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Secret Gulf 10-Year Dirt, Dangerous Oil Leak Unravels: Judge Defies Cover Up

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A decade-old crude oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that most people have not heard about is making small-time news again this week due to one federal judge and a group of activists refusing to allow the disaster to continue without more aggressive action to halt it and more aggressive action against the Louisiana company an billionaire owner. The judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit that environmental groups filed against a New Orleans-based company responsible for the fossil fuel disaster.

U.S.. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled that a trial is necessary to determine whether several plaintiffs led by the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance have a right to sue Taylor Energy Company.

The company claimed that federal regulators agree nothing else could be done to stop its oil platform leak off Louisiana’s coast. The oil leak is due to continue 100 years unless aggressive action is taken. Judge Morgan concluded that there is a “genuine factual dispute” over whether Taylor can and should do more to mitigate its impacts. The Coast Guard ordered the company to design and install a better system for collecting oil before it reaches the water’s surface, no remedy for the existing disaster.

Oil has been leaking where a Taylor-owned platform toppled during a landlside when Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf region in 2004. Ivan’s mudslide buried a cluster of oil wells under mounds of sediment. It is only one example of a chronic fossil fuel pollution problem in the Gulf of Mexico impacting millions of human lives, a chronic cover-up by the state-sponsored oil mafia.

After the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf, the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper partnered with Waterkeeper Alliance, SouthWings and Skytruth to form a Gulf Monitoring Consortium. The Consortium has aimed at systematically monitoring oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico with satellite images and mapping, aerial reconnaissance and photography, and on-the-water observation and sampling.

The Taylor well is 10 miles north of BP’s Macondo well, still leaking millions of gallons of oil after the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20, 2010, still being covered up, as are its extemely negative health impacts on humans.

From aerial monitoring flights conducted by Southwings, analysis of satellite imagery and National Response Center data research conducted by SkyTruth, the Gulf Monitoring Consortium became aware of and began documenting evidence of the ongoing spill at the Taylor Energy site.

“The Taylor Oil spill is emblematic of a broken system, where oil production is prioritized over concerns for human health and the environment,” Justin Bloom, Eastern Regional Director of Waterkeeper Alliance, said in 2012.

“The Taylor leak is just a great example of what I call a dirty little secret in plain sight,” SkyTruth President John Amos, a geologist whose environmental watchdog group has monitored the slicks by satellite, told the Associated Press earlier this year.

Taylor Energy, LLC. was founded in 1979 by Patrick F. Taylor who died in 2004. His wife Phyllis Taylor assumed ownership and is chairman and CEO of Taylor, making her the wealthiest woman in Louisiana.

Today Taylor Energy taps into 100 million barrels of proven reserves.

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    • Warren

      Thanks, Deborah. Nice find. I wasn’t aware of this until your post. Will now pay attention to it.

    • Morgawr

      10yrs, I’m lost for words. “S C U M”

    • CrowPie

      So, let me see if I have all this right……B.P.s leak is still active, and Taylors has been leaking since 2004…..

      Well now. Essentially the B.P. pay outs boil down to this…..”Here is some money….now shut up, we’ll do as we damn well please.” Right?

      • Deborah Dupre

        You got it – once again CrowPie.

    • anyoneamongUS

      ….not to mention that fukashima is still releasing radiation into the atmosphere as well as the pacific ocean each and every day…24/7/365

      • Deborah Dupre

        Exactly. When will the human family unite to demand safe, healthy energy solutions that are available right now? How much suffering, how man deaths will it take? Maybe it really is too late, but I live in hope a major breakthrough in the human psyche will end this criminal abuse.


      This is so sad and makes me so ANGRY!! I KNEW IT WAS’T OVER!! I KNEW they have been lying to us. These poor children and residents of Grand Isle. I will pray for all of you!

    • Brent Holman

      Since the oil & gas resources of America are said to be ‘held in trust’ by the Government for All Citizens, it is unconscionable that oil & gas companies have so much political clout.

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