For over a month now, BP has been tromping around with seeming impunity on our marshes, beaches and waters. The oil giant has gone so far as to pay nothing more than lip service when the EPA finally ordered them to find something less toxic than Corexit. We spoke with Bruce Gebhardt, with U.S. Poly., the manufacturers of Dispersit. They were asked for a bid, basically how quickly they could deliver some product, and how quickly they could deliver over 50,000 gallons per day of their water-based dispersing agent. Though Dispersit has been poised for just such an event, no order was placed. An even less toxic agent that BP has already ordered, 100,000 gallons of Sea Brat, sits on a loading dock waiting for BP to take delivery. [Read more...]
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...]
As some of you may have noticed, BP elected to resume the use of the solvents they describe as dispersing agents the same day that their first containment dome failed. Needless to say, this alarmed us greatly. We questioned how long they would stop using the toxic chemicals, but were dismayed and disappointed that no one in the government is stopping them from doing it. If anyone else was to intentionally pour even one 55 gallon barrel of that stuff into the water, he’d be led away in handcuffs (and rightly so). Yet there’s BP out there dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of it into waters 50 miles offshore, and nobody is saying a word to them about it? Congress is grilling for blame on the cause of the spill, but nobody’s telling them to stop making matters worse by using those solvents!
We called the EPA. They told us to call the U.S. Coast Guard. We did. Twice yesterday, and then again today. That wasted half an hour and netted promises that they would walk the message over to the EPA’s desk. No return call has been received from the EPA. At this point, it becomes pretty clear that they’re not going to call back. We’re asking questions they don’t have good answers for. Contacts who promised answers included a woman named Connie Carroll who claimed to be with the Coast Guard. (We didn’t ask for names the first two times, expecting that the USCG would do as they said.) [Read more...]