Friday, June 25, 2010

Goldman Sachs-Owned Oil Dispersant Corexit Blamed for Crop Damage

YOBIE BENJAMIN - San Francisco Chronicle

BP oil spill dispersants suspected in widespread crop damage

Just when you thought the damages BP could cause was limited to beaches, marshes, oceans, people's livelihoods, birds and marine life, there's more.

BP's favorite dispersant Corexit 9500 is being sprayed at the oil gusher on the ocean floor. Corexit is also being air sprayed across hundreds of miles of oil slicks all across the gulf. There have been widespread reports of oil cleanup crews reporting various injuries including respiratory distress, dizziness and headaches.

Corexit 9500 is a solvent originally developed by Exxon and now manufactured by the Nalco (owned by Goldman Sachs) of Naperville, Illinois. Corexit is is four times more toxic than oil (oil is toxic at 11 ppm (parts per million), Corexit 9500 at only 2.61ppm).

In a report written by Anita George-Ares and James R. Clark for Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. titled "Acute Aquatic Toxicity of Three Corexit Products: An Overview"Corexit 9500 was found to be one of the most toxic dispersal agents ever developed.

According to the Clark and George-Ares report, Corexit mixed with the higher gulf coast water temperatures becomes even more toxic. The UK's Marine Management Organization has banned Corexit so if there was a spill in the UK's North Sea, BP is banned from using Corexit.

The danger to humans can be expected. The warnings on the Corexit packaging is straightforward. Breathing in Corexit is not recommended.



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3 comments:

ANDIE1LAN said...

The EPA told BP/Haliburton not to use
Corexit, but BP/Haliburton over-ruled
the EPA. How can this be?
Corexit is banned in every country in the
world but approved for The Americas. How can
this be? This sounds like treason whichever
gov official approved this.
Again, the guinea pig effect.

Activist said...

Sorry for the delay in response. Thank you very much for your comments. Yes, it does seem to highlight who really runs the show.

Anonymous said...

We are vacationing on Don Pedro Island off Englewood Florida. This is a pristine wildlife sanctuary. Last night there was a storm and strong waves washed up on the shore. Today it is sunny and a there is a large amount of foam in the water that is leaving behind a brownish yellowish stain on the sand.


Why, you might ask, was BP able to pump the Gulf full of chemicals that have never been tested for their human and environmental safety? The answer lies, in part, in the Toxic Substances Control Act, the 34-year-old law that governs the use of tens of thousands of hazardous chemicals. Under the act, companies don't have to prove that substances they release into the air or water are safe—or in most cases even reveal what's in their products.

WHY HAVE AN EPA WITH A LAW LIKE THIS. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW HARMFUL A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT CAN BE.

One Corexit ingredient is 2-butoxyethanol, a chemical that can cause liver and kidney damage.

Does every one in congress think they are immune? This act is a serious violation of the health, safety and welfare of the American people!

Without responsible regulation chemical and oil companies will destroy the Earth along with our oceans which is happening now!

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