Part 1:  BP Oil and Corexit Dispersant Still In Gulf of Mexico

New evidence that Corexit dispersant is degrading very slowly while seafloor marine life suffocate covered by oil, dolphin stillborn deaths in January and February 2011 are ten times normal, and many coastal residents are sick.

“The (Corexit) dispersant is sticking around. Key dispersant chemicals
underwent negligible or slow rates of biodegradation.”

- Elizabeth Kujawinski, Ph.D., Marine Chemist,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

“When the world sees something like baby dolphins washing up on shore, it pulls at the heartstrings, and we all want to know why.”

- Blair Mase, Marine Mammal Strandings
Coordinator, SE Region, NOAA

Marine scientists report that since January 20, 2011, twenty-six stillborn and dead baby dolphins have washed ashore along 200 miles of coastline from Louisiana east across Mississippi to Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Mississippi, west of Keesler AFB, gathered tissue samples from a male baby dolphin discovered dead on the Gulfport beach Monday, February 21, 2011. Image © 2011 by James Edward Bates/Sun Herald.
Marine scientists report that since January 20, 2011, twenty-six stillborn and dead baby dolphins have washed ashore along 200 miles of coastline from Louisiana east across Mississippi to Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Mississippi, west of Keesler AFB, gathered tissue samples from a male baby dolphin discovered dead on the Gulfport beach Monday, February 21, 2011. Image © 2011 by James Edward Bates/Sun Herald.

February 23, 2011 Gulfport, Mississippi - Microbiologist Samantha Joye, Ph.D., University of Georgia, showed images of oil-suffocated marine creatures at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico she photographed in recent research presented before the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual conference in Washington February 14 - 18, 2011. A year ago on April 20, 2010, the BP Macondo oil well erupted nearly a mile down on the Gulf seafloor. Between that day and late July 2010, 206,000,000 gallons of crude oil gushed uncontrollably into the Gulf of Mexico, while 770,000 gallons of Corexit were pumped and sprayed into the Gulf to “disperse” BP's oil disaster.

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