Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Six Years Later, Worried Gulf Residents to Hold Online Town Hall on BP Spill Health Impacts

From:  Truth Out 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 00:00  
By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report 

Booms, burning and chemical dispersants at work in attempts to contain the oil leaking from BP's Deep Water Horizon in June, 2010.
Workers use booms, burning and chemical dispersants in attempts to contain the oil leaking from BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in June 2010. (Photo: kris krüg / Flickr) In April 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform exploded, killing 11 workers before sinking 5,000 feet to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil gushed for 87 days unchecked, creating the single-largest marine oil disaster in US history.

In response to the disaster, BP used 1.8 million gallons of highly toxic Corexit dispersants in what the oil giant claimed was an effort to keep the oil from reaching shore. Critics accuse BP of sinking the oil with the dispersants as a means of minimizing fines under the Clean Water Act.  MORE