The Biggest Dangers of the BP Oil Spill – What’s REALLY Going On!

Posted: August 14, 2010 in health, physical therapy, Sports Medicine, Uncategorized
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By Sylvia Anderson, IH Editor — Published: August 12, 2010

The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief when on July 15, 2010, 87 days after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, the gushing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was finally capped.  For far too long, Americans watched in helpless horror as polluted scenes of oil slick waters, black stippled white sand beaches, and oil drenched sea life where broadcast into their living rooms.  It was heartbreaking to hear the tales of devastation and hopelessness as thousands along the coast lost their livelihoods.
Now thankfully, the oil spill has stopped. BP tells us the danger is contained.

But is it?

In an attempt to clean up the mess, British Petroleum used dispersants to “get rid of” the oil.  Actually, this may have been just a surface effort as some experts say, because all of the oil didn’t disappear into thin air.  Actually, it didn’t disappear at all.  The oil is still there, emitting toxicity, but it’s broken up so it can’t be seen.   But that may not be the real danger.

As it turns out, when it comes to human and animal life, the biggest danger lies in the dispersants they used.  Dispersants are much more toxic – four times more toxic – than the oil itself.

Corexit 9500 and Corexit 9527A – the deadly duo.

BP used two dispersants: Corexit 9500 and Corexit 9527 A.  They even sound hazardous don’t they?  Interestingly enough, the UK discontinued the use of these two a decade ago because they were linked with adverse health problems such kidney and liver problems, blood disorders and respiratory ailments.

Now residents and workers along the coast are showing signs similar to what is found with dispersant toxicity. Common complaints are dizziness, headache, nausea, burning eyes, and white spots in the back of the throat.

Experts are convinced these problems are linked to the oil and dispersants now polluting the Gulf Coast environment.  Why?  In part because the Material Safety Data Sheet for Corexit 9527A states that “excessive exposure may cause central nervous system effects, nausea, and vomiting, anesthetic or narcotic effects.”  Seems to fit doesn’t it?

What’s even more alarming is that in animals, this toxic brew of oil and dispersants has been shown to cause reproductive problems, immune suppression, cardiac dysfunction, altered behavior, carcinogenic effects, and death.

No, the danger isn’t over at all it seems.

And though by some accounts many of the Gulf beaches and waters appear to be oil free, don’t be too quick to plan a last minute summer family vacation to the coast.  Children are more likely than adults to suffer any health problems.  Fun times building sand castles or splashing in the waves simply isn’t worth the risk.

BP and the American government in cahoots?

Obviously BP was and is focused on damage control.  But how does that explain an American government mandate of no-fly zones over oil spill waters?  Understandably, the media found it quite challenging to report on recovery efforts.  Things got even more challenging when a Coast Guard order stated : “Vessels must not come within 20 meters of booming operations, boom, or oil spill response operations under penalty of law.”

Why the media restriction?  Once has to wonder what the government did not want us to see?  What happened to President Obama’s and Tony Hayward’s promises of “transparency”?

Regardless of stiff-armed reinforcements, one thing is for sure.  The dispersants used in the Deepwater Horizon disaster are a dire threat to marine and human life.  Time will tell just what kind of global ramifications the biggest environmental disaster in history will have.

Life is a sport. Get Strong! Stay Strong! (and God bless us!)



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