Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill And The Corexit Oil Dispersant Health Problems Confirmed

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Back on April 20, 2010, a major environmental catastrophe occurred in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded and 4.9 million barrels of crude spilled into the Gulf waters creating a problem that was not ‘fixed’ until July 10, 2010 when the rig finally was able to be capped.

One of the approved emergency methods to control the oil spill was the use of Corexit™,  a chemical dispersant sprayed from aircraft.  According to a report about the health issues related to that chemical Respiratory, Dermal, and Eye Irritation Symptoms Associated with Corexit™ EC9527A/EC9500A following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Findings from the GuLF STUDY,” we learn in the Introduction,

As part of the oil spill response and cleanup (OSRC), approximately 1.8 million gallons (6.8 million liters) of oil dispersant was applied both to the sea surface [1.07 million gallons (4.05 million liters)] and directly into the stream of oil leaving the wellhead 5,000 feet (1.5 km) underwater [0.77 million gallons (2.9 million liters)] (United States Coast Guard 2011).

Furthermore, in the Conclusion of that report, association is made that health issues apparently were caused by the dispersant chemical.

Potential exposure to Corexit™ EC9527A or EC9500A was associated with a range of health symptoms at the time of the OSRC, as well as at the time of study enrollment, 1–3 y after the spill.

Table 2 of the report cites the following health issues:

Cough; Wheeze; Tightness in chest; Shortness of breath; Burning in nose, throat, lungs; Burning eyes; Itching eyes; Skin Irritation.

The above report confirms what clean-up crew members were reporting at the time of the incident and thereafter.  However, what long-range health problems do they face?  Man-made toxic chemicals are known to cause irreparable DNA breaks, which lead to cancers.

The truly IRONIC part about all the above is what a judge ruled regarding lawsuits filed about Corexit exposure and health problems:

Law360, Los Angeles (November 30, 2012, 6:19 PM EST) — A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday dismissed personal injury lawsuits against chemical maker Nalco over the use of its oil dispersant Corexit after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, ruling that federal authority to clean up oil spills preempted injury claims by workers and residents.

In a 36-page decision on Tuesday granting Nalco’s motion for summary judgment, U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier of New Orleans, who oversees the multidistrict litigation concerning the oil disaster, ruled that claims for exposure-related injuries were barred by the Clean Water Act and the National Contingency Plan.


Perhaps first responders and clean-up crews ought to consider the short- and long-range ramifications and personal injury possibilities they can encounter and be exposed to regarding any type of disasters they are sent in to remediate and even refuse going, especially when legal deprivations like what happened in this case:

But Judge Barbier ruled that if he were to permit the plaintiffs’ claims, “then, during the next substantial spill or ‘spill of national significance,’ the threat of liability might cause the manufacturer of dispersant X to refuse to provide its product, even though the FOSC determined that dispersant X should be used.”

Ecolab, a water, hygiene and energy technology business that is the parent company of Nalco, expressed gratification with Tuesday’s decision.


Isn’t there something inherently wrong with the legal system in the USA when a judge rules not to permit plaintiffs’ claims to proceed when plaintiffs are damaged cleaning up a disaster?

Shouldn’t the federal government then be responsible legally for making damaged plaintiffs whole?

Doesn’t that Corexit ruling somehow remind us of what Congress did to protect vaccine makers from product liability lawsuits too?

Remember what happened to first responders on 9/11 [1], including deliberate lies [2] told about how safe the air was?

Who is going to take care of first responders’ safety and wellbeing health issues resulting from dangerous and dramatic events like terrorism, chemical spills and whatever man-made disasters may be in our future?



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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich is now available

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7 Comments on "Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill And The Corexit Oil Dispersant Health Problems Confirmed"

  1. Has the contamination from deep horizon reached the northeast gulf stream yet? All of the Cod are disappearing up there.

  2. Corexit….bad stuff, from the get go…

  3. The irony here is that the oil vanished. As it turns out, many species of bacteria have been able to feed on hydrocarbons for millions of years. They evolved to take advantage of naturally occurring oil eruptions, which have happened from time to time through all of the Earth’s history. the oil was consumed by huge blooms of bacteria. So, the damage now being done to fisheries in the region is probably being done by the dispersant.

    As long as all of the usurpations of power throughout our government, at all levels, remain unaddressed, the claim that we are still a representative republic is not credible.

    • We no longer live in a republic and haven’t for some considerable time. The power structure sometimes uses that term but most often just describes itself as a democracy (also a false description). We are living in an authoritarian regime that has elements of fascism, communism, insanity, criminality and god-only-knows what else.

      The damage done by corexit is many multiples of the damage done by the oil according to a great many articles. It’s common to read that corexit is 50 times more toxic than the oil itself. Yet, BP (British Petroleum) was only hit for a tiny fraction of the damages even though people were having health problems from this chemical soup in 2010.

      The crimes against our country, from “government” and corporations, have become too great to ignore.

  4. this airplane picture is a very good chemtrails proof.. Only the heavy sprayed chemicals leave a trace in air, but not the hot light combustion gases from the jet engine..

  5. Thanks Catherine.
    There was talk that corexit was to be banned, the oil spill was deliberate so that the corexit could be dumped and the company sold for a profit. I forget the notables on the BoD but there were reconizable enemies of humanity among them. Maybe some overlap with BP shareholders?

  6. wisdom of the knowing | September 26, 2017 at 10:22 pm | Reply

    Weapons of mass destruction show up with lame excuses to justify using them. Ask the questions and continue to do so and eventually maybe the deeper truth may arise.

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