The leaking well in the Gulf may get plugged for good this week but there may be a bigger problem emerging with the massive use of the dispersant Corexit. An unprecedented amount literally millions of gallons was used. Now there is a problem with crop damage after rain in the Mississippi area that many believe is linked to the dispersant in the air and therefore the rain. Well, I did some digging.
Corexit EC9527A is 30-60% 2-Butoxyethanol by weight and an ingredient in many things from paint thinner to soap to weed killer. It has side effects.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry or ATSDR:
Exposure to 2-butoxyethanol and butoxyethanol acetate occurs mainly from breathing air or having skin contact with household products containing them. Breathing in large amounts of 2-butoxyethanol or 2-butoxyethanol acetate may result in irritation of the nose and eyes, headache, and vomiting. 2-Butoxyethanol has been found in at least 20 of the 1,430 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Maybe it isn’t a big deal for humans but sea life continuously swimming in the stuff will suffer more adverse side effects like a huge drop in red blood cells and hypoxia. According to the National Institute for Health:
2-BE is a hemolytic agent that induces hemangiosarcomas in mice. We hypothesized that the hemolysis induced by 2-BE would result in local tissue hypoxia, a well-documented trigger for endothelial cell proliferation leading to hemangiosarcoma.
Hemangiosarcoma is a form of cancer which originates in the endothelium, which is the lining of blood vessels and spleen. Another word that pops up in the NIH article more than once is “Hypoxia” or an inadequate oxygen supply to the cells and tissues of the body.
Oxygen depletion is a serious threat to the gulf that was already battling an ever-growing dead zone from runoff of fertilizer via the Mississippi thanks to Big Ag. I did blogs about the dead zone. Any environmental site will have a feature on the growing dead zone. Fishermen know when their boat travels into it because the water is black to the bottom. There is nothing alive there at all.
Watch the latest video on the mysterious Mississippi crop damage after a recent rain:
Russian scientists even weighed in on the use of dispersant especially Corexit. Russia’s report is a lot more alarming and considering it’s from Russia tends to be apocalyptic in nature, dramatic as they can be, and of course they have to include propaganda, but interesting nevertheless:
I hope it isn’t so but there is far too much secrecy about dispersants to include Corexit. Besides that, it is correct that oil can also be highly toxic:
To say science doesn’t know about the long term affects of oil spills is nonsense. This link is from 1980!