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Thursday, 24 May 2012

CO2 #1 Two Years After the BP Oil Spill, Is the Gulf Ecosystem Collapsing? (via NakedCapitalism)

The BP oil spill started on April 20, 2010. We’ve previously warned that the BP oil spill could severely damage the Gulf ecosystem.Since then, there are numerous signs that the worst-case scenario may be playing out:
- New York Times: “Gulf Dolphins Exposed to Oil Are Seriously Ill, Agency Says
- MSNBC: Gulf shrimp scarce this season (and see the Herald Tribune‘s report)
- Mother Jones: Eyeless shrimp are being found all over the Gulf
- NYT: Oil Spill Affected Gulf Fish’s Cell Function, Study Finds
- CBS:Expert: BP spill likely cause of sick Gulf fish (and see the Press Register’s report) Study confirms oil from Deepwater spill entered food chain
- Pensacola News Journal: “Sick fish” archive
- Agence France Presse: Mystery illnesses plague Louisiana oil spill crews
- MSNBC: Sea turtle deaths up along Gulf, joining dolphin trend
- MSNBC:Exclusive: Submarine Dive Finds Oil, Dead Sea Life at Bottom of Gulf of Mexico
- AP: BP oil spill the culprit for slow death of deep-sea coral, scientists say (and see the
Guardian and AFP‘s write ups)
- A recent report also notes that there are flesh-eating bacteria in tar balls of BP oil
washing up on Gulf beaches
- And all of that lovely Corexit dispersant sprayed on water, land and air? It inhibits the ability
of microbes to break down oil, and allows oil and other chemicals to be speed past the normal
Is Examined Speaking on the chemical ingredients of the dispersants used, “The report finds
that “Of the 57 ingredients: 5 chemicals are associated with cancer; 33 are associated with skin
irritation from rashes to burns; 33 are linked to eye irritation; 11 are or are suspected of being
potential respiratory toxins or irritants; 10 are suspected kidney toxins; 8 are suspected or
known to be toxic to aquatic organisms; and 5 are suspected to have a moderate acute toxicity
to fish.”
Impressed? Watch the video from American reporter Dahr Jamail here: BPOilSpill

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