“…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?
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;
“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.