Is the seafood safe to eat after the biggest oil contamination in US history has been mixed into the Gulf of Mexico and is now invisible to the naked eye. Would you serve it to your children? What about at a rally against the temporary ban on new Deepwater Drilling at the Cajundome in the heart of Cajun Lafayette Louisiana where traditional Cajun cuisine usually is pungent with the flavor of seafood and fishing is part of the state motto.
HOUMA, LA -- Houma is home to the airport that BP uses for sending out aircraft that spray dispersants on top of the water. After the gusher in the Gulf BP used dispersant at the well-head down near the sea floor in a place they named the Macondo Prospect. You might think spraying dispersants that are toxic chemicals would be something not done before the deepwater disaster. In fact “spilling oil” is a very common thing here in Louisiana and dispersants are used frequently to mix the oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Mixing crude oil into the seawater has the effect of making it pretty much invisible. Here in Houma the airport has a contractor who has three aircraft that are used regularly to spray dispersants into the Gulf. Two of the dispersants widely reported to be used are called COREXIT 9500 and COREXIT 9527. After some prodding the formulae for COREXIT was made public and is now on the EPA web site. But all the ingredients are not listed. Some of the most important ingredients from a health standpoint are just listed generically, like secret herbs and spices. And they kind of are since they are sprayed on seafood all the tim
The beaches in Pensacola were very clean — no smell- no tar — no oil. But where is the oil? A lot of it has been mixed into the Gulf of Mexico along with dispersant and that may not be a something you would want to be immersed in. The coast guard has done an incredible job of keeping the beaches in Pensacola looking good, The beach looks beautiful and the water smells great but some water may be clean and other water may not. You can’t draw a line in water. once the crude is mixed in, is it visible? i will follow up to find out what is in the water — where is the bulk of the crude, and where will the toxic chemicals end up. in our food, our bodies?
Is the Gulf safe to swim in? And if not, are the fish safe to eat? and if not do water and fish stay in one place? Here is one person whose husband worked for oil companies and died from exposure to “Benzene-Ethyltoluene”. He loved his employers and begged her on his deathbed not to sue the oil companies that exposed him.
CNN sort of prides itself on airing both sides of every issue even when only one side is real. Perhaps that habit made the oil presidency more palatable. Now they seem to feel that their viewers deserve to see both sides of the Polluted Gulf of Mexico story, so after discussing in broad, remote, terms, the effect of the pollution and airing a few photos of soiled birds they offer up the other side; a montage of pristine, un-oiled, wildlife to compensate for the reality they seem to feel they overemphasized.