Hundreds of thousands of marine lives in Gulf of Mexico are at stake
Sea life in Mexican Gulf is facing death by oil, its cancer-causing components with addition of toxic chemical dispersants. It can all cause fish, seabirds and dolphins' death
06.08.2010 |Sea life in Mexican Gulf is facing death by oil
According to the oil spill in Mexican Gulf, BP concern has released more than 700,000 gallons of its standard “industry-insider” COREXIT line of chemical dispersants into the Gulf. They were all made by Nalco - company created in 90s as a part of Exxon Chemical.
Dispersants are supposed to break oil into smaller pieces that should sink in the water column and form so called “bite size” packages of poison all the way to the sea floor.
It means that all sea life is in danger, including phytoplankton, zooplankton, and tiny shrimps. They are all under oily siege. Long-term effect of oil in the sea will be even bigger. It will especially affect the top predators, i.e. tuna, sea turtles, dolphins and sharks.
Recently, BP concern refused to use less toxic and more effective EPA-approved dispersants. It means that the risk of sea life death will not get lower. It is worth to notice that any of chemical dispersants can be used without putting sea life into risk and it should not be used on massive scale. And what is more, BP is planning to release 800 000 gallons more of COREXIT into the Gulf. It means that fragile ecosystem of Gulf will have to face even a greater risk and danger.
This entire story shows how important it is to regulate the control system of reckless use of toxic chemicals in the United Stated. The US EPA and NoAA have to take a strong stand and prevent further release of any toxic chemical dispersants into the Gulf. Every day with toxic chemical dispersants in Gulf’s ecosystem puts it into greater risk of total damage.
To learn more about this topic, read: For Gulf Sea Life, A Fate Far Worse Than Death By Oil by Susan D. Shaw, DrPH
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