toxins. To find these eels one does not have to send an ROV down but all that must be done is drop a hook and wait for one to bite. We discussed the possibility of a large study on Eels and its cost compared to the research option that the NOAA chose. It was noted in our conversation that the recent BP settlement was so low because the NOAA could not provide much in the way of evidence (via research).

Dolphins Tuna and People

He then talks about the dolphins which he suggests should be the healthiest in the country but had the highest death and pneumonia rate. Also the tuna heart was brought up . He suggest hydrocarbons cause heart problems and that folk are having heart problems in the area of the spill. No connections are being made by the medical profession concerning an increased occurrence of heart problems in the people and the study done on the tuna after the Exxon Valdez spill.

The current state of leaks in the Gulf.

Scott continues to explain it is not just BP who is at fault but there are many companies involved and there are many rigs leaking in the area. “Taylor Well” being one mentioned due to a law suit involving Scott due to illness during a dive near the site.

The court never actually came to a resolution of the case, but it was settled out of court. The court decision was to make the information public, and in this rare case, with no gagging order applied. Scott is still awaiting the results to be made public as per the court decision.

Corporate Media Bias

Scott blamed the media for the dumbing down of the local people as they would not cover the real facts and bring the information to the people. Scott goes on to tell about the news agencies which he brought out to view the damage ie. Discovery News, ABC, Fox News and they said some samples would be tested and when the results were being released they didn’t want to know about it. Scott recaps a situation where a media “expert” lied blatantly saying there were no effects, though he had not dived in the Gulf region to find out!

In 2014 a hurricane came through and hit Grand Isle and Scott went there looking for tarballs which were reported.

“The hurricane has stacked oil up on the beach several miles long and 3 foot high”.

He documented it and the following Monday the beach was closed and no one was allowed on the beach or to fish.


Scott also worked with Phillipe Cousteau Environmentalist  (grandson of Jacques Cousteau)


Health effects reported by Scott whist diving and since.

He tells us about migraines and chemical pneumonia. His chest was hurting and his skin broke out in a rash. He says the rash is persistent and happens every-time he comes in contact with the water in the gulf. He believes his body is trying to push toxins out which is what causes the rash and red blisters. He also tells us of cramps of chest and stomach and queasiness. He has also noted neurological conditions connected with his first dives into the heavily contaminated waters under NOAA authorization.


Download/Listen to the full interview
Scott’s website can be found here

You can contact Scott and follow him through his facebook page here

Scott’s YouTube can be found here


Many thanks to Charles Williams Digges for providing contact and information regarding this story.

A link to a recent interview with Charles can be found here

Other resources : Interview with Maureen Dauphinee on the BP Gulf disaster from an activist perspective can  be found here

7 thoughts on “Scott Porter – The BP oil disaster – Current studies and observations of the animal and coral species in the Gulf

  1. Reblogged this on nuclear-news and commented:

    WPP LLC “managed” the Fukushima disaster for the Japanese nuclear cartel in 2011 and helped BP with the Gulf Oil disaster in 2010, So what were they trying to hide? How did they accomplish such a huge cover up? Also, see the Maureen Dauphinee interview link at the bottom of the article for more information PR and security operations and tactics against local communities in the Gulf region!


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