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BP Oil: Dangerous Dispersant Used In Ocean!

Updated on September 21, 2015

BP Oil Uses CARCINOGENETIC Oil Dispersant!



Secret Ingredients in Corexit Oil Dispersant Are Carcinogenic and Absorbed Through Skin

Some of the worst fears about the dispersant BP is using in the Gulf Spill appear to be justified. BP Oil is using a carcinogentic (cancer causing) dispergent. It is dangerous and non- biodegradeable. Symptoms Include: Nausea, vomiting, liver damage and dizziness. Clean-up workers are experiencing these symptoms. The ingredients are:

· 2-Butoxy Ethanol can affect you by ingestion and may be absorbed through the skin.

· 2-Butoxy Ethanol should be handled as a CARCINOGEN--WITH EXTREME CAUTION.

· Contact can irritate the skin and eyes with possible eye damage.

· Inhaling 2-Butoxy Ethanol can irritate the nose and throat.

· 2-Butoxy Ethanol can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

· Exposure can cause headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, and passing out.

· 2-Butoxy Ethanol may damage the liver and kidneys.

Devastation has unknown unintended consequences. An example is , a boat owner drove to his boat as usual. As the deckhands prepared for the day's work, Kruse, as the captain, was supposed to turn on the generator. But after a few minutes, the crew members said, they didn't hear anything and went looking for him. A deckhand found him in the wheelhouse, shot in the head.

This is just one incident. sign of the BP spill's hidden psychological toll on the Gulf Coast, an awful feeling of helplessness that descends on people used to hard work and independence.

Around the gulf, social service providers are dealing with a rising tide of mental health crises.

Oxygen depletions have not reached a critical level yet, but the oil is still spilling into the Gulf, now at a rate of as much as 60,000 barrels a day, according to U.S. government estimates. There may be huge areas of dead, dying sea life.

Lifeguard wears a bandana over his face for breathing protection as he watches the beach in Pensacola Beach, Fla., Thursday, June 24, 2010. Pensacola Beach officials have closed the public beaches to swimmers. Oil from the Deep Water Horizon disaster continues to wash ashore along the Alabama and Florida coasts.

In the meantime, the oil flows.... My concern are the unintended consequences of the massive oil spill.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA


      I am much more optimistic today, as compared to when I wrote this hub. As a related hub has indicated, research has shown that all of the methane gas, oil and dispergents have been consumbed by microbes! This has been confirmed by two research efforts...

      This does not mean the "onshore oil" has been cleaned, or removed. It still is a mess. Mother Earth over time will "repair herself."

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      Shil1978 7 years ago

      Oh my - that's depressing if true. Who knows what the long-term consequences of this man-made mess is going to be? Just hope ordinary folks don't have to pay a huge price for the mess created by BP.

      I hope they come up with some solutions so another disaster like the BP one can be contained quicker.

      Oh yes, another disaster - this sure ain't the last one for sure, that's the sad reality!!

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      kiwi91 I agree. I just read where the possibility of the stuff being poured into the ocean to break up the oil penetrates and changes cells... As an optimistic person, I hope the positive outcomes will far out-weigh the billions in damage and the environmental costs and destruction...

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      kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

      I'm sure we don't know the half of what is really being dumped into the Gulf as dispergants. This is such a disorganized mess. The effects of this oil spill and the cleanup are going to be felt for decades, not just a year or two as news agencies are speculating. We can only hope operations become better organized soon.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Nellieanna, Careful, your wisdom is showing. My book, Eyes Wide Shut: An Enigma skirts on the edge of the "New World Order." I am not one to subscribe to conspiracy theories, as each event should be examined on its own. However, there are certain groups that share "common interests..." As a prior educator, ( I have Single Subject, Multiple Subject and had Administrators credentials), I recall the child's storybook about the "Mouse that Roared." Perhaps if we were not passive and adopt the, "I am madder than hell and I am not taking it anymore" philosophy we could begin the process. Most of us are myopic, self-centered and our "spheres of influence" stops where our selfish interest ends... Thanks for your comments. I enjoy your insightful, kind thoughts!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Would that the honest concern and cocnsiderable understanding represented just in these comments have an impact on the outcome. It's frightening to think that there are people in positions of huge authority who either have minimal concern and understanding OR have deliberate vicious agendas in place - because the power they weild seems to be terribly ineffective, as though they don't know or can't do anything OR don't want to OR want to use it for vicious purposes.

      The logic that they "can't" do anything to correct this ongoing poisoning of the Earth's waters doesn't hold water! All the waters are connected and if these millions of gallons of oil are pouring into one of the large ponds at the rate they are, and going on - how many weeks? month? - it will eventually filter into all the water and - what's to keep it from evaporating into with the water into the atmosphere? - Well - I don't know all the possibiliies but I'm not quick to see conspiracy lurking around but there is definitely "something rotten in Denmark".

      Have we become so docile and ineffective that we just helplessly watch it happen? Reminds me of some of the old "Twilight Zone" segments. Shudder.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      To admit you do not know, is wisdom. I used be a real estate broker for a large commercial company. Most all of my energy was used repeating to 150 salespeople it is OK to tell your client you do not know, but you will find out the answer. Often the client was more knowledgeable than the Realtor. To accept you do not know is a display of wisdom. I have learned it is a great asset to know what you do not know... I learn more everyday about what I do not know. I have learned, "Ignorance is not bliss!"

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      I will check out your book info -it looks very intriguing. Sorry, if it sounded like I considered all 'conspiracy theories' to be utter nonsense. That would be imprudent. After all, what better way to deflect truth that to have it espoused by people who have married their sister and live on homemade moonshine. One can go on and on with 'what ifs" and at the end of the day, if we are Stephen King, have a novel but no real answers. I like your "trust, but confirm" idea. "I don't know" has become my most often used phrase lately in many areas :)

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      SilverGenes, I feel your concern... I do not know the answers. I struggle to determine the questions. I too have heard and read about the dire possibilities of the run-away well. Events as described in the above video plus the possibility of the sea floor collapsing causing a tsunami. My book, "Eyes Wide Shut: An Enigma" skirts around the "New World Order" theory. Conspiracy theories will always be with us. Perhaps the business philosophy of "trust, but confirm" applies...

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      It makes me very uncomfortable using neurotoxins over such a wide area and in such quantity. We've also gone from using no protective gear to suddenly having lifeguards using masks on the beaches - no fishing is allowed for health reasons so why is it okay for people to swim there? And why suddenly the switch to masks if everything is so safe? SR1, I don't buy into 'conspiracy theories' but this video contains enough information to make anyone sit up and take notice. Leaving the 'conspiracy' part out, it makes sense to move all these people if you are going to try something like a nuclear device beneath an ocean floor where there are spongy oil fields and many other inter-related geological systems, it would spell potential disaster if there is ANY miscalculation. We have a news blackout and now these videos that are VERY disturbing. If the reporter is right, then we are about to move 40 million people out of the way of potential nuclear disaster under the guise of protecting public health. Funny, but there is no mention of moving people who live on the Caribbean Islands. In fact, I can't find any news at all about effects on the other inhabitants in the region outside the US. If there are health concerns mounting, who is helping Haiti and the other impoverished countries? Does anyone happen to have some recent links to information about this?

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      saddlerider1, Seems a parallel to my book: Eyes Wide Shut: An enigma. I too left home at 17. You grow up quick. I ate one bag of pop corn a day... I still like pop corn!

      katiem2, Your "deep thinker" is working... As a child, I would challenge the neighborhood to see who could go the greatest distance in a patch of ground that was filled with "stickers," AKA "goatheads." These were weeds that grew seed pods with sharp 1/4" thorns. My opponents would tip toe (all barefoot) until the agony of the punctures would force them to stop and retreat. I learned to run across the field. It worked. The punctures were not felt. Sometimes life is like that... In terms of medical attention, we were too poor for that. I have a finger that was broken, a nose that was broken... both grew with a slight deviation... I have learned people who do not medicate themselves tend to be healthier. Their bodies builds antibodies. I made a "home made" shot gun pellet gun. You had to hold a match under the gunpowder to cause the explosion to send the pellet out the reversed bicycle spoke hub. We had contests to see who could penetrate the most pages in a Sears catalog. The thing exploded in my hands. I used a "bobby pin" to search for the pellet in my finger. It left a splayed black hole in my finger. I did not go to the doctor. Years later in the service, I had the pellet removed.

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      It's a total mess and to add worst news, I hope this is just a conspiracy theory. You may want to have a look, could you imagine evacuating 40 million people?

      God forbid this happens. Peace

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I for one had more nails in my foot when I was a kid running about the grounds bare footed... I'd step on a nail pull it out and keep on running leaving a trail of blood behind me as I went. Band aid, I didn't need one. Amazing how things change. What about people who can't live without air conditioning, Oh there I go, do forgive me I came to this after reading your great article and all the comments. Thanks for the great read, BP Oil Dangerous Dispergant Used In Ocean. :)

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      The innocents of childhood... Perhaps I should write a hub about what we did as children: like jump off a roof, jump off the roof blind-folded, jump of the roof and turn a flip these were my carefree days. I lived in a two room house with an "out-door" toilet. We often slept in the front yard...

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      eyes - what have we all done in the past as stupid children or innocent users of some product. My cousin and I used to break open thermometers and play with the mercury. Our world is so full of poisons. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. I know a woman who runs to the doctor for antibiotics for everything, including what seems to me to be a common cold or the flu. The doctor hands out the antibiotics (as well as a host of other medications for stomach problems, mood problems, indigestion, insomnia, etc). She seems to be unable to deal with the slightest discomfort, so injests great quantities of poison every day.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      I used to enjoy rubbing copper pennies with mercury to make them look like a dime! Mercurachrom was used by everyone. The (FDA) removed it from the "generally recognized as safe" and into the "untested" classification to effectively halt its distribution in the United States in 1998 over fears of potential mercury poisoning.(FDA) removed it from the "generally recognized as safe" and into the "untested" classification to effectively halt its distribution in the United States in 1998 over fears of potential mercury poisoning.

      I hope the current oil spill will provide a "teachable moment." Obviously, technology for "blow-outs" has not kept up with drilling in deep water. There is a well in Taft California that blew oil for miles around. It flowed at around 48,000 barrels a day, forming an oil lake on the ground. It lasted for 18 months, with a total of 9 million barrels spilled. Much of the oil was recovered from the ground. Now there is nothing to indicate it happened. Obviously, the ocean blow out is going to have a greater environmental impact.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      What some know by study and experiment, perhaps others of us know by intuition. But neither studies, experiments nor intuition are infallible or answer all questions, cover all facets or hold up in all situations. Perhaps what bothers us most is the INTENT to harm or the lack of intent to not harm which requires less proof than the chemistry and generality of the facts. But these, too, are fallible and subjectivity is a tenuous platform indeed - yet one each and from which every human being must operate.

      At any time when we living can recall things working better "back then", in truth, had we known all the factors back then, we might have had another opinion. There have been no perfect times. But that is our challenge and possibly what makes life possible. Perfection needs nothing - so why struggle for breath or water? These needs short of perfection keep us going.

      When I was a kid, Mother used a product which was just "Bichloride of Mercury" to sterilize external cuts and wounds. The bottle with the blue "pills" was marked with skull and crossbones but kept in the medicine cabinet, to be ready when needed. The cabinet was not "kid proof" and I was a curious kid. But I heeded the warnings, knew that the skull and crossbones meant business and even learned to mistrust that tint of blue! I can remember climbing up to the cabinet to see what was there and steering clear of that bottle. (I did succumb to the chocolate Ex-Lax once, however - not a pleasant lesson in staying out of things I didn't understand! haha)

      When I stepped on broken glass and almost severed one of my toes, she used a blue pill - dissolved it in a container she was willing to discard after the use and soaked & applied it as a poultice to the toe before she splinted it, bandaged it and cut the toe out of my little lace-up toddler's shoe. We were 100 miles from the nearest doctor, out at the ranch, where it could have festered just on the trip over rough roads going a snail's pace for the first 30 of them & even a max speed limit (not to mention the Model T's top speed) of 35 mph on the highway when we reached it. There was no other way to make the trip. My toe, however, was salvaged "in the field", so to speak. It healed without infection, the little bones reset themselves and, except for not bending as far as the others, that toe never bothered me these 75 or so years since.

      Growing up, I didn't use the blue pills myself but I believed in merthiolate for my wounds. I prevented many a bad sore throat by treating it by "painting" with merthiolate at the onset.

      Now anything containing mercury is banned. Instead one is given anitbiotics, strong pain drugs and who-knows-what-other harmful concoctions, surely as chancey as, if not more dangerous, than the things targeted for banning. One wonders whether the high-priced poisons simply couldn't compete with the $1 or so bottles of pills or tincture, so the cheapies had to go to make room - and generate "necessity" enhanced by expensive TV ads touting the value of the expensive drugs, encouraging folks to beg them from their physicians (so they can get in on the profits, possible) while the PR folks cover & minimize the long lists of "side effects" by sing-songing them amid beautiful palm trees and lovely modesl, and hide their possible dangers from the gullible consumers, if the stuff is actually used - after they beg for it from their doctors who writes a Rx and charges them and/or their insurance for an office call.

      I am appalled that drilling under the sea is honed to expertise but stopping a bad leak which can destroy life and ruin habitats wasn't anticipated or prepared with a remedy.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      msorensson, thoughtly and well spoken. I believe quantum physics will open the door to better understanding of vibrations/energy/waves. How elese can explain light being both at the same time?

      always exploring, The unintended consequences... Mother nature can and does heal itself...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great article, the damage has been done, we in our life time will not know the extent of harm done to humans and the wild life.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      It maybe that the ultimate objective of the person who did it is for the the intent is good.

      But it is such a, for lack of a better word, ridiculous claim on SDS aka Sodium Lauryl Sulfate no scientist would bother on it until the damage has already been done.

      Scientific facts are those observations made by the scientist on a specific time and could be affected by so many factors, therefore I agree, they are not set in stone.

      One does not need machines to control the thoughts actions and behaviour of another human being.

      One being with great spiritual power can do it. The people who think they are doing it and are ignorant of the cost will eventually have to face the consequences of the actions.

      We are all on this planet, in this world. There are no individual "events" One man's actions affect another ..this is a simple truth which we have forgotten. We cannot harm another knowingly for even such a thought has consequences. Therefore we work on ourselves a control the human tendencies that we may not bring harm to another by our thoughts and actions.

      This universe works on vibrations/energy/waves. There are beings who can create those at will.

      The myths are not so mythical after all and the books written by the sages have merit. They are simply trying to help us to "be in this world but not of it".

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      I am not a scientist. However, I was a science instructor. I did complete two PhD programs and during the process, I began to better understand the public's confusion. Scientitist propose a theory. Unitl it is proved "wrong," it is accepted. An example: I was taught in school all energy came from the sun. Now we find there are chemical reactions producing "energy" in the deep parts of the ocean by "vents" where exremely hot water laden with high concentrations of chemical produce huge colonies of bio-systems. This is down deep where there is no sunlight. Bottom line: I may suggest something causes cancer. Someone else suggest it does not with updated, or better research methods. It is a dynamic process. Science "facts" are not set in stone. Another example: "gravity" as we know it is a "force." It may be discovered it is a "quantum" activity reflecting an unseen force... Brain thoughts may be a "force field." My book explores this possiblilty via Remote Neural Monitoring. The government is working on this... You can actually decipher another person's thoughts..... Matel has a toy where you can control merely by thinking the directions. You wear a skull cap... It monitors your brain activity. Your brain "broadcasts" your thoughts...

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      It frightens me when even the experts can't seem to agree on the best plan of action. 'Normal' lay people like me do not understand all of the chemical mumbo-jumbo and rely on the experts to get it right. But really they are only guessing aren't they?

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      I used SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) in the lab for ohh..24 years..It is another dispersant. It is a kind of soap.

      For some reason someone started the rumour that it causes cancer/allergies and published all the chemical data that points to that...

      All the soaps and the bath products containing it did not sell in the supermarkets and made factories close not to mention all the workers getting laid off.

      Before that rumour, we have all been using it...for most of our detergent/soap products.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Tough choice. I do not know the answers... Damned if you do; damned if you don't. Many times when I worked in the oilfields as a youth, I was covered in oil, or solvents. I also installed asbestos insulation. No symptoms yet...

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      No, my point is that they used the least harmful dispersant and it is better than clumps of oil being gobbled by the

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Butoxyethanol has an LD50 of 2.5g/kg in rats. Laboratory tests by the United States National Toxicology Program have have shown that sustained inhalation of high concentrations (100 - 500 ppm) of 2-butoxyethanol can cause adrenal tumors in animals. American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) reports that 2-butoxyethanol is carcinogenic in animals. It is interesting OSHA does not regulate the butoxyethanol as a carcinogen...! U.S. Employers are required to inform employees when they are working with this substance.[10]

      Butoxyethanol is listed in the U.S. state of California as a hazardous substance,[11] though it was removed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?'s list of hazardous air pollutants in 1994.[12]

      2-Butoxyethanol has come under scrutiny in Canada, and Environment and Health Canada recommended that it be added to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). The use of some common household cleaning products containing 2-butoxyethanol could expose people to levels 12 times greater than California's one-hour guideline, especially when indoor use is considered.

      Reproductive toxicity -- 2-Butoxyethanol Acetate: 2-Butoxyethanol Acetate is a suspected reproductive toxicant and exposure to it has the potential to negatively affect the human reproductive system. 2-Butoxyethanol Acetate is used mainly as an industrial solvent in the production of products such as paints, coatings and adhesives. The severity and nature of the adverse effect is variable and can be influenced by factors such as sex, level of exposure and individual sensitivity to the chemical. Effects on the female reproductive systems can include such things as menstrual problems, altered sexual behavior, infertility, altered puberty onset, altered length of pregnancy, lactation problems, altered menopause onset and pregnancy outcome. Effects on the male reproductive system can include such things as altered sexual behavior, altered fertility and problems with sperm shape or count.

      Reproductive toxicity -- 2-Butoxyethanol Acetate: 2-Butoxyethanol Acetate is a suspected reproductive toxicant and exposure to it has the potential to negatively affect the human reproductive system.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Oh dear...yes, it has all those characteristics but the other side of the coin is this:


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