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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

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  1. Ryder says:

    If you actually do the research, Corexit 9500 is not only less toxic than the oil itself, it is more than 10x less toxic than the Dove or Palmolive being used to clean oil-slicked birds in the gulf. The research is out there and if you took the time to look, you would see that Corexit is doing far more good than it is harm. If there are so many other solutions and Corexit is soo “toxic,” then why has the EPA, the Coast Guard, the U.S. Government, and BP allowed Corexit to continue to be used in the Gulf???

    Get your facts straight!

    ED: We have our facts straight, Ryder. Look back over the past 2 months of blogs and you’ll find ample evidence from published papers. No clue what planet you’re living on, or what biochem and physics work there, but Corexit is more than 3 times as toxic as oil, and is the cause of all that oil being suspended under the ocean, where it has exponentially more surface area, and no access to the air necessary for bioremediation. As to why the EPA, USCG, and BP are using it, again, read what’s been written. We’ve spelled it out. It’s so simple even a Neanderthal should be able to get it. — JT

  2. Rocky says:

    Green Earth Technologies Has a New Ultimate Biodegradable Solution for the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
    8:19a ET May 21, 2010 (PR NewsWire)
    Green Earth Technologies (Pink Sheets: GETG) announced today that they have submitted G-Marine OSC-1809 Oil & Fuel Spill Clean-UP! to the EPA as a non-toxic dispersant option for immediate consideration to emulsify and remediate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The G-Marine Oil & Fuel Spill Clean-UP! brand is new to the marketplace and has recently been submitted to the EPA for approval, but all of the product’s ingredients have passed DfE screening and may be found on DfE’s Cleangredient list that confirms biodegradation and non-toxicity.

    The EPA has Given BP Officials 24 Hours to Choose a Less Toxic Chemical Dispersant. Green Earth Technologies has the capacity to meet EPA’s requirements with a concentrated solution of G-Marine Oil & Fuel Spill Clean-UP!, made from a base of plant, tree, fruit and vegetable extracts processed into a colloidal micelle solution.

    “Due to the nature and urgency of this crisis, we believe that the EPA should waive the 60-90 day approval process, and consider any and all non-toxic alternatives that can meet the needs of the issue at hand,” said Jeffrey Loch, Founder and CMO of Green Earth Technologies. “As all of the ingredients of the G-MARINE dispersant are already approved on the DfE’s list, making them safe for direct to water release, the EPA should have confidence in our existing data and results allowing for on-site testing.”

    Supporting this unique solution to the Gulf oil catastrophe is the Disaster Response Leadership Forum, a Washington-based independent organization which identifies the most effective disaster response solutions. Its Chairman – William Loiry – was instrumental in bringing thousands of government, business, and nonprofit leaders together to facilitate the short-term and long-term economic reconstruction of the U.S. Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Loiry has recommended approval of the Green Earth Technologies non-toxic solution to BP CEO Tony Hayward.

    “BP has already expressed interest in G-MARINE and we urge the EPA to give their blessing to a new, but proven product as the chosen dispersant,” said Jeff Marshall, Chairman & CEO of Green Earth Technologies. “As the oil reaches the environmentally sensitive Louisiana coastline, it is important to react immediately and we know G-MARINE Fuel Spill Clean-Up! will be the answer for this effort. The fact that this solution is non-toxic should also be good news to the millions of Americans now concerned about the safety of seafood in the Gulf of Mexico.”

    Green Earth Technologies also has a plan in place with Corent Company, in cooperation with Evergreen Flying, Inc., both Louisiana based companies, to use 1295 hp Turbine Air Tractor aircraft to apply G-Marine Fuel Spill Clean-UP! dispersant over the affected areas of the BP/Trans Ocean Rig Collapse in the Gulf of Mexico. Utilizing 7 air tractor 802 aircraft, 14 square miles of oil spill could be treated daily.

    G-MARINE Fuel Spill Clean-UP! is a unique blend of plant derived, water based and ultimate biodegradable ingredients specifically formulated to quickly emulsify and encapsulate fuel and oil spills. These plant derived ingredients are processed to form a colloidal micelle whose small particle size (1-4 nanometers) enables it to penetrate and breakdown long chain hydrocarbons bonds in oils and grease and holds them in a colloidal suspension when mixed with water. Once oil has been suspended in a nano-colloidal suspension, there is no reverse emulsion; the oil becomes water soluble allowing it to be consumed by resident bacteria in the water. This dispersant formula is protected by trade secrets pursuant to Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) Standard CFR-1910 1200. The ingredient list has been reviewed by the US EPA and contains no ingredients considered hazardous by OSHA.


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    Statements made in this release that relate to future plans, events, financial results or performance are forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon current information and expectations. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. Investors should also be aware that while the Company from time to time does communicate with securities analysts, it is against the Company’s policy to disclose to them any material non-public information or other confidential commercial information. Investors should not assume that the Company agrees with any report issued by any analyst or with any statements, projections, forecasts or opinions contained in any such report.

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    SOURCE Green Earth Technologies

  3. John Taylor says:

    On June 4th, 2010 at 1:51 am, Louis-Philippe Clermont scribbled
    “You are encouraging the use of Dispersit… lol (how much $$$ did you receive?)
    Anyway, there’s is a lot to learn from that spill. The use of dispersant should be discarded once and for all.”

    We don’t get any money, Mr. Clermont. Perhaps you’d like to lead the charge to having PTO’s efforts reach a break-even point?

    Dispersants out on the open ocean and sub-surface are a bad idea. But let’s not be entirely unrealistic. No matter how well you vacuum and skim up the surface crude, some is going to be on the rocks, etc., and that will take something to clean them up. Something with as little toxicity as possible is certainly preferably, don’t you agree?

    Dispersit has been available, ready and willing and able all along. There are other suggestions, but we didn’t see any of them stepping up and saying they could get the job done. It’s a far better alternative, being water-based and considerably less toxic than Corexit. What do you suggest we do for cleanup at the shoreline? We’re all ears, per se.

  4. Jan Miller says:

    A friend of mine works for a company called FOG Free Technologies out of Charleston, SC. They’re trying everything they can to show someone in charge what their product can do, but it’s such a slow process. All they want to do is help save our coastline, oceans, and wildlife, but they can’t get their foot in the door. As a resident of LA, I want to do whatever I can to help them get their product out in our waters.

    They make a product that is environmentally friendly, a green product, that can disperse the oil. It changes the polarity of the molecules so the individual oil molecules don’t stick together. It was made to be used in wastewater applications, but they tested it and it works on crude. There are two other dispersing agents that have been used in the past on crude spills. Corexit 9500 is toxic at 2.61 ppm. Dispersit is toxic at 7.9-8.2 ppm. In FOG Free Technologies’ test, at a petroleum level of 14 ppm (11 ppm is toxic), their product was shown to not be toxic until a level of 56 ppm. Their website is http://www.fogfreetechnologies.com

    All they want is a chance to show what the product can do. Any advice on who they could contact? If anyone has any ideas, please email me at janrebecca@gmail.com.

  5. hanthala33 says:

    Now if the indians back in say 1492 would have introduced and enforced some type of immigration law, none of this would be happenning now,right white folks?

  6. 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.

    • DF says:

      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.

    • Mel says:

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

  7. Monty Ferbert says:

    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.

  8. Betty Blair says:

    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…..like “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.

  9. jerry says:

    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

  10. 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.

  11. Fuel Distribution Software says:

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