Corexit Kills Two
Scientists worry about new data on BP oil spill damage
Throughout the Deepwater Horizon disaster, numerous scientists and whistle blowers warned of the dangers of BP’s excessive use of dispersant on their massive oil spill. Now there is new evidence to suggest that much of that oil is killing marine life and causing serious damage to the food chain. The area of contamination discovered by scientists from the University of South Florida covers several thousand square miles. All the marine life in the settled oil was dead.
“The new findings, from scientists at the University of South Florida and from a broad government effort, mark the latest indication that environmental damage from the blowout of a BP PLC well could be significant where it’s hardest to find: deep under the Gulf’s surface,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Throughout the Deepwater Horizon disaster, numerous scientists and whistle blowers warned of the dangers of BP’s excessive use of dispersant on the massive oil spill. They claimed that sinking the oil rather than removing it from the surface was little more than a ploy by BP to hide the size of the spill, which in turn, would lower the amount of money the company would have to pay for environmental damage.
Eleven men died on April 20, 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon exploded. The rig burned for two days before sinking into the Gulf of Mexico in five thousand feet of water.
Despite claims by BP and the EPA that Corexit, the chemical dispersant BP used to sink the oil was ‘as harmless as dish soap.’, on June 23, 2010, the US Coast Guard confirmed the death of two members of the cleanup crew who had been overcome by exposure to BP’s chemical dispersant.