WAKE UP – BP Will Continue to Use Deadly Dispersants to Cover Up Their Crime Scene If We Do Not Act Now!

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“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.

ADDENDUM: THERE ARE NO NON-TOXIC 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.

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May 25th Radio interview of Oil Spill Truth blog’s author Sayer Ji :   Radio Interview: \”Exposing BP\’s Cover-Up with Dispersants\”

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10 Responses to WAKE UP – BP Will Continue to Use Deadly Dispersants to Cover Up Their Crime Scene If We Do Not Act Now!

  1. Eduardo De la Maria says:

    As far as I can see – and it baffles me that this hasn’t been done yet – the only way to cope with the disaster is to suck the oil that has been and keeps being released, load it into oil transport ships, and deliver it to refineries that can store it or process it into
    usable fuel. Nobody can say this is not feasible, even if doing it would represent a huge effort. But, if not done immediately, the longer the wait the worst the problem is going to be and more difficult to resolve.
    It baffles me that the U.S. government has not move to impose the reasonable good solutions to be implemented; this is not any more something that can be left to the culprits to do as they deem convenient. The government also has a responsibility in terms of not having been able to properly ascertain the possibility of what is presently happening, before granting rights to exploit the deep water wells to entities that are obviously technically incapable of preventing and confronting an emergency situation such as this.

    • editors says:

      BP does not want us in any way shape of form to know that actual amount of oil leaking. To collect it all on top would ensure we would get accurate numbers – the cost to them would most likely put them out of business. The fact that our government is so wimpy about BP, asking “pretty please would you consider letting up on the dispersants” – instead of stopping them, perhaps seizing them, and doing their damn job of protecting US – makes me think they are so in bed with Big Oil that truth and justice hasn’t a fighting chance. Nor do any life forms dependent upon the Gulf.

  2. Bolkonsky says:

    EXACTLY what i’ve been thinking. Pitiful token efforts are underway, as far as i can tell by uncompensated VOLUNTEERS, to skim and remove the oil. BP touts skimming as a viable remediation technique on their depraved website. Precious little of it is being done. This is outrageous.

    Criminal irresponsibility by BP, and totally supine complicity by the Obama admin.

    BP: SUCK IT UP.

    No matter the quantity, no matter the cost.

  3. Hayate says:

    Your number at the top is off by 10x. 25k BOPD is 1 million gallons. Also, the EPA has given BP 24 hours to switch to something other than corexit.

    • I’m sorry, but I am not following you. If the size of the surface spill alone, conservatively, is 25,000 barrels (42 gallons per barrel), that is equal to 105,000 gallons. Now this is the surface of the spill, only, and based on irrefutable satellite data and not BP public relations spin. After the oceanographers on the NOAA-financed Pelican discovered massive underwater plumes of oil going down up to 4,500 hundred feet over 10 miles long and three miles wide (300 ft thick), it became rapidly apparent that the 10,000+ square mile surface area of the spill was only the tip of the iceberg, and that the disaster may be exponentionally worse. I believe an estimate of 85,000 barrels is conservative, as well, which is 3.5 million gallons a day. Multiple 3.5 million by 30 days, and what do you get? 105 Million Gallons. As to the “less toxic” dispersant, that will not change the fact that dispersing oil hinders the recovery of the oil through siphoning, enables it to slip more easily under protective booms into beaches and marshes, and by accelerating the biodegradation of the oil by ocean bacteria causing oxygen depletion and animal die offs. Moreover, the use of dispersants has accelerated the oil’s entry into the loop current and Gulf stream, where it now poses a significant threat to the health of the world’ oceans.

  4. peter teekamp says:

    this is for Sarah Palin…SPILL BABY SPILL…..

  5. christinakr says:

    this will be endless

  6. NetMan says:

    BP saved “$500,000” by not installing that safety valve, or valve of last resort, like other drilling sites, as in Brazil. Good Job BP…!!!!! You saved $500,000 to spend Billions and Billions of dollars for the clean-up and law suits…!!!! Oh… and let’s not forget the 11 lives lost from the oil workers working that defective and safety riddled platform…!! OUTSTANDING JOB…!!!! As far as I’m concerned, all the companies involved ARE RESPONSIBLE…!!! My profound condolences to those whom lost family and friends… I guess their lives were not worth “500,000”. First we had Sarah Palin with the “Drill baby Drill”… continuing on to… “Spill baby Spill”… ending with… “SUE Baby SUE”…..
    The Brazilian Government learned their lessons by, first getting off foreign oil during the oil crisis of the late 70’s (1978 – 79) where everyone had to stand in line for gasoline and, secondly, developing their own “alternative fuel” as ethanol from their corn production. Great Job Brazil…. Kudos to you…!!!
    Our ecological system in the Gulf has taken a detrimental and catastrophic hit, with this negligent accident. This will affect this country uniquely, and the entire world as a whole! It doesn’t matter if its “5000 barrels of oil…”, or “25000…”, or 200,000…”, or whatever the new / current estimate is from BP, the scientist, or the US Government now states. We find ourselves in an enormous ecological disaster affecting the natural balance of our “one and only” planet. Fish, shell fish species, living organisms, our beaches and lively hood has been forever harmed, damaged and taken out if its natural balance. It doesn’t matter what BP says or how much it pays scientists or lobbyist to say the contrary.
    Exxon/Mobil, Chevron, Shell Oil Companies… and the US Government, I hope all are learning from this disaster…! What goes ‘round… comes ‘round…! Our children, grand children and great grandchildren may never get to see some of the great and vast “clean” oceans and abundant fish species or wild life… because of someone’s deep pockets… We do not learn our lesson, or seem to get it…!!!!

  7. jjoshuajj21 says:

    We will have to wait on this, but Corexit appears to be an undiscovered bioweapon, or maybe this chemical molecule went through a mutation after dispersal in the ocean >>> http://worldresarchnews.wordpress.com/ <<<<<

  8. Newton says:

    If you create it you have only one option collect refineit use it , I do not think cotton balls filled with oil in a plastic bag is the right thing to do perhaps the butler of the queen disposing of beloved corkies doo gave British Protreleum the proper clean up tatics. Least amount of $ looks as if something is being done. May heaven help us but digging a big hole to put garbage is no better than a dog and as a society we have demanded nothing more the as the mere thought of separating garbage offends most. Now we are shocked as tuna bird migration and the sea which absorbs alot of carbon we emit dies. We put our faith in corporations/science please revisit some Rachel Carson who called all scientist corperate prostitutes. Those geologist who knew warned BP. Now “trained scientist” could not work themselves out of a wet paper bag let alone a ecological disaster.Getting frustrated at it all shows our Folly greed and want of everything cheap. Blame it on whoever meanwhile the oil gushes on. Please someone collect it refine it why did OBama reject Dutch Skimmers after asking for them on the White House blog? Is Chevron an american company truly profitting from the sale of Booms? And BP is currently drilling in Alaska the only “off shore” island built of Gravel so off shore moritorium does not prevent it. One years losses to BP stock unless they are helping to provide chemicals to fight spill ? Bless us for we know not what we do and try to know what is in your realm of control and what is not some of our pention money pay probably paid for all this to occur. What works in a board room or castle far removed from the source colors our eyes in pink delusional thoughts.

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