Gulf Oil Spill: Worst Fears Realized; Dispersed Oil Coming To Shore Below Surface!

In Louisiana, in a hurried meeting ending up a 24-hour comment period before a barrier island would be dredged and formed, We heard from Plaquemines Parish President Nungesser.  Of the Army Corp of Engineers plan, he said:

“This has to happen quickly. This oil is now dropping below the surface and coming ashore with no warning.” Just as we’ve been saying for well over a week now.

Senior VP Jeremy Symons of the National Wildlife Federation urged caution.  In doing so, though, he gave all the more reason for urgency, pointing out that there has been a massive amount of chemical “dispersing agents” sprayed over the water.  Exactly the point, Mr. Symons.  Dispersant solvents that we here at Protect The Ocean have been trying to stop for nearly 2 weeks.  But we’ve been getting stonewalled by the Coast Guard, the E.P.A… and most recently, by a receptionist at EarthJustice.

PTO feels the barrier is a good idea, so long as the equipment itself works to leave no wake, to not mix the “dispersed” oil back under the surface any further.

Two days ago, evidence of the solvent was found in the island grasslands.  Today, footage is all over the news showing that the spill is getting smaller.  Yes, but not because of any natural gas well.  Its reduction is NOT a good thing.  It simply means that the dispersing solvents are working, that the oil is being broken down into small gobs, where it is more toxic and hides beneath the surface of the water.

Protect The Ocean is at a loss, confounded by the sheer volume of people who either think it “must” already be in the process of being handed, the majority who haven’t a clue, and the rest, who couldn’t care less.  It shouldn’t be hard to understand that pouring solvents into the ocean is a bad idea, but it’s still going on.

Marc Kaufman, of the Washington Post, confirms “The use of chemical dispersants to break up the oil is adding to the toxic load in the water, and to the concern for marine mammals, fish and birds of all kind. The sperm whales feed on zooplankton that some think could be quickly and severely contaminated, as well as bottom dwelling giant squid.”

A law is already in place to prohibit the distribution of a solvent into the sea, but the EPA and US Coast Guard are turning a blind eye to it, letting BP do as it wants.  They cite that Corexit 9500 is approved.  Yes, for Coastal Cleanup, not for offshore injection a mile beneath the surface of the water!

I feel like I’m watching a crash about to happen, in slow motion.  I can see the impending disaster, but am powerless to stop it.  People, all of you (yes, that means you)  MUST demand that use of solvents in the Gulf stop IMMEDIATELY!  The “scientists” that BP et al are citing are wrong!  The oil can be contained at the shoreline, but only if it is not “dispersed” by those oil-based solvents.

Get LOUD about this, stop the destruction from getting any worse than it will be already.  Start by signing the petition, but don’t stop until the leak is closed up and the cleanup is done.  THEN Congress can worry about the blame-game.


3 replies
  1. Deb Mathieu says:

    BP should be liable for 100% of the damages, even if it means selling off assets right down to the shirt buttons of the executives.

  2. Kemp Woods says:

    I had a bad feeling when I first heard they were using dispersants and further research re-inforces it. Why would you want to disperse the oil into the water when letting it come to the top where you can collect it or burn it seems much more sane. STOP THE DISPERSANTS!!!


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