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Swimming Through the Spill …

New York Times – Susan D. Shaw – ‎10 hours ago‎
It is also bioaccumulative, meaning its concentration intensifies as it moves up the food chain. The timing for exposure to these chemicals could not be

BP and the Damage Done

EnergyBoom – Stacy Clark – ‎11 hours ago‎
80 percent of the Gulf’s food chain is born in Louisiana’s marshes. “Once the oil touches them they are damaged…You can’t clean up a marsh,

Local marine biologist keeping a close eye on oil spill developments

The Freeport News – ‎13 hours ago‎
“Your phylo plankton community, the small community of the plants and animals in the water column that are the food base for everybody,


(formerly COREXIT 9527)

Type of Product: Dispersant
Nalco Energy Services, L.P.
P.O. Box 87
Sugar Land, TX 77487-0087
Customer Services:
Phone: (800) 333-3714
Product Management:
Office: (281) 263-7336
Mobile: (281) 202-8126
Email: kapreston@nalco.com
(Ms. Kathryn Preston)
Nalco Energy Services, L.P.
P.O. Box 87
Sugar Land, TX 77487-0087
Customer Services:
Phone: (800) 333-3714
Product Management:
Office: (281) 263-7336
Mobile: (281) 202-8126
Email: kapreston@nalco.com
(Ms. Kathryn Preston)
1. Flammability:
COREXIT® EC9527A is not classified as flammable by either DOT or IMO regulations.
2. Ventilation:
Avoid prolonged breathing of vapors. Use with ventilation equal to unobstructed outdoors in moderate breeze.
3. Skin and eye contact; protective clothing; treatment in case of contact:
Avoid eye contact. In case of eye contact, immediately flush eyes with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. Get prompt medical attention. Avoid contact with skin and clothing. In case of skin contact, immediately flush with large amounts of water, and soap if available. Remove contaminated clothing, including shoes, after flushing has begun. If irritation persists, seek medical attention. For open systems where contact is likely, wear long sleeve shirt, chemical resistant gloves, and chemical protective goggles.
4.a. Maximum storage temperature: 170ºF
4.b. Minimum storage temperature: -30ºF
4.c. Optimum storage temperature range: 40ºF to 100ºF
4.d. Temperatures of phase separations and chemical changes:
COREXIT® EC9527A is not adversely affected by changes in storage temperature unless evaporation is allowed to occur.
The shelf life of unopened drums of COREXIT® EC9527A is unlimited. Containers should always be capped when not in use to prevent contamination and evaporation of solvents.

2. Concentration/Application Rate:
A treatment rate of about 2 to 10 U.S. gallons per acre, or a dispersant to oil ratio of 1:50 to 1:10 is recommended. This rate varies depending on the type of oil, degree of weathering, temperature, and thickness of the slick.

a. Toxicity:

Material Tested Species LC50 (ppm)
COREXIT® EC9527A Menidia beryllina
Mysidopsis bahia
14.57 96-hr
24.14 48-hr
No. 2 Fuel Oil Menidia beryllina
Mysidopsis bahia
10.72 96-hr
16.12 48-hr
COREXIT® EC9527A & No. 2 Fuel Oil (1:10) Menidia beryllina
Mysidopsis bahia
4.49 96-hr
6.60 48-hr
Reference Toxicant (DSS) Menidia beryllina
Mysidopsis bahia
7.07 96-hr
9.82 48-hr

NOTE: This toxicity data was derived using the concentrated product. See Section VI of this bulletin for information regarding the manufacturer’s recommendations for concentrations and application rates for field use.

b. Effectiveness:

Oil Effectiveness (%)
Prudhoe Bay Crude 37.4%
South Louisiana Crude 63.4%
Average of Prudhoe Bay and South Louisiana Crudes 50.4 %
Not Applicable
1. Flash Point: 163ºF
2. Pour Point: < – 40ºF
3. Viscosity: 160 cst at 32ºF
4. Specific Gravity: 0.98 – 1.02
5. pH: 6.1
6. Surface Active Agents: CONFIDENTIAL
7. Solvents: Water, Propylene Glycol, 2-Butoxyethanol
8. Additives: CONFIDENTIAL
9. Solubility: Complete
Compound Concentration (ppm)
Arsenic < 0.005
Cadmium < 0.01
Chromium < 1.0
Copper < 0.2
Lead < 0.1
Mercury < 0.003
Nickel < 0.1
Zinc 0.1
Cyanide < 0.01
Chlorinated Hydrocarbons < 0.01



Limits on access to oiled waters, coast frustrates journalists

NOLA.com – Laura Maggi – 1 day ago

the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. to oilcoated beaches or other areas have cropped up in recent weeks.


IFAI Provides Specialty Fabrics for Urgently Needed GOM Oil Cleanup

Earthtimes (press release) – 1 day ago

Geotextiles and PVC-coated fabric are options for creating turbidity as the perfect sponge for sopping up oil that has polluted the Gulf of Mexico.

Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rule

EPA staff who are conducting on-site compliance evaluations at RMP facilities should offer facility employees and employee representatives the opportunity to participate in any such evaluations. The Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) and the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) have issued interim guidance (PDF) (2 pp, 648K, about PDF) and are jointly developing final guidance to implement the CAA section 112(r) statutory requirement. They plan to issue the guidance later in 2010. Until final EPA guidance is issued, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Field Operations Manual (PDF) (319 pp, 3.5M, about PDF) is available as a reference tool.

RMP Information Access and Address Change for Reporting Center

EPA published in the Federal Register (PDF) (1 pg, 60K, about PDF) a new address for the RMP Reporting Center (PDF) (118 pp, 3.7M, about PDF) and an authorization for a new contractor to access Risk Management Plan (RMP) information.

On March 13, 2009, EPA provided new software called RMP*eSubmit for facilities to use for online RMP reporting. EPA asks that all facilities use this new method to submit RMPs because it is easy to use, will improve data quality, and will enable you to access your RMP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Under the authority of section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act, the Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions require facilities that produce, handle, process, distribute, or store certain chemicals to develop a Risk Management Program, prepare a Risk Management Plan (RMP), and submit the RMP to EPA. Covered facilities were initially required to comply with the rule in 1999, and the rule has been amended on several occassions since then, most recently in 2004.

On this page:

Preparing a Risk Management Plan

Please consult the following sources, in addition to the RMP rule, before preparing your plan:

EPA developed tools to allow facilities to prepare and submit their RMPs online. These tools include:

  • RMP*eSubmit – EPA developed this online system for facilities to use to prepare and submit their Risk Management Plans.
  • RMP Comp – This electronic tool performs the off-site consequence analysis required under the Risk Management Program

Submitting a Risk Management Plan

After you have prepared your plan using RMP*eSubmit, you may also re-submit, correct, or withdraw an RMP.

Facilities submitting Confidential Business Information (CBI) and Trade Secrets cannot use RMP*eSubmit at this time. Please contact the RMP Reporting Center for submission options.

Accessing RMP Information

RMP information may be accessed via the Federal Reading Rooms:

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A whale shark swims off Sarasota today. - Photo by Kim Hull/Mote Marine Laboratory

A whale shark swims off Sarasota today. - Photo by Kim Hull/Mote Marine Laboratory



By ROB  SHAW | The Tampa Tribune

Published: May 28, 2010

They’re as big as a bus and look like giant dominoes.

And now two of them have been tagged with tracking devices that will allow scientists to learn more about where they go and what they do.

A fisherman called Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota today to say he had spotted two whale sharks about six miles offshore. Mote was able to scramble a boat and find the sharks and attach satellite transmitters.

“They’re big fish, it’s always kind of exciting,” said Nadine Slimak, spokeswoman for Mote. “They are beautiful animals.”

It’s not uncommon to see whale sharks in the Gulf of Mexico in the Tampa Bay area, but it is hard to tag them here, Slimak said. Mote does a lot of work with whale sharks near Isla Holbox near the Yucatan in Mexico.

The male that was tagged measured just under 25 feet, while the female was about 23 feet. They can get up to 40 feet long.

“They are just enormous,” Slimak said. “They’re like a floating bus.”

Whale sharks are not typical meat-eating machines like other sharks, the spokeswoman said. Instead, they are known as a filter feeder and have a mesh-like structure in their mouths that helps them to eat plankton and other small substances.

That is what worries Bob Hueter, director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote.

He is concerned that with millions of gallons of oil being present in the Gulf, the whales’ feeding may be affected. He compared their eating system to an air conditioner filter in someone’s house.

“Imagine drawing huge globs of oil into your air conditioner filter,” Hueter said. “If they get coated with oil or swim into an oil patch, their ability to feed pretty much stops. All of the food would get gunked up in the oil.”

One that was tagged in 2007 in the Yucatan traveled almost 5,000 miles, venturing to the Caribbean and then south of the equator between Brazil and Africa, Slimak said.




On BP Rig, Nobody In Charge After Blast

FOX 4 News – 1 day ago

Flames were spreading rapidly, power was out, and terrified workers were leaping into the dark, oilcoated sea. Capt. Curt Kuchta, the vessel’s commander,

Ridge Report: Oil Spill Affects Many

my.hsj.org – 1 day ago

Turtles have to come to the surface to breathe and can be coated with oil or may swallow it. And, the Gulf is one of only two nurseries for Blue Fin tuna,

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: Slick affecting coastal wildlife

The visible impact is heartbreaking: birds coated in oil, marine animals floating lifeless. Environmentalists are calling on BP to be more open about the wildlife casualties.

Jay Holcomb runs a bird rescue center, one of several groups BP hired to rehabilitate wildlife. He’s been cleaning and caring for oil-covered birds from almost the start of the spill. But this week something changed. He was asked to remove the list of bird casualties from his website.

When asked why the list was taken down, Holcomb says, “We’ve been asked to have people call the Joint Information Center so they can give them to people rather than having them posted and it was a decision made by BP, so I’m not sure why. I really don’t know why. We just follow the command structure at this point.”

We know 24 dolphins and 212 turtles have died since the spill. How many actually died from oil? No answers yet. Tissue samples from some of the animals are being tested by NOAA. What the results are and when they’ll finally be done is something even the u-s fish and wildlife service is curious about.

Charlie Herbert with U.S. Fish & Wildlife says, “We’re very curious. I ask the same questions and I’m waiting for the same answers that you are, frankly.”
(Source: CNN)

Found here –



USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory team returns from bluefin tuna

Mississippi Press (blog) – Kaija Wilkinson – 1 day ago

collected this sample of oilcoated sargassum, an essential nursery habitat for pelagic fishes, from the northern Gulf of Mexico north of the oil spill


My Note –

What brings death on such a massive scale – British Petroleum, TransOcean, Halliburton, Cameron. What could possibly make the deaths on such a massive scale even worse and more catastrophic? British Petroleum – BP – BP executives – BP staff – BP employees acting in BP’s best interest – BP board of directors – BP attorneys – BP public relations teams – BP representatives and decision-makers  and BP oil industry memberships and BP influenced oil industry trade associations – BP profits – BP interests – BP’s goals – and the BP shareholders that financially back the greatest criminal bringer of death in the corporate world since Bhopal. Tlhat is criminal – it killed eleven men this time – fifteen men in Texas City – how many animals – how many environments – how many sea colonies of marine animals – how many species and how many people’s lives that will be permanently made to suffer ill health and horrors as a result of BP and BP’s actions and BP’s choices and BP’s decisions and BP’s mishandling of the containment and cleanup operations?

How much death and destruction does a corporation have to spread before somebody says no to them? Isn’t this way past enough death and destruction already? There is enough danger, death, destruction and damaging things in our world without corporations adding one iota to it.

And, T. Boone Pickens, Shell Oil’s ex-president and representative of the interests of the oil industry man Hofmeister say its not criminal and that no criminal charges will be filed against BP or TransOcean or Halliburton. Well, does that mean I can go out and create a corporate entity and kill eleven people, pollute the entire Gulf of Mexico and poison hundreds of thousands of animals and it isn’t criminal?


I guess I’ll get started then – put it on the shopping list right under the next thing on my to do list – build a dangerous profitable corporate enterprise that isn’t subject to any of the laws of man or God just like BP and Dow Chemical and countless others – including the Halliburton the horrible that was responsible for not only this disaster and deaths but also numbers of men in Iraq that took showers their contractors had put in and were electrocuted as a result.

Oh but wait – there’s more, like Bernie Madoff – the next thing that will happen is that BP will get awards for safety and be put in positions respected above all others – just like Madoff heading up NASDAQ while stealing everybody’s money he was given to invest with his damn ponzi scheme while the SEC gave him the go ahead and their seal of approval.

– cricketdiane


And so now – where have they hidden the list of dead birds, rescued birds – dead marine mammals and dead coastal animals, dead sea animals and rescued de-oiled animals that aren’t the two that are being tracked more or less on the NOAA site – they haven’t been including all animals found dead or dying – just some of them despite the fact that this event has gone on for forty days now – and some of the animals they assumed may not have died from the oil in the first two – three weeks simply weren’t included.

But where are the totals of all animals, birds and marine animals that have been found?

What right does BP have to decide where these things are posted for the public?

And, what right does BP have to decide who flies where, or what journalists and reporters get to see?

And I still don’t see who decided the President – our President was to see a beach that had already been cleaned with people staged to look like they had been there regularly, consistently – when they had not.

Who goes to see the extent of damages from a disaster of historic national and international proportions and doesn’t look at anything except what has already been cleaned up?

What kind of review of the situation is that?

– cricketdiane, 05-30-10