“In America today you can murder land [insert ocean] for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.” ~Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness, 1971
“They [BP] want to hide the body”~ Ian McDonald, FSU oceanographer
Why do Americans think BP is still quoting the ridiculous figure of 5,000 barrels a day, when conservative analysis of satellite imagery indicates that the surface oil alone (10,000+ square miles, May 18th) requires a release rate of at least 26,000 barrels or 109,000 gallons a day? To cover-up the dagger it shoved into the belly of the Earth, and then through their intentional disregard for safety protocols in the name of profit, turned in a circle to release a leviathan of toxic crude into the world’s oceans.
Immediately following the disaster which killed 11 workers BP claimed there was no leak. As the situation progressed BP and the government ratcheted up the estimates from 1,000 to 5,000 barrels a day, slowly “boiling the frog” of our expectations so the shock would not be so great when the true magnitude of the disaster inevitably came to light. In the meantime – behind the scenes – the EPA gave BP permission to dump an unprecedented amount of chemical dispersant on and throughout the crime scene, despite the fact that it is so toxic that the UK banned it ten years ago, and the EPA’s own analysis showed it was one of the most toxic and least effective dispersants on the market.
Many BP executives and board members have inside financial ties with Nalco, the manufacturer of BP’s chosen dispersant Corexit 9500, which explains why they plan on dumping another 805,000 gallons of the stuff into the Gulf, as soon as it is available. (TAKE ACTION TO STOP THIS). What do the dispersants actually do? Despite outright BP, government and media lies dispersants do not accelerate the biodegradation of the oil, are not safe, and according to the conclusion of a 400-page study published by the National Academy of Science five years ago the decision to use a dispersant boils down to “saving the beach” (can you visit a “clean” beach whose water is toxic and where the air is hazardous to breath?) at the expense of life in the ocean. BP and the EPA know – because available marine toxicological data proves this – that dispersants accomplish one thing only: they DISPERSE the oil, projecting it deep into the water column, so that it will not come to surface into the light of public scrutiny. Like chemotherapy applied to a tumor, it often kills the targeted object AND the patient. Dispersants, are in fact, up to 4.5 times more toxic to life than the crude oil itself! Dispersants have been shown to increase the absorption of toxic hydrocarbons up to 15 times more readily in fish than the crude oil itself. Dispersants and the by-product, dispersed oil, is deadly to coral reefs, which are already threatened with mass extinction due to being smothered by high nutrient run off from the Mississippi, and globally through the increased acidification of the oceans from dissolved carbon dioxide entering at increasingly higher rates from the industry-polluted atmosphere. Once the coral reefs are gone – sometimes called the “rainforests of the sea” – so too will life on land perish. The “mother of all extinctions,” or Perminan extinction, which occured 250 million years ago followed this same sort of etiology.
Thanks to researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi on board the RV Pelican, BP’s government-sanctioned cover-up attempt with the use of dispersants has been revealed. The team found that deep beneath the iceberg-like tip of the visible surface spill hovers massive oil plumes, including one 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. Some of these plumes are at a depth of 2,300-4,200 feet.
“There is a shocking amount of oil in the deep water”, one of the scientists, Samantha Joye, told the New York Times.
BP intentionally used dispersants to keep most of the oil from surfacing. Their present hard-line figure of “5,000 barrels” indicates this motive clearly. They do not want the public to know the extent of the disaster they have created, but by using dispersants they have intentionally accelerated and amplified the murder of an unthinkably vast number of living creatures.
Most people do not understand that 1 gallon of crude oil can pollute approximately 600,000 gallons of sea water. Given the discovery of massive subsurface plumes, the spill may have already released over 100 million gallons of crude (based on the figure of 85,000 barrels a day, or 3.4 million gallons a day released for one month). If you multiply 100 million times 600,000 you get 60 trillion gallons of seawater rendered toxic to marine life. And the spill is not yet close to being contained. BP’s most recent attempt at placing a catheter into one of the underwater geysers, they claim, will enable them to siphon off the greater part of the “5,000 barrels a day” fantasy they are still shoving down our throats as the truth. So what are they doing while we sit on the sidelines and pray?
BP plans on dumping close to a million more gallons of chemical dispersant on and around the underwater geyser, to cover up the magnitude of their crime against humanity and all life on this planet. They have already succeeded in accelerating the dispersion of the oil towards the beaches (oil is slipping under the booms and the surface of the water, while it is still moving into the beaches and marshes) and the loop current, so that the evidence of their crime will eventually bleed into the gulf stream and pollute the world’s oceans at the worst possible time in the ecological history of the planet. By using this tactic they have guaranteed that marine life in the Gulf will be devastated, and perhaps will never come back. These crimes are obvious to those with eyes to see. PLEASE take action against the further use of dispersants by signing our petition, and joining our Facebook group so we can mobilize into action when needed. We are presently working on finding an organization who will suit to win an injunction against BP’s intention to use more dispersants.
BP’s preferred dispersants, thus far, have been Corexit 9500 and 9527, which are manufactured by Nalco, Inc. BP executives and board members have direct financial ties to Nalco, so that the m0re Corexit they use in their “clean-up” efforts the more they stand to profit from the disaster on the back-end.
This explains why the EPA’s May 20th order for BP to stop using Corexit dispersants within 24 hours, due to their high toxicity and relative ineffectiveness versus other products on the market, was entirely disregarded by the company. Sadly, this event revealed just how toothless our government’s regulatory agencies are vis-a-vis powerful multinational corporations, and how critical it is that we not rely on our representatives to hold BP accountable. We need a grassroots movement and must demand the end of further dispersant use in the Gulf.
Let’s take a closer look at Corexit. According to the EPA’s dispersant comparison chart Corexit 9500, for instance, has the highest toxicity to Menindia fish of all 18 dispersants tested. Only 2.61 parts per million of Corexit 9500 (mixed with oil at a ratio of 1:1o) is required to kill 50% of fish exposed to the chemical within 96 hours. In other words, 1 gallon of the Corexit 9500/oil mixture is capable of rendering 383,141 gallons of water toxic to point of being lethal to 50% of Menindia fish within 96 hours of exposure.
When compared to another EPA approved dispersant, Nokomis 3-F4, Corexit 9500 is 38 times more toxic to Menindia fish and 17 times more toxic to Mysdopsis “fairy” shrimp.
Corexit 9500 and 9527 were also determined to be the least effective dispersants of all 18 tested, further confirming that BP’s decision to use these products is based on an attempt to profit handsomely from their use, and not their expressed goal of “cleaning up the mess.”
Ultimately the conflict between the EPA and BP being waged right now on using “more effective” and “less toxic” dispersants, skirts the real issues. Although using “less toxic” dispersants is a good idea, the more “effective” they are, the more harm they do to the life in the Gulf. The focus should not be only on the inherently toxic nature of all dispersants, but on the inherently toxic consequences of dispersing the oil through any means.
Dispersing the oil into the water column accelerates the poisoning of all marine life, deep throughout the water column and seabed. Ultimately it results in “covering-up” the extent of the disaster on the surface, while amplifying the damage within our oceans. Also, when the dispersants admix with the crude oil, a third far more toxic product is produced called “dispersed oil.” Dispersed oil has been shown to be more toxic than the sum of its parts.
In the EPA fact sheet on Corexit 9500 the dispersant has a toxicity Menidia beryllina fish of 25.20 parts per million, resulting in the death of 50% of the specimen within 96 hours. The test oil (Fuel Oil #23) exhibited the same toxicity at a lower 10.72 parts per million. When the Corexit and oil were mixed, however, the EPA tests revealed an exponential increase in the toxicity of the dispersed oil mixture reaching 2.61 parts per million for a lethal dose of 50% of the the fish.
We must see beyond the superficial debate over using “less toxic dispersants” and acknowledge that the dispersion techniques – by their very principle – make the problem far worse.
May 25th Radio interview of Oil Spill Truth blog’s author Sayer Ji : Radio Interview: \”Exposing BP\’s Cover-Up with Dispersants\”