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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

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Gulf Oil Spill: BP Intentionally Commiting Felonies Under EPA’s Nose?

The dumping of solvents into the ocean is a federal offense.  It’s likely also against state laws.  If anyone else was to dump just a barrel or two of noxious solvents into the Gulf, they’d be led off in handcuffs.  So why is are the EPA and Coast Guard letting them get away with pouring so many thousands of gallons of it every day?

Yesterday, BP announced that they are resuming injecting dispersing solvents into the oil stream in the depths of this disaster.  They still have not satisfied ANY of the inquiries regarding toxicity.  They have yet to explain why they are not utilizing Dispersit, which is a water-based alternative with far lower toxicity.  They have yet to justify trying to “bury” their financial responsibility by “dispersing” the toxic oil throughout the ocean waters, instead of letting it come to shore where it can THEN be cleaned up.  But they’re going to go back to using Exxon’s 9500, which we KNOW is highly toxic and noxious.  9500 causes damage to a human’s Central Nervous System (amongst the many effects of the oil-based solvent.)  Why are we allowing them to continue to use this stuff?  Just because some bureaucrat approved it two decades ago?! Read more

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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.” Read more