The BP Oil Spill: How You Can Help

Wildlife — By on May 6, 2010 at 6:23 am
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An oily mess is washing up on the shores of Florida

There’s no question about it.  We don’t even have to tell you that the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico is bad.  Just how bad it is, remains to be seen.  Execs are not giving us any information as to how much oil is down there with the potential to impact the waters, wildlife and eco-systems for years.  But those in the know say that the rate and amount of oil spillage will be larger than the Exxon Valdez spill.

Since the oil rig explosion which killed 11 people last month, the massive oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon well is leaking 5,000 barrels a day.  13,000 feet under the seabed under about 5,000 feet of water the ecological disaster has already shut down fishing in the region and is threatening wildlife from sharks and dolphins to seagulls and pelicans.

The response seems nearly as awful as the incident itself with chemicals being sprayed in the Gulf to disperse the spreading oil slick:

All of this aside, what we know for certain is that wildlife response teams need your help.  And they need it now.

Along Florida’s Gulf Coast, veterinarians, volunteers and experts are watching and waiting for the arrival of sick birds and other sea life affected by the BP oil spill.

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Let's help with the devastating effect of the oil spill

Save our Seabirds in Sarasota, FL is currently collecting supplies to respond to the disaster, including:

They have received donations, but they need a LOT more!!  In addition to supplies or donations, Save our Seabirds needs volunteer help.

If you have time to give, be sure to contact Save Our Seabirds.  You’ll need training in how to handle the oiled birds, in order to assist with cleaning and feeding.  Of course, you can also send supplies directly, or donate.  In fact, for every bottle of Dawn Dish Detergent you buy, the company will donate $1 to wildlife conservation efforts of the Marine Mammal Center and the International Bird Rescue Research Center.

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Many hands needed to help wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill

The sadness of the still-undetermined impact of the BP oil spill may be tempered by hopes that this massive tragedy could be the catalyst of change.  It took a similar disaster off the California coast in the late 1960s to spur the founding of Earth Day in 1970 and the adoption of many federal environmental laws 40 years ago to tighten clean water and clean air restrictions.

With the BP disaster in the Gulf, Republicans are (excuse the pun) jumping ship from their earlier support of offshore drilling.  Among notables, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger withdrew his backing for offshore exploration.  Florida Governor Charlie Crist has also voiced concerns about the environmental safety of oil exploration in our waters.  One of the only holdouts is former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

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A cry for help from the birds affected by the oil spill

Is this a wake-up call for our planet?  Many would say: yes.

In the meantime, we don’t need to debate the fallacy of a domestic “drill, baby drill” policy.  Now is not the time.

While we are still rubbing the sleep and shock from our eyes, let’s get all hands on deck to help save the innocent creatures directly and immediately affected by our energy greed and selfish refusal to think beyond the gas tank.

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  1. Maureen Williams says:

    Living in the bay area as well, I am overly concerned for our wildlife due to this oil spill. I would like to donate items to help and would love to help in any way I can, I live in Tampa. WHERE in Sarasota would we drop our items off?

    Thank you,
    Maureen Williams

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thank you Maureen!! Here is the information:

    Save Our Seabirds, Inc. is now located at:
    1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy Sarasota, FL 34236

    They are in the old Pelican Man facilities in Sarasota. The facility is open daily from 10-5

    For those of you that don’t live in Florida, you can visit the website and click on the donate button to send supplies:

  3. MARYBETH says:

    My daughters and I would like to offer our time and donations to help save the Birds. Please send me the info needed. Thanks Marybeth

  4. Stephanie says:

    Thank you MaryBeth! Please check out the link to and donate, or just show up at their facilities in Sarasota between 10 and 5! So happy to hear that you’ll be helping!

  5. John Wright says:

    Piggy Oil Companies:
    I do not think oil companies clean up the oil because they care about the environment. I think they just want the oil back! If our economy gets any worse, we are just going to look at an oil spill as an opportunity for cheaper gas. We will all drive down with our tanks and clean it up ourselves. However, to add insult to injury, the oil companies only have to spend up to 75 million for the clean up. Which I am sure they will just make it back by charging us more at the pump. Leaving them with zero accountability. Let me guess, the American Tax Payer has to pay anything that goes over 75 million? THAT’S CALLED A BAIL OUT! Apparently, the oil companies are also too big to fail. I think there should be a law that says that oil companies have to give American’s free gas that is equivalent to whatever they spilt. Now that sounds more fair to me! However, they instead make a 10 BILLION DOLLAR profit. When gas went up in the 90s, President Clinton responded “It looks like someone is playing politics.” Who knows, maybe that was the day that a law being passed that stipulated they had to pay more than 75 million. Maybe they rose the gas rates to remind the President that they have the power to create and economic crisis, with one stroke of a pen. HOW DARE THESE OIL PIGGIES HOLD OUR PRESIDENTS AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY HOSTAGE WITH THREATS OF ECONOMIC SABOTAGE!

    Piggy Banks:
    But there is a bigger spill on the horizon my friend. This spill is going to effect every coast line in America. It is called the GREAT FORECLOSURE SPILL! It will also keep bubbling and bubbling and bubbling foreclosures. It is still going to happen, even though the American Tax Payer funded TARP with a potential 581 BILLION DOLLARS as BAIL OUT money to the piggy banks. I mean if the government is in the lending business, why not have just loaned it to the American homeowner directly? I mean these piggy banks caused the whole mortgage crisis in the first place. TARP gave one bank $45 BILLION DOLLARS! Now that bank is potentially “playing politics” with the modification process. While dealing with the piggy banks, President Obama and Bush had the same look of fear on their face as President Clinton did with the oil companies.

    I dedicate to both the Piggy Oil Companies and Piggy Banks the following song by George Harrision and John Lennon. Appropriately titled “Piggies” I invite you to listen to it on youtube as you read the words

    Have you seen the little piggies
    Crawling in the dirt
    And for all the little piggies
    Life is getting worse
    Always having dirt to play around in.

    Have you seen the bigger piggies
    In their starched white shirts
    You will find the bigger piggies
    Stirring up the dirt
    Always have clean shirts to play around in.

    In their ties with all their backing
    They don’t care what goes on around
    In their eyes there’s something lacking
    What they need’s a damn good whacking.

    Everywhere there’s lots of piggies
    Living piggy lives
    You can see them out for dinner
    With their piggy wives
    Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.


    You can read my story or show your support in your comments at:
    under the John Wright vs. Bank of America Lawsuit

    Please send an email to BofA CEO with “I SUPPORT JOHN WRIGHT VS. BANK OF AMERICA”:


  6. Yuri says:

    I know the best specialists from BP and other companies are working on this, but, just in case, here goes an idea regarding the (still) failed oil-collecting dome.
    The problem of hydrate formation is unavoidable considering the low temperatures of water at that depth and the quantity of natural gas present in the gas-oil mix. So, removing the hydrates from the dome will probably only lead to further formation of such hydrates, assuming that the combination of temperature and pressure remains the same. However, the hydrates do not form instantly. Rather, they appear gradually as the gas gets further from the pipe opening and cools down as a result of the surrounding cold water.
    What you might try to do, is to considerably reduce the distance between the opening from which the oil is flowing, and the opening by which the oil shall be sucked. I understand there is an opening on top of the dome, that was to be used to connect a flex pipeline once the dome is in place and oil is flowing out of this opening. If you try and lower a flex pipe with such a diameter that will allow this flex pipe to be inserted through the opening on top of the dome, then you will probably be able to get this flex pipe through the accumulated hydrates also. If this flex pipe is filled with a non-freezing liquid, then you will be able to keep the internal walls of the pipe free of hydrates until the moment when you start sucking oil with this pipe. The best way to keep this pipe filled with the non-freezing liquid until the moment you need to open it, could be by the use of a cap that can be removed by applying certain pressure to the liquid contained in the pipe (applying pressure until the cap “pops out”) . The opening of the flex pipe should be placed directly above the oil leak, and as close as possible to the leak itself, in order to avoid sucking oil hydrates that will be forming in the water.
    The pipe shall also have a sealing ring attached to it, but secured some feet above the full height of the dome, so that this sealing ring can be used to secure the pipe to the dome and seal the space between the pipe and the dome opening, once the flex pipe is in place and operational.
    This should have almost the same result as was originally intended, except that the diameter of the flex pipe might have to be smaller in the length that will be inside the dome, but that should not have a big effect on the flow rate, considering the small lenght with a lesser diameter.
    You might still have the problem of hydrates formation inside the flex pipe, once the oil is flowing into it, because the pressure-temperature conditions might again be the same at some point of the flex pipe. In this case, the only solution might be to inject some hydrates-inhibitor solution (methanol) inside the flow of oil, right at the intake of the flex pipe.

  7. oil field dad says:

    i can not believe that you idiots would even say this stuff. i grew up in an oil field family and have a small oil field company. why in the world should the oil company give you free gas. thats a typical democrat. wanting things gave to them. when you have an accident at your work wait wait wait you probly do not work since you want everything gave to you. so your saying since these car dealerships that have recalls on all there vehicles should give everyone a free car because something happened that they did not exspect.

  8. Shawna says:

    I would like to send some bottles of dish soap to help. I am in Arizona and would like to have some more info. If you could email me some info, I could pass it out to people in my community. Thank you!

  9. MDMJD says:

    Oil Field Dad – “typical Democrat?” No, typical Rightwinger hears only what he wants to hear. John Wright was addressing “free gas” as a way for BP to compensate taxpayers for sticking them with the bill, not really free at all but fair compensation. The $75 million cap on BP’s liability to fishermen and other small businesses whose livelihoods are damaged or destroyed is unconscionable, but it is just one example of many of the legalized stealing laws corporate lobbyists have snuck through Congress under the public radar, crafted in impenetrable language and attached to unrelated bills. Read David Cay Johnston’s 2007 book Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves At Government Expense (And Stick You With the Bill.) It’s full of examples of this legalized stealing, from Kelo to casual Medicare fraud to the freight railway track scam to major league sports scams etc. etc. this book is full of sordid examples that will make your blood boil, and yet there are even more, such as big banks borrowing from the Fed for free and then loaning it right back to the Fed gov at a profit, big computer companies crushing their smallest competitors by making them pay for the big companies’ cushy tax breaks (austin TX murder-suicide.) It is past time for We the People to stand up and stop this nonsense.

  10. Tracie Jones says:

    Thank you so much for this information. I just posted this on my FB page and also sent a donation. Every little bit helps.

  11. Billy says:

    I cant believe those idiots from BP are refusing to let thousands of gallons of oil just leak into the oceans, could they at least help a little bit they could let the oil seep into OUR water systems and kill hendreds of people. And i dont care if they get sewed or not but when that happens the are going BANKRUPT for real! thanks for taking the time to read this.

  12. Kevin G. Bream says:

    I heard on the radio that the ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there. It’s natural. It’s as natural as the ocean water is. Maybe if these animals and affected people pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and got to working they wouldn’t have these problems. Drill baby drill.

  13. Kevin G. Bream says:

    Was the sarcasm clear? After I read that last entry I almost fooled myself. I’m so sad to see the devastation. It makes me sick. Maybe this could be a turning point. Let’s stop looking for 1, 2, 5 year fuel solutions and let’s look ahead 100 years. There will be no fossil fuels. Let’s just make the change now.

  14. Boycott BP says:

    Go to Facebook and seach Boycott Everything BP and get on board !

  15. John D says:

    Go to Facebook, search BOYCOTT ANYTHING BP, and join with all who like this page. Send pics of the effects and they will be posted.

  16. DKing says:

    I am as pissed as I was on 9/11. So pissed that I can’t see clearly…
    Have we REALLY let this happen to our oceans – our most precious part of the earth? I feel incredible despair…but that will turn to action. We cannot allow politicians, PAC money and oil to ruin our lives!
    We are NOT entitled to destroy what holds abundant life!

  17. Care says:

    @ OIL FIELD DAD. I partially agree with you, sure, free gas shouldn’t be given out, but damn. spell at least one full sentence correctly! It really isn’t that difficult. Second, I agree Kevin. Make the change now, eventually all of the fossil fuels will be lower as the human population increases and uses them. We also are killing a lot of bacteria, which is important in creating the natural resources of oil because they help the decomposition process. BP has to do something more to help this, money should not be worried about at this point, because we all know they will most likely be going bankrupt very soon anyway.

  18. Rebecca says:

    Hello I am Rebecca I am from Manitoba,Canada and I want to help I have created a facebook page called B.P Oil Needs To Pay For The Ecological effects please join as a whole we can be a voice for mother nature.

    Hope to see you join

  19. Alli says:

    i live in pa. would i still be able to volunteer w/some kind of hands on clean up? i see there are things on your form that i would be able to do if i was not permitted out in the field. ex: cage cleaning, bird feeding, rescuing birds, photographing birds @ intake & release

  20. Teresa Swoboda says:

    Can’t the pipe that was place in below the seabed to get the oil just be pulled out and filled with the surrounding sea floor? I believe BP is just looking for ways to recover this oil that they would of gained if the platform had not collasped. Offshore drilling should not be allowed just because of situations like this.

  21. Lilly Liza says:

    I feel awful about all those little animals and sealife nearly drowning in all the oil! They are dying because humans aren’t taking care of the earth as it should be taken care of.
    OIL FIELD DAD: Maybe if you went to school for a while you would know how bad this really is. If you own an oil field company you should knw how to spell.

    We need to be more caring towards our earth. It is the only earth we have.

  22. Amanda says:

    I live in NY and i am working on my Gold Award for Girl Scouts. My troop leader told us to pick something special to do for it and then the oil spill happened. I really feel terrible about what is happening to the wildlife. Is there something unique that I could donate besides the things listed and money? Please e-mail me!

  23. Peach says:

    This is HORRIFIC for the wildlife as well as the people. We haven’t seen the worst of this yet and I believe MANY people will be horribly affected by the oil but GREATLY by the Corexit that they are putting into the gulf in OUTSTANDINGLY HUGE QUANTITIES. This substance is something to fear (especially when it evaporates and then is falls like rain…ACID RAIN). I thank god on a daily basis that I moved FAR AWAY from the east coast because I believe that the ENTIRE EAST COAST will be horribly affected by this man made tragedy.

  24. John doe says:

    you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people all of the time ….. welcome to the black sea ….. let freedom of speech live ********************** Let’s all clean this mess up together as usual …..

  25. apurav says:

    you are doing a very good job. perhaps the best to save these beings. god bless you and curse those responsible for the spill. i would like to know how u can donate some money for this cauase. thank you

  26. lee5458 says:

    our fishing line for our boats to get our shrimp here in N FL is now closed? My boats have NOT left the dock in 2 months? BP meeting Weds? psychologically break-down? Attorneys say do not put your claim in yet? We are sunk! You seem them pulling manatees out all week? The weather is ready to start in the tropics also? It is only a matter of time? I want to see them BP, to be punished for this? I don’t care about what I lost? I care about the animals I see covered in oil? Those dolphins I feed off my shrimp boat every night are now dying? We worked off this water all of our lives payed our taxes? I cry every day!! I just can not believe what has happens? This is the last time I can be on line, due to 100% loss of business from this spill? I care MORE about the waters then my living & payments? Spaghetti models are showing more building toward pushing oil against the shores? I hope that clean up and pay backs are not such a bitch?? Need clean up help down here!!

  27. Maryk says:

    Please update the bird photos: the ones you have posted are all, or mostly all [according to your html markup] from other spills. While compelling, it is deceiving. Please publish images of wildlife in this current BP spill to accompany this blogpost.

    Actual images from BP spill are particularly valuable, since BP is, apparently endorsed by our own president and the coast guard, implementing a news blackout on photos of oiled wildlife and wildlife habitat.

  28. sarah says:

    This makes me want to get out and do something these ppl need to be way more careful so no one or no animal is harmed <3 im only a kid i love animals

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