(N.Morgan) The horrible BP Oil Spill has left the residents of the south still sick, still confused, and seemingly completely abandoned by the regime and the public. In the video below, Shane Smith visits the Gulf Coast of Louisiana where residents report that they’re still suffering from the effects of oil and dispersants four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill. This is his debrief from Season 2 Episode 9 of VICE on HBO.
The Corexit it, that was used to clean up the spill has left not only negative environmental impacts, but is has left the residents ill and becoming sicker with each passing day. Why is this being ignored? People are dying down there and there’s been no media coverage, since the event occurred.
Corexit (often styled COREXIT) is a product line of oil dispersants used to dissolve oil spills. It is produced by Nalco Holding Company, which merged with Ecolab in 2011 and is associated with BP and Exxon.Oil that would normally rise to the surface of water is emulsified into tiny droplets by a dispersant and remains suspended in the water. In theory this allows the oil to be more rapidly degraded by bacteria (bio-remediation) and preventing it from accumulating on beaches and in marshes.
Corexit was used in unprecedented quantities during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and became the largest use of such chemicals in the United States. In addition to spraying the dispersant on the surface water as is normally done, it was used in an untested, off-label manner when BP injected the majority of the 1.9 million gallons at the broken well-head, 5000 feet below the surface. Little was known about Corexit toxicity or environmental effects prior to the spill.