Yesterday Google registered 3,359 recent news stories all saying the same thing – that the disaster in the Gulf is a lot worse than anyone realized and that the cleanup efforts have left huge sections of the Gulf completely void of life.
Well, I’m sorry to be cynical, but the only news is that the public is now recognizing what I and others warned at the time
As early as August 6 I reported that BP cleanup crews had selected a highly toxic chemical dispersant known as Corexit for breaking down the oil particles. After airplanes dumped over 700,000 gallons of Corexit into the gulf, everyone felt better because the oil was no longer visible. Though it was not widely advertised, I pointed out that Corexit was creating poisonous plumes under the water that are hundreds of square miles wide, which kill all life in their path at 3,000 feet below sea level.
The reality of the situation – which is only now beginning to sink in – is that the cleanup effort was even more disastrous to the ecosystem than the initial spill. To read more about this, and the political reasons that prompted BP to choose such a toxic dispersant in the first place, read my article “Learning from the BP oil Spill.”