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Oil Dispersants Used In Deepwater Horizon Spill Likely Did More Harm Than Good

The chemical oil dispersants BP used in its response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill did little to mitigate the massive spill and likely did more harm than good, researchers from the University of Miami found. A study led by a research team from the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science analyzed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the most toxic components of petroleum, from samples taken within a six-mile radius of the Deepwater Horizon blowout site. Despite 3,000 tons (about 770,000 gallons) of Corexit oil dispersants injected near the well head, substantial amounts of oil continued to surface ... Read More

Study: Dispersants Dumped on BP Oil Spill Sickened Workers

Chemical oil dispersants dumped in the Gulf of Mexico during BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill sickened thousands of cleanup workers exposed to them, a new study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirms. For months and even years after BP tried to tame its massive oil spill with oil dispersants, many workers exposed to the chemicals complained of a multitude of symptoms, including cough, lung irritation, shortness of breath, burning eyes, memory loss, heart problems, bloody urine, liver damage, and a variety of skin disorders. But because the effects the oil dispersants BP used to break up the ... Read More

New study finds BP oil dispersant chemicals still linger in the Gulf

Chemical oil dispersants BP used in 2010 to break up its Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still turning up in samples collected from the Gulf’s beaches and deep sea corals, a new scientific study has found. Scientists studying the presence the dispersant chemical DOSS (dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate) in the Gulf of Mexico environment expected to see a slower degradation in the deeper, colder areas of the Gulf, but the lingering presence of the chemical along the shore came as a surprise. The study, conducted by scientists from Haverford College and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and published in the journal Environmental ... Read More

BP oil, dispersants sickening and deforming a spectrum of sea life, scientists warn

Fish with open, oozing lesions and shrimp and crabs with no eyes, no eye sockets, and horrible deformities are becoming alarmingly common in the Gulf of Mexico, and scientists monitoring the problem worry that all the toxic pollution unleashed by BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill is sickening fish and altering them at the genetic level. Tracy Kuhns, a commercial fisherman from Barataria, Louisiana, told Al-Jazeera that a fellow fisherman and friend caught 400 pounds of eyeless shrimp at the peak of white shrimp season last September. Darla Rooks, who has been fishing the coastal Louisiana waters all her life, told ... Read More

Gulf residents, ecology facing deadly aftershocks of BP’s oil spill cover-up

Nearly three years after BP doused its monstrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill with Corexit oil dispersants, the media has finally started to report on just how dangerous the chemicals, which are meant to break oil down into tiny particles for micro-organisms to consume and digest, are to human health and the environment. But with the BP oil spill a distant memory in most peoples’ minds and the lack of serious media coverage given to what has been called the “trial of the century” – BP’s federal trial that could put it on the hook to pay tens of billions of ... Read More

Report details how Corexit dispersant made BP oil spill many times more toxic

A new report published by the nation’s leading whistleblower advocacy group provides one of the most thoroughly researched, comprehensive independent analyses of BP’s unrestrained use of Corexit oil dispersants to break up the oil that blasted from its Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and sinking in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The report sends a strong warning about the proven, toxic effects of the chemical dispersant on human health and the environment, but it also demonstrates how powerful corporations like BP continually undermine the federal government’s authority, rendering it unable or unwilling to actively prevent such disasters ... Read More

New lawsuit against EPA seeks rules on oil dispersant use

A group of environmental and public health organizations jointly filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday in Washington D.C., claiming the agency’s rules governing the use of chemical oil dispersants do not meet Clean Water Act requirements. The lawsuit was prompted by BP’s use of Corexit chemical dispersants to break up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which gushed out of control for three months. The plaintiffs, which include conservation and wildlife groups, hope the lawsuit will compel the EPA to issue tougher regulations on the use of oil dispersants and specify where the chemicals can be ... Read More

Dispersants used to fight BP oil spill damaged marine food chain, study finds

Alabama researchers studying the impact oil dispersants used to break up oil from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill have found that the chemicals and the way in which they were used may have devastated the food chain in certain parts of the Gulf of Mexico. The study, published Tuesday in the scientific journal PLoS ONE and praised by peers for its scope and accuracy, simulated the effects of pollutants on phytoplankton and ciliates by pumping water from Mobile Bay into large drums. Researchers then added oil, chemical dispersants, and a combination of both oil and dispersants to the water samples ... Read More

BP oil spill pollutants turn up in migratory pelicans nesting in Minnesota

Petroleum compounds from BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago and some of the chemicals used to clean it are being found in pelican colonies nesting in Minnesota, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio. Tens of thousands of pelicans descend on Marsh Lake in the western part of the state each year after wintering on the Gulf of Mexico. The birds span out across the Gulf, going as far south as Cuba to escape the colder weather. This year, some 34,000 American White Pelicans are raising about 17,000 chicks on Marsh Lake, making it ... Read More

Commercial diver sues BP, NALCO for severe injuries after diving in contaminated Gulf

A commercial diver who spent months working in the Gulf of Mexico for a number of clients is suing BP and NALCO Co., maker of the Corexit oil dispersants used during the 2010 oil spill, for extensive and severe injuries his doctors blame on exposure to the oil and toxic chemicals. Before his exposure to BP’s oil spill and oil dispersant chemicals, plaintiff David Hogan was a “very gregarious” and “healthy” man, who climbed the 14,400-foot-high Mount Ranier in Washington May 2010. All of that changed, however, during a 5-month diving stint in the Gulf of Mexico, where Mr. Hogan ... Read More