Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Who's in Charge of the Oil Leak?

"Who's in Charge of the Oil Leak?":
"The Environmental Protection Agency ordered BP to stop using the toxic dispersant Corexit to break up their oil mess in the Gulf of Mexico. BP decided to keep on using it. And why not? They're basically in charge down there.

That is essentially what Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland discovered when she took a trip down to Grand Isle, Louisiana, in the hopes of getting to Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge. Except that every time she tried to get to Elmer's Island, a funny thing happened: The cops stopped her. Why?

"The blockade to Elmer's is now four cop cars strong. As we pull up, deputies start bawling us out; all media need to go to the Grand Isle community center, where a "BP Information Center" sign now hangs out front. Inside, a couple of Times-Picayune reporters circle BP representative Barbara Martin, who tells them that if they want passage to Elmer they have to get it from another BP flack, Irvin Lipp; Grand Isle beach is closed too, she adds. When we inform the Times-Pic reporters otherwise, she asks Dr. Hazlett if he's a reporter; he says, "No." She says, "Good." She doesn't ask me. We tell her that deputies were just yelling at us, and she seems truly upset. For one, she's married to a Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy. For another, "We don't need more of a black eye than we already have."

"But it wasn't BP that was yelling at us, it was the sheriff's office," we say.

"Yeah, I know, but we have…a very strong relationship."

"What do you mean? You have a lot of sway over the sheriff's office?"

"Oh yeah."

"How much?"

"A lot.""

So, basically, BP is now regulating access to a state-owned and operated wildlife refuge. Why? "It's BP's oil." That is a quote, from BP flack Barbara Martin. BP now can prevent journalists from going to Elmer's Island unattended, because they own the oil that is ruining it. "

"Flash Bulletin: Corexit is Killing the Gulf":
"In a New York Times article by Paul Quinlan, British Petroleum (BP) is using a dispersant with the trade name of Corexit, even though alternative dispersants have been shown to be far less toxic, and in some cases nearly twice as effective.

And even though scientists have warned that Corexit could cause long-term harm to marine life, BP has ordered almost a million more gallons of the deadly dispersant from Nalso, a company with whom BP enjoys a cozy relationship.

Even our own EPA data ranks Corexit as being 20 times more toxic, and far less effective in handling southern Louisiana crude than some other dispersants.

Historically, workers who have cleaned up after the use of Corexit have suffered with health problems, including blood in their urine.

Carys Mitchelmore, a professor at the University of Maryland’s Environmental Science asked, “Why wouldn’t you go for the lesser toxic formulation?”

BP spokesman Jon Pack defended the use of Corexit by saying their attention is focused on plugging the leak [gusher], and not what dispersant is used.

“It’s a chemical [Corexit] that the oil industry makes to sell to itself, basically,” said Richard Charter, a senior policy advisor for Defenders of Wildlife.

Alan Levine, the head of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals, said: “We don’t have any data or evidence behind the use of these chemicals in the water. We’re now basically using one of the richest ecosystems in the world as a laboratory.”

As reported in Britain’s Telegraph, Louisiana state Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Robert Barham reported: “We’re very disappointed in their [EPA and oil company executives] approach. The federal procedures call for a consensus between federal authorities, the responsible party and the states involved. When we met and expressed our concerns [over the use of Corexit], apparently they decided to go without us.”

And go they did. Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency allowed BP to turn our Gulf of Mexico into a toxic testing ground, instead of removing the crude oil."

"That's good news for investor Warren Buffett. His Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)is Nalco's largest shareholder, with a 6.5% stake."

"The REAL Reason BP Is Refusing Other Chemicals":
"BP is refusing to use other chemicals in its dispersion efforts in the Gulf, despite protests from the EPA and US Government about the toxicity of the chemical it's using, something called Corexit.

A simple web search brings up a company called Nalco, who is the manfacturer of this "wonderful" product.

On Nalco's board of directors:

Rodney F Chase - former Deputy Chief Group Executive of - you guessed it - BP.
- Also served on board of Lehman Brothers.

Carl M Casale - Executive VP and CFO of MONSANTO.

Daniel S Saunders - Former President EXXON MOBIL

NALCO's largest shareholder? Berkshire Hathaway, owned by Warren Buffett.

Do we really want these clowns helping out BP in tackling the biggest oil spill in history? A former President of Exxon Mobil and Executives from Monstanto and Lehman Brothers? Sounds like a recipe for disaster if you ask me."
The Democrats are claiming that it is OK for Barry to do the BP bop as the Republicans also receive political donations from BP!
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