FEMA Plans to Evacuate Tampa Bay Area In Place?

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The Wayne Madsen Report (WMR)  and the Examiner reported that FEMA has plans in place for the evacuation of the Tampa Bay  in the event of a controlled burn of oil threatening to take toxic plumes through Tampa Bay.   

Updated 7/03/2010

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(TAMPA, Fla.) – There’s no question that the Gulf oil spill is the biggest environmental disaster in the history of this country and maybe the world.

FEMA has plans to evacuate the Tampa Bay area in the event of a controlled burn of surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico, or if wind or other conditions are expected to take toxic fumes through Tampa Bay, according to a report by Maryann Tobin in the Hernando County Political Buzz Examiner. 

Tobin has been a freelance writer for more than twenty years, writing for local publications in New York and Florida. Maryann Tobin’s news story has generated high reader interest.  It’s obvious that the Gulf oil spill continues to be the leading story in the media as long as the oil well remains uncapped and the threat of exposure to environmental hazards like benezene exists.   

For Maryann Tobin’s news story  on the FEMA plan to evacuate Tampa, see:  Florida Gulf oil spill: Plans to evacuate Tampa Bay area are in place – examiner.com  Maryann Tobin has been following the BP oil spill with a series of short, hard hitting news stories for weeks.  Click on this link for access to some of  Tobin’s news stories on the Gulf spill:  Search Results for “mary ann tobin gulf oil” – examiner.com

FEMA may use their hurricane evacuation plan for Tamp and other cities on the Gulf. Tobin reported that, “plans would be announced in the event of a controlled burn of surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico, or if wind or other conditions are expected to take toxic fumes through Tampa Bay.” 

The hurricance seasons poses additional risks of a storm surge, which would push water and oil inland.  Art Horn, a metrologist from Manchester, Connecticut, writing in Energy Tribune on June 21st used the term “Oilcane” to describe the effects of  hurriane winds on the oil in the Gulf  from the BP’s gusher, “Should a major hurricane push the spill towards the gulf coast there will be nothing that can be done to stop it. No amount of planning or engineering will help. No number of visits to the gulf by the president or any other official will stop the inevitable. The storm surge will drive the water and the oil miles inland.”  Click on the following link to access Horn’s complete article, “An Oilicane?”  

If you’re a conspiracy advocate and I’m not, you may see some devious FEMA plot to do away with people.  In fact, if the crude oil nears Tampa Bay and burn off is used on the oil spill, there may be health risk of inhalation exposure to inhabitants.  It follows that evacuation as in the case of a hurricane is a logical alternative.    An informed source told us on June 25th that there were reports of the smell of oil in the Tampa Bay area.  Real or imaginations running wild?    

Joel Achenback, Washington Post staff writer, in an article of June 23rd entitled “Each Day Another Way to Define Worst-Case for Oil Spill,” reported that Matt Simmons, founder of Simmons and Co., an oil investment firm and “and since the April 20 blowout, the unflagging source of end-of-the-world predictions. “Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people? . . . This story is 80 times worse than I thought.”

The only thing for sure is that this story is not going away as long as the well  is unplugged and the crude oil continues to spread into the Gulf.   

Chemicals in crude oil and dispersants can cause a wide range of health effects in people and wildlife, depending on the level of exposure and susceptibility.  Crude oil has many highly toxic chemical ingredients that can damage every system in the body.  Dispersant chemicals can affect many of the same organs.  For more information on this, see: Gulf Oil Spill Health Hazards – sciencecorps.org/ 

REFERENCES 

Methane in Gulf “astonishingly high”: U.S. scientist, Reuters, June 22nd, See: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65L6IA20100622.

CITIZEN JOURNALISTS NEEDED FOR OIL SPILL CRISIS MAP
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http://www.labucketbrigade.org/article.php?id=579

OIL SPILL CRISIS MAP, http://www.oilspill.labucketbrigade.org/

Gulf Oil Gusher: Danger of Tsunamis From Methane? DK Matai.Chairman: mi2g, ATCA, The Philanthropia, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dk-matai/gulf-of-mexico-danger-of_b_619095.html.  According to geologists, the first signs that the methane may burst its way through the bottom of the ocean would be manifest via fissures or cracks appearing on the ocean floor near the  damaged well head.

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Robert O’Dowd served in the 1st, 3rd and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings during 52 months of active duty in the 1960s. While at MCAS El Toro for two years, O'Dowd worked and slept in a Radium 226 contaminated work space in Hangar 296 in MWSG-37, the most industrialized and contaminated acreage on the base. Robert is a two time cancer survivor and disabled veteran. Robert graduated from Temple University in 1973 with a bachelor’s of business administration, majoring in accounting, and worked with a number of federal agencies, including the EPA Office of Inspector General and the Defense Logistics Agency. After retiring from the Department of Defense, he teamed up with Tim King of Salem-News.com to write about the environmental contamination at two Marine Corps bases (MCAS El Toro and MCB Camp Lejeune), the use of El Toro to ship weapons to the Contras and cocaine into the US on CIA proprietary aircraft, and the murder of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow and others who were a threat to blow the whistle on the illegal narcotrafficking activity. O'Dowd and King co-authored BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-Up. The book is available as a soft cover copy and eBook from Amazon.com. See: http://www.amazon.com/Betrayal-Exposure-Marines-Government-Cover-Up/dp/1502340003.