In Discussion – July 14, 2010 – Guest: Dr. Susan Shaw – Marine Environmental Research Institute

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Dr. Susan Shaw Marine Environmental Research Institute


“Marine Environmental Research Institute”





DrDr. Susan Shaw is an internationally recognized marine toxicologist, author, explorer, and founder/director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute. She is known for her pioneering research on chemical contaminants in the ocean food web. Shaw is applying her expertise to the catastrophe in the Gulf by launching an independent, region-wide scientific investigation of the toxic impacts of oil and chemical dispersants on marine life and human health. An outspoken and influential voice on ocean pollution, Dr. Shaw has conducted large-scale scientific investigations on the effects of hundreds of environmental chemicals in marine animals. She is credited as the first scientist to show that brominated flame retardants and perfluorinated chemicals in consumer products have contaminated marine mammals and commercially important fish stocks in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Her research has influenced policy decisions in the US and abroad, including the Maine legislature’s decision to ban the neurotoxic flame retardant decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca), and the subsequent US phase-out of the chemical. Shaw serves on the International Panel on Chemical Pollution, a global consortium of scientists urging policymakers to improve management of toxic chemicals. She lectures on the ocean crisis and chemical pollution at scientific conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia, and she is amplifying the ocean message as Chair of the International Explorers Club’s State of the Oceans Forums.

In 2009, she published the first comprehensive review of flame retardant chemicals in marine ecosystems of the American continents, and was appointed to the Editorial Board of the international journal Reviews on Environmental Health. Shaw has recently been nominated to be a Woodrow Wilson visiting fellow.

“The Gulf of Mexico Disaster” – The Deep Water Horizon MACADO 252 Disaster

dhpoThe Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill or the Macondo blowout) is a massive ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history.Some estimates placed it by late May or early June as among the largest oil spills in the world with tens of millions of gallons spilled to date. The spill stems from a sea floor 10,000 foot deep oil gusher (MC252) that followed the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others. The gusher, now estimated by the quasi-official Flow Rate Technical Group to be flowing at 20,000 to 40,000 barrels (840,000 to 1,700,000 US gallons; 3,200,000 to 6,400,000 litres) of crude oil per day, originates from a deepwater wellhead 5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the ocean surface. The exact spill flow rate is uncertain in part because BP has refused to allow independent scientists to perform accurate measurements and is a matter of ongoing debate. The resulting oil slick covers a surface area of at least 2,500 square miles (6,500 km2), with the exact size and location of the slick fluctuating from day to day depending on weather conditions.

BP-1Scientists have also reported immense underwater plumes of oil not visible at the surface. Experts fear that the spill will result in an environmental disaster, with extensive impact already on marine and wildlife habitats. The spill has also damaged the Gulf of Mexico fishing and tourism industries. There have been a variety of ongoing efforts to stem the flow of oil at the wellhead. Crews have been working to protect hundreds of miles of beaches, wetlands and estuaries along the northern Gulf coast, using skimmer ships, floating containment booms, anchored barriers, and sand-filled barricades along shorelines. The U.S. Government has named BP as the responsible party in the incident, and officials have said the company will be held accountable for all cleanup costs resulting from the oil spill.



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    • July 15th, 2010

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    • Beverly
    • July 15th, 2010

    I want to thank you bringing such important information to us about how our oceans are and eventually be poisoned. It is heartbreaking to hear from Dr. Shaw how everything and person is being affected by bad decisions made by people in power who seem to have forgotten the meaning of humanity.

    Please continue with letting us know the truth that is not being covered by the mainstream news.

    Respectfully, Beverly

    • Beverly
    • July 21st, 2010

    Thank you. I am still trying to post on this blog to let you know how insightful and thought-provoking each of your shows. May we all find the hero within ourselves. Beverly

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