May 21, 2010 – This week, the EPA told British Petroleum (BP) to start using a less toxic dispersant than the one it is currently using to break up the oil slicks gushing from the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico.
In louisiana, the focus is on the so-called “brownie mix” of oil and tar washing up along the marshes. At a news conference, Governor Bobby Jindal said he was particularly worried that the heavy patches of oil appeared to have moved to shore under the surface of the gulf.
“This oil has traveled 110 miles to land on our coast, and we’re concerned that this is just the beginning,” Mr. Jindal said. “You didn’t see oil that close to our coast a day or two ago.”
According to estimates by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the spill has already affected 50 miles of Louisiana’s coastline, which is full of breaks and inlets into fragile marshlands that are far more difficult to protect than sandy beaches.
In directing BP to select a less toxic dispersant, the EPA said it was exercising caution because so little is known about the chemicals’ potential impact.
In a statement on Thursday, the E.P.A. said, “Because of its use in unprecedented volumes and because much is unknown about the underwater use of dispersants, E.P.A. wants to ensure BP is using the least toxic product authorized for use.”
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