New Evidence BP’s Spill Dispersant Caused Harm to Humans and Wildlife

In the desperately dark days following BP’s Deepwater Horizon accident in April 2010, one of the issues that I highlighted on this blog was the dangers of BP’s chemical Corexit, which the oil giant was using to disperse the oil.

In a blog on in early May that year, we published a blog: “Exclusive: No Toxicity Tests on BP’s Dispersant”, which examined the lack of safety data on the dispersant that BP was pumping into the Gulf in vast quantities.

The bottom line is that there is no way Corexit should ever have been used to disperse the oil.

I wrote simply that: “Alarmingly, according to the dispersant manufacturer, no toxicity tests have been conducted on this product.”

I was not alone in being worried. At the time a group of scientists were warning against the widespread use of Corexit. One of those was the veteran of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Dr. Riki Ott, one of the world’s leading experts on oil spills.

At the time, Dr Ott said: “This is like treating cancer with something you don’t know is going to work or not, or you don’t know whether the cure is worse than the harm. You don’t know anything.”

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