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Could “Cash for Crude” Save the Gulf Coast Fishing Industry, Boating Businesses, and Marinas?

by Kim Kilpatrick July 8, 2010 4:42 PM
Could the BP oil spill be cleaned up faster if BP buys back its own spilled oil from fishermen and other boat owners along the Gulf Coast? American Geographical Society President Jerome Dobson thinks so. Dobson has come up with a unique solution for the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup. Dobson’s plan, which some are calling “cash for crude,” calls for BP to buy back recovered oil, giving fishermen, recreational boaters, and other boat owners a chance to get involved in in the BP oil spill containment.

Dobson’s plan calls for BP to buy back its oil at a price that will encourage out-of-work fishermen, recreational boaters, and other boat owners to go out, skim oil off the surface of the sea, and bring it back to port -- safely contained. Such a plan could provide out-of-work fishermen, seasonal tourist industry workers, and other boat owners with much needed income to replace some of what they have lost to the oil spill. It would also have a spillover (no pun intended) effect on related businesses, such as boat storage facilities and marinas, and would stimulate local economies along the Gulf Coast. [More]

Texas Residents Prepare for Tropical Storm, Soon to Be Hurricane, Alex

by Winnie Hsiu June 29, 2010 2:14 PM
Abandoning their preparations for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, residents along the Texas coast, operating with one eye on the weather forecast, are instead preparing for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Alex. Alex is the first storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which is forecast to have a higher than usual number of tropical storms and hurricanes. Many workers attempting to contain the BP oil spill have also had to evacuate, delaying BP’s oil containment efforts, although Alex is not expected to hit the oil spill area. The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, which are tracking Alex with satellite images, have forecast that Alex will become a hurricane later today. According to hurricane tracking software, it could make landfall anywhere between Baffin Bay, near Kingsville, and La Cruz, Mexico. When Alex does reach land, it is expected to have become a category 1 hurricane. [More]

Hair and Storage Space Donated to Oil Spill Cleanup in Gulf

by Kim Kilpatrick May 20, 2010 12:04 PM
Matter of Trust is making hair booms and mats in temporarily donated storage spaces and warehouses all along the Gulf Coast. So far 25,000 square feet of space have been donated. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of hair has been sent to 13 locations along the Gulf Coast. Matter of Trust is not picky about what kind of hair it uses -- it will take human hair from salons, dog and cat hair from pet grooming salons, fleece sheered from alpacas, and any other kind of hair or fur that you can think of. Volunteers in warehouses, storage spaces, and in some cases, garages, are stuffing the hair into nylon pantyhose to contain it. [More]
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