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Oil Industry's Addiction to Toxic Disperants Costing Everyone Billions
Date:4/18/2013

isperse it, and hide it’ is a mantra that recurs throughout most oil spill incidents including now the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas currently being treated with boom and adsorbents that are as ridiculous as paper towels in cleaning up a massive spill,” said Barbara Wiseman, LAEO’s International President another joint author of the paper. “We intend for this publication to correct the EPA’s inaccurate guidance documents that have been barriers to effective clean up—and we believe, that even the oil companies will welcome it.”    

The LAEO paper discusses ineffective handling of the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill disaster when predominantly treated with the industry’s favorite spill killer--Corexit™. Originally developed by ExxonMobil, it is a toxic, hydrocarbon-based, oil-dispersant agent. The analysis makes an undeniable case that the use of chemical dispersant violates the Clean Water Act by contaminating the water column and seabed.

“The fact is, the Gulf ecosystem is still in crisis and certain members of the EPA have been using these erroneous documents to stand in the way of our and others’ efforts to get the waters truly cleaned up. BP’s pension-dependent shareholders could have saved billions, if the use of non-toxic, already-EPA approved technology had not been blocked by top EPA officials who themselves violated the Clean Water Act during the Deepwater Horizon disaster,” stated Jeanne Pascal, retired EPA attorney and another joint author. “Inadequate oil spill response outcomes have become the industry norm.”

Alongside publishing its industry guidance reform paper, LAEO launched a government and public education and awareness campaign on 20 April coinciding with the third-year anniversary of the start of the BP Gulf Oil Spill and Earth Month. The position paper and t
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