BP Spill Potentially Grows to Hundreds of Millions of Gallons of Toxic Soup

"It increasingly looks like the dispersants that BP has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico has formed a toxic mixture of oil, chemicals and water"

05-06-2010 // Aileo Weinmann
Oil in gulf

Today National Wildlife Federation held a press conference in Venice, LA to discuss the potential environmental impacts of the dispersants BP is using on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 

“Water, the lifeblood of the Gulf’s ecology and economy is being polluted with a toxic brew of oil and chemicals – leaving the lives of wildlife and the livelihoods of Americans hanging in the balance.

Mr. Schweiger and a team of NWF staff have been on the ground assessing the damage of the BP Oil Spill and coordinating the volunteer effort with coalition partners.

"It increasingly looks like the dispersants that BP has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico has formed a toxic mixture of oil, chemicals and water that could be in the hundreds of millions of gallons," said Schweiger. "It smells more like toxic chemicals than a crude oil spill."

“These dispersants contain proprietary chemicals that have unknown effects. We cannot afford to compound one tragedy with another.

According to the Associated Press, "More than 230,000 gallons of dispersant is available, and more is being manufactured by Nalco Company of Naperville, Ill., for use in the Gulf.:

At the press conference today Mr. Schweiger called on BP to disclose what chemicals are in their dispersants, and what effects they cause when mixed with oil. "Dispersants hide the worst potential visual impacts (such as oil-coated birds and beaches) and sweep the damage under the carpet by hiding it underwater where people are less likely to see it," he said.

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