Corexit Disease — Bad And Getting Worse!

BoingBoing just posted an article sourced from Al Jazeera that confirms what we’ve been warning of (and reporting about): Corexit is causing people to become sick.  What’s more, it’s forming new ways to be dangerous, both in chemical compounds and the genetic mutations it creates.  Carla Mayes, a political activist contact of ours with close ties to people at the Gulf, has been keeping us abreast of the many reported cases of illness.  Now this, and it seems the soup just keeps on getting thicker!

One source, Naman, states “The dispersants are being added to the water and are causing chemical compounds to become water soluble, which is then given off into the air, so it is coming down as rain, in addition to being in the water and beaches of these areas of the Gulf.” The article goes on to state that “residents are reporting brown vomit, brown urine, copious diarrhea, skin rashes, sore throats and even internal hemorrhaging.” The number of cases is increasing, rather that declining.

Veteran RN Trisha Springstead told Al Jazeera “They have sore throats, respiratory problems, neurological problems, lesions, sores, and ulcers. These people have been poisoned and they are dying. Drugs aren’t going to help these people. They need to be detoxed.”

Meanwhile, the White House seems to be singing a country song, “That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.” Though their claims that 75% of the oil was miraculously evaporated were obviously inaccurate, they’ve yet to come back and address the issue. It’s as though they feel that since the oil leak has supposedly been plugged (what about the OTHER leaks?) that there is no longer an issue to be dealt with. Protect The Ocean continues to receive weekly BULL-etins from Deepwater Command Central with tedious rhetoric amounting to nothing. THe latest from them is that the State of Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and others are hosting a public meeting on November 11, 2010. The purpose? To explain to the Little People what methods they’re using to ASSESS the situation, and explain opportunities for public to help with clean-up. Don’t you feel better, knowing that they’re still busily assessing it? HOW ABOUT SOME ACTION? But to be fair, that’s at a state level. The Feds stopped DOING anything months ago.

We very much wish that we had better news, but the bottom line reality is that BP has soiled our waters, and nobody’s doing a damned thing about it. Meanwhile more people are getting sick and sicker, and nobody’s doing anything about THAT either.

Post Script: The Executive Order Recognizing the Gulf Coast as a national treasure, on October 5, 2010 President Obama issued an Executive Order creating the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, continuing the Administration’s ongoing commitment to the region. The mission of the Task Force is to efficiently integrate Federal efforts with those of local stakeholders and state and tribal governments so as to better implement Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration and to facilitate appropriate accountability and support throughout the restoration process. The President’s Executive Order establishing the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/05/executive-order-gulf-coast-ecosystem-restoration-task-force

On November 8th, only a little over a month from the date of the above Executive Order (which is only God-knows-how-many months late in coming,) there will be the FIRST meeting, from 11:30am through 4:pm, in Pensacola, FL, of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Feel better yet?

E.P.A. Violates Clean Water Act!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which predicated the Clean Water Act of 1972, has violated that very law.  In granting BP any sort of permission to utilize Corexit under the water and offshore, the EPA clearly exceeded its autonomy and mandate. We are calling for both BP and the EPA to be held accountable.  Protect The Ocean demands that all use of Corexit (or any other offshore use of any “dispersing agent” cease immediately.

Corexit was approved for a very specific purpose — coastal oil spill cleanup.  It was approved to be utilized in a very specific manner: sprayed (droplets, not mist) from airplanes or boats, over the oil slick.  The approval goes into very exact language as to how the product should be utilized, and even talks about mitigating possible consequence to the humans spraying the product.  It was NEVER cleared for deployment UNDER the water, nor offshore, nor at such depths.  Temperature, pressure and environment all come into play, and those factors cannot be ignored.  As a chemist, Lisa Jackson knew this… and yet she allowed BP to proceed. [Read more...]

Gulf Oil Spill: Huge 10-mile Long Oil Plumes Found Under Gulf’s Surface!

Another BP Cover-up

Saturday,  Jeffrey Collins (AP) reported that researchers from the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology has detected massive 10 mile long underwater plumes of oil at depths between just below the surface and more than 4,000 feet deep.  The existence of such plumes serves to verify and validate our concerns that BP’s disaster management methods were aimed at keeping the leaked oil under the surface.  Once the oil was out of sight, BP hoped they would not be held accountable for the cost of cleaning up those millions of gallons of toxic oil which never made it to shore.

The incriminating AP story was short-lived on several sources.   Just a few short hours later, those very same links had been changed to BP’s reporting some success with their latest attempt to capture oil spilling from the damaged line.  Though we don’t want to seem like conspiracy theorists, we’ve lost count of how many times and ways BP has attempted to change their story, hide the truth, and dupe the public.  (Check earlier posts here for some of their more infamous fiascos.)

Since they’re trying to bury the story of these sub-surface streams, we’ll bring the news to you:

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