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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

Chemicals Meant To Break Up BP Oil Spill Present New Environmental Concerns

The chemicals BP is now relying on to break up the steady flow of leaking oil from deep below the Gulf of Mexico could create a new set of environmental problems. Even if the materials, called dispersants, are effective, BP has already bought up more than a third of the world’s supply. If the leak from 5,000 feet beneath the surface continues for weeks, or months, that stockpile could run out. On Thursday BP began using the chemical compounds to dissolve the crude oil, both on the surface and deep below, deploying an estimated 100,000 gallons. Dispersing the oil is ... Read More