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Aug 182010

Dead pelican found at Raccoon Island on Aug. 8, 2010 (Photo: Jerry Moran)

From Green Right Now Reports

Nearly 4 months after the explosion that caused the BP oil disaster, the Gulf Coast Fund, a community-led philanthropic organization, reports that a dangerous amount of oil and dispersant remains in the Gulf of Mexico. The Fund says that, contrary to what BP and government officials have been stating, more than 53 million gallons of oil are currently spread over the coastal areas and are washing ashore in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle.

According to Wilma Subra, a chemist, microbiologist and advisor to the Gulf Coast Fund, the public has not been accurately informed about the catastrophic effects of the spill.

“Just because the oil is no longer on the surface, it does not indicate that the area is healthy,” she said in a statement. “We’ve received reports from local residents all along the coast who continue to see oil on and off shore, as well as reports of hundreds of dead fish, crabs, birds, dolphins, and other sea life.”

Samples of crab larvae taken from the Gulf have been shown to contain both oil and dispersant, the Fund reports. The spill released 172 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, and BP used 1.84 million gallons of Corexit, a dispersant that contains known human carcinogens and is banned in Europe. Despite denial by BP, local fisherman and residents report that dispersant continues to be sprayed.

“The long-term, cumulative damage to the coastal ecosystem, the food chain, and human health as a result of this disaster is huge and of great concern. It’s not over. The damage is still unfolding,” says Subra.