Key West Builds Community Response to BP Spill

State of Emergency Declared

Key West residents are organizing their own mitigation efforts to the BP oil catastrophe, creating hair booms which absorb oil without destroying the hydrosphere. Meanwhile, on Friday, Governor Charlie Crist declared a State of Emergency for Monroe County (which includes the Keys), and Lee, Collier, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Citizen Emergency Response Team Services (CERTS) has met three times for emergency planning and to provide information to volunteers.  They’re currently developing a Remedial Action Master Plan to set goals and priorities.  Also, the Florida Keys Environment Coalition created a website to track volunteers and post information.

All salons, groomers, wool and alpaca fleece farmers, and individuals, can sign up to donate hair, fur, fleece, feathers, nylons, and funding.  

Key West residents would also like to buy hydrocarbon testing kits. Hanby sells them for $900 a pop. Residents are considering taking 24-hour HAZWOPER training, at $575 per person. This will certify potential BP employees working on clean up. Over a hundred people have taken HAZMAT volunteer training for $100 (a four-hour class). BP gave Key West $10,000 toward that cost, which is “the limit of their commitment,” according to a CERTS organizer.

We do have reports, however, that those working on the spill in Louisiana have become ill from the toxic fumes. Although the EPA issued a directive requiring BP to identify and use a less toxic and more effective dispersant (other than 2-butoxyethanol), BP refused.

Hurricane season is upon us in South Florida, and is being watched very closely. A low pressure system has developed north of the Bahamas, which has the potential of entering the Gulf and driving the oil to the Keys. Dr Jeff Masters writes:

The counter-clockwise flow of air around this low will probably lead to northeasterly winds over the oil spill region Tuesday through Wednesday, keeping oil away from the coasts of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, but pushing oil southwards towards the Loop Current.

However, updates posted last night “indicate an almost stationary motion…. The tropical wave mentioned this morning has pretty much lost all convection, and appears to have diminished quite a bit.”

Rady Ananda began blogging in 2004. Her work has appeared in several online and print publications, including three books on election fraud. Most of her career was spent working for lawyers in research, investigations and as a paralegal. She graduated from The Ohio State University’s School of Agriculture with a B.S. in Natural Resources. Read other articles by Rady.

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  1. Don Hawkins said on May 24th, 2010 at 8:15am #

    Drum roll please more like a drum beat the ice is melting and rather quickly.

  2. Don Hawkins said on May 24th, 2010 at 8:38am #

    At the top of the web page three down “Arctic station data” click on that a very good place to watch the future of the human race evaporate. July and August let’s see with our own eye’s.

  3. Rady Ananda said on May 24th, 2010 at 11:38am #

    How to Make a Hair Boom instructional video:

  4. Don Hawkins said on May 24th, 2010 at 2:34pm #

    And to slow the ice melt in the Arctic what do you think wait I know burn more coal. See am learning how to not be a moron. I saw Palin on Fox and it’s all Obama’s fault the government in general they just can’t get it together. That I understand as after all it was on Fox the fair and balanced channel and Palin is an author and just seems down home to me. I’ll bet no one call’s me a moron again.