Corexit and Gulf Coast Health Problems

If you haven’t heard of Corexit, you should consider yourself lucky. Corexit is the main oil dispersant that BP used to “clean up” its spill, and it is a substance that BP exposed a huge number of cleanup workers to. Corexit is also extremely toxic. People exposed to Corexit have shown symptoms from severe headaches, to seizures, difficulty breathing, and even bloody stools. This is nasty stuff.

Even after the EPA ordered BP to stop using Corexit, they continued to spray it for several months. And not only that, but BP also decided not to allow cleanup workers to wear respirators or other protective gear while working around Corexit. Other than just being pure evil, the only reason to do that would be that gas masks make for bad photo ops. If pictures got out of cleanup workers wearing respirators while spraying Corexit, what would that say about what Corexit was doing to the gulf itself?

Corexit is BP’s best kept secret

A boat sprays Corexit onto an oil patch

BP's lovely contribution to the Gulf of Mexico

Corexit: What is a dispersant anyway?

So let’s get this straight. BP, knowing full well that Corexit is toxic and extremely hazardous not only decided to spray it in the gulf, but also intentionally prevented all of its cleanup workers from protecting themselves, just so the people wouldn’t know how horribly Corexit was damaging the gulf.

Corexit Dispersant Not Good For Your Health.

There’s more… Corexit is a dispersant, and dispersing is exactly what it does to oil; it just spreads it around. Where did all that oil go? Well, it either went deeper into the ocean, along with the toxic Corexit, where it caused even more harm than it would have on the surface, or it went into the atmosphere only to be rained down hundreds of miles away, potentially damaging farmland, rivers, and other property.

So why in the world would BP use Corexit? The same reason they wouldn’t allow their workers to protect themselves from it: the longer the oil stayed on the surface of the ocean, the longer the cameras would shoot footage of it. Can’t have that. What’s a few thousand people’s health, or an entire ecosystem, compared to some bad PR? Corexit it is.

If you have been exposed to Corexit, and especially if you have developed symptoms, the first thing you need to do is SEE A DOCTOR! Not all doctors are familiar with the effects of Corexit, but there are definitely doctors out there who know about it and how to recognize and try to treat it.

The best way to find a doctor who knows how to help a Corexit patient is to contact a law firm and ask what doctor they use for their clients. You don’t even need to sign up with them if you don’t want to, just find out what doctor they use for Corexit claims and you will know at least one doctor who can help you. Good luck! And spread the word about BP’s use of Corexit so that their image is just as black as the oil they dumped into our coast.

Corexit® Why People Are Getting Sick

I hear more and more stories from people that are getting sick from the BP oil spill aftermath, most people that I have gotten emails from have worked in  the Vehicles of Opportunity program to skim oil during the height of the oil spill. These fishermen that had boats where hired by BP to help the gulf recover and get the oil off the water surface. At the same time BP was spraying Corexit dispersant from planes over head.

corexit dispersant

Corexit is classified as a toxic

For what I have read about Corexit® its classified as a toxix by the EPA and the way Corexit works on the oil is it breaks down the oil and then the oil and the Corexit evaporates into the air. When it then rains the toxic comes back down and its making people sick.  This website will track Corexit claims and get people more information on what symptoms to look out for it will also help people though attorney’s and filing claims against Nalco Company and BP for the illness people are getting from Corexit dispersant.

EPA mandated BP in late May to not use Corexit but to use a less toxic dispersant but BP did not follow the directive and sprayed some 1.8 million gallon of Corexit 9500 on the Gulf of Mexico. People in coastal cities that has not had direct exposure to Corexit are still reporting the following symptoms Sore throats, respiratory problems, neurological problems, lesions, sores, and ulcers. Also reported are bloody, mucus-filled diarrhea, dry heaves, and bleeding from the ears.

Direct Exposure to Corexit

People that have been exposed directly to Corexit report of sores and ulcers directly on the skin.


This could be people working the clean up on the beaches or just people walking the beach and touching a tar ball with Corexit® in it… What happens when Corexit enters the human body is it ruptures red blood cells and it causes internal bleeding. The Corexit combined with oil is very toxic and it can penetrate the skin by contact from toxic rain or from a clean up worker touching the oil and Corexit mixture found on the beach. Also if kids are playing on the beach and touches a tarball this could also have the effect of the mixture entering the body.

Corexit can enter the body though contaminated seafood

Unfortunately there is another way for the Corexit to enter you body and its true seafood that has been contaminated with corexit, I know that its not great news for the fishmen out there that are reading this but I have to keep it real and tell people about the problems coming ahead. The FDA  are testing for this since August 13 2010 and according to Nalco Company Corexit biodegrades in 28 days but it is a way to get it in your system. FDA has said that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat.

What does Doctors say about Corexit

Wilma Subra, a New Iberia biochemist] said Saturday at a forum in New Orleans “The human health effects of the spill are greater — and will linger far longer — than either the oil industry or the U.S. government has acknowledged.“The effects will be felt for generations,” she said, ticking off a wide range of symptoms she said result from exposure to crude oil and Corexit. “This is what we have to look forward to.” …immediate symptoms include skin irritation, nausea, headaches and vomiting. Longer-term maladies can include liver and kidney damage, cardiac arrhythmia and chronic respiratory problems. Benzene also is a cancer-causing agent. …”

Corexit Claims Please Contact US

We have found attorney’s that are specialized in environmental health law and they can help with compensation from BP and Nalco company for your health problems if it has been as a result of the BP oil Spill and their use of Corexit dispersant. Please fill out a form and our team will get in contact with you please write Corexit exposure in the text field

Side Note For anybody interested (please don’t be offended)

After doing some research on the company behind Corexit® Nalco Company, a public trade company. The first name that comes across the screen is Al Gore – Generation Investment Management, yes the same Al Gore that “invented the Internet” and got a Nobel peace price for his Global Warming fluff in 2007. Just goes to show that sometimes you have to get dirt to make a little money even if you are an environmentalist.

As of June 30, 2010, funds at Generation Investment Management, founded by Al Gore and David Blood, were valued at $2.6 billion.

Corexit claims will be a big deal in the years going forward after BP exposed people with the dispersant Corexit 9500.