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I personally have not seen much 'pollution' around oil rigs off Fl, AL, MS and LA. Only one time. I forget what rig is was. Near the Beer Can I expect. The shiny rainbow looking discharge was floating on the surface like a fuel spill. The fumes were very obnoxious anywhere in the plume which extended out several hundred yards. It was too stinky to stay around, not to mention a fear of some kind of ignition. I am sure there was no danger in reality as it was just business as usual on the rig.

"Lawsuit Launched Against Trump EPA for Approving Fracking Waste Dumping Into Gulf of Mexico

The Center for Biological Diversity filed on Thursday a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for allowing oil companies to dump waste from fracking and drilling into the Gulf of Mexico without evaluating the dangers to sea turtles, whales or other imperiled marine life.

In September the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a Clean Water Act permit for new and existing offshore oil and gas platforms operating in federal waters off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The permit allows oil companies to dump unlimited amounts of waste fluid, including chemicals involved in fracking, into the Gulf of Mexico.

"The Trump administration is letting the oil industry turn our oceans into toxic-waste dumps. The EPA's supposed to protect water quality, not help pollute the Gulf," said Kristen Monsell, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. "It's time for the courts to remind this agency that its mission is to safeguard the environment and public health."

Thursday's notice letter highlighted the fact that the agency's approval of the permit without studying risks to imperiled species in the Gulf of Mexico is a violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.

Fracking chemicals and other contaminants in produced water raise grave ecological concerns because the Gulf of Mexico provides important habitat for whales, sea turtles and fish-as well as being federally designated critical habitat for imperiled loggerhead sea turtles. Dolphins and other species in the Gulf are still suffering the lingering destructive effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Federal waters off Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi host the largest concentration of offshore oil and gas drilling activities in the country. Previous records requests revealed that oil companies dumped more than 75 billion gallons of wastewater into these waters in 2014 alone. Records also show that fracking has been on the rise in the Gulf of Mexico, and the EPA has failed to conduct any meaningful review of the environmental impacts of dumping fracking waste into the water."


https://www.ecowatch.com/fracking-waste-gulf-of-mexico-2515883905.html
 

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Tread lightly? Our public resources should be left as seen so the next person can enjoy them just as we did. Why I pick up my trash when I visit the Everglades. Why I try not to leave trash at sea that doesn’t degrade naturally.

If this waste doesn’t affect the ecology of the GOM or have a negative impact down the line then have at it. We need to live , otherwise, best to find another option. Can’t use cost as an excuse. I’m sure that’s one of the variables involved.
 

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One problem is the oil/gas companies won't ever say what chemicals they use. At least the land based ones won't.
 

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If I recall correctly during the DWH debacle two new species of naturally occurring oil eating bacteria were discovered in the GOM. There are literally hundreds of "natural seeps" in the GOM bottom and they have been there before the internet was discovered.
 

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Don’t think we are talking about oil.

BTW, after that spill. Was fishing the Keys and was getting oil on my line. Water was dirtier than I recall. In fact. I recall it was always gin clear. So clear it was like looking through air.
 
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