Keep wary eye out for Corexit

 Dear T&T, please be advised that we must be vigilant on how the oil spill clean-up is handled, since we have now invited a foreign company/companies to deal with it.

During the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a product called Corexit (which is a line of dispersants) was used to dissolve the oil spill. It is stated in a Newsweek investigative report, that Corexit further aided those responsible for the spill by dispersing the spill so well that it hid the true magnitude of the disaster. 

We must be vigilant that Corexit is not used in T&T’s clean-up efforts. The following can be found on Wikipedia, and for those of you who don’t trust that site, please see the Newsweek article, where the following information is also stated:

• In 2012, a study found that Corexit increases the toxicity of oil by 52 times.

• Corexit 9580 was used during the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster in Alaska. Corexit EC9500A and Corexit EC9527A were used during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The use of Corexit is approved in the US by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This decision was called into question in 2013 following a report by the Government Accountability Project alleging “devastating long-term effects on human health and the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem” stemming from the use of Corexit.

Corexit has been banned for use on oil spills in the UK since 1988. UK authorities have an approved list of products which must pass both “sea/beach” and “rocky shore” laboratory toxicity tests; Corexit did not pass the rocky shore test. Sweden has also banned its use.

If you’re interested please read:

Deborah Maillard

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