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BTL:Toxic Chemical Dispersants Used on Gulf Oil Spill Endangers Marine Life and Cleanup Wo
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Friday Jun 4th, 2010 4:29 AM
BETWEEN THE LINES Syndicated Radio Newsmagazine
Toxic Chemical Dispersants Used on Gulf Oil Spill Endangers Marine Life and Cleanup Workers

Interview with Wilma Subra, chemist and consultant to the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Six weeks after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, no substantive progress has been made in stopping the oil that's gushing from a mile below the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The top kill method, the latest maneuver employed by British Petroleum to stop the leak, failed.

According to many scientists and environmentalists the oil, along with the toxic dispersants that have been used to break up the spill, have polluted the water column - descending to the seabed where bottom residing organisms such as shrimp, crabs and oysters are found. The spill has also fouled Louisiana's shoreline estuaries and threatens the coasts of neighboring states. BP's oil blowout, the largest in U.S. history, has already had a severe environmental and economic impact on one of the richest fisheries in the continental U.S., which supplies one third of the seafood consumed by Americans.

Wilma Subra is a Louisiana chemist and founder of the Subra Company, a chemistry lab and environmental consulting firm that provides technical support to the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. She is a past recipient of a MacArthur fellowship grant, the so-called "genius award." Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Subra, who discusses her concerns about the toxicity of the oil and dispersants on people exposed to them during the clean up -- as well as the long-term impact of the oil spill on the environment.

For updated information on the leak and its impact on local communities, call the Louisana Environmental Action Network (228) 928-1315, or visit the group's website at http://www.leanweb.org.

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