BP’s statements on Corexit use, dispersant testing

This is a response to BP’s Facebook Page.  We have added notes and videos to several of the statements which were, to our knowledge, completely false.

See also

Is Gulf Seafood Safe To Eat? Feds’ New Test Says Yes, Not Convincingly
Heavy metals go untested in Gulf seafood
Gulf seafood poses long-term health risks, experts say

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From BP’s Facebook page:

Dave Rainey answers questions from Facebook users during the Q&A session.

Good afternoon.

I have looked at the questions that have been submitted and it looks like we have three questions specifically on dispersants, so let me try to answer them first.

Question: The first of those questions comes from Kim Moore, who asks: What is the last date that BP used Corexit in the Gulf of Mexico?

Dave: Thank you for your question, @Kim. The last day on which we used dispersant to fight oil on the surface of the water was July 19, shortly after flow from the MC 252 well was stopped on July 15.

Since then only one very small application took place for safety reasons on September 4. As the capping stack was brought to the surface, some hydrocarbons contained in the stack escaped to the water within the moon pool of the recovery vessel.  Five gallons of dispersant were applied to reduce potential worker exposure to vapors in this restricted area.

[From Washington’s Blog, September 25: Disturbingly, Corexit is apparently still being sprayed in the Gulf. See this, this and this.]

Riki Ott proved Corexit is still being sprayed in a statement to the EPA entitled “Documentation of continued dispersant spraying in near shore and inland waters from Florida to Louisiana (despite contrary claims by USCG and BP) and documentation that dispersants made oil sink” from August 27, 2010. Go here.  Also see: Jerry Cope: Corexit Use Still Appears to Be Prevalent in the Gulf, Despite Official Statements (huffingtonpost.com)

Question: The next question is also from Kim Moore, who asks: Does your company plan to use any more Corexit in this region?

Dave: @Kim – The only situation where we might use dispersant in the future would be for safety reasons in situations similar to the September 4 application, as the remaining equipment is recovered from the seafloor.

Question: The third question regarding dispersants from Kim Moore asks: Is it BP’s claim that the Corexit used during this disaster was safe for humans to swim in and consume via eating local sea food?

Dave: Thank you again, @Kim. With regard to safety of swimming and seafood, here are some basic facts.

About 1.83 million gallons of dispersant were applied – this is slightly less than three full-size swimming pools.
98% was applied more than 20 miles from the shoreline
No dispersant was applied closer than 8 miles to the shoreline.
Independent tests by the EPA found the dispersants we used to be “practically non-toxic” to “slightly toxic”.  To put this in perspective, this is roughly the same level of toxicity as many common household detergents – including dish washing detergents.

Here is a fact:  Toxicologist: Oil/Corexit mix caused heart trouble, organ damage, rectal bleeding

Video rebuttals:

Dahr Jamail

Dr. Chris Pincetich

[EPA whistleblower Hugh Kaufman (following videos) says the EPA knows that Corexit is extremely toxic.

Another thing to consider, the above statements refer to Corexit alone.  Test results from the toxicity of Corexit when added to crude oil, mixed with the warm waters of the Gulf are the only ones that are relevant here.  The mixture then becomes eleven times more toxic than oil alone and creates entirely new toxic compounds.

see 4:49:

Given these facts, I believe that it is absolutely safe to swim on Gulf Coast beaches.

Wrong.

Man who tried to save drowning toddler became ill from oil September 29:

“A Saraland man who tried to rescue a drowning child in rough Gulf of Mexico waters near Orange Beach became severely ill after swallowing oil and chemical dispersant, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Mobile. …he was treated at the hospital and continues to suffer from severe intestinal pain, nosebleeds, chronic headaches and other ailments… “He ingested quite a bit of oil and, we believe a great deal of dispersant”

DR. ERNST PEEBLES, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida

Specifically with regard to seafood, the FDA has recently provided their view of dispersants and their impact on seafood safety – and you can find this information on their website.  They state that the dispersants used to combat the oil spill break down rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico, and that they do not accumulate in seafood.  They have assured the public that seafood from open Gulf of Mexico waters is safe to eat.

Wrong. NOAA admitted in testimony that dispersant may indeed bioaccumulate in seafood.]

Read the remainder on BP’s Facebook Page.

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