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October 28, 2010

Clean Up Causes More Problems Then the Mess

"The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands."  ~Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923

An investigation by Al Jazeera online reveals that toxic illnesses are linked to the BP oil dispersants used along the Gulf of Mexico coast.

Recklessness caused the injection of at least 4.9 million barrels of oil during the BP oil disaster of last summer, with the Gulf suffering the largest marine oil spill in history.  Exacerbating the toxicity problem, British Petroleum has admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of widely banned toxic dispersants, which according to scientists, create an even more toxic substance when mixed with crude oil. The dispersed, weathered oil continues to flow ashore daily along the Gulf, with increasing reports of intense sickness among locals, as well as reports of degenerative effects amongst the marine life, including hemorrhaging dolphins (that's right Ric O'Barry).  Some medical professionals are even linking deaths in the area to the oil spill and subsequent cleanup efforts

Throughout the "cleanup" effort by BP, the dispersants were added to the water, causing chemical compounds to become water soluble, which is eventually given off into the air, so that the toxic mix, in time, will be coming down as rain, in addition to being in the water and beaches of these areas of the Gulf.  So if you are thinking, "so what, I don't live in the Gulf region," know that weather patterns will soon move the toxic rains around the world.  So expect the poison rain to be coming soon to a storm near you.   

Don't expect too many more revelations on the butterfly effect of damages caused by the 2010 Oil Spill.  To decrease the already limited access to the spill region, a security zone has been set up around the site of the BP oil spill to safeguard any evidence of the environmental disaster, the Justice Department said yesterday.  The security zone will be in place until October 2011

Poisons, poisons, everywhere.  Good job on this one EPA.

"It wasn't the Exxon Valdez captain's driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill.  It was yours." ~Greenpeace advertisement, New York Times, 25 February 1990