Dead Zones Substantiate Earlier Concerns About BP Cleanup

Yesterday it was reported that scientists “have discovered some new and troubling problems from the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill.” According to latest discoveries, “approximately seven miles from the site of the BP oil spill, scientists have found a large area of ocean floor coral dead.” In another report that broke yesterday, a Canadian toxicologist has found that “chemicals used to reduce oil slicks during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have rendered the oil more toxic than official reports suggest…”

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.

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