When Covering Up a Crime Takes Precedence Over Human Health: BP’s Toxic Gulf Coast Legacy

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It’s the article we all saw coming. People are dying and the US government is quietly admitting it, now that no one is looking.

From TruthOut, by Dhar Jamail:

In 2015, National Institutes of Health sources estimated that 170,000 Gulf residents would die of spill-related illnesses over the next five years.

The US government is not taking any action to help, nor to prevent this from happening again in the exact same way. Corexit is now known to increase the toxicity of an oil spill by 52%, yet it is still in the “response plan” for the next major disaster.
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Dispersants can turn oil spills into toxic mist, research shows

 From NOLA.com

Louisiana Environment and Flood Control

Oil dispersant operationsA plane sprays dispersant across an oil slick from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive)

By Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The dispersant chemicals used to clean up oil spills have the unintended effect of transforming crude oil into a toxic mist able to travel for miles and penetrate deep into human lungs, new research has found.

A study by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore indicates that the dispersants used during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and other large spills breaks down oil into particles so small that they can easily take to the air. Just agitate the oil-dispersant mixture with a bit of wind, some waves – even raindrops – and the ultrafine particles go airborne, researchers said.
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Gulf Residents Deserve The Full Truth About Oil Cleanup Chemicals

 By Rocky Kistner at Huffington Post

TJ Johnson remembers the day he and his cousins were sprayed. Bobbing in two small boats four miles off the Alabama coast, they were using plastic nets to scoop out thick, noxious crude that had gushed to the surface after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded 40 miles off the Louisiana shore. Nobody had protective gear on, and no one worried much about the slimy, foul-smelling oil that stuck to their boats and piled up in the garbage bags they used to collect it.

Suddenly out of the darkening sky a prop transport plane appeared, trailing a silky mist. As the plane flew over, TJ says, the mist floated down, burning their eyes and skin and causing several men to choke and gag. They poured water on themselves to clean the toxic liquid off their skin and headed back to their port in Bayou La Batre as fast as possible. TJ says they were all coughing, and soon developed headaches and rashes.
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BP Claims Oil Spills Are “Socially Acceptable” and “Boost” Local Economies

 This was written by Whitney Webb for Truth in Media

Several years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, newly released documents reveal that BP tried to convince Australian government regulators that oil spills present no risk to shareholders and actually benefit local economies.

British Petroleum, better known as BP, sought to convince the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) of Australia that a potential oil spill off the country’s coast would provide “a welcome boost to local economies.” BP made the claim in 2016 in an environmental plan written to convince NOPSEMA to approve the company’s bid to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, a pristine region along Australia’s southern coast.

BP has a troublesome record when it comes to oil spills, having been responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest marine oil spill in history. The disaster, which leaked 3 million barrels of crude oil into the surrounding environment, created numerous “dead zones” – or marine areas devoid of oxygen and thus life – and also devastated local economies, some of which are still struggling to recover.
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Chemicals used in Deepwater Horizon spill are harmful to people, study proves – finally

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Last week, the National Institutes of Health in the United States released a report that confirmed people living along the Gulf of Mexico who were very ill, but who for seven years have been told to keep quiet up about it, weren’t crazy after all.

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Will the Gulf ever recover from the BP oil spill? The Aftermath series

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an environmental accident unlike anything the United States had experienced before. It was the largest offshore spill in American history, killing 11 people and decimating millions of animals of different species. BP, the company responsible for the accident, will pay the U.S. a record-setting $20.8 billion for damages caused by the spill.

Seven years later, those who live near the Gulf say they’re not convinced the area will ever make a full recovery. As a pilot, Dr. Bonny Schumaker still can see the devastation from her low-flying plane, which she uses to take photos for ecological surveys.
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