Feds’ Report: Sediment testing “found a chemical contained in dispersant, but its environmental impact is unknown”


BP Oil on Gulf Floor Draws Concern, Wall Street Journal, December 18, 2010:

Oil from BP PLC's blown-out well has lodged in the sediment of the Gulf of Mexico at levels that may threaten marine life, according to a federal report released Friday. ...

The report finds that some of the oil near the shoreline could wash ashore. Workers will continue to try to remove oil left on beaches and in marshes in some parts of the coast, officials said. ...

In some sediment, tests found a chemical contained in dispersant, but its environmental impact is unknown, the report said.

6 comments to Feds’ Report: Sediment testing “found a chemical contained in dispersant, but its environmental impact is unknown”

  • Vicki_in_Greece: Go to the *big blue box* at the top of this page. Please click the index link for *chemicals* -- your chest-of-drawers of the more important constituents.

    It seems like they're trying to cast-the-blame for the oil castastrophe on anyone, or anything -- but BP. If you want the truth you need to go to an alternative news source to find it.

    FOSL is one of those: Most of the others are copycats.

  • Gary

    WOW! They found a poison in a poison

    Eat up people, go swimming it won't be long now

  • Who trusts the federal government?

  • xdrfox

    "tests found a chemical contained in dispersant", ... And that chemical is ??

  • xdrfox:

    You said, "... And that chemical is??" in response to Jeffrey Ball's article above and at WSJ. I wanted to know too.

    So, I checked in the list of authors at WSJ for his official number [email is available] and couldn't find one. I don't believe he would have had the answer anyway; I don't think he knows what the answer is. Journalist often write confusing articles when they're not clear on the subject themselves.

    I'm not blaming him, I'm suggesting that journalists need to become sufficiently familiar with a subject to be clear in the message they want to send. It's like he 'gargled' on that one; we didn't quite get it did we?

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