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What Will We Learn from the Deepwater Horizon Disaster?
By David Andrews, EWG Senior Scientist, and Nils Bruzelius, Executive Editor One hundred and six days later, it finally appears that the gusher in the Gulf has been tamed, plugged at the top and soon to be plugged at the bottom. Today (Aug. 5), the government says that three-fourths of the unprecedented...
Senators Decry Lack of Data on Oil Dispersants’ Effects, Safety
Members of a powerful Senate Appropriations subcommittee said Thursday (July 15) that the lack of research on BP’s use of vast quantities of dispersants to break up the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico leaves open the possibility that the chemicals could make the disaster worse, not better. In an unusual...
The Secret’s Out
By Dave Andrews, Ph.D., EWG senior scientist, and Nils Bruzelius, executive editor It took almost a month. After weeks of complaints that BP and its supplier were stonewalling requests for a complete ingredients list for the dispersants being dumped on the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Environmental...
Blowout Preventers that Don’t
“Blowout preventer” is on its way toward joining the ranks of all-star oxymorons. Everyone knows by now that the blowout preventer at the Deepwater Horizon drilling site deep in the Gulf of Mexico prevented exactly nothing. Seven weeks after this “fail-safe” system failed, the nation’s worst...
Why are dispersant chemicals secret?
By Dave Andrews, Ph.D., EWG senior scientist and Elaine Shannon, EWG editor-in-chief British Petroleum, Inc. has dumped more than 400,000 gallons of chemical oil dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the undersea gusher caused by the April 20 blowout at BP’s exploration well, which...