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What BP Doesn’t Want You to Know About the 2010 Gulf Spill

by on May 7, 2013

This is a lengthy article, but it reinforces a lot of what we learned about the BP oil spill, especially how BP covered up how much oil was spilling into the Gulf. Furthermore, this article highlights BP’s attempt to cover up the spill by using Corexit. Corexit is a “dispersant,” and “its function was to attach itself to leaked oil, break it into droplets, and disperse them into the vast reaches of the gulf, thereby keeping the oil from reaching Gulf Coast shorelines.” Corexit did this but also had serious health implications on cleanup workers and the coastal residents. BP did not properly inform the workers of how harmful Corexit could be. Corexit also had negative effects on the ecosystems of the gulf. The article ends with a bleak outlook saying that the greatest environmental disaster has been largely forgotten because of the power of BP to cover it up. Nothing has changed or has pushed for positive change. “Who says cover-ups never work?”

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  1. Chapin Evans permalink

    My initial thought is how absolutely horrifying this is…
    I find it a very good follow up to Deepwater Horizon/our talks in class about the issue. I actually did not follow up or know very much information about the BP Oil Spill aside from that it happened and it caused a lot of damage. But I did not know about the amount of negligence going on. It was not simply a tragic accident; it become an irresponsibility.
    I think it speaks volumes about how social forces trump reason. Reason says we should clean up the spill in the safest way possible, but there was only a push to cover it up because the demand for oil was much greater. It is convoluted because of the politics of it all. Everyone has their own agenda, rather than thinking like a global citizen. I think honestly either the only way there will be a change is if there comes to be a global citizenship/worldwide unification, OR, based on Parenti’s book, which suggests environmental disasters will only bring out the worst in people, there needs to be more restrictions in place to control the innate selfishness of desperate humans.

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