BP’s Dispersant Could Cause Toxic Rain All Over East Coast

Yesterday, Care2′s Erin Polgreen posted a useful article about the true nature of chemical dispersants being used in the Gulf “clean-up” efforts, and how they could affect the environment for years to come.

From the article: According to Popular Science, “Dispersants have never been applied on this scale, leaving environmental scientists guessing about the consequences. Corexit may have caused seven cleanup workers to be admitted to the hospital with shortness of breath and nausea.”

Of course there are also concerns regarding the impact of dispersants on wildlife and undersea plants. According to this study, when applied in small amounts to Mallard eggs, Corexit is as fatal as raw crude oil.

Many have focused their concerns about Corexit (the dispersant BP continues to use despite an EPA order to stop) on what it’s doing under the water. But as we know, the oceans are part of a larger precipitation cycle, and scientists are worried that soon the consequences of using dispersants could be falling from the sky.

A report prepared for prepared for President Medvedev by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources warns that “a greater danger involving Corexit 9500…is that with its 2.61ppm toxicity level, and when combined with the heating Gulf of Mexico waters, its molecules will be able to “phase transition” from their present liquid to a gaseous state allowing them to be absorbed into clouds and allowing their release as “toxic rain” upon all of Eastern North America (European Union Times).

Note: It has since been alleged that the European Union Times is a less than credible news source. To support the concepts suggested by the EUT, here is a quote from Dr. Remata Reddy, who studies and teaches tropical meteorology at Jackson State University:

Tropical storms usually form in the far eastern Atlantic early in the season. But as the Gulf heats and the oil continues to spill into the open waters, that concern and storm potential will grow together, Reddy said.As oil evaporates and comes into contact with a tropical storm, the chances of acid rain falling within the storm are possible, Reddy said.

This toxic rain could be fatal for all species- from the microbial level up- no matter where it falls, essentially collapsing the environment from the bottom up. The devastation of a hurricane with these chemicals dispersed in it would multiply the effects and hazards.


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Brian Akn
Brian Akhavan2 years ago

All this was done without approval by the government and not one government official has done anything about it. What does this tell you?

Kate K.
Kate K6 years ago


Rebecca S.
Rebecca Stover6 years ago

I have signed the petitions and have even signed ones on other sites. I sent a letter asking the Pres. to STOP using the dispersants a week after they started, when I learned just how toxic Corexit was. It is going to be a bigger problem in the end than the oil. I will be glad to call as soon as the switchboard opens!

Lisa Bxx
L X6 years ago

Lasse V., if you believe this Danish alternative cleanup strategy could work, please telephone President Obama's office now:

Phone:(202) 456-1111
Fax:(202) 456-2461

Lisa Bxx
L X6 years ago

BP's use of toxic oil dispersants has insured that some of the evidence of this eco-catastrophe will sink to the sea floor, where it can't be cleaned up, killing off coral ecosystems and deep-sea animals, poisoning any generations to come, unseen by the media. It is probable that BP executives lied to the government about the dispersant's toxic effects now and into the future. Do you think it's possible that BP might have lied about something to cover up their liability?

President Obama unfortunately inherited the disastrous corporate partnerships made by the two Bushes and Reagan before them. It isn't easy to suddenly stop these corporations, which had carte blanche for decades, from continuing to run amok in our children's devastated world. There are numerous petitions at Care2 and other sites attempting to force more controlled behavior and even the exit of BP.

It was not President Obama who took the solar energy panels off the White House--remember?

Please sign every petition on drilling cleanup, offshore drill banning, and dispersant banning that you can find. Call your local representatives and urge that they control the destructive actions of BP.

Billy H.
Billy H.6 years ago

God could have prevented this terrorism but Congress and President Obama banned God and the bible. The toxic rain will only destroy America and stop these business elite.

Billy H.
Billy H.6 years ago

Obama and BP are acting together as partners in this crime against humanity and America. Both BP and Obama approved the use of Corexit chemical dispersant. These incompetent elite do not care if America is destroyed because they consider America to be over populated. Remember these are arrogant business elite and and stupid confirmed democrats.

Ronald N.
Ronald N6 years ago

I hope this another chapter and lesson that some of these practices like offshore drilling and other non-renewable resources is a bad way to go. Of course they can say we need immediate sources to quench our thirst for fossil fuels, but that, to me, is a cop-out and can prove to be deadly. After all, BP is using a dispersant that is banned in the North Sea and doing everything in it's power to sway the public, that they are totally responsible and will fix the problem. It's obvious to me they are way over their heads. Just look at their PR ads on TV. It cannot quell the truth of the ugliness of the problem. Why the oil industry is still trying to control the issue and make it easier for them to drill, at will, with disregard, is a matter of monopolizing a non-renewable base for profit. They know very well that there is far less profitization that can be accomplished without a product they can sell if they move towards renewable, sustainable resources. Shame on them!

Seth P.
Seth P.6 years ago

Is this a terrorist attack on the mainland? BP as in Bastard Pillagers.

Marike N.
Marike N6 years ago

Cleaning up this kind of mess 'd be done by our government overhere, never ever by the company that caused it. In the Netherlands we have the material and the knowledge to handle oilspills. This situation needs to be handled by experts. Not to fishermen! And it better be handled quick yet good, else we'll have your rain all over the world!