MSNBC.com Confirms Findings that Dispersant Use Continued Well After “Official” End Date
December 28, 2010 7:13 am http://oilspillaction.com/msnbc-com-confirms-findings-that-dispersant-use-continued-well-after-official-end-date by Stuart H. Smith, an attorney based in New Orleans
Congratulations are in order for a couple of my colleagues – environmental researcher Marco Kaltofen and photographer Jerry Moran – for again breaking through the “Mission Accomplished” information barrier to have their findings on dispersant use covered by the mainstream media.
MSNBC.com – on its investigative blog “Open Channel” – is covering and confirming the findings of Kaltofen and Moran that dispersant use has continued well beyond the “official” end date. The piece, by senior reporter Kari Huus, is entitled, “Is dispersant still being sprayed in the gulf?”
The importance of that question goes directly to the issue of seafood safety, among others. In a recent article from AOL Daily Finance, Peter Hodson, an aquatic toxicologist at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, explains: While dispersants don’t increase the toxicity of petroleum, they can vastly increase the chances that a fish will interact with oil, and that the oil’s toxicity will affect sea life.
The MSNBC website, of course, cites the official line that dispersant use ended July 15, then adds “…but photos and chemical lab results obtained by MSNBC.com suggest that the controversial chemicals have been sprayed much more recently than that.”
MSNBC adds: “We were on our way back to Ocean Springs from Horn Island, about a mile or two off the coast… (and) we ran into these hundreds of yards long swaths of that cauliflower stuff,” said Moran. And this: Moran said the foamy substance on the water’s surface looked just like what he encountered while covering the oil spill response when dispersant — a product with the brand name Corexit — was being applied daily to oil slicks. The smell was unmistakable, he said. “I almost passed out from the fumes,” he said. “It smelled like a gas station.” Read entire article here