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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

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

Studies indicate BP's dispersants made Gulf oil spill and toxicity worse, not better

If BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill wasn’t enough of an environmental disaster, two new independent scientific studies indicate that the company’s use of chemical oil dispersants to break down the oil may have done more ecological damage than the oil alone. Days after BP’s oil spill erupted from its blown-out Macondo well off the Louisiana coastline, the company started spraying the surface of the slick with Corexit, a highly toxic chemical that breaks globs of oil into tiny particles that, theoretically, can be more easily consumed, digested, and expelled by microorganisms in the water. BP also dumped enormous quantities of ... Read More

Level of oil dispersant chemicals used in Gulf raises concerns

The Environmental Protection Agency gave BP on Wednesday 24 hours to find an oil dispersant less toxic than the ones it has been spraying in massive quantities above the Gulf of Mexico and under the surface. The EPA requested that BP provide it with a list of available dispersants and begin using the new dispersants within 72 hours. The request indicates that federal regulators are concerned that the chemical dispersants being used in unprecedented quantities could pose a threat of their own to the Gulf’s marine life and coastal ecosystems. BP has been using two Nalco-brand dispersants, Corexit 9500A and ... Read More