Just when you thought the damages BP could cause was limited to beaches, marshes, oceans, people's livelihoods, birds and marine life, there's more.
BP's favorite dispersant Corexit 9500 is being sprayed at the oil gusher on the ocean floor. Corexit is also being air sprayed across hundreds of miles of oil slicks all across the gulf. There have been widespread reports of oil cleanup crews reporting various injuries including respiratory distress, dizziness and headaches.
Corexit 9500 is a solvent originally developed by Exxon and now manufactured by the Nalco (owned by Goldman Sachs) of Naperville, Illinois. Corexit is is four times more toxic than oil (oil is toxic at 11 ppm (parts per million), Corexit 9500 at only 2.61ppm).
"This interview was done for the residents and BP workers in the Gulf; what chemicals you're most likely being exposed to and what you can do to protect your children and yourself from the toxins in the air, water and beaches. James Fox will be posting another video on July 20th with Dr Rae the CEO of Environmental Center in Dallas Texas. He provides us with details of what's in the air and water. How to minimize exposure, the symptoms of exposure and what to do once you're experiencing signs of exposure. He also has suggestions for keeping the air in your home safe with the use of air filters."
In a report written by Anita George-Ares and James R. Clark for Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. titled "Acute Aquatic Toxicity of Three Corexit Products: An Overview"Corexit 9500 was found to be one of the most toxic dispersal agents ever developed.
According to the Clark and George-Ares report, Corexit mixed with the higher gulf coast water temperatures becomes even more toxic. The UK's Marine Management Organization has banned Corexit so if there was a spill in the UK's North Sea, BP is banned from using Corexit.
The danger to humans can be expected. The warnings on the Corexit packaging is straightforward. Breathing in Corexit is not recommended.
Corexit 9500 disperses the oil spill. It doesn’t clean it up or contain it. It breaks up the oil slick into droplets the size of dust particles and as such the oil does not have the ability to rise again where is can be seen and cleaned up. Corexit 9500 allows the oil and all its toxins to drift away with the current.
Environmental Protection Agency scientists were set to meet with the agency’s chief Saturday to discuss the chemicals BP is using to break up the oil slick. Dispersants have been a key part of BP’s cleanup strategy. Since the beginning of the disaster, more than 1.6 million gallons of the dispersant Corexit 9500 alone have been injected into the Gulf. BP was asked by the EPA on May 24 to cut back its use of Corexit, however dumping 1.6 million gallons of the dispersant Corexit into the Gulf clearly means BP did not comply with EPA requests.
“As stated in MSDS, Corexit 9500 can cause central nervous system depression, nausea, and unconsciousness. It can cause liver, kidney damage, and red blood cell hemolysis with repeated or prolonged exposure through inhalation or ingestion according to the MSDS. The threat to human health via exposure is characterized as ‘MODERATE’.”
BP using toxic Corexit 9500 is a huge mistake by the EPA. The Obama administration is being given bad advice and as a result clean up crews are getting very sick from breathing the fumes. More people in Louisiana have been getting sick from the chemical fumes as they try to clean up the oil on shores and inlets.
Corexit 9500 has highly toxic side effects and yet BP keeps on dumping millions of gallons of this dispersant. It isn’t cleaning up the oil spill it is spreading the oil mess and it is killing off the sea life faster.
The chemical is reported to have arsenic in it and this alone will poison the water column for fish and mammals. Paul Anastas, the EPA’s assistant administrator for research and development, said the dispersant were tested on shrimp and on a small fish called the inland silverside in government laboratories and contractors’ labs; some were more toxic to one marine animal than the other.
But the labs have not tested the toxicity of dispersant when mixed with oil, or products formed by the oil-dispersant mix when it is digested by microbes. (The purpose of the dispersant is to break the oil down into smaller droplets than can more readily be digested by the microbes.)
Oil is toxic at 11 ppm while Corexit 9500 is toxic at only 2.61 ppm; Corexit 9500 is four times as toxic as the oil itself. Sure, a lot less of it is being introduced, but that’s still a flawed logical perspective, because it’s not a “lesser of two evils” scenario. BOTH are going into the ocean water.
Corexit 9500, a solvent originally developed by Exxon is now manufactured by Nalco Holding Company of Naperville, IL. The US government had used Corexit 9500 in the past, and has decided to go with what they know — no matter how dangerous that might prove to be. Why is Corexit 9500 being used at all, when the water-based Dispersit is available, markedly more effective and less toxic? Follow the money. Obama was governor of Illinois before becoming president of the United States. A lot of government financed projects have gone to the state of Illinois. So many that there exists a conflict-of-interest.
Dispersal of the oil does not eliminate it, nor does it decrease the toxicity of the oil. It just breaks it up into small particles, where it becomes less visible. It’s still there, spewing toxicity at an even greater rate (due to higher surface area.) But now it’s pretty much impossible to skim or trap or vacuum or even soak up at the shoreline, because most of it will never make it to the shoreline. Instead, that toxic crude oil AND the dispersant will be spread all over the ocean’s waters. This is why introducing such a product into the crude oil as it comes out from the pipe is a very bad idea for the ocean.
It may not be pretty, but if the oil makes it to the shore, it can be soaked up, cleaned up. To “disperse” it means it will NEVER be cleaned up. It will just stay out there, polluting and poisoning the ocean, her inhabitants, and all the food we take from it. It’s unwise to be using Corexit 9500 at all, but introducing it to the oil as it leaves the broken pipe is approaching madness. The oil leak must be plugged immediately and the oil spill should be contained, and what has been leaked should be allowed to come to shore where it can be removed from the ocean by less toxic means.
BP’s use of Corexit 9500 on the oil before it rises to the surface seems to be a deliberate attempt to mask the poison, to cover up that it continues to flow out from the ocean’s floor, while making it impossible to recover. In short, BP wants and is allowed to do so by the US government to spread the toxic oil throughout the oceans of the world, pollute everywhere, rather than allow it to be seen coming to shore where BP would have to pay for its containment and clean-up. It’s our job to keep them from getting away with sweeping this ugly mess under the surface. We need immediate affirmative action from the US government to stop BP from continuing to perform this oil disappearing act. The “now you see it ,now you don’t” trick cannot be allowed to continue.