Tuesday, September 21, 2010

*SCANDAL* State officials did NO TESTING on any dead fish from the FOUR major kills near oil-impacted areas — Because they “didn’t see any oil related

WWL-TV, September 21, 2010 at 7:20 p.m. EDT:

Thousands of dead fish floated along Bayou Robinson onSunday, the latest in a string of four major fish kills plaguing Plaquemines Parish.

Millions of fish, absolutely, millions,” said P.J. Hahn, Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management director. “We’re used to seeing fish kills out here at this time of year, but not at this number, mass number of fish that are dying, and not in the frequency that they are occurring now.”

What the four areas have in common is not just the fish kills, but also the fact they were previously hit by oil from the spill, prompting parish leaders to ask the state to test the dead fish. …

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is the responding agency for fish kills. They sent biologists out to the sites and blamed the kills on low oxygen levels in the water — a conclusion they reached without doing a single test on the dead fish. …

No further testing was done, Pausina said, because the teams dispatched to the fish kills didn’t see any oil related pollution.

Read the report here.

See also: State biologist claims massive fish kills “are NOT a concern” — Then says could be from oil-eating microbes, “I don’t know” (VIDEO)

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