Gulf Oil Spill: BP Now Claims Dispersal Solvent Renders Oil Biodegradable!

At this point, BP’s statements are starting to sound like a snide old joke: How can you tell when a BP rep is lying? His lips are moving!

First they misinformed the public about how much oil was leaking. Then they mislead us about the solvents. Then they said the solvents weren’t harmful, but they were going to stop using them under the ocean… but they’re not harmful or anything, of course. (See our earlier post for the fact that the solvents are 4 times as toxic as the oil itself is.) Now they’re looking at the stuff beginning to wash up, seeing it with the naked eye, and spinning the story again! The latest fantastic claim is that the dispersing agent renders the oil naturally degradable!

ABC reports that “near the Chandeleur Islands, a remote chain of barrier islands in Eastern Louisiana, a different kind of man-made disaster could be seen mixed in the surf today… traveled to the islands today and saw a layer of brown slime carpeting the water. The slime, which is not as thick as oil, is thought to be the chemical dispersant that had been pumped down to the site of the leak to break up the oil before it reached the surface.”

As we already informed you, BP announced yesterday that they would stop using dispersant solvent under the water, but continue to use it on the surface. They said so while sticking to their story that the dispersing solvent is safe. (If it’s safe, why did you stop using it? Because they were caught trying to shove all that oil under the surface?) Now comes the next batch of stories:

BP executive Bob Fryar claimed that “When the dispersant and the oil mix, it just breaks the oil into smaller molecules, and the oil just breaks into smaller droplets. […] At that time, the ocean just takes over and it just degrades naturally.” Bob makes this claim again on this BP Video.

Uhm no. It is petroleum. It does not just degrade naturally. Like plastic, it PHOTO-DEGRADES, which is to say it breaks down into smaller and smaller toxic particles, but it’s not going to go away. We’re left wondering what planet Mr. Fryar is from, what alternative set of physics guides that planet’s chemistry.

Biologists, conservationists (and most other sensible people) remained worried. Meanwhile, back at the Chandeleur Islands, dolphins (and many of the other creatures in the Gulf) are swimming just yards away from the floating muck. So why didn’t they just use the bio-remediation system that the state of Texas proposed back in 1991?

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3 replies
  1. M.Bachan says:

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