June 29, 2010
An Infowars.com / GCN Live.com poll on a rumored Gulf Coast evacuation in response to environmental and health dangers posed by the BP oil gusher was close to evenly divided. 27% of respondents said there will be a massive and widespread evacuation while 30% indicated they believe only certain towns and cities will experience evacuation. 28% said rumors of a widespread or limited evacuation is merely propaganda designed to scare people.
“We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states,” Matt Simmons, founder of Simmons and Co., an oil investment firm and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations told the Washington Post on June 23. “Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people?… This story is 80 times worse than I thought.”
Earlier this month, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, writing for Oil Price, said that his sources inside the federal government believe an evacuation is in the works. “Plans are being put in place for the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Hammond, Houma, Belle Chase, Chalmette, Slidell, Biloxi, Gulfport, Pensacola, Hattiesburg, Mobile, Bay Minette, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Crestview, and Pascagoula,” said Madsen.
SoCal Martial Law Alerts also said it had information regarding an evacuation of the Gulf area. “Due to toxic gases from the fractured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the possible off-gassing of the highly-toxic Corexit 9500 (the chemical dispersant used by BP in the oil spill clean-up), acid rain and various as-yet-unknown forms of environmental damage, we believe that the government will have no choice but to relocate millions of people away from the Gulf Coast. Those living in Florida are presently at the highest risk, but the danger also appears likely to spread to all Gulf Coast states east of Louisiana and possibly even to the entire Eastern half of the United States once hurricane season begins,” the SCMLA website reported.
On April 30, 2010, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal sent letters to the DOD and the Dept. of Homeland Security requesting military help in response to the oil gusher. Jindal explained that the purpose of the National Guard is to “provide security, medical capabilities, engineers and communication support in response to this threat. Currently, our Soldiers and Airmen are staging for and are engaged in the planning of the effort to evacuate and provide security and clean up for the coastal communities expected to be impacted by the oil spill.”