The Largest Chemical Experiment Ever Attempted

In this article Casey DeMoss Roberts takes a closer look at dispersants, specifically various forms of Corexit, the versions being used in massive amounts in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Check out the entire article, but we’re sharing the conclusion here, which echoes what scientist have been saying for weeks now – the use of Corexit, or any other toxic dispersant, in this volume and at this level has never been done. EPA is simply nodding in agreement with BP’s use of the Gulf of Mexico as their own personal science project. I’d prefer we didn’t dump first, measure second.

We do, however, know the result of dispersant use in other large oil spills, which you can read about here. If you aren’t calling/writing or otherwise yelling at your local, state and federal officials, as well as the EPA, every day demanding answers and the elimination of dispersants, then you haven’t read enough about the potential short and long term consequences to North America. Continue reading

Gulf Beaches: Public Health At Risk

Having just returned from an exhausting week on the gulf coast, I’m at once overwhelmed by all that I’ve experienced in the past week. I had the great pleasure of personally meeting great folks like Dr. Riki Ott, Philippe Cousteau, Jr., Robert Kennedy, Jr. as well as hard working locals fighting to save our waters like Casi Callaway and Tammy Harrington at Mobile Baykeeper. I worked with a deeply passionate film crew from L.A., Project Gulf Impact, spending their own time, money and resources to document and tell the real story of the tragedy on the gulf coast to the world. I am deeply touched by all of these encounters.

At the same time I am grieving a loss so great it has yet to be comprehended. Watching BP’s oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico feels like a loved one being raped and tortured to death as I watch, powerless to stop it. We are losing, in one summer, something so great that we may never fully realize it in our lifetimes. Continue reading

Current Air/Water Quality: Deciphering EPA “Data”

This morning EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson tweeted that EPA is monitoring air and water quality and even linked to the “data” EPA is making available:

EPA continues to monitor enviro quality in Gulf. For data: http://budurl.com/bn2l

Now, I’m no scientist, but I am a pretty smart lady, so I set about trying to interpret the “data” Lisa provided us. I enlisted the help of some other intelligent folks as well. After close to 45 minutes we still did not have a clear understanding of what the air or water quality was in any particular area, in relation to what the acceptable limits are for each chemical being tested.  This is not my idea of “transparency in reporting” from the EPA.  So let me take you through what I did learn. Continue reading

Follow The Data, Forget Conspiracy Theory

We are not fans of conspiracy theory here, but we are huge proponents of facts. So we have a few facts to share, consolidated in one place. If you have additional verified facts to add to this list, please share. It would be interesting to track down the trail and find the connections here. I understand we have a task force assigned to investigate and I’ll be curious to see what they do. In the meantime, with the benefit of the internet and ability to share information real time, I have a feeling we can get to the bottom of things pretty quickly just by following the trail of facts. Facts only here (in no particular order) – you draw the conclusions. Continue reading