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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! The Oil Spill Only Gets Worse

July 30th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana



Well, everybody, it’s been 100 Days since the BP Oil Spill and apparently there’s good news!


Apparently, BPs oil dispersants have so effectively caused oil to disappear from the surface of the Gulf that even the cleanup jobs are drying up! Hooray! Great job, BP!!!

But wait. Oh wait.

It looks like a group of scientists (hired by the lawyers suing BP) have analyzed the results from their testing of the waters. And apparently the dispersants (which include the chemical Corexit) being used to clear the water’s surface are ACTUALLY EVEN MORE TOXIC THAN THE OIL.

From today’s NYT:

“This is a management decision, to use dispersants,” College of William and Mary marine science professor Robert Diaz said yesterday. “It doesn’t make the oil go away, it just puts it from one part of the ecosystem to another.”

That dispersed oil now hovers, diluted in the water column, posing a challenge for scientists to track and measure the subsea plumes. Mapping the long-term effects of the nearly 2 million gallons of dispersant used by BP PLC may well be Continue reading DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! The Oil Spill Only Gets Worse

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Threatening The Livelihood Of Vietnamese American Fishermen: Another Thing That Sucks About The Spill

May 6th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Oil from the offshore rig that exploded and sank last month in the Gulf of Mexico (pictured above), killing 11 people, continues to spill into the waters I grew up swimming in. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that 210,000 gallons of oil are leaking into the water A DAY, and PBS.org came up with this handy little ticker to show you just how much oil that is:

The Exxon Valdez oil spill, which is considered one of the worst environmental disasters caused by humans EVAR, released about 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaskan waters in 1989, but this Gulf Coast spill–which is nowhere near contained–is expected to Continue reading Threatening The Livelihood Of Vietnamese American Fishermen: Another Thing That Sucks About The Spill

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