SPEAKERS AND BACKGROUND INFO

Louisiana State Representative John Labruzzo demands an end to use of Corexit

Louisiana State Representative John Labruzzo demands an end to use of Corexit -- still from KATC video

SPEAKERS:
  • George Barisich, President of the United Commercial Fishermens Association
  • Marylee Orr, Executive Director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network
  • John LaBruzzo, Louisiana State Representative, District 81
  • C.J. Troxler, Co-founder of the Southeast Louisiana Shrimp Alliance
  • Roger Ivens, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response trainer
  • Christian Roselund, Author and environmental researcher

BACKGROUND:
BP continues to use Corexit 9527, which contains 30-60% 2-Butoxyethanol, a chemical the National Institute of Health links to birth defects and reproductive harm in animals. So far BP has dumped over a million gallons of this mutagenic poison into the Gulf of Mexico, where it enters the aquatic food chain and is picked up by wind and waves to join the air we breathe. The oil is already toxic; Corexit adds deadly insult to injury.

BP is apparently the law of the land in South Louisiana. While Coast Guard Commander Thad Allen dines out at fancy New Orleans restaurants with his chum Tony Hayward (the BP CEO), we have witnessed absolute abdication of authority by multiple branches of US Government. Why is Washington D.C. allowing a foreign corporation wage chemical warfare against the people of the Gulf Coast, unhampered and unrestrained by existing laws?

The people of the Gulf Coast are being poisoned by these highly toxic chemicals, in larger quantities than have ever been used (over 1,100,000 gallons of dispersant and counting), and in ways the chemicals weren’t designed for, such as deep-water pumping directly into the oil flood. This must end now.

We demand an immediate stop to the use of Corexit. We demand OSHA-compliant safety training, equipment and oversight for all cleanup workers. President Obama, Lisa Jackson, do your jobs. Stop letting BP murder our people and our coast.

 

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