Massive Amounts of Underwater Oil Droplets Which Organisms Eat Does Not Equal Victory in the Gulf

By: Saturday July 31, 2010 11:00 am

The whole PR strategy for BP has been to keep the oil off the shore, so people like TIME’s Michael Grunwald would bail them out with articles about how the disaster isn’t all that bad. But just because we can’t see the insides of the organisms in the food chain, that doesn’t mean their intake of oil and other chemicals isn’t devastating for the ecosystem and for the industries which rely on the marine food chain.

 

How Much Dispersant Is Being Put into the Gulf of Mexico – and Where?

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 6:05 am

Apparently, the coordinates given in this video are from a “rig [that] was toppled by Hurricane Ivan some 6 years ago. It still leaks today enough to create a plume 10 miles long.” Along with several reports of leaks on the ocean floor from the same basin into which BP was tapping in the blown out rig in April, we need to ask “How many drill holes leak?”

Grand Isle and the Illusion of Health

By: Friday July 16, 2010 12:35 pm

I am in town for a week to visit with my family here in Louisiana and am curious to see if there was evidence of the BP tragedy in my hometown. What I do find is very interesting and consistent with a place that lives with the tangible possibility of danger and excitement on a seasonal basis. The two seasons that come to mind are hurricane and Mardi Gras.

BP Oil Disaster: Choppy Seas Interrupt Everything – Except the Continued Use of Dispersant

By: Friday July 2, 2010 2:45 pm

Hurricane Alex has passed but the aftermath of the storm continues to hamper cleanup and containment efforts. The Helix producer ship has been waiting to join the capture effort. This will allow a switch of containment caps, which facilitates connecting and disconnecting when storms come in, and might help relief-well efforts, but could mean free-flowing oil for a week to ten days.

OSHA: Most Recovery Workers Don’t Need Respirators; Dispersants Not a Big Problem

By: Friday July 2, 2010 7:20 am

The government command for the BP oil disaster announced last night its “interim guidance” for recovery worker health and safety, including the (limited) use of respirators. The report was actually released by OSHA and NIOSH, the CDC’s workplace safety group, almost one week ago.
These recommendations come after more than 28,000 people signed Firedoglake’s petition to BP & OSHA demanding workers have access to respirators.

OSHA Says Cleanup Workers Don’t Need Breathing Protection: Same Thing They Said For 9/11 Clean Up

By: Friday June 4, 2010 4:40 pm

OSHA’s director claims the workers trying to clean up BP’s oilpocalypse don’t need breathing protection. Hey, at least OSHA’s consistent. OSHA pretended the 9/11 rescue and clean up workers didn’t need respiratory protection. We all know how well that worked out. Now that EPA OK’d dumping a million gallons of incredibly toxic dispersant into the Gulf, NMS OK’d the catastrophically negligent and incompetent drilling/clean-up permits, and the Coast Guard’s OK’d their owner BP’s orders to detain and repel media from BP’s crime scene, why should we expect OSHA to do any better? As with all the other Executive Branch “regulatory” agencies, the corporatist servants revolving through the Oval Office long ago perverted the agency’s mission from one of public protection into one of permitting pollution.

BP CEO: Sickened Cleanup Workers Probably Have Food Poisoning

By: Monday May 31, 2010 11:55 am

At least nine fishermen hired by BP to use their boats to help with oil cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico have been hospitalized with serious heath problems, including one who “busted his skull” after collapsing on a dock.

When asked about this clear pattern of illnesses of workers who come in contact BP’s oil and chemical dispersants, BP CEO Tony Hayward callously dismissed the health problems as “food poisoning.”

BP Chair Svanberg: “I Cannot See That Any Other Form of Organisation Would Stand a Better Chance”

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:11 pm

Fifty-some years ago, the UK recruited America’s help to overthrow the government of Iran to protect BP’s stake in that country because that was seen as the appropriate role for government by those mid-century Anglo-American Masters of the Universe. Now, we’re at that point where our government and BP appear to agree that it is the appropriate role of the corporation that caused a massive disaster to take charge of cleaning up that disaster.

Droplet Size, Which BP Cannot Control, Is Critical to Biological Effects of Dispersed Oil

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 4:35 pm

As the controversy over BP’s refusal to switch to a less toxic dispersant rages on, it seems reasonable to take a look at the underlying chemistry and biochemistry of dispersants and oil which has been dispersed into water. The biological effects of dispersed oil depend very much on the droplet size of the dispersion, and yet this property cannot be controlled by BP as they mix dispersant with the oil leak at the ocean floor.

BP’s Dispersant Filing Is Intellectually Dishonest

By: Monday May 24, 2010 7:15 pm

Both Marcy Wheeler and Kirk Murphy have responded to BP’s filing with EPA (pdf) in which BP insists that they must continue the use Corexit EC9500A as the dispersant of choice in attempting to mitigate the effects of the continuing gusher a mile beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. I want to expand on their findings to point out the intellectual dishonesty BP uses in supporting their decision to continue using Corexit.

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