Black Wave

    Dear Residents of the Gulf Coast,

    We recently “sat down” with both the director and producer of BLACK WAVE: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez. This unparalleled documentary portrays a 20 year retrospective of the tearing of the social, economic and political fabric that took place in the wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in the once pristine Prince William Sound, Alaska. The awesome synchronicity around the debut of BLACK WAVE is quite extraordinary given the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Robert Cornellier, Director, and Paul Carvalho, Co-writer/Producer, have made it their life’s work to shed light on the ravages of the Oil & Gas Industry as it operates worldwide. They have succeeded in capturing on film what no other person or media has done in modern times. To call this documentary a great triumph of both art and science, of both film and advocacy, would be a gross understatement. Paul and Robert have brought to film in the most poignant and compelling way the real consequences to real people who find themselves in the throes of life after an oil spill, aka as the Black Wave.

    Both director and producer have already done some exploratory shooting on the Gulf coast video-documenting the effects of the Gulf Oil Spill. This initiative signals their commitment to continue assisting the world community work through the myriad challenges and obstacles, which have already begun testing the State of Louisiana. Knowing that Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida are also targets of the Black Wave, they have offered to come to the Gulf States to share what they have learned, and to receive what we have to offer from our real time experiences. This is about shaping a virtual response to an unprecedented disaster, as it unfolds before our eyes. In this way, we will all be more prepared to address the many issues which this oil spill will be confronting us with for years to come.

    Please join us in welcoming Paul and Robert as they tour the Gulf of Mexico coastline and avail themselves to our needs and concerns. They are experts of the first order, and have only the interests of the people of the Gulf States at heart.

    Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts for your selfless service and generosity of spirit. We are forever indebted to you, and look forward to the time when we may reciprocate in kind.

    With every good wish,

    Dr. Tom Termotto, National Coordinator
    Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference (International Citizens’ Initiative)
    Tallahassee, FL

    The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez
    The epic struggle of the fishers of Cordova, Alaska, for recognition of the true human and environmental impact of the biggest environmental disaster in North American history and for fair compensation by Exxon. Profiling Alaska marine biologist Riki Ott and the people of Cordova.

    Directed by Robert Cornelier, Writtten by Robert Cornelier and Paul Carvalho.
    Produced by Paul Carvalho and Robert Cornelier for Macumba Films.

    Broadcast on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the spill (March 2009) on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Nature of Things with David Suzuki and on Radio-Canada’s Découverte.

    Nominated for 2 Gemeau and 2 Gemini awards.
    Winner, Best Director – Robert Cornellier, 2009.

    Distributed by Film Transit. Broadcast by ABC (Australia) and Planet Green (USA).



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  8. Bill Reeder says:

    OSE II the non toxic alternative that can actually address 100% of a spill. The major oil companies are relentless in their use of outdated antiquated spill response technology such as dispersants, and mechanical clean up devices.
    The BP spill proved that dispersants are toxic, increase the toxicity to spilled oil and merely sink oil contaminating the water column where 60% of marine species live. The oil then migrates to the seabed destroying bottom dwellers, the oil is pushed onto the shoreline by currents destroying even more natural resources, where the same oil has to be addressed a second time. For a dispersant to be deemed effective by the EPA it has to sink 45% of the oil in 30 minutes, dispersants do not have to clean up anything, and they do not.
    Dispersants lead to death of marine and wildlife species, compromise human health, destroy natural resources, cause numerous litigation cases, prolong the time the oil is in the environment, and their end point is ZERO. Dispersants ultimately cost the spiller enormous amount of money above what the original spilled could have caused, due to spreading the impact of the oil to additional areas of an eco system creating additional damages for a spill response that gains nothing.
    Mechanical clean up makes for a great show of effort, however it is a failed effort, since in calm seas the most mechanical clean ups perform, is they clean up 2 to 8% of the oil leaving the other 92 to 98% of the oil to adversely effect the environment, and destroy natural resources.
    Mechanical clean up devices clean up very little oil, allow natural resource damages, and lead to numerous litigation cases. The spiller would almost be better off just doing nothing, since they have to pay for all the damages anyway, and if the waves are above 2 feet they would only get 2% of a spill, which is negligible. The cost to stage, and activate mechanical clean up is enormous, and gains very little.
    Dispersants and mechanical clean ups, by causing or allowing natural resource destruction, allows a spill areas economics to be adversely effected which causes more law suites, adding to the cost of the spilled oils clean up.
    There are absorbents that can absorb, however on the open ocean and in marshes, estuaries, and beaches they accomplish very little as well; and as Exxon discovered on their Yellowstone river spill the absorbents just created secondary clean up problems since they now have to handle the absorbents with oil. The spill was able to migrate to cover over 240 miles of shoreline, which OSE II could have prevented.
    There is a non toxic alternative, which has cleaned up over 16000 spills since 1989, OSE II. OSE II once applied, immediately starts to lessen the toxicity of oil, and prevents the spill from migrating to additional areas of the eco system, by causing oil to float. OSE II also reduces the adhesion properties to prevent the inevitable picture of some poor bird covered in oil. OSE II, to get on EPA’s NCP approved list had to prove it converted oil to CO2 and water. OSE II also accomplished this when BP tested OSE II on their Deep Horizon spilled oil with Correxit attached to it. OSE II converted the alkanes the less toxic part of the oil, and the most persistent toxic part of the oil the PAH’s and the toxic Corexit dispersants in BP test.
    OSE II protects the responders, since you can handle OSE II with your bear hands without compromising health, and by preventing the destruction of natural resources, this in turn prevents economic loss, and this all reduces or eliminates law suites. A cost comparison for the BP spill response was carried out showing had BP utilized OSE II they could have saved over 25,000,000,000.00$ US.
    The BP stockholders meeting in April 2011, reported that BP had spent approximately 28,000,000,000.00$ US on the Gulf spill. You take this and divide it by, the 200,000,000.00$ Us BP admitted spilling, and they have spent 140.00$ US per gallon spilled, and BP is no where near finished with the clean up, since there are enormous plumes, tar mats, gallons of oil on the seabed floor, and oil in the marshes.
    The cost for OSE II is 2.00$ US to clean up each gallon spilled oil and the application for OSE II is approximately 2.00$ US as well. Take the 200,000,000.00$ times 4.00$ US, and the clean up cost for 100% of the spill would have been 800,000,000.00$ US with the application of OSE II. This would have also limited the economic devastation, the natural resource destruction, seafood problems, compromised human health, and law suites, as well as the time it takes to finish the job.
    OSE II the 100% biodegradable, product that makes the oil biodegradable and converts oil to CO2 water. OSE II utilizes mother natures own process, however the OSEI Corporation developed OSE II to convert oil/hydrocarbons to CO2 and water in a matter of days to a few weeks, instead of decades as the Valdez spill has proven. OSE II requires a one time application, and prevents the direct contact with responders.
    OSE II is the clearly the best choice for the environment, humans, marine species, and wildlife, as well as the entire flora and fauna. The reduction in the cost of the clean up, damages, and risk with OSE II makes it an easy choice.

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