Monday, September 6, 2010

Corporate Meteors Strike US Gulf

Corporate Meteors Strike US Gulf
(They Got the Whole World In Their Hands)

By Mary Sparrowdancer
Copyright 2010 - All Rights Reserved
Perhaps the British Petroleum/Nalco event was the wakeup call we needed in order to look more closely at untouchable corporations that began running the whole  world 100 years ago.  This is a paper about corporate communism, which is otherwise known as "monopolies" that are now rampant in the US.  Monopolies always engage in conspiracy, and their first goal is to conspire to eliminate their competition and choices, establish control over prices and the masses by an elite few.  The April 20, 2010, BP oil catastrophe in America's Gulf can be described as a monumental corporate conspiracy.  BP was permitted by cronies to dig a hole to China off Louisiana's shores without safety measures or concern for the Gulf's marine ecosystem.  Rather than immediately corking its gusher, BP quickly tapped a relatively unheard of company named Nalco on the shoulder for millions of gallons of its toxic Corexit dispersant.  BP began adding Corexit to the oil-ravaged Gulf on April 23, and thumbed its nose at the US government when it suggested that something less toxic and more effective than Corexit be used.
"Corexit" does not "correct" anything as its corporately cute name implies.  It makes the oil less visible on the surface, but making something less visible has never been a way to "correct" anything or change what needs to be changed.  In addition, the containers holding Corexit carry a substantial warning about coming in contact with it or inhaling its vapors.  Many of those who came in contact with the oil and the version of Corexit used while trying to "clean up" the Exxon-Valdez catastrophe remained sickened for years.  Similarly, a number of newly unemployed US fishermen in the Gulf who began taking jobs to help clean up BP's mess have reported illnesses.  Low oxygen levels are being reported, and when the water is low in oxygen, it means our air is also low.

According to numerous reports, these fishermen, who are the "first responders" in this most recent manmade disaster, state they have been told the air is safe to breathe, the water is safe to come in contact with despite being filled with chemicals, and that respirators will not be permitted. Numerous journalists and photographers, as well as scientists have been ordered to stay away from the disaster site or face arrest.  We have an arrogant British company running things here in the US so sloppily they have shrugged-off having recently killed eleven men whose bodies were never found, and now they are ordering Americans around as though we are presumed British subjects.

Nalco is headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, with corporate headquarters in Illinois.  Although we "little people" might not have been familiar with Nalco until now, it appears that directors and former directors from notable corporate giants have been quite familiar with Nalco for years.  The question of why BP selected Nalco's more toxic, less efficient Corexit instead of other less toxic dispersants has remained basically unanswered by BP. Not even congressmen have been able to extract this answer from BP's reps.  All that has been truly known was that BP immediately felt their oil volcano was going to need a mother load of dispersants, and there was only one dispersant manufacturer prepared to step into this windfall opportunity for a dispersant manufacturer:  Nalco.

Corexit suspends the oil in a subsurface manner, where oil-eating microbes flock to it, and it is this activity that scientists say leads to depleted oxygen levels in the seas.  In addition, the use of subsurface Corexit one mile down was reportedly not based upon any science at all.  It was another experiment being conducted by the chemical companies.  Despite the "toxic stew" that BP/Nalco have created in the Gulf, news reports continue with conflicting statements in that "it is not known" what caused the subsequent, massive fish kills after the Gulf was filled with oil and dispersant chemicals. Conflicting reports certainly do not end with the fish kills.  Nalco, on their website, states, "All of the ingredients contained in Nalco's dispersants are safe and found in common household products" However, the Safety Data Sheet for Corexit 9527A, which was the first dispersant reportedly used in the Gulf, has the following warnings:

Can cause moderate irritation.  Harmful if absorbed through skin.
May be harmful if swallowed. May cause liver and kidney effects and/or damage. There may be irritation to the gastro-intestinal tract.
Harmful by inhalation. Repeated or prolonged exposure may irritate the respiratory tract.
Acute : Excessive exposure may cause central nervous system effects, nausea, vomiting, anesthetic or narcotic effects.
Chronic : Repeated or excessive exposure to butoxyethanol may cause injury to red blood cells (hemolysis), kidney or the liver.
Skin contact may aggravate an existing dermatitis condition.
Contains ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (butoxyethanol). Prolonged and/or repeated exposure through inhalation or extensive skin contact with EGBE may result in damage to the blood and kidneys."

It is possible that while no trace of Corexit might be found in the dead marine life, the marine life is dying from the effects of depleted oxygen levels caused by the oil and dispersants, or dying from organ damage caused by chemicals that have already passed through their systems, damaging organs on their way out.  However, according to Nalco's Corexit EC9500A (the version of Corexit that was primarily used in the Gulf) on the Safety Data Sheet, the Toxicological Information states, "No toxicity studies have been conducted on this product."   This means another chemical experiment is in progress.


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