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Since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 22nd BP has dumped tons of a mysterious chemical dispersant into the Gulf of Mexico. Another 805,000 gallons is on order


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Cher C (1426)
Friday May 14, 2010, 6:23 am

# 23: 6:23 am PDT, May 14, Cher Clarke, Canada


Past Member (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 6:27 am
signed ~

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday May 14, 2010, 6:45 am
It's easy to make fun of these guys - and that's exactly what the mass media is doing (to the extent that they're paying any attention to them at all.)
But here's the reality:
1) Hay was used successfully to sop up a major oil spill off of Santa Barbara in 1969
2) At a minimum, it can use used to help clean up the beaches
3) Hay is non-toxic, bio-degradable, renewable, and in good supply
1) What exactly is the substance BP is currently spreading to "bind with the crude and sink it"
2) Is it biologically safe?
3) What does it cost? Who makes it?
Here are some answers from the New York Times:
"So far, BP has told federal agencies that it has applied more than 400,000 gallons of a dispersant sold under the trade name Corexit and manufactured by Nalco Co., a company that was once part of Exxon Mobil Corp. and whose current leadership includes executives at both BP and Exxon.
Another 805,000 gallons of Corexit are on order, the company said, with the possibility that hundreds of thousands of more gallons may be needed if the well continues spewing oil for weeks or months.
But according to EPA data, Corexit ranks far above dispersants made by competitors in toxicity and far below them in effectiveness in handling southern Louisiana crude.
Of 18 dispersants whose use EPA has approved, 12 were found to be more effective on southern Louisiana crude than Corexit, EPA data show."
Why not a safe, effective solution?

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday May 14, 2010, 6:47 am

Thanks for posting this, Cher. This is an issue that is infuriating me! Not only have they potentially ruined the world's eco-structure, but now -- as per usual -- they are exacerbating the problem by using their own toxic chemicals to pretend that they're making an effort to rectify the situation.

John Farnham (52)
Friday May 14, 2010, 7:47 am
But that's not the bottom line, is it ? As you just said, they are making things worse.
Now I know my is hard to digest in one fell swoop. which started it, frankly seems nuts.
But I only followed one particularly unpalatable rule of logic getting there. Occam's Razor states that when you have exhausted reasonable explanations, the simplest unreasonable explanation consistent with observed facts has the best likelihood of being the truth.
Postulation : Given the ineffectiveness of all attempts at regulation and constraint, these acts are deliberate destruction.
Rebuttal ?

Past Member (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 8:16 am
# 37:
8:15 am PDT, May 14, Borg Drone, United Kingdom

Sherry E (168)
Friday May 14, 2010, 8:27 am
Signed Pledge. Thanks.

Ben O (140)
Friday May 14, 2010, 9:35 am

Beth P (32)
Friday May 14, 2010, 9:53 am
OMG/SS !!!
I don't trust the EPA any more than I trust the FDA, the USDA, the BLM or any other of those Government Agencies!!
Signed and noted.

Erin R (181)
Friday May 14, 2010, 10:02 am

Dee C (23)
Friday May 14, 2010, 10:15 am
Such a shame..

Signed & noted..
Thanks Sweetie..

Lynn M (192)
Friday May 14, 2010, 10:31 am
Have seen far too many things in US to trust the EPA- deaf, dumb and blind!1

Kenny V (173)
Friday May 14, 2010, 10:49 am
Signed & Noted, Thanks!

Heidi L (88)
Friday May 14, 2010, 12:36 pm

Valerie S (70)
Friday May 14, 2010, 12:58 pm
Signed & noted, I am so fearful for what is to become of the Gulf (and the rest of the world) if this money hungry greed machines remain in charge and permit pollution, dangerous chemicals,etc. I am just so UPSET about the spill, time and methods taken to clean up, ugh, I wish GREED did not run our country.....

Rhonda Maness (580)
Friday May 14, 2010, 1:58 pm
# 75: 1:57 pm PDT, May 14, Rhonda Maness, Alabama
Thanks Cher

Patricia C (96)
Friday May 14, 2010, 3:54 pm
# 82, signed and commented. WHAT a nightmare this is.

Hannah H (98)
Friday May 14, 2010, 4:14 pm
Noted and signed.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 4:33 pm
Signed. Thank you.

Andrea Tackett (187)
Friday May 14, 2010, 5:13 pm
Signed & noted.
Christ bless you.

Fran F (116)
Friday May 14, 2010, 5:46 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks! This disaster shows why we need greater oversight and regulation of the oil and chemical industries.

Excellent comments, Just!

I heard a comment from I think Thom Hartmann that coagulants would be effective for removing oil. I don't know the specifics, or if they would leave residue.


Past Member (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 6:27 pm
Signed and noted, thanks

Hugo Godinez (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 6:35 pm
Thanks for the contribution

Rajee S (138)
Friday May 14, 2010, 6:52 pm

Patricia McCaskill (139)
Friday May 14, 2010, 7:17 pm
I keep hoping for a pandemic that will only affect the human primate.
Then the planet can heal herself. Until then, greed, the self destructive bent of the human species will continue until it is too late.
On the whole, yes I'm a misanthropist.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 7:32 pm
I am astonished to see the things that happen in your country. Action Taken.

Judith Emerson (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 7:32 pm
from SolveClimate, sponsored by Friends of the Earth:

Working with EPA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it was examining water samples on the seafloor near the leak.

On the sea surface, the results of EPA's most recent water samples, gathered from April 30 to May 5, showed that "water quality does not pose increased risk to aquatic life."

Speaking to the subcommittees this week, Jim Jones, deputy assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, conceded that the dispersant being deployed "has toxicity associated with it" and that "damage has been done."

He called the tests an "environmental trade-off" between long-term harm to offshore wildlife and fragile lands if the spill were to wash ashore, and potential shorter-term damage to some sea life.

Mitchelmore, said the trade-off is simply the "protection of one the cost of another."

Past Member (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 7:58 pm
The Deepwater Horizon disaster shows starkly the need for greater control over the industry. The oil and chemicals, in this case not be allowed to outweigh the public interest in their business practices.
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Eternal Gardener (736)
Friday May 14, 2010, 8:28 pm
This is all so excruciatingly nauseating! Noted and signed, thanks Cher!

gerlinde p (161)
Saturday May 15, 2010, 12:18 am
signed thanks

gail dair (0)
Saturday May 15, 2010, 12:57 am
Thanks Cher

AB K (60)
Saturday May 15, 2010, 1:21 am
Noted and signed.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday May 15, 2010, 1:39 am
# 126: 1:37 am PDT, May 15, Arild Warud, Portugal
TY Cher.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday May 15, 2010, 3:04 am
Noted & signed TY Cher

Mike M (40)
Saturday May 15, 2010, 4:12 am
Noted all chemicals are dangerous to life in one way or the other so why where they allowed to do this?

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday May 15, 2010, 5:28 am
Clean up workers at risk from crude and Corexit
An average of two oil spills are reported worldwide every week.
Yet clean up workers still not prepared, not given proper equipment, and not trained as to the dangers they face.
Over twenty years since the Valdez spill little has changed.
To make matters worse, the "dispersant" BP is spraying in the Gulf by the hundreds of thousands of gallons is a petroleum product that will end up in the lungs and tissues of the people doing the clean up work.

Jason G (235)
Saturday May 15, 2010, 7:08 am
Thank you for signing “Reveal Dispersant's Toxic Secrets”

Mervi R (74)
Sunday May 16, 2010, 4:40 am
Noted, signed.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 16, 2010, 5:11 pm
# 750:
5:11 pm PDT, May 16, Daniel Mchenry, California
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Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday May 29, 2010, 12:46 am
I signed. Thanks Cher.
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