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.