“The phytoplankton feeds & fuels the ecology of the ocean – if those guys are in trouble, then the Ocean’s in trouble” August 16:
From a couple weeks ago:
As if the dispersants themselves weren’t toxic enough, the 1.8 million gallons of Corexit 9500 (oil dispersant) sprayed on BP’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico breaks down the oil, releasing some of the most toxic chemicals already in the oil into the water, dramatically increasing the toxicity of the spill.
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From NBC News Scientists: BP dispersants have made spill more toxic:
Amid growing concern about the use of dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico, a group of scientists working for law firms suing BP says their testing indicates that the dispersants being used to break up the oil are making this spill even more toxic to marine life.
Dr. William Sawyer, a toxicologist, is part of a team of scientists hired by law firms — led by Smith Stag of New Orleans — that are representing Louisiana fishermen and environmentalists.
The scientists collected and analyzed globs of oil, sand, and water from more than a dozen sites in four states along the Gulf.
Sawyer told NBC News that the findings are troubling. “We now have compelling evidence that the dispersant has enhanced and increased the toxicity from the spill,” he said.
Last week, a group of independent scientists called for an “immediate halt” to the use of dispersants. In what was called a “consensus statement,” they warned that dispersants pose “grave risks to marine life and human health.”
At this point you must be wondering why our government is allowing the Gulf to be further poisoned, and our citizens to eat from it.
An excerpt from BP, NOAA, EPA Cover-Up: Neurotoxin Pesticide Dispersant Corexit’s Lethal Effects sheds some light:
The EPA Lies Under Oath
It might come as some big shock but there is increasing evidence to show that the EPA has lied … yet again. Without mincing words, Federal Government agencies have literally allowed tens of thousands of Americans to be poisoned during the Exxon Valdez disaster, during 9/11, and now, history is once again repeating itself in the Gulf of Mexico, except for one change: we now have a top EPA official warning us that the Government is allowing us to be poisoned.
Hugh Kaufman, a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, a leading critic of the decision to use Corexit, and now EPA whistleblower, says that government agencies are doing inadequate and improper testing of Gulf waters.
First, remember that at Ground Zero, the EPA made statements about the safety of the air, which has since been proven to be false. Now, independent water tests in the Gulf performed by a local news station directly contradicted EPA test results. Then the director of the EPA lied under oath in a congressional hearing about water samples taken from the Dauphin Island Alabama area. Independent water tests performed by Project Gulf Impact showed high levels of Corexit in the waters around Grand Isle, Louisiana, while EPA data showed no such contamination. Test results of all of the water samples that the EPA has done up until mid-July shows dozens of instances where the EPA is lying. In all likelihood, enough oil and toxic dispersants have been released into the Gulf of Mexico to contaminate the food chain: even NOAA has admitted that may have already happened. It’s all out there, folks, you just have to go digging to get the truth, and question everything that the controlled / controlling Mainstream Media want you to believe: http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/dispersants-hearing-noaa-admits-gulf-seafood-not-tested-yet-says-toxins-may-bioaccumulate.
So why is the EPA lying? Answer (and I agree with the EPA whistleblower, Mr. Kaufman): to protect the profits of the largest corporations from having to pay out billions of liability claims and fines. The Federal Government says it cannot reveal such data (of the contamination) to the public because of current litigation with BP. What a load of hogwash. Who comes first, and who are we protecting here first — the public and our children — or BP?
Corexit — The Neurotoxin Pesticide Dispersant — The Cause Of Our Future Problems
Corexit, one of a number of dispersants, is four times the toxicity level of crude oil, and is used to atomize the oil and force it down the water column so that it’s invisible to the eye. The National Academy of Science has done work on it to show that Corexit is very dangerous. And toxicologists from Exxon have published on it.
A simple equation goes like this: less oil seen … less fines to BP. In following the money trail, when you look and see who owns BP, you find that the majority ownership, a billion shares, is a company called BlackRock that was created, owned and run by Larry Fink. And Vanity Fair just recently wrote an article about Mr. Fink and his connections with Mr. Geithner, Mr. Summers and others in the Obama Administration.
[Read more on BlackRock and ties to the Obama Administration here.]
When will we finally act and do something about this health disaster waiting in the wings? When tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents end up with cancer, genetic mutations or some other mysterious unexplained illnesses (labeled in the future as “Gulf of Mexico Syndrome”)?
So what else do we have?
- There is a now a massive dead-zone off the coast of Alabama.
- Geochemist expert and University of California Santa Barbara scientist, Dr. David Valentine, reports that hydrocarbon remnants are raining down near the oil disaster and are pushing onto land.
- BP is already paying-off scientists and universities (that want to join in receiving payouts), in order to keep the truth of the contamination out of the public eye.
No, I’m not some conspiracy theorist. I am fortunately just another scientist just spreading the truth, and one who does not have to rely on some crooked relationship with a lying government sponsor, and who gets to put you, the reader here, more “in the know” for your own investment and health benefit, and for the benefit of our children.
Hugh Kaufman of the EPA revealed that a political decision was made within the government to allow BP to take the lead on the use of dispersants, despite concerns on the part of EPA toxicologists:
Hugh Kaufman: “We now know that there’s a cover-up. Dispersants are being used. Congress, at least three Congress folks—Congressman Markey, Congressman Nadler and Senator Mikulski—are on the case. And I think the media now has to follow the money, just as they did in Watergate, and tell the American people who’s getting money for poisoning the millions of people in the Gulf.” Source
Kaufman says scientists within the EPA tried to convince the administrators to stop BP from using the highly toxic dispersant Corexit, and that the decision to allow BP to use Corexit was made by “political appointees outside the EPA.” Kaufman says he doesn’t know how high up these political appointees were, but these decisions were not made by anyone in the EPA.
From Project Gulf Impact:
BP Oil Spill & the EPA: September 11 Deja Vu:
- Independent Toxicologists Issue Warning: We Object to the Claim That Chemical Dispersants Have A Low Potential For Accumulating in Marine Life and Do Not Pose an Environmental Health Concern (prnewswire.com)
- Scientists dispute White House claim that spilled BP oil has vanished (guardian.co.uk)
- Gulf oil traces reached further east than previously suspected (CNN)
- UPDATE 1-Scientists raise queries about Gulf oil left behind (reuters.com)