Corexit’s Foul Stench

We have been reporting (and reporting about) the dangers of Corexit since the beginning of its use in the BP Gulf Disaster. Amongst things that we at Protect The Ocean have noticed is that Corexit is detectable in significant concentrations within shoreline waters days ahead of the arrival of the oil itself, and in beach waters that show no sign of oil contamination. Corexit is lethal to fish fry within 96 hours (and the stuff has been in there a lot longer than 96 hours) at just 2.6 ppm, that’s a pretty serious concentration! The fact is that far lower concentrations have proven lethal on fish fry when the duration went to 2 weeks.

A local Channel 5 news station at the Gulf did some independent testing. They took samples of water that children were playing in, and found Corexit solvents in concentrations ranging from 16 ppm to well over 200 ppm. Needless to say, I wouldn’t want anything in (or from) those waters if it could be helped. There’s no doubt that employing Corexit to bury the oil beneath the surface (where they wouldn’t be forced to pay for cleaning it up) was their contingency plan in case of major catastrophic leak. There’s little doubt that they realized the potential ramifications of infusing the stuff at 133+ atmospheres of pressure in cold water. [Read more...]

Politicians Yammer In Lieu of Solution

Yammer In Lieu of Solution; Obama & Jindal: a Matched Set, Palin Chimes in on Overtime

President Obama will be addressing the nation from the Oval Office, apparently as an attempt to show that he takes the situation as one of great gravity.  He has visited the Gulf three or four times now.  I’m sure his visits contribute greatly to the clean-up efforts.

Then there’s good ole Bobby Jindal who, filled with righteous indignation, bemoans the fate of his fair state at the hands of BP’s inept response… and then complains loudly that Obama’s moratorium on offshore drilling will hurt Louisiana’s job market.  Schizophrenic much, Bobby?  Or is that just a politician’s parlor trick, speaking something different out of each side of the mouth at the same time?  News flash, Governor: The oil money you’re so deadset on pursuing is what caused that disaster in the first place.  Now you want more of it?  Who are you trying to kid? [Read more...]

BP and the EPA Working in Symphony to Cover Up the Oil Spill?

Oil Spill Photos

From the very beginning, BP has been less than forthright about the damages and potential damages from the oil spewing out of the hole in the earth’s crust some 5000 feet below sea level and 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. 

From the very beginning, they have been arbitrarily underestimating the quantity of oil leaking from the exploded rig. 

From the very beginning, they have been plotting to sweep the majority of the mess under the saltwater carpet.  But how do you do that?  With very careful, very clever planning, and a little help from some friends at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Early on, BP began spraying and injecting solvents into offshore waters.  They claimed that dispersing the oil would be a good idea, better for the wetlands.  Even then, their plot was in place.  They knew that the truth was that the solvents would make the oil exponentially more toxic, (as would adding the solvent itself) but that didn’t matter.  Dispersal solvents would see to it that a large portion of that oil never floated to the top or showed up at the shoreline.  Why would they do that?  Simple enough: If it doesn’t rise to the surface or wash up onto the shores, BP doesn’t have to pay to clean it up. [Read more...]