The first thing that must be understood is that oil never stopped spilling into the gulf. To hide this oil, BP is dumping millions of gallons of toxic dispersants into the gulf water. This is why Louisiana state senators are demanding the halt of ongoing dispersant activity:
LA STATE SENATOR DEMANDS STOPPAGE OF TOXIC CHEMICALS IN THE GULF OIL CLEAN UP (February 10, 2011)
Media blackout of gulf is sign of absolute desperation on the part of US authorities.
I say this because this blackout is inheritably unsustainable: more and more people are getting sick every month. We are talking about hundreds of thousands here. Right now, flu season is helping camouflage the extent of the health crisis (mild oil poisoning creates flu-like symptoms), but, once the summer rolls around and the number "flu" victims (and deaths) continue to increase, it will be impossible to hide.
Where is the National Media Coverage?
The Stuart Smith Blog
February 12, 2011:
But it seems the national media is still reluctant to shine a light on human health impacts. …
A month after the explosion, I wrote that "human health is the real oil spill issue," but was told "it's too early to know, we have no test results." (see http://oilspillaction.com/human-health-is-the-real-oil-spill-issue) Well, after the testing showed high-level toxic exposures, we were told "well, it's not a story, because nobody is actually sick." (see http://oilspillaction.com/no-safe-harbor-on-gulf-coast-human-blood-tests-show-dangerous-levels-of-toxic-exposure) Now that people are getting sick all over the Gulf, we're told "well, how do we know the spill caused it?"
Come on. We all know what it will take to make post-spill human health a story: When people start dying in large numbers. And make no mistake, THAT'S THE NEXT PHASE if we don't address it, now. …
Once full extent of oil spill is known, it will create a major crisis of confidence about US media, the government and the economy.
For a great source of information on the gulf, check site below.
Florida Oil Spill Law
Documenting the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil, Gas, & Dispersant Disaster