Corexit chemical dispersant used by BP during Gulf oil disaster linked to horrific human injuries
by: Ethan A. Huff
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A man who is now a paraplegic and who is also going blind has filed a lawsuit against British Petroleum (BP) and its related companies; Halliburton; Transocean; NALCO; ConocoPhilips and several other companies involved with the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster that began on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the suit, BP officials lied about the safety of Corexit, an oil dispersant sprayed throughout the Gulf, which resulted in serious and permanent injuries for a dive team that helped with cleanup efforts.
David Hogan first began helping with Gulf cleanup efforts on June 1, 2010. But almost immediately, he noticed that something was off with the way oil was sinking below the surface, and how it was sticking to his and his team’s wetsuits. But after bringing this anomaly to the attention of a BP “health and safety” officer, he was reassured that everything was just fine, and that there was absolutely no health risk from exposure to the oil and any related chemicals that might accompany it.
But it turns out that this was completely false information, as the Corexit dispersant chemicals sprayed in the Gulf after the disaster began — reports says more than 1.8 million gallons of Corexit were dumped into the Gulf — are known to be severely neurotoxic. But this information was deliberately withheld from Hogan and his team upon inquiry, which reassured them that their several months of diving work was going to be problem-free.