Ambient air concentrations exceeded health-based standards for fine particulate matter and benzene during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (J Air Waste Manag Assoc.)

“The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is considered one of the largest marine oil spills in the history of the United States. Air emissions associated with the oil spill caused concern among residents of Southeast Louisiana. The purpose of this study was to assess ambient concentrations of benzene (n=3,887) and fine particulate matter (n=102,682) during the…

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E&E News: Landmark study links oil, gas wells with low birth weights

“Women who lived near oil and gas wells in California during pregnancy were more likely to deliver underweight babies, according to a first-of-its-kind study from the University of California, Berkeley. Analyzing nearly 3 million birth certificates in the state, researchers found that newborns in rural areas between 2006 and 2015 were 40% more likely to…

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Impact of dispersant on crude oil content of airborne fine particulate matter emitted from seawater after an oil spill (PubMed)

  “Inhalation of PM2.5, particles with an aerodynamic diameter <2.5 μm, from sea spray after crude oil spills could present serious health concerns. The addition of dispersants to effectively spread the crude oil throughout the water column has been practiced in recent years. Here, we investigated the possibility of an increase in the toxic content…

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Ten years after Deepwater Horizon: Whistleblowers continue to suffer an unending medical nightmare triggered by Corexit (Government Accountability Project, 2020)

This report summarizes the ongoing issues of 18 witnesses who are still suffering the effects of the BP disaster. “On balance, the public health impacts identified in this third investigation continue to confirm an unacceptable conclusion: Corexit has caused the most gut-wrenching, sustained public health tragedies of any issue Government Accountability Project has investigated in…

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BP Gulf Science Data Reveals Ineffectual Subsea Dispersant Injection for the Macondo Blowout (Frontiers in Marine Science)

“After the Deepwater Horizon oil platform explosion, an estimated 172.2 million gallons of gas-saturated oil was discharged uncontrollably into the Gulf of Mexico, causing the largest deep-sea blowout in history. In an attempt to keep the oil submerged, massive quantities of the chemical dispersant Corexit® 9500 were deployed 1522 m deep at the gushing riser pipe of…

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il Spills and Dispersants Can Cause the Initiation of Potentially Harmful Dinoflagellate Blooms (“Red Tides”) (by ACS Publications)

“After oil spills and dispersant applications the formation of red tides or harmful algal blooms (HABs) has been observed, which can cause additional negative impacts in areas affected by oil spills. However, the link between oil spills and HABs is still unknown. Here, we present experimental evidence that demonstrates a connection between oil spills and…

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The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Coast Guard Cohort study (BMJ Journals)

“We found positive associations between crude oil exposure and various acute physical symptoms among responders, as well as longer-term health effects. This cohort is well-positioned to evaluate both short-term and long-term effects of oil spill exposures using both self-reported and clinical health data.”   Read the full study here 

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