BP Employs Toxic Chemicals to Clean Oil Spill
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.