What surface oil dispersant for oil spills is so toxic and ineffective it has been banned in England for a decade? The one that British Petroleum (BP) is using now in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s loaded with 2-butoxyethanol, which kills marine and wetland wild life while causing serious lung problems to humans!
It is more toxic than the oil it purports to clean, and it simply sends the newly formed toxic globules of dispersant and oil further into the depths where it forms underwater plumes. It’s like pouring paint thinner on spilled paint and letting it drip out onto the lawn and garden, except the underwater plumes of thinned oil and toxic dispersant spread onto the shore lines, wetlands and coral reefs and into the Atlantic via the Gulf Stream and beyond.
Yet there are many less toxic, even 100% green, oil spill solutions available that are more effective.
EPA and BP
It was initially reported that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) had given BP 72 hours to change the current oil dispersant chemicals to something less toxic and more effective. After a sharp reply from BP, the EPA seems to have back pedaled claiming they only want BP to use less of it. It appears somebody with clout stepped in for BP!
BP is involved with a few other large international corporations. Among them is the company that makes the toxic oil dispersant banned in England containing 2-butoxyethanol, which kills what is supposedly being protected! Richard Charter, advisor for Defenders of Wildlife, says this about the chemical dispersant being used in the Gulf: “It’s a chemical that the oil industry makes to sell to itself, basically.”
So in addition to siphoning some of the oil pouring from the ocean floor into tankers, oil that can be separated from the water and sold later, BP execs are enjoying financially incestuous gains. (source below)
Two Florida farmers gave a video presentation (YouTube source below) of how safe and effective hay is for grabbing up oil and being hauled away. Hay was used successfully for the Santa Barbara offshore rig oil spill of 1969. (Rense source below) And the health damage to workers and wild life was minimal. This could have given several farmers and others much needed income.
An even more effective oil spill solvent is composed of oil eating microbes, gathered from all over the world, reproduced rapidly, and then formed into powders that can be used directly or mixed with water for hosing the oil spills. The by-products of the oil eating microbes turn into edible foods for marine life. And when the microbes consume all the oil, they die off because there is nothing left to eat. (YouTube source below)
This was proven in a 1986 contained pool with marine life test by Texas Land Office Commissioner Garry Mauro and Water Commissioner Buck Wynne. The tests were so impressive that the oil eating microbes were allowed to be used successfully for millions of gallons of oil from a burning tanker off the Texas shore, and again when a barge leaked massive amounts of oil into the Texas wetlands.
In each situation, the oil was consumed rapidly and marine and wetland wild life thrived!
There are and have been other clean-up solutions offered, some a little over the top and others that have been used successfully throughout the world. Motives for BP’s refusing to consider these solutions and why the U.S. Government does nothing to intervene is full of dots to connect for anyone willing to peek closely behind the curtain.
Sources for more information include:
Corexit (the stuff BP is using as a dispersant) is Killing the Gulf (video)
Oil Eating Microbes Used Successfully by Texas Gov’t for Oil Spills (video)
Florida Farmers Propose Hay for Gulf Clean-up (video)
Hay Used for 1969 Santa Barbara, CA Spill (text and pictures)
ABC Video Report: Cousteau Jr Dives into the Goop
Siphoning Up Existing Oil for BP Resale
Dots to Connect?