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: We Must Report an Environmental EMERGENCY!

As most know by now, BP has been spraying a solvent called Corexit 9500 onto the ocean’s waters.  By now you probably also know that many question the wisdom of this, and are concerned about the toxicity of that solvent.  Well they should be, since it’s 3-4 times more toxic than the oil itself, makes the oil more effectively toxic by causing the oil to have a larger area exposed to ocean water, and because in our opinion IT IS ILLEGAL TO USE IT AS IT HAS BEEN EMPLOYED UNDERWATER.

This chemical was only ever approved for coastal clean-up.  It was not tested, nor approved, for release into the open ocean some 50 miles from shore and nearly a mile down beneath the surface.  What is this, then, that they’ve reportedly poured out 400,000 gallons of it already, and industry sources indicate the EPA has purchased an additional 800,000 gallons to continue polluting our oceans with?  The simple fact is that at least some of that is a federal crime, and if we witness it, we are obligated to report it!

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): [Read more...]

Gulf Oil Spill: PTO Stonewalled; EPA, USCG and Senators All Refusing To Answer Solvent Questions

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...]