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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

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

Exxon Valdez a deadly precedent for health of BP oil spill victims

When plaintiffs’ lawyers came to an agreement with BP in March, they wanted to make sure that coastal residents and cleanup workers facing medical problems tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would be covered now and in the future. The settlement was divided into two classes, with one class devoted to economic claims and the other covering medical claims and setting up special programs to monitor and enhance the health of Gulf Coast residents, especially in some of its underserved communities. One of the key aspects of the medical agreement stipulates that coastal residents and oil-spill cleanup ... Read More

New report says oil dispersant ingredients are highly toxic to humans and marine life

It took a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act and a lawsuit, but the environmental law firm Earthjustice finally obtained a list of EPA-approved ingredients used in chemical oil dispersants, which BP used in massive quantities to break down its oil spill. The information generated a report called “The Chaos of Clean-up: Analysis of Potential Health and Environmental Impacts of Chemicals in Dispersant Products,” in which Earthjustice and Toxipedia Consulting Services detail the toxicity of the chemical dispersant ingredients. The report was funded by The Gulf Restoration Network and the Florida Wildlife Federation. During the peak of the ... Read More

Most BP oil lingering on Gulf floor, new research finds

Marine biologists have found that oil from BP’s blown-out Macondo oil well continues to linger on and near the Gulf floor, degrading at a much slower pace than BP-affiliated scientists have claimed. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Saturday, University of Georgia marine scientist Dr. Samantha Joye described how vast areas of the Gulf and its marine ecosystems lay decimated under blankets of toxic oil from the BP oil spill that erupted last April. Dr. Joye’s report is at odds with a report commissioned by Kenneth Feinberg, the oil compensation fund ... Read More

Scientists say BP oil spill likely culprit in massive coral die-off

According to National Geographic magazine, scientists discovered a massive deep-sea coral die-off this month about 7 miles southwest of the site where BP’s blown-out well spewed millions of gallons of crude oil for months. Scientists who made the discovery said that vast communities of bottom-dwelling coral in the Gulf of Mexico were dead or dying under a strange dark substance. The damaged coral beds were found at depths of up to 4,600 feet. Scientific team member Timothy Shank of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution told National Geographic that he’s never seen anything like it before. “When we tried to take samples ... Read More

Government to study physical and psychological harm of BP oil spill

Working with teams of doctors, scientists, and public health experts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently planning and developing a large-scale study of the short-term and long-term physical and psychological tolls the BP oil spill has had upon the cleanup workers and the larger population of the Gulf Coast. The federal agency expects the study to encompass several thousands of people in the five states adversely affected by the massive oil spill: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. For weeks, scientists and government agencies have struggled to predict what potential health consequences the oil spill in ... Read More

Enormous mass of dead fish troubles scientists and Louisiana residents

Oceanographers and scientists have been warning that only time will reveal how much damage BP’s massive oil spill and its use of chemical oil dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico have done to the environment and marine ecology. This week a troubling sign has emerged in the form of an astonishingly large mass of floating dead fish just west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Masses of dead fish surfacing in the Gulf of Mexico are unfortunately  common events, especially near the mouth of the Mississippi River where oxygen-depleted dead zones created by miles of fertilizer runoff frequently choke ... Read More

NOAA report offers glimpse of Gulf fishing losses after BP's oil spill

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s newly released fisheries report finds New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska, remaining at the top in 2009 for value and amount of fish landed, but the inclusion of several Gulf fisheries among last year’s top ten underscores just how much was lost in 2010 – for both the Gulf Coast and the national economy as a whole — in the wake of BP’s oil spill. The “Fisheries of the United States 2009” report shows New Bedford’s port brought in more than $249 million of fish that year, with an increase of 23.6 million ... Read More