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EPA Whistleblower Accuses Agency of Covering Up Effects of Toxic Dispersant in BP Oil Gush Cleanup


Health & Wellness  (tags: Gulf oil disaster, whistleblower, BP, massive cover-up, govt, OSHA, EPA, exposure truth, toxic dispersants, 5, 000 feet down, illness, wildlife, cleanup workers, life expectancy, Exxon Valdez, Agent Orange, Sen Mikulski, Congressmen:, Markey, Nadler )

LucyKalei
- 1867 days ago - democracynow.org
2M gallons Corexit poured into Gulf only hide gusher volume & save BP $. Obama adm: sock puppets for BP cover-up; not admitting toxic dispersants' effects. People, dolphins- hemorrhaging. Most ExxonValdez cleanup workers now dead- lived only to 50 yrs



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Gravitas S. (7)
Wednesday July 21, 2010, 8:12 am
Everyone needs to read this article. People will have their lives shortened and the gov will probably do a cover up blaming lifestyle issues like weight.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Wednesday July 21, 2010, 8:36 am
Thanks, Gravitas -- But I would add 'Everyone must SEE this program' because the impact is greater when you watch & hear what they have to say.

Also, everyone should watch this CNN video posted on their site June 8 in which Kerry Kennedy speaks out on 'the Dangers of Dispersants,' She is talking about her fact-finding tour of the Gulf disaster area & the 'response' to complaints of workers getting violently ill:

"...The patients, the health care providers cannot properly diagnose what the problems are because BP will not give them the names of the chemicals that are in the dispersants. However, we know that they're the same kind of illnesses that people reported in Alaska." ... "BP, still here once again, big oil, is not giving the information to the doctors and the health care officials. County nurse was not given permission to go on to the BP property, when she finally did that – the people who work at BP, who were coming to see her, were only allowed to get band-aids and aspirin from her and they were told that they could only go to BP doctors, if they they wanted to get treated."

But what stunned me was when she states: "Now the average lifespan of a person who did clean up on the Exxon Valdez’s 51 years old. Almost all those people who did work on the Exxon Valdez are now dead."

She's the only person getting coverage in the news to have come out with this, as far as I can tell from googling...that is until Hugh Kaufman, the EPA whistleblower on this DN! program, said the same thing.

And THAT is pretty devastating!

 

Sherylee Harper (21)
Wednesday July 21, 2010, 9:18 am
This verifies the problems and illnesses that people were having early on with the clean up that BP kept saying was not possible. BP LIES!!! The dispersants were causing severe reactions causing hospitalizations and it was poo-pooed, there were no health risks according to on site officials and BP.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Wednesday July 21, 2010, 10:40 am
I wish everyone could see this video, too, from TreeHugger. Pam posted it nearly two months ago, but it hasn't really drawn the attention it deserves -- Must-See Video Shows BP Gulf Spill & How Toxic Dispersants Amalgamate with Oil Underwater to form huge plumes swirling around, the dimension of the catastrophe that can't be appreciated from the surface and that BP doesn't want to be seen. Planet Green chief ocean correspondent Philippe Cousteau dove into the oily mess, explaining what he sees & experiences, while ABC films what the water column actually looks like for the first time, thick with the oil/toxic dispersant mix that 'doesn't exist' according to BP dogma.
 

Nancy M. (204)
Wednesday July 21, 2010, 11:00 am
Thanks PeasantDiva. Pretty scary sounding stuff. Yes, everyone should read the transcript.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Thursday July 22, 2010, 12:18 am
Everyone must SEE this program by clicking the arrow on the screen because the impact is greater when you watch & hear what they have to say.

 

Jason o. (0)
Thursday July 22, 2010, 8:13 pm
Just selfish greed.....awful....
 

Judy C. (99)
Thursday July 22, 2010, 9:04 pm
This show is excellent. In my city we have Democracy Now TV on one of the Cox Cable public acess channels for 1hr.per day, 5 days a week. However, the programs are aired 1 or more weeks LATE. So we know what they're saying on the program is something we need to hear, because Cox is obviously trying to mnimize its impact. Ridiculous.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 22, 2010, 9:17 pm
Thanks noted.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Thursday July 22, 2010, 11:49 pm
I find it just incredible, Judy, that you are getting DN! programs 1 or MORE weeks LATE !! As it is, DN! programs are already slightly behind the 'newsbreaking' events because they are more in depth & requiring lining up the specialized journalists, activists, experts and/or actors !

Better you not wait for Cox to air them: can't you watch them online on the DN! site?
 

low beng kiat (128)
Friday July 23, 2010, 2:07 am
thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Friday July 23, 2010, 9:02 am
Thank you for sharing!
 

Suzanne L. (3)
Friday July 23, 2010, 12:58 pm
This was a poor excuse with no end in sight...so let's just pollute the waters more!!!!!!!!!
Enought with the CHEMICALS in the land of "Stupid"
 

CollieGirl cg (26)
Friday July 23, 2010, 2:34 pm
The 2 dispersants that BP used in the Gulf were banned in Britain. These dispersants sink the oil to the bottom of the ocean. Which will now effect more animals, like the shark, which comes in numbers migrating through this area. BP should be charged and heavily fined for negligence causing this spill, negligence for not being prepared to deal with a spill happening, covering up facts, death of employee's, loss of livelihoods, endangering people's health, destruction of habitat, killing wildlife and criminal charges for burning to death turtle's - some are endangered species, etc., etc., etc.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday July 23, 2010, 7:28 pm
This is something I have been talking about with a few friends and now we have proof. I have seen the adverse effects of dispersant use after an oil spill on the Pembrokeshire coast in South Wales, UK. The ecosystems are all screwed up with an imbalance of life forms causing problems for species diversity because of over population of one large plant species (Kelp) which overshadowed smaller species simply because of the destruction of a mollusc that kept the rocks clear of Kelp seedlings. These Molluscs died after the dispersant was used and the Kelp invaded quicker than the molluscs could recolonise the area. Kelp won the battle and now we have huge swathes of Kelp and very little biodiversity. All to clear the oil spill.
The health issues of dispersant's is not being fully advised to the people around the Gulf and this is in itself a crime against the people of the USA.
 

Ann Eastman (31)
Sunday July 25, 2010, 1:52 pm
The news regarding this oil spill keeps getting grimmer and grimmer.
 

Tom Sullivan (98)
Monday July 26, 2010, 11:14 am
Just think our Goverment allows this, our greedy political leaders. Vote them all out and start with a fresh group.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Thursday July 29, 2010, 1:56 am
This Change.org petition has only 149 signatures!! Please do the right thing & spread the word about it! Stop Using Toxic Chemicals to Clean Oil Spills ! TAKE ACTION !
 
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