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BP Employs Toxic Chemicals to Clean Oil Spill

21 May 2010 17,909 views 10 Comments

Untested Toxic Chemicals Being Used in our Oceans for Oil Spill Remediation-

The most prominent news in the environmental sector today happens to fall upon the recent BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, with ocean and human life alike remaining in jeopardy as 5,000 barrels (possibly much more) continue to pour into the gulf every day. To add insult to injury, BP is now employing Nalco Holding Co.’s Corexit, a highly-toxic chemical, to “clean” up the crude oil spill. The oil conglomerate has been using a squadron of planes to apply this dispersant to the spill at the surface, with the intention of breaking the slick into small droplets to ultimately be digested by microbes. Additionally, BP has been using robots to administer the dispersant on the sea floor – closer to the source of the leaking Macondo well – a practice never before tested. “The effect of long-term use of dispersants on the marine ecosystem has not been extensively studied, and we need to act with the utmost of caution,” Representative Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said yesterday in a statement. According to evidence presented at a recent House Transportation Committee hearing, there are at least five chemical dispersants available which are more effective than Corexit and are less toxic in mysidopsis shrimp. The Environmental Protection Agency recently contacted BP to ask that the company employ a less-toxic clean up product. “We are reviewing four alternative dispersants, using information in the public domain,” Mark Salt, a BP spokesman, said yesterday in a telephone interview.

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  • Alexander Higgins said:

    BP Gives Feds Middle Finger, Will Continue Toxic Dispersants In Gulf Oil Spill!


  • Mary said:

    Ugh. I’ve been wondering about this myself. What exactly are the dispersants? I have the terrifying feeling that this oil spill is only the beginning of something beyond horrifying.

  • Zaphod Beeblebrox said:

    We need the Gulf to remain a living, breathing bio-dynamic ecosystem. We don’t want to turn it into the city pool, cleansed and smelling of chemicals. I can’t even begin to imagine the billions of lives that will be lost, and the billions of dollars in damages that BP will end up paying. But those dollars won’t bring back any of the lives lost, and won’t repair any of the irreversible damage.

  • Joe Perez said:

    This is disgusting on so many levels. The company behind a new breaking environmentally-friendly technology that is able to clean and RECYCLE the spilled crude has been jumping through EPA hoops just to get the time of day in journalists even reporting on it. This new product, appropriately called SeaClean is 100% environmentally-friendly and has been invented, tested and proven to work in just the past few weeks. It is such an outrage that BP would use these chemicals instead of exploring what is safe for the marine eco-system. Then again, I guess that’s Big Oil – someone must be getting a hefty kick-back from the creators of this dispersant.

    Spread the message!!! Check out the SeaClean White Papers for yourself here – http://www.scribd.com/doc/31973137/SeaClean-White-Paper-Breaking-Environmentally-Friendly-Technology-to-Clean-AND-Recycle-Gulf-Oil-Spill

  • SocialMiko said:

    A breaking enviro-friendly technology has just been discovered that has been proven to clean and recycle the spilled crude in the Gulf.

    Something needs to be done SOON! It has been over a month now and BP has yet to find a solution to this problem! Someone needs to tell BP to google “how to clean and recycle oil spill” and they will have the solution to this problem.

    According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, there are 108 species listed as threatened or endangered in the state of Florida alone, a state who has just declared a state of emergency for 26 counties due to the Oil Spill, and an additional 154 listed in the surrounding States. Our economy right now can not handle the strain this will put on the entire Gulf region, so we need to act fast as concerned citizens ourselves. Please help by sharing this comment and/or link with your local news and radio stations http://pitch.pe/65751. Thank you in advance for helping to do our part in cleaning the oil spill ourselves.

    This needs to be solved NOW!

  • ann philip said:

    Hello there is a great company called planet resource to fix the problem there is a frrat animation of correcting this

  • Teresa Smith said:

    The health hards from the oil spill may cause more damage than just the oil. 1 People in the states along the gulf are having many health problems from the smoke off of the oil burn especially breathing. Burning salt water results in additional moisture in the air and heat which is resulting in devastating weather. Spraying chemical dispersants in the air and water allows people to breathe or ingest these. A MASSIVE CLEAN UP EVEN WITH THE AMOUNT OF OIL WE ARE DEALING WITH WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SAFE AND SMART WAY TO GO WITHOUT ALL THE THINGS THEY ARE DOING WITH SUCH LONG RANGE EFFECTS. The way it is being done now is costing more lives more destruction more disease and devastating weather. THIS IS COMMON SENSE

  • Tom said:

    Who cares about the USA maybe they should clean up Vietnam first then Bhopal and pay there bill then the rest of the world might think about them..Glad it happened to the USA about time thing affected them directly.Tom .

  • Tom said:

    What comes round goes round

  • Chace Smith said:

    There was a non toxic Alternative to clean up the spill that has been successfully tested by BP after 10 months of spill damages. The Coast Guard sent a letter from headquarters stating to the FOSC to take action with OSE II, and the EPA, Lisa Jackson stopped the Coast Guard from allowing BP from implementing OSE II. In fact the EPA stopped the application of OSE II 11 times denying State Senators direct request for use of OSE II from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. La Department of environmental requested the use of OSE II as well, EPA’s Sam Coleman denied their request without reason. Governor Jindal tried to get OSE II demonstrated on the Chandelier Islands on May 6, 2010, and the EPA stopped the Governor as well. The EPA in fact stopped the use of OSE II 11 times, without a reason given. Had the EPA allowed Governor Jindal to allow the demonstration of OSE II on May 6, 2010, it is possible a significant portion of the environmental damages, including the shorelines and the seafood industry would have been spared. The toxicty test comparison between OSE II and corexit really cannot be compared since with corexit, the label states it can cause red blood cells to burst, kidney, and liver problems if a chemical suit and respirator are not worn. OSE II in contrast can be used to wash your hands and is non toxic. The BP Deep Horizon spill has proven that corexit only sinks oil and causes the same oil to be addressed a second time when it comes ashore as under water plumes, or tar balls, while OSE II has a substantiated end point of converting oil to CO2 and water. See Coast Guard letter below

    U. S. Department
    of Homeland Security
    United States
    Coast Guard

    Commanding Officer 1 Chelsea Street
    U. S. Coast Guard New London, CT 06320
    Research and Development Center Staff Symbol: Contracting Office
    Phone: (860) 271-2807

    July 10, 2010

    OSEI Corporation
    P.O. Box 515429
    Dallas, TX 75251

    Attn: Steven Pedigo, President/Owner


    We are pleased to inform you that the initial screening of your White Paper submitted under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) HSCG32-10-R-R00019 has been completed. It has been determined that your White Paper submission has a potential for benefit to the spill response effort.

    Your White Paper has been forwarded to the Deepwater Horizon Response Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) for further action under its authority. Subject to the constraints and needs of the ongoing oil spill response, you may be contacted by the FOSC or the responsible party.

    We appreciate your interest in supporting the Deepwater Horizon Response effort.

    Contracting Officer /s/
    USCG R&D Center

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