How The Gulf Oil Spill Secret Deceptions Will Affect You:
Did BP Spray Toxic Chemicals Daily to Hide the Oil Miles Below the Surface?
How Scientists Have Uncovered Hidden Miles and Miles of Underwater Oil Plumes from Sprayed Toxic Dispersants!
All in ALL Threatening Decades of Gulf Marine Life and Human Health!
What Does the Future Hold for the US Population vs BP?
Who’s Profiting from Lies and at Whose Loss of Life?
What Can YOU and We All Do … NOW!
Are Our Gulf Oil Spill Problems Over… or just beginning?
The first day of shrimp season in Louisiana is ordinarily a bustling flurry of activity as shrimpers make their way out to open water to secure their share of the catch. But this year was different.
Some devoted fisherman still set out well before dawn to fill their boats with shrimp, but many later had trouble finding takers to purchase their harvest. The business, worth over $100 million a year in Louisiana alone, is one of many threatened since BP’s Deepwater Horizon spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Consumers, Gulf residents, seafood processors, fishermen and environmentalists alike are all concerned about the residual effects of the oil spill on both marine and shore life, and human health. But it’s not only the oil they’re worried about it; it’s the toxic chemical dispersants as well.
Dispersants: Did They Make the Oil Spill Even More Toxic?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave BP the green light to use nearly 2 million gallons of dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico, an unprecedented amount. BP reportedly had airplanes continuously spraying these dispersants daily for months to disperse or hide the oil from site… WHY? To minimize BP’s otherwise visual continued required costs for the cleanup for years to come. Dispersants work by breaking up oil into smaller particles, and the EPA claims that dispersed oil is no more toxic than oil in its whole form.
However, the two dispersants used by BP, Corexit EC9500A and Corexit EC9527A, have been reported to be up to 20 times more toxic than other dispersants on the EPA’s approved list. Further, no studies have been done on the safety of using dispersants of this magnitude. The chemicals are also being injected beneath the surface, into deeper ocean waters, which, again, is posing unknown safety risks.
“The effect of long-term use of dispersants on the marine ecosystem has not been extensively studied, and we need to act with the utmost of caution,” Rep. Edward Markey (D) of Massachusetts, the chairman of the Energy and Environmental Subcommittee, said in a statement.
However, the dispersants are already in the water, which means any damage that will occur may already be inevitable.
While birds and other inhabitants of the Gulf shores may have been largely spared from the millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf, the species lower in the food chain that live in deeper waters may be the ones to suffer.
A Grave Risk to Marine Life and Human Health
In a statement drafted by Dr. Susan D. Shaw of the Marine Environmental Research Institute, scientists voiced their concern about the detrimental impact dispersants would have on the environment and human health. They state:
“… Once oil is dispersed in deep water, it cannot be recovered. Oil, when combined with dispersants in the water column is more toxic to marine species than either oil or dispersant alone …
Dispersants applied by BP have resulted in widely disseminated undersea plumes of oil, confirmed by NOAA on June 8. Samples were collected by scientists from University of South Florida on the MV Weatherbird II and tested by NOAA's lab. Subsequently, the plumes have migrated outward from the discharge source and over time are likely to travel with prevailing currents to the Florida Keys, Cuba, Mexico, and the eastern seaboard of the US.
The vast quantities of dispersed oil in these plumes can enter the marine food chain and bioaccumulate in animal tissue, potentially impacting marine ecosystems over many years and over a broad geographical area.”
The health risks noted by the scientists are numerous and serious.
“Corexit 9527A contains 2-BTE (2-butoxyethanol), a toxic solvent that ruptures red blood cells, causing hemolysis (bleeding) and liver and kidney damage (Johanson and Bowman, 1991, Nalco, 2010). Both Corexit dispersants contain petroleum solvents that mix with the crude oil mass and move through it, thus increasing the uptake of oil by organisms.
The properties that facilitate the movement of dispersants through oil also make it easier for them to move through cell walls, skin barriers, and membranes that protect vital organs, underlying layers of skin, the surfaces of eyes, mouths, and other structures,” the statement reports.
When combined, the chemicals in both crude oil and dispersants can impact human and wildlife health in multiple ways, and have the potential to impact the:
- Respiratory system
- Nervous system, including the brain
- Reproductive system
- Endocrine system
- Circulatory system
- Gastrointestinal system
- Immune system
- Sensory systems
- Musculoskeletal system
- Hematopoietic system (blood forming)
- Disruption of normal metabolism
Further, the scientists state:
“Potential human health effects include burning skin, difficulty breathing, headaches, heart palpitations, dizziness, confusion, and nausea — which have already been reported by some workers — as well as chemical pneumonia and internal bleeding.
These are more often noticed than more serious effects that don't have obvious signs and symptoms -- lung, liver and kidney damage, infertility, immune system suppression, disruption of hormone levels, blood disorders, mutations, and cancer.
Coastal communities could also experience more extreme health consequences, including long-term neurological effects on children and developing fetuses, and hereditary mutations. As of June 21, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported 143 cases of illness "believed to be related to oil exposure," including 108 response workers (mostly men) and 35 coastal residents (two-thirds women). The most common symptoms were headache, nausea, throat irritation, vomiting, cough and difficulty breathing.”
Disastrous Impacts on Marine Life
Dispersed oil is very difficult to monitor and track, however it’s known that plumes of dispersed oil form in the water column, where it can kill plankton, fish eggs and larvae. As numerous species depend on these items for food, killing them off can easily lead to what’s known as a “trophic cascade” that leads to the demise of species at the top of the food chain, including large fish and marine mammals.
Marine life of all species are impacted, including large fish that eat contaminated smaller fish, air-breathing mammals that are exposed to petroleum fumes at the surface or forced to take oil in through their blowholes, causing chemical pneumonia and liver and kidney damage, and species at all levels of the food chain are either killed outright or bioaccumulate the toxins in their tissues.
It is also said that dispersants are useful because they allow oil to be broken down and consumed by oil-eating microbes. However, no one knows whether dispersants harm the microbial community as well, which could also suffer serious repercussions from the chemical exposure.
Is the Damage Worse Than the Media Has Shown? Methane Gas, “Dead Zones” and More
BP reportedly did all they could to keep reporters and other media from documenting the real impacts of the oil spill, but the truth is not that much oil washed up on shore. That’s because much of it was dispersed below the surface, where it lurks, invisible to camera crews and Gulf Coast tourists.
Then there is the methane gas, a dangerous toxin that was also spewed from the Deepwater Horizon. While much of it remained below the water, the dissolved methane could feed microbes that thrive on methane but in turn use of oxygen in the water, leading to “dead zones” where most living beings cannot exist.
It is now being reported that the “worst dead zone in 25 years” has been found off the Louisiana coast, likely the result of depleted oxygen from the oil spill and/or the use of dispersants.
There is also a confirmed plume of toxic hydrocarbons that is at least 22 miles long lingering 3,000 feet below the surface in the Gulf, also the result of residuals leftover from the Deepwater Horizon spill. So while many media outlets continue to report that the oil is rapidly dissipating, this finding proves it is still very much there.
"Many people speculated that subsurface oil droplets were being easily biodegraded … Well, we didn't find that. We found it was still there,” Richard Camilli of WHOI's Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department told ScienceDaily.
Worse still, the plume is migrating slowly and degrading very slowly, which suggests the toxins may be spread over a wide distance in the weeks, months and even years to come -- and there may be others yet to be found.
As it stands, it appears the real damage of the BP oil spill won’t be known for years, maybe even decades, if researchers stay on course long enough to monitor the true environmental and human health burdens.
You should know, too, that heavy metals exist in crude oil along with hydrocarbons. So if you live near the Gulf, have visited the area or have eaten seafood from the region, it makes sense to take steps to remove heavy metals from your body (and your family) using HMD™ (Heavy Metal Detox) from DrHMD.com.
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As for shrimp season this year, the state of Louisiana has asked BP to pay $450 million for a two-decade long program to test seafood for contaminants and market their fish, shrimp, crabs and oysters as safe. For now, the FDA maintains that seafood samples tested have come back safe in terms of petroleum compounds … but a test is only now being developed to test food for dispersants.
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