BP Spill Update – Oil and Dispersant Entered Food Chain

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There is more bad news coming out of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists have already found evidence that the dispersant BP used is making its way into the food chain. What they have found is actually and oil dispersant mix.

BP Dispersants Actually Ensured Tiny Droplets of Oil Entered Food Chain

A dead Northern Gannet covered in oil lies along Grand Isle Beach in Grand Isle, Louisiana May 21, 2010. A month after the well blowout and rig explosion that unleashed the catastrophic spill, sheets of rust-colored heavy oil are starting to clog fragile marshlands on the fringes of the Mississippi Delta, damaging fishing grounds and wildlife. Scientists fear parts of the huge fragmented surface slick will be sucked to the Florida Keys and Cuba by ocean currents. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT ENERGY ANIMALS)

What a shock! Yes, the dispersants actually broke up the oil to make sure it would more easily get into the food chain. This cannot be good news for any of the animals or for the people who rely on the food chain from the Gulf.

The news is especially bad. Researchers from Tulane have found the blobs in almost all shells of blue crab larvae. They have been finding this since May. The larvae have been collected from 300 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline. The dispersant is Corexit, which was widely used by BP after the Deepwater Horizon sunk setting off the oil spill.

BP Well Capped and Oil Quickly Dispersing – Where is the Oil?

GULF OF MEXICO, LA - JULY 27: (EDITORS NOTE: Distortion caused by heat.) Ships assist in clean up and containment near the source of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill July 27, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. Work continues to put a permanent plug on the well which has leaked an estimated three to five million barrels of oil. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Thankfully BP’s most recent efforts for capping the underwater well have been successful. Hopefully that well is capped for good. Also, the slick is rapidly shrinking. However, while it seems like fantastic news, there are those who warn that the danger is not over.

The most likely explanation is that much of the estimated 200 million gallons of oil that gushed form the blown out well is actually under the water in toxic droplets due to the dispersants that were used by BP. The company used 1.8 million gallons of dispersant, and nobody knows what the short- or long-term effects are going to be.

This oil spill disaster is still far from over. Unfortunately the Gulf Coast will be dealing with this disaster for years and decades to come. Some entire species may be wiped out. It is rather unbelievable!

Source: Huffington Post

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