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DEATH BY COREXIT: the stupidity, the criminality?, of fighting pollution with pollution: no oil in sight despite massive marine die-off

 
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DEATH BY COREXIT: the stupidity, the criminality?, of fighting pollution with pollution: no oil in sight despite massive marine die-off
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Kristian Gustavson found "all sorts" of dead dolphins and sea turtles on Ship Island in past weeks. Dead marine life is a common sight in the Gulf of Mexico these days, but Gustavson said the water was clear. The beaches on the Mississippi barrier island were white and clean. Oil from the British Petroleum's underwater catastrophe had not reached the sprawling marine graveyard.

Dozens of residents along the Gulf Coast have reported headaches, nausea and trouble breathing after coming in contact with oil and dispersant fumes, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. But Corexit producer Nalco claims the newest version, Corexit 9500, is "more than 27 times safer than dish soap," according to a web release.

Nalco is an international chemical company directed by board members who cut their petrochemical teeth with companies like Monsanto, DuPont, Exxon and - you guessed it - BP. When the media discovered the EPA had rated 12 dispersants as more effective than Corexit, all eyes turned to Nalco board member Rodney Chase, who spent 38 years with BP and left as an executive.

A million gallons of any chemical, including dish soap, could certainly harm people and wildlife, and Corexit is no exception. Nalco's own safety data sheet identifies three hazardous chemicals in Corexit 9500, and lists symptoms of exposure as "acute" and consistent with reports from the poison control centers.

Corexit 9500 predecessor Corexit 9527 contained the notorious chemical 2-butoxyethanol that allegedly poisoned cleanup workers during the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker disaster. The Corexit 9500 data sheet does not include the chemical in its list of hazards, but a 1996 University of California study on invertebrates concluded that there was no "significant difference" in toxicity between Corexit 9500 and the older formula.
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Re: DEATH BY COREXIT: the stupidity, the criminality?, of fighting pollution with pollution: no oil in sight despite massive marine die-off
Good post! It makes one wonder just what they're up to, why they want the public to focus on the "oil problem" in the Gulf.

Someone said on another thread, they wondered why BP placed webcams on the oil leak. Was it to keep our attention focused on this rather than something else?

Of course, to their warped minds, what matter that this excercise in stupidity is killing marine life of all species, as well as harming the human population. It only matters to them, that they keep us from realizing what they are really up to.
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