Environmental engineer Joe Taylor has a dire warning for BP: they have to stop using their chemical dispersant, Corexit, immediately. Or else, according to a report from WKRG in Mobile, everything is going to die!
He says the sulfur and sulfuric acid based dispersant makes the oil spewing into the gulf sink, where its impossible to clean up--and where it depletes oxygen levels under the water, killing plankton and everything above plankton in the food chain. "Corexit is toxic, petroleum is toxic, and its depleting the oxygen levels," he says.
What's worse says Taylor, is that if he knows this information, so does BP. "They have a lot of chemists who are a lot smarter than I am, and they know this," he says.
Taylor told WKRG that BP is using Corexit "the wrong way," recommending they use an alternative, BioSolve, that is "bio-friendly" and usable on the beaches as well as in the Gulf.
The problems keep mounting for the Gulf, environmentally speaking. As USA Today reported today, BP's next problem is how to dispose of "millions of gallons of potentially toxic oil sludge." BP's plan, which has been endorsed by the Coast Guard and the EPD is to recycle as much of the sludge as possible, but experts say the toxic goop could actually "ruin refineries."
[H/T: Florida Oil Spill Law]