So the article in the Austin Statesman begins:
The government’s point man on the Gulf oil spill is rejecting assertions that federal officials allowed BP too much leeway to use chemical dispersants. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Sunday that federal regulators did not ignore environmental guidelines. He says some field commanders had authority to allow more dispersants to be used on a case-by-case basis.
Simply taking this at face value is ridiculous. For one, to reject accusations that too many chemicals were used would imply Thad and BP knew what the effect of the dispersants would be on the long term health of the gulf.
Yeah, they should have known because after Corexit was used at the Exxon Valdez spill, many a study was determined necessary, course then the cameras went away and soon after, so did the funding for such research and twenty years later…uh, oops.
Secondly, it would appear for some reason unknown, Thad believes that BP officials were listening to him.
They didn’t have to.
In some case’s, the Coast Guard approved BP’s requests even though the company did not set an upper limit on the amount of dispersant it planned to use.
For those not in the know…
The chemical dispersant was effective at breaking up the oil into small droplets to be consumed more easily by bacteria, but experts say it can kill seafood eggs and larvae…In humans, long-term exposure to dispersants can cause central nervous system problems and damage blood, kidneys and livers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So again, this begs the questions Thad, what is too much leeway for a company set on covering its bottom line, and how much is too much poison to en ecosystem when any study that could have been done to determine this, wasn’t?
Methinks, you’re embarrassing yourself.
Read the article:
Have a good evening.