Ill Winds Blowing At BP Oil

Posted Jun 12, 2010 by Andrew Boggs
The start of hurricane season may give BP even more uncertainty in its attempts to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon rig.
The Perfect Environmental Storm: With a mixture of raw oil and its toxic chemical dispersant along w...
The Perfect Environmental Storm: With a mixture of raw oil and its toxic chemical dispersant along with the start of the hurricane season, BP Oil has set up an apocalyptic event in the Mexican Gulf and the coastlines as well effecting fresh ground water tables and the ruining of the area wildlife and seafood industries in the process.
Efforts to stop the oil from flowing into the Gulf of Mexico have so far been erratic at best. BP is creating even more of an environmental crisis by burning thousands of barrels-worth of excess surface oil in the ocean. The raw burning is adding tons of particulate matter into the atmosphere along with a fair amount of the toxic chemical cocktail dispersant Corexit 9500 mixed in with the burn that is getting into the skin and lungs of workers trying to contain the wayward petroleum spill. Over two thousand workers are forced to breathe both the raw oil and the dispersant, Corexit 9500. Corexit 9500 causes oil slicks to break into globules as well the sinking of the raw petroleum to the ocean floor where the oil is consumed by bacteria. However, Corexit is highly toxic to human beings and other species. Corexit 9500 causes severe respiratory damage and negative effects to one’s nervous system, liver, kidney and blood. Its components include 2-butoxyethanol and organic sulfuric acid. Even with its very high toxicity levels, it is only 54.7% effective when compared to another and more safer dispersant, Sea Brat, which is said to be 100% effective with less toxicity. One reason the less effective chemical is used is because of BP’s close ties with Nalco, makers of Corexit 9500.
Meanwhile environmental issues continue to haunt BP, its workers as well US governmental agencies as more aquatic life is destroyed by the oil flowing throughout the gulf. BP’s inconsistent reports on the spill add to the uncertainty that BP is equipped to handle the crisis alone. No one at BP or US governmental offices handling the spill can ascertain what methods will be successful in containing the oil, nor a set time period in plugging the well. BP is promising it has the financial resources to pay for the clean-up as well the liabilities, however, some experts in the financial sectors are not so sure. Under current regulations, BP is not required to supply respirators to the workers involved in containment nor clean-up, nor does it need to evacuate them from danger zones. As a result, many of the workers are becoming ill at the clean-up sites. Over 90,000 barrels of oil have been burned since the Deepwater Horizon rig‘s blow-out occurred on April 20th, 2010. As the oil from the spill evaporates into the atmosphere, it is alleged by environmental scientists, that chemical rains are developing and spreading agricultural damage along coastal regions which is widening the ’dead zones’ that already exist in the Gulf of Mexico. The deadly chemicals are leaching into coastal wetlands which in turn may effect the toxicity levels of the water tables inland themselves along the affected coastlines. Plant and animal life are greatly endangered by these chemicals. Its well believed by environmental scientists that ocean ‘loop’ currents and eddies are already starting to draw the ever-growing amount of oil contamination into the Atlantic Ocean.
There are several sites which show live video of the raw oil spilling plumes upwards into the Gulf of Mexico, including the author’s site,
And Then The Winds And Rains Came…
Hurricane season is well underway as of June 1st, ending on November 30th, and with it is a looming crisis that will further exacerbate the problems of the oil spill. Partially affected by the rising sunspot cycle of the sun, this hurricane season promises to be more prolific then the last. Hurricanes develop through high wind spirals created by bands of thunderstorms and their resultant outflows. As winds increase, moisture from water evaporation is drawn into the clouds further intensifying a storm’s potential. As the storm clouds continue to suck in upward moisture, it condenses near the center, then creates heavy downpours while releasing tremendous amounts of heat and energy. In the process, barometric pressure is created in the center of circulation pulling in more air and rising to around 50,000 feet, propelling it outward, replacing it with even more air in the process. This cycle continues increasing the danger and damage potential from the storm maturing into a hurricane. And this leads to further problems caused by the continuing oil and chemical flow into the ocean. As the oil and chemical concentrated moisture turn into torrent rains from the hurricane, the toxicity from the chemical rains are then spread further inland along the Atlantic seaboard coastlines of North America and the western shorelines of Europe, further increasing the toxicity levels of fresh water supplies getting into the water tables of the affected areas. Meanwhile during an active hurricane, containment work in the danger path of a hurricane must stop until the storm passes. The British headquarters of BP Oil shouldn’t get too comfortable, since the toxic chemical rains from hurricanes has a potential to reach their doorstep in Western Europe as well. Long term effects both from the oil and dispersant may damage crops and create negative health issues in people as well adding potential for birth defects in yet-to-be-born children. This is not a good scenario for any living matter. The mishandling of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig is a gift from BP Oil that’s guaranteed to keep on giving!