BP’s New Cover-Up Revealed

Cross-posted from Shannyn Moore’s website and via The Mudflats.

We’re getting reports from the gulf that BP is involved in another cover-up – in the literal meaning.

BP is trucking in sand to cover up the oil. Let me repeat that – instead of cleaning up the oil they are just bringing in sand from other beaches and covering it up. In the photos and the video you can see the layering of Grand Isle, LA sand, oil and then a sand of a different type. Photo-journalists have four independent confirmations by local Sheriff’s in Grand Isle, Louisiana.

CS Muncy, a freelance photo-journalist from New York has gone down to report the story on his own dime. He’s a friend of The Mudflats and has sent us these photos to get the word out. We’re asking you to support his work, you can donate through PayPal to – Click the link here.

Video by Save Our Shores‘s Judson Parker

In an interview Wednesday with journalist Allison Kilkenny, Muncy said he “went down onto the beaches, and we started inspecting them. There were tar balls, tar residue, and there was some oil on the beach. Apparently, the day before there was a lot of tar balls, and BP was working in the area pretty heavily, and we started noticing there was a different consistency in the sand.”

Muncy added:

Closer to shore, there was this grainy, very rough shell-filled sand, and then you could see almost like a border where it just spilled over onto the beach sand, which is a very fine-grained sand. And it looked as if it was dumped. I mean, you could dig a few inches down, and you could see that it was a different type of sand beneath that, you know, without all the shell and grit, and what not. It looked very much like that. Our first assumption was, yeah, that they were dumping sand to cover up the tar balls.

You know, when I first said that…to me, it sounded conspiratorial – more so than I usually think. But then, soon after, we were stopped by some local sheriffs – actually, scratch that, they weren’t local sheriff – they were working for the local sheriff, but these guys were bussed in from… (C.S. asks Judson if he remembers where they were bussed in from) …from Jefferson Parish – from way up north – he was a city guy, and there were two of them that stopped us, and they weren’t unpleasant about it – they weren’t mean – but we could hear them talking on the radio, and their job was to run us off. So they told us, no more pictures – at least no more pictures of them. In fact, they stopped me from going out onto the beach a little bit further, and taking more pictures. But, you know, we got to talking with the guy, one of them, and he said, ‘Yeah, they came here, and just dumped a bunch of sand on the beach.’ They were just shoveling it on.

We could see the erosion and where the tar still was, and there was a total separate point from where the sand was dumped on.

UPDATE: The Times-Picayune reported Thursday that the Coast Guard “has put new restrictions in place across the Gulf Coast that prevent the public – including news photographers and reporters covering the BP oil spill – from coming within 65 feet of any response vessels or booms on the water or on beaches.

According to a news release from the Unified Command, violation of the “safety zone” rules can result in a civil penalty of up to $40,000, and could be classified as a Class D felony. Because booms are often placed more than 40 feet on the outside of islands or marsh grasses, the 65-foot rule could make it difficult to photograph and document the impacts of oil on land and wildlife, media representatives said.

Shannyn Moore is an award winning broadcaster, political commentator, and blogger based in Anchorage, Alaska. She can be heard on her daily talk radio show in Alaska on KUDO 1080AM Anchorage and KXLJ 1330AM Juneau from 11am-2pm AST. Her weekly television show, Moore Up North, is broadcast every Saturday at 4pm statewide on KYES Channel 5. Shannyn was a contributing author to the 2009 book on Sarah Palin titled Going Rouge.

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24 Responses for “BP’s New Cover-Up Revealed”

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  2. dodgy Bob says:


    BP doesn’t stand for “BP Petroleum”, and hasn’t done since 1998.

    Its just BP plc, and has the tagline “Beyond Petroleum”

  3. Thanks for noting that Bob! Updated!

  4. Joshua says:

    Ok. So. I’m from south Louisiana, I’ve been to plenty of beaches, and dug in them all. Once you dig a few inches into the sand at most of the beaches in Louisiana, you hit clay, which is very hard. Wave action changes the texture of the sand closer to the shore. Those barriers probably have something to do with that also. Those barriers might also be messing up with the natural processes that are at work on a beach. If they’re responsible for speeding up the erosion process, they might be dumping sand on there to make up for that. You say that they covered up degraded oil, yet tar like oil, like what’s in our Gulf, takes years to degrade, not a month, month and a half.

    Don’t get me wrong, I hold BP in the utmost contempt for what they’ve done, and what they have failed to do. They have failed Louisiana. I only hope that someone catches them doing something underhanded.

    What I’m trying to say, is do a little more research, I’m simply not convinced by this video or these pictures that that was going on. I’m urging you, however, to push the issue. Take samples and see if it really is oil, take samples of the sand in front of and behind the barriers and see if it’s significantly different. If you find those things, push the issue with BP. Make them answer for it.

    And for the record, sheriff’s down here work the same as up north. There’s one sheriff in each parish, or county for you guys, and the people who work for him are called deputies. That’s who Muncy ran into. Also, Jefferson Parish is not “way up north”. Grand Isle is in Jefferson Parish. The northeast part of the parish is part of the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area. Jefferson Parish towns like Gretna, Terrytown, Westwego, Marrero, Harvey, etc. are usually just considered part of NOLA.

  5. Joshua says:

    One more thing, I know that post was grammatically poor, to say the least. Just look past that, I had a midterm and a long day at work today!

  6. Jimmy Cracks Capricorn says:

    Dude, they just had an abnormally high surf and if you knew a damn thing about geology or soil you’d not post this tripe as buffalo ribeye…

  7. Jimmy Cracks Capricorn says:

    Meaning…the last thing I see is new sand dumped over oil tainted old sand. Come on guys…we know they are to blame but these kinds of misleading videos and statements do not win a ribbon toward your cause.

  8. The videographer/photographer is an award winning journalist who has worked for outlets like The New York Times.

  9. Jimmy says:

    uh… that looks like eroded sand from the HURRICANE along with oil brought in by the TIDE.

  10. IsThis AJoke? says:

    I’ve never been to this site before, but after this article I had to check to see if this was like TheOnion.

    Then I realized it was supposed to be a legitimate news site, and a bit of my heart broke. This site is forever tainted by this single, lazy, incorrect article. I mean, all you had to do was a simple Google search to find out that this is happening from the tide, not magic invisible dump trucks somehow bringing in all this sand and evenly layering it on top — without anyone taking a picture. Quite a feat.

    And then, the author goes and begs for donations for the guy who filmed the video

  11. SeaShoreSally says:

    This is the silliest thing I’ve ever seen. You do realize that you can see the oil stains running down the sides at the start of the video? Do you understand you filmed this at a lowtide? Do you understand the tide is lowering, which means what it carries will be indicative at lower levels from the shore it is leaving? Are you serious? Have you ever watched the ebb and flow of tides? And how did the National Guard truck managed to be driving at the same level as, what you say, is dumped sand? Did they dump sand all over the entire state just so you can stand there at low tide and take footage of a low tide event? Stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. And asking for money? For what? This? This is what you call “reporting”? Why don’t you prove, with footage, they are burning turtles instead of playing in some make believe sandbox!!

  12. SeaShoreSally says:

    Also, I wanted to add–

    It’s faux stories like this which will BLAST the TRUE stories as FAKE–

    Because you didn’t do research and reported a falsehood, started a false rumor, you now have tainted any TRUE stories which may not be known.

    If you get awards for that, you must be crumbling papers up and throwing them at camera lenses too. This is the WORST REPORT OF THE DAY. (ahem)

  13. John Cromartie says:

    You absolutely have to retract this, because it’s a very serious claim and it is *false*. I’m not a BP apologist or anything. Those of us who want justice in this disaster have to be 100% honest and truthful about their claims or else it will only hurt our cause.

  14. scrambolo says:

    This article is complete B@%L S#^T! I live on the Beach in Pensacola and have traveled up and down the coast since the spill and NEVER have I seen, or has it been reported that ANYONE is burying the oil, sludge, or tar balls on the beach! The idiot who compiles these lies is, at best, a jerk!

  15. Laura says:

    Wow, way to not do any fact checking at all. Bringing in sand would be BLATANTLY obvious, as in, dump trucks of sand driving down the road and up and down the beach. Hundreds or even thousands of people would see it, depending on the area. And now that the rumor is out there it will never go away.


  16. dobropet says:

    Tough crowd!

  17. The Coast Guard has threatened to fine people $40,000 for getting anywhere near clean up efforts. So actual news is hard to come by. That’s why videos like this are important.

  18. ruok? says:

    I agree, but, isn’t the Coast Guard the ultimate authority in the area? If it’s them, issuing the restrictive orders, how is BP involved? I seem to recall an organization of citizens in Florida coming across the same problem, and from what I remember, they took it upon themselves(civil disobedience) to begin cleanup operations without consent from the government, local authorities, and the Coast Guard.

    I also think that too much of an incentive exists for anyone to simply be allowed to enter the restrictive areas and not attempt to carry it further, bringing about another problem all-together. What happens if they are allowed into the area and something terrible happens, ship takes on water(oil & water in this case), plane encounters malfunction(subsequently can’t fly back) and lands in the oil spill area, any one within their right mind could take advantage of the situation by further endangering people in manipulating the outcome.

    But, it’s truly the residents of the area, who as a right, can stand up and take it upon themselves to issue directives that will help their community. They know the area better than any tax feeding bureaucrat(Coast Guard in this case).

  19. Jesse Hemingway says:

    US: Felony charges, big fines for reporting within Gulf oil spill zone

    July 3, 2010 by legitgov

    US: Felony charges, big fines for reporting within Gulf oil spill zone 03 Jul 2010 Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees – The Spill and Transparency – Aired July 1, 2010 (Transcript) COOPER: We’re talking about the government, a new a rule announced today backed by the force of law and the threat of fines and felony charges, a rule that will prevent reporters and photographers and anyone else from getting anywhere close to booms and oil-soaked wildlife and just about any place we need to be. By now, you’re probably familiar with cleanup crews stiff-arming the media, private security blocking cameras, ordinary workers clamming up, some not even saying who they’re working for because they’re afraid of losing their jobs… Well, the Coast Guard today announced new rules keeping photographers and reporters and anyone else from coming within 65 feet of any response vessel or booms out on the water or on beaches — 65 feet… Violators could face a fine of $40,000 and Class D felony charges. [Boy, George W. Bush has got to be the most frustrated individual on God’s green Earth! Can you *imagine* the outrage — and protests — if Bush threatened reporters and photographers with felony charges and fines, as Barack Obama is doing in the Gulf of Mexico? It makes my head *spin* to think of how fast the left would be up in arms. But when Obama lays down and dies for his corporaterrorist paymasters day after day and suspends the First Amendment, the so-called ‘left’ remains silent. Oh. Not to mention, his thriving assassination squads, busy little CIA bees hunting down US citizens who allegedly support ‘terrorism.’ –LRP]

  20. Jesse Hemingway says:

    No wonder the oil industry invests so much in debunking global warming. Its getting very weird now, remember it was Clinton and the DLC that guaranteed that they would be kinder to corporations then the republicans. In the words of Robert Zimmerman “ How does it feel to be on your own” happy fourth of July.

  21. dobropet says:

    Yeah, I don’t think so Jess. On our own? Doubt that seriously. It isn’t big oil attempting to debunk global warming(a purely cyclical event on earth), it’s an administration covering it’s tracks from those of the previous administrations.

    They have known all along what the consequences would be for their incompetence(taxpayer funded negligence),and are desperately trying to avert any further investigation into their unwarranted policy on deepwater drilling. Remember, it was the state of Louisiana that accepted a drilling request at 500 feet, not 5000 feet, which was vetoed by this administration and given the subsequent 5000 feet drilling approval(in disregard to Louisianas’ previous acceptance).

  22. Brian says:

    I think they should be held responsable for all the after effects in the future AS WELL AS NOW ! Don’t let suffer for something WE didn’t do… Don’t let the government make us pay for it in the end,,,,,,,

  23. Doug says:

    From the sound of your voice I would say you are a naive kid with a video camera that does not understand that you have to actually “KNOW SOMETHING” about a topic before claiming to have uncovered something.

    You clearly have no idea how many hundreds of truck loads of sand and large dozers would be needed to cover that much beach in a foot of evenly spread out sand – very laughable!

    This is the first and last time I will read anything on this web site.

  24. ruok? says:

    For everyone’s information:

    I live near the area where this happened and on 7/30/2010 two different lawfirms issued information on submitting lawsuits against BP by informing the public to come in and sign on with them. Several other lawfirms are also in the process of submitting more in an attempt to hold BP accountable for their negligence. Although, this attempt by these firms to produce something for the public in regards to protection, it was only given attention in the above link and nowhere on TV(atleast from what I have yet to see).

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