Gulf Oil Spill: BP Trying To Hide Millions of Gallons of Toxic Oil?

BP Embraces Exxon’s Toxic Dispersant, Ignores Safer Alternative

It has been confirmed that the dispersal agent being used by BP and the government is Corexit 9500, a solvent originally developed by Exxon and now manufactured by Nalco Holding Company of Naperville, IL.  Their stock took a sharp jump, up more than 18% at its highest point of the day today, after it was announced that their product is the one being used in the Gulf.  Nalco’s CEO, Erik Frywald, expressed their commitment to “helping the people and environment of the Gulf Coast recover as rapidly as possible.”  It may be that the best way to help  would be to remove their product from the fray.  Take a look at some of the facts about Corexit 9500:

A report written by Anita George-Ares and James R. Clark for Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. entitled “Acute Aquatic Toxicity of Three Corexit Products: An Overview” states that “Corexit 9500, Corexit 9527,  and Corexit 9580 have moderate toxicity to early life stages of fish, crustaceans and mollusks (LC50 or EC50 – 1.6 to 100 ppm*).  It goes on to say that decreasing water temperatures in lab tests showed decreased toxicity, a lowered uptake of the dispersant.  Unfortunately, we’re going to be seeing an increase in temperatures, not a decrease.  Amongst the other caveats is that the study is species-specific, that other animals may be more severely affected, silver-sided fish amongst them.

Oil is toxic at 11 ppm while Corexit 9500 is toxic at only 2.61 ppm; Corexit 9500 is four times as toxic as the oil itself.  Sure, a lot less of it is being introduced, but that’s still a flawed logical perspective, because it’s not a “lesser of two evils” scenario.  BOTH are going into the ocean water.

The lesser of two evils seems to be a product called Dispersit, manufactured by Polychem, a division of U.S. Polychemical Corporation.  In comparison, water-based Dispersit is toxic at 7.9-8.2 ppm; Dispersit holds about one third of the toxicity that Corexit 9500 presents.  Dispersit is a much less harmful water-based product which is both EPA approved and the U.S. Coast Guard’s NCP list.  So why isn’t it being used?

We spoke with Bruce Gebhardt at Polychem Marine Products, asked him if Dispersit was being used in the Gulf Oil Spill situation.  “Very little,” he replied.  When asked why, the impression was that the government had used Corexit 9500 in the past, and was going with what they know — no matter how dangerous that might prove to be.

Dispersit has a demonstrated effectiveness of 100% on the lighter South Louisiana crude, and 40% on Pruhoe Bay’s heavier crude.  Exxon’s Corexit 9500 is just 55% effective on SL and 55% effective on PB.  On an average, Dispersit is 70% effective, and may prove 100% effective, while 9500 is an average of 50% effective, with a maximum effective use of just 55%.  Corexit 9500 is a harsh petroleum-based solvent which is dangerous to people and sea life.  Dispersit’s human health effect is “slight to none.”  Whether or not a dispersal agent is a wise move, the question remaining unanswered is: Why is Corexit 9500 is being used at all, when the water-based Dispersit is available, markedly more effective and less toxic?   Follow the money.

Dispersal of the oil does not eliminate it, nor does it decrease the toxicity of the oil.  It just breaks it up into small particles, where it becomes less visible.  It’s still there, spewing toxicity at an even greater rate (due to higher surface area.)  But now it’s pretty much impossible to skim or trap or vacuum or even soak up at the shoreline, because most of it will never make it to the shoreline.  Instead, that toxic crude oil AND the dispersant will be spread all over the ocean’s waters.   This is why introducing such a product into the crude oil as it comes out from the pipe is a very bad idea for the ocean.

It may not be pretty, but if the oil makes it to the shore, it can be soaked up, cleaned up.  To “disperse” it means it will NEVER be cleaned up.  It will just stay out there, polluting and poisoning the ocean, her inhabitants, and all the food we take from it.  It’s unwise to be using Corexit 9500 at all, but introducing it to the oil as it leaves the broken pipe is approaching madness.  Mr. Gebhardt agrees that the oil should be contained, and what has been leaked should be allowed to come to shore where it can be removed from the ocean by less toxic means.

BP’s use of Corexit 9500 on the oil before it rises to the surface seems to be a deliberate attempt to mask the poison, to cover up that it continues to flow out from the ocean’s floor, while making it impossible to recover.  In short, BP and Exxon want to spread the toxic oil throughout the oceans of the world, pollute everywhere, rather than allow it to be seen coming to shore where BP would have to pay for its containment and clean-up.  It’s our job to keep them from getting away with sweeping this ugly mess under the surface.


Going Green: Research, Editorial, News, and Opinion Submitted to the Protect The Ocean Blog by John Taylor


  1. Very Concerned says:

    ALl I can say here is how foolish you American people are. You are so gullible and believe mostly everything your media tells you. WAKE UP AMERICAN PEOPLE! Do something right now – band together and crush this evil shadow government that is taking over your country right under your nose! You just dont get it do you all? You have been INVADED by the enemy who has desguised themselves and have snuck through your borders. They are murdering you and your country. GET THEM OUT NOW before it is too late – if not already. You are all going to be doomed. This is NO JOKE!!! WAKE UP!!! I IMPLORE YOU DESPERATELY for the rest of the world sake.

    • To: Very Concerned
      I’m American, and I agree with you. I’m one of few who doesn’t believe any of the crap the media lays out for us.

    • You are right ‘Very Concerned’. I’ll start with you. Meanwhile, you may want to wrap an extra layer of tinfoil around your head.

  2. This BP Oil spill is the biggest bio hazard of all time and it don’t take a mind reader to see it’s going to get worse.

    There using chemicals five times more toxic then Perk which is a chemical that is not to come into contact with the skin used in dry cleaning. Perk is a oil based product. So based on this knowledge and the fact I’ve seen people’s health effected by contact with this chemical. We are now going to expose people to Corexit 9527, and corexist 9500 which in my wikipedia research has been proven to cause internal bleeding as well as kidney and red blood cell break down.

    also people these chemicals can get into the food chain. as small droplets of oil broken down by these chemicals.

    Massive action needs to be taken by the people of the world now We need to stand up to our governments and demand clean enegry now.

  3. Patterns! patterns! Everything that has happened to reduce the American population started with Waco, then Oklahoma City bombing, then 9/11, now a giant oil spill effecting the Southern and Eastern parts of the US with added toxic chemicals to Gulf Waters. Whose behind this massive wave of killing off American citizens? We are in a chemical war where one can’t breathe the air with its deadly chemicals sprayed into the atmosphere… “chem-trails, only worse!” This deadly oil spill effects more than an area on the coastlines of Southern America, it will cause chemical rainfalls ruining land of growing crops, as well as drinking water, fishing, and multiples of other things. Its time to react as citizens to vote an entirely new leadership in our country – so the scriptures tell us that “righteouness exalts a nation.” Americans must overcome the corporate leaders that look to destroy the American way of life by their greed. Serious prayer groups can be formed by Americans asking God to bring about a change and defeating Satan’s attempt to destroy God’s people in this nation.
    No one is able to bring about this change. It takes the Creator to help change hearts.
    No one person can control situations nor circumstances, but there is strength in unity.
    Pray that God will take control as He has the answers. If hurting families will try the pattern
    of prayer daily, faithfully, God will hear. He doesn’t like what is happening to the earth He created, and especially, His people. Be faithful asking Him to come to America’s rescue. The scriptures tell us that “those who destroy the earth, will be destroyed.” Those that are faithful will be given eternal life.

  4. im doing a report on the oil spill for a college class ,
    i would like some imput on web sites ,i can trust or some good ones to go to

  5. Roberta says:

    Corexit is being sprayed at altitudes miles high. It is not being dispersed in normal manner of crop dusting. This means that prevailing winds have carried this powder as far as mid-America. Here in North Carolina Mountains farmers are already seeing a white powder appear on crops. The crops wilt by next day and are destroyed. This chemical destroys vegetation. Remember crude oil is a natural substance. It could be put on your compost pile ( I wouldn’t want to) and in matter of days the bacteria will destroy any toxicity. Companies have offered to GIVE oil eating bacteria to BP for clean up and EPA won’t approve it. Follow the money.

  6. Fuel Distribution Software says:

    I read your while post and i would like to say that it’s really informative for us thanks for sharing you provide great info to us that BP is trying top hide million of gallon of toxic oil keep it !!!

  7. And now they want to build the XL pipeline across the US of A some of these Republicans,billionaires are insane,drill baby drill they don’t seem to realize they are killing this earth a place where they have to live to.Why don’t they invest in safer energy programs?


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