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Chemical Dispersants

Hurricanes Can Also Cause Chemical Disasters

Philip Radford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Philip Radford

If Hurricane Sandy had also triggered a chemical disaster it would have exponentially increased the already historic impact it has already wrought. It's time to get serious about these hazards.

Will the Government Let BP Reduce Its Fines and Penalties for Deepwater?

Riki Ott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Riki Ott

BP and its contractors face as much as $30 billion in criminal fines and $21 billion in civil penalties for its disaster. But there is precedent for them to avoid much of this.

Oil Spill Dispersants Are 'Sticking Around' In Gulf

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Dispersants injected deep in the Gulf of Mexico to counter an oil gusher last spring seemed to keep some oil from fouling the water...

Spill Commission Concludes Dispersants Are an Acceptable 'Tradeoff'

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

In the areas where people live near or are surrounded by the Gulf waters, documented cases of sickness consistent with chemical poisoning related to crude and dispersants continue to increase.

BP's Promise Versus What BP Really Means: Some Insights on Making People Hole (Whole) and Just Us (Justice) in the Gulf

Riki Ott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Riki Ott

When it comes to oil, the Coast Guard's priority is to "remove it," not assess impacts on human health.

Bio-Remediation or Bio-Hazard? Dispersants, Bacteria and Illness in the Gulf

Riki Ott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Riki Ott

A grandmother made me rethink all the bio-remediation hype. We were talking about oil in the Gulf when she said, "Those oil-eating bacteria -- I think they're causing skin rashes." My mind reeled. Could we have missed something so simple?

An Open Letter to US EPA, Region 6

Riki Ott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Riki Ott

We believe that dispersant spraying across the Gulf of Mexico, from Louisiana to the western Florida panhandle, has continued unabated since July 19, when the seafood safety panel claimed the last dispersants were sprayed.

Riki Ott: Seafood Safety and Politics Don't Mix -- Serious Risks Exist In The Gulf

Riki Ott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Riki Ott

The community stories that string together across the Gulf coast paint a picture quite different from what BP, its contractors, and our government report.

The BP Disaster Continues Despite the Cheerful Happy Talk

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Cesca

The press, government officials and BP pitchmen are insulting our intelligence by suggesting that the oil has vanished and there's nothing to worry about. They can whistle away the crisis as much as they want, but we'd all do well to stay on top of this.

Dispersants: EPA Informs BP To Use Less Toxic Chemicals To Break Up Spill

washingtonpost.com | Juliet Eilperin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Environmental Protection Agency informed BP officials late Wednesday that the company has 24 hours to choose a less toxic form of chemical dispers...

BP Using Dispersants Banned in U.K. For Being More Toxic And Less Effective

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The two types of dispersants BP is spraying in the Gulf are banned for use [1] on oil spills in the U.K. As EPA-approved products [2], BP has been usi...

Government Approves "Unprecedented" Deep-Sea Dispersants

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS — Federal regulators have approved the use of a technique to fight the ballooning oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by shooting chemic...

Jason Linkins

BP Must Stop Using Toxic Dispersant Now, Says Environmental Engineer (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Environmental engineer Joe Taylor has a dire warning for BP: they have to stop using their chemical dispersant, Corexit, immediately. Or else, accord...

What Are REALLY In The Chemical Dispersants? Help Us Find Out

Huffington Post/Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As the BP leak has dumped thousands of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico each day--and the responses of the oil firm and the Obama administration have b...

Erin Brockovich Oil Spill Visit Planned: Fishermen Sickened By Dispersant Contact Advocate

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HOUMA, La. — Environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich will be in southern Louisiana to speak to people who say they've been sickened ...

Causes and Consequences of the BP Oil Catastrophe: What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What We Will Never Know

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Ostertag

There is one, and only one, way to ensure that deep water oil drilling never again leads to catastrophe, and that is to discontinue all deep water oil drilling. Period.

Obama to BP: "Disperse!"

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

High on that list of new actions to deal with the oil-spill crisis, according to well-placed sources, is a plan to drop hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemical dispersant on senior BP executives.

Dispersants Demonstrate Flaws in Chemical Policy

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

The Gulf is in the throes of a life-threatening emergency, but there have been serious questions about the "treatment" BP has chosen to use.

"We hope people have gloves" - Health and safety questions persist for Deepwater Horizon responders and Gulf Coast communities

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Grossman

Pictures of oiled pelicans are in the news. Less photogenic and less obvious are potential adverse health impacts to responders or to Gulf Coast commu...

Why Are Dispersant Chemicals Secret?

Elaine Shannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elaine Shannon

The important question, which has gone unanswered, is are we minimizing the damage to our planet by using these dispersants, or are we adding to the mess?