Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.
Big Brother Says “All is Well, Go Back to Sleep”
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) air monitoring through June 10, 2010, presumably found air quality levels were “normal” on the Gulf coastline . Of course this is the same EPA whose former director, Todd Christy, boldly stated that the post 911 air was fit to breathe . Christy’s 911 comments have been removed from the EPA website but can be cross-referenced in the Guardian . The EPA’s provably wrong declaration doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the agency’s ability to fix the current Gulf crisis.
Obama's personal point man on the spill, Thad Allen, stated “the well no longer posed any threat to the Gulf. Crews will begin the last few remaining operations needed to abandon the well this week .” Thad Allen’s statement followed Obama’s declaration in which he boldly proclaimed that the Gulf is safe and “open for business” [5, 6]. Officials from both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the EPA echoed Obama’s safety claims .
Gulf Coast Residents Tell a Different Story
The interconnections between the major media and BP’s Gulf Coast partners will prevent the public from ever hearing the human side of this tragedy. Below are a few examples of what you will not see or read in the corporate controlled media.
Twenty two year old Paul Doomm is paralyzed, has severe brain lesions and had to be placed in a medically induced coma to save his life. After swimming in the Gulf and eating seafood, before he was to head off to Marine Corps boot camp, he fell gravely ill. His fourteen year old brother is also now ill with a severe skin condition. Doomm’s parents are now ill and unable to work. Paul Doomm faces the real prospect of never leaving his wheel chair . As was the case with Gulf War Syndrome, the Doomm family case begs the question; can dispersant poisoning be transmitted through casual contact?
Denise Rednour was working as an animal rescuer, and took photos as the oil arrived on the beach at Long Beach, Mississippi. Within a month, she suffered from blurred vision, bleeding, and lung infections. She also believed the bulk of the exposure came from inhalation of the Corexit in the air, and compared the effects to what workers in the 9/11 World Trade Centers’ bombing first responders went through .
In my June 12, 2011 radio interview with Kindra Arnesen, she recounted a time when she had six children in her home and all six were experiencing symptoms ranging from sudden onset upper respiratory illness, hair falling out, chest pains and severe skin lesions .
Admittedly, these three cases are anecdotal in nature, but the medical evidence clearly supports the fact that anyone who lives, or visits the Gulf, is at risk.
The Silent Voices of Science
As a result of spraying Corexit, many researchers have highlighted the dangers associated with exposure to the oil and the corexit. Dr. Wilma Subra, a chemist and microbiologist, speaking at “Truth Out for the Gulf Forum,” stated that blood tests taken from Gulf Coast residents who have become ill, reveals exposure to crude oil and the subsequent presence of the well known cancer causing agents of Benzene and Hexane at an average of 36 times the expected rate. Subra also found that Corexit produces the Leukemia causing agents of Ethylbenzene and Xylene at 5.7 and 5.68 times the normal expected levels in her test samples. Subra states that “this deadly toxicity is in the air, it’s in the dispersant and it is in the blood of the people .”
Kim Anderson’s Oregon State University (OSU) researchers, from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, began a test-retest comparative analysis for the carcinogenic contaminant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and its biodegradable partner, OPAHs, which appears after the application of corexit and subsequent exposure to ultraviolet rays. Stunningly, the OSU researchers found a 40 fold increase in these carcinogenic compounds in the comparative test-retest period . The OSU findings replicate the conclusions of Mace Barron  and the Mace Barron et al  regarding the toxicity of Corexit and its use in the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Exxon Valdez oil spill and subsequent clean-up activities provides the only case study in the history of the United States involving significant exposure to the types of toxins discussed in this article as the result of an oil spill. Findings, related to the longevity of the Exxon Valdez clean-up workers, are very disturbing as their collective lifespan statistics revealed that the average life expectancy is a mere 51 years of age and nearly all of the Exxon Valdez clean-up workers are dead [15, 16]. These findings can leave little doubt that BP’s use of Corexit has seriously compromised the collective life span of Gulf Coast residents.
Why Use the Deadly Corexit?
It is mindboggling that Corexit 9500 and Corexit 9527 would be used in cleaning up the largest environmental danger in the history of the United States. According to the EPA, both forms of Corexit are the most ineffective available agents in treating oil spills and, simultaneously, both Corexit agents also pose the most toxic risk to various aquatic life forms. My fellow Republic Broadcasting Network colleague, Darren Weeks, found evidence from the EPA files that Corexit has the highest toxicity to Menindia fish of all 18 EPA tested dispersants. Just a very small amount of Corexit 9500 is required to kill 50% of fish within four days. When compared to another EPA approved dispersant, Nokomis 3-F4, Corexit 9500 is 38 times more poisonous to Menindia fish and 17 times more deadly to shrimp . Why not just use Nokomis3-F4? The answer is simple, Goldman Sachs, BP nor Halliburton do not have any financial interests in Nokomis 3-F4. NALCO, the manufacturer of Corexit, is a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs and BP officials have financial interests in NALCO. Also, Goldman Sachs’ and Halliburton’s complicity in the oil spill figures prominently in this investigation and will be detailed in the fifth part of this series.
The most damning account of the Corexit dangers posed to the Gulf comes from Hugh Kaufman, senior policy analyst at the EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response as he stated on Democracy Now that “In light of the EPA’s data, BP’s decision to use Corexit 9500 and 9527 was based solely upon an attempt to profit on the clean-up and not carry out BP’s expressed desire to clean up the Gulf Coast environment…these dispersants were used in massive quantities, to hide the magnitude of the spill and save BP money…Both EPA, NOAA, etc, have been sock puppets for BP in this cover-up. Now, by hiding the amount of spill, BP is saving hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in fines...People who work near it (the dispersants) are hemorrhaging internally. EPA now is taking the position that they really don’t know how dangerous it is, even though if you read the label, it tells you how dangerous it is. And, for example, in the Exxon Valdez case, people who worked with dispersants, most of them are dead...The average death age is around fifty. It’s very dangerous…it’s an economic protector of BP, not an environmental protector of the public. I think the media now has to follow the money and tell the American people who’s getting money for poisoning millions of people in the Gulf. I did the ombudsman investigation on Ground Zero, where EPA made false statements about the safety of the air, which has been proven to be false. Consequently, you have the heroes, the workers there, a large percentage of them are sick right now, not even ten years later, and most of them will die early because of respiratory problems, cancer, etc., because of EPA’s false statements. And you’ve got the same thing going on in the Gulf, EPA administrators saying the same thing that the air and the water is safe .”
There is additional evidence supporting Kaufman’s claims as the EPA originally ordered BP to find less-toxic chemicals to break up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill amid evidence that the ineffective dispersants could actually make the spill more harmful to life in the Gulf . However, BP showed the U.S. government who is really in charge and continued using the corexit. BP also refused to let the clean-up crews wear respirators and hazmat suits  while the EPA did nothing
Using the Exxon Valdez incident as a template, Gulf Coast residents who are continuing to be exposed to even more toxicity, can expect a life span that is 25% less than expected for adults and approximately 40-50% lower for children depending upon the age of exposure. It is reasonable to assume that within one short generation, the life expectancy of the Gulf will rival the worst of the third world.
Shouldn’t Kaufman’s account result in a criminal investigation of BP as well as the complicit EPA officials for criminally negligent homicide and depraved indifference? I want to know why EPA’s chief administrator, Lisa Jackson, is still free to walk the streets, while her actions have led to so much death and destruction. Doesn’t the buck stop with the President? Then, why isn’t Obama being scrutinized for impeachment and criminal indictment after clearly ignoring the evidence and declaring the Gulf “open for business?”
The sociopaths running the government-corporate-media-complex are simply ignoring the plight of an entire region of our country. To those who lack basic human empathy and falsely believe that this series is not news, but rather history, should consider that there is good evidence that the holocaust in the Gulf is just beginning and is now moving up the food chain and has already made its way into your local supermarket. And if you think you can dodge the obvious danger by merely avoiding the Gulf seafood, think again, as this catastrophe is permeating the full spectrum of our food supply. The threat to both the region’s and the nation’s food supply is the focus for the next installment of The Great Gulf Coast Holocaust.
Annie DeRiso contributed to this article
(1) The United States Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Response to BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/air.html. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
(2) The United States Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Response to September 11. http://www.epa.gov/wtc/stories/headline_091801.htm (link has been removed by the EPA).
(3) Ed Pilkington The Guardian. November 11, 2009. 9/11's delayed legacy: cancer for many of the rescue workers. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/11/cancer-new-york-rescuers.
(4) Associated Press reported in The Washington Times Julie Pace.. Gulf “Open for Business,” Obama Says. August 10, 2010. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/14/obama-declares-gulf-coast-open-business/
(5) Youtube. August 10, 2010. Obama: Gulf Beaches & Seafood Safe. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGCpPNtY-DY&feature=related.
(6) Associated Press reported in The Washington Times Julie Pace.. Gulf “Open for Business,” Obama Says. August 10, 2010. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/14/obama-declares-gulf-coast-open-business/.
(7) Louisiana Sea Food News. ‘Our Entire Motivation is Public Health,’ Says FDA Scientist. March 2, 2011. http://www.louisianaseafoodnews.com/2011/03/02/%E2%80%98our-entire-motivation-is-public-health%E2%80%99-says-fda-scientist/.
(8) Paul Doomm. Truth Out for the Gulf Forum ~ Paul. February 6, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rAQ7PACKkg
(9) Denise Rednour. True Testament to the Gulf Oil Spill. July 2, 2011. http://deniselngbch.blogspot.com/
(10) Dave Hodges interviews Kindra Arnesen on The Common Sense Show, June 19, 2011. http://220.127.116.11/archives32/Hodges/2011/06/Hodges_1_061911_210000.mp3
(11) Dr. Wilma Subra: Results of Independent Blood Testing of Gulf Coast Residents Shows Signs of Corexit. March 11, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1e2iEmBsGo.
(12) Professor Kim Anderson through the Oregon State University Relations and Marketing: The Office of the Vice President. OSU researchers find heightened levels of known carcinogens in the Gulf. September 30, 2010. http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2010/sep/osu-researchers-find-heightened-levels-known-carcinogens-gulf.
(13) Critical Evaluation of CROSERF Test Methods for Oil Dispersant Toxicity Testing under Subarctic Conditions. Dr. Mace Barron, January 29, 2003. http://www.pwsrcac.org/docs/d0027600.pdf
(14) Assessment of the Phototoxicity of Weathered Alaska North Slope Crude Oil to Juvenile Pink Salmon Final Report. Mace Barron, Mark Carls, Jeff Short, Stanley Rice, Ron Heintz, Michelle Rau and Richard Di Giulio. December 2, 2003. http://www.pwsrcac.org/docs/d0002300.pdf
(15) Tim King. Salem-News. June 30, 2010. Almost All of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Workers are Dead http://www.salem-news.com/articles/june302010/oil-lifespans.php.
(16) Michael Snyder. Business Insider. June 10, 2010. Warning To Gulf Volunteers: Almost Every Cleanup Worker From The 1989 Exxon Valdez Disaster Is Now Dead. http://www.businessinsider.com/warning-to-gulf-cleanup-workers-almost-every-crew-member-from-the-1989-exxon-valdez-disaster-is-now-dead-2010-6.
(17) The Environmental Protection Agency. National Contingency Plan Product Schedule Toxicity and Effectiveness Summaries. http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/ncp/tox_tables.htm
(18) Hugh Kaufman on Democracy Now. EPA Whistleblower Accuses Agency of Covering Up Effects of Dispersant in BP Oil Spill Cleanup. July 20, 2010. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/7/20/epa_whistleblower_accuses_agency_of_covering
(19) Alan Levin. USA Today. EPA tells BP to use less toxic chemicals. May 21, 2010. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/2010-05-20-oil-spill-chemicals_N.htm.
(20) CNN. Elizabeth Cohen. Fisherman's wife breaks the silence. June 3, 2010 http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/06/03/gulf.fishermans.wife/index.html