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Gulf Oil Spill: Proof In The Dirty Pudding – Corexit Sweeping Oil Under the Surface

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Earlier today, we saw an aerial shot of the spill, and national media footage claiming that the spill area has gotten smaller.  Speculation was made that the newly found leaking of natural gas may be a factor (because it’s leaking gas instead of oil) and — are you ready for it? — that the solvents must be working.  We have to agree with that last one.  The dispersing agents probably ARE working… and that explains why the spill is smaller.  But that doesn’t mean that the oil is going away.  It proves our point that the dispersing agents are causing the oil to be spread about into the ocean’s water, where it can’t be seen, found and cleaned up.  All is going precisely as BP hoped, at least in that one aspect.

The problem, of course, is that it isn’t disappearing.  It isn’t evaporating.  It isn’t biodegrading.  It’s simply been buried beneath the surface of the ocean.  More toxic now, with greater surface area exposed to the ocean’s waters, it’s more harmful, but out of sight.  This is exactly what they want… and perhaps what the government wants as well?  People get much less upset about something they can’t see.

Unfortunately, out of sight may be out of mind, but it’s not out of the ecology.  Just the opposite.  It’s more harmful now than it was before the dispersing agents were released, more toxic… and the dispersing agent itself is still out there, still lethal at just 3 parts per million, and has landed in the grassy shorelines.   The worst is yet to come.

John Crabtree, media agent for BP, told us that they have stopped using dispersing solvents again.  We sincerely hope this isn’t another temporary reprieve.  BP hasn’t been able to tell one story and stick with it since this began.

The dispersal solvents are doing exactly what BP wants them to do — making it seem as though the spill isn’t as big of a problem.  Could it be that the EPA wants the same thing?  To sweep the oil under the surface, where it won’t be seen by the public, so we’ll feel they did their job and made the spill go away?  What toll is that foolhardy action going to take in the years, decades and centuries to come?  Please, sign the petition to demand that such toxic solvents not be released in open ocean waters again.

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  1. Therese Wade says:

    Corexit is simply keeping the oil beneath the surface of the ocean. There are more effective alternatives to this toxic chemical. Why isnt BP using them? One of the board members of Nalco (the company that makes Corexit) is Rodney F. Chase, who is a former BP board member. BP and Nalco are obviously trying to make a big business out of this environmental tragedy, rather than making any kind of morally sound effort to repair the damage that BP has caused.

    There needs to be a Federal level effort to demand that BP use a safer method to clean the Gulf. One of the cleanest and most effective alternatives is the use of microbes in bioremediation.

    Back in 1989 there was a major demonstration done in Texas (both in the lab and in the field) using microbes to clean up a very large oil spill within 6 weeks without interfering with any ecological processes.

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