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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

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

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

Some families of sick fishermen speak out, risk losing BP pay

Louisiana shrimpers and fishermen, now turned BP employees, are starting to break their silence about the health problems they have been experiencing ever since the Deepwater Horizon well began spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Kindra Arnesen, the wife of a shrimper and mother of two young children, told CNN that her husband has been seriously ill since April 29, when he and several other shrimpers suddenly fell sick after a Gulf breeze encompassed them with overwhelming vapors. Like most other fishermen in Louisiana, Arnesen’s husband, David, lost his fishing grounds to the oil spill. To ... Read More

Nonprofits sue BP, MMS for dangers oil spill poses to endangered wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protecting animals and plants in their natural habitat, has partnered with the Southern Environmental Law Center to file a lawsuit against BPfor the “unauthorized take” of endangered species caused by BP’s expanding oil spill and its use of chemical oil dispersants in unprecedented quantities. The Southern Environmental Law Center is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to protecting the health and environment of Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. The two firms notified BP yesterday that they are filing the lawsuit because the oil spill created when the ... 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