BP Vessel of Opportunity Workers Allege that Oil Is Not Being Cleaned Up During the Day ... Instead, Corexit Is Being Sprayed at Night

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The government and BP have said that no dispersants have been sprayed
in the Gulf since the well was partially capped on July 15th.

However, local residents have been saying for weeks that Corexit is still being sprayed.

Admiral Allen wouldn't deny this allegation unequivocally as of August 9th.

On August 10th, the Destin Log reported:

Cmdr. Dale Vogelsang, liaison officer with the United State Coast
Guard, told The Log he had contacted Unified Command and they had
“confirmed” that dispersants were not being used in Florida waters.
“Dispersants are only being used over the wellhead in Louisiana,”
Vogelsang said. “We are working with Eglin and Hurlburt to confirm what
the flight pattern may be. But right now, it appears to be a normal


Vogelsang also said Unified Command confirmed to him that
C-130s have never been used to distribute dispersants, as they
“typically use smaller aircraft.”


But according to an article by the 910th
Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office, based in Youngstown, OH., C-130H
Hercules aircraft started aerial spray operations Saturday, May 1,
under the direction of the president of the United States and Secretary
of Defense. “The objective of the aerial spray operation is to
neutralize the oil spill with oil dispersing agents,” the article


A July Lockheed Martin Newsletter states that “Lockheed
Martin aircraft, including C-130s and P-3s, have been deployed to the
Gulf region by the Air Force, Coast Guard and other government
customers to perform a variety of tasks, such as monitoring, mapping
and dispersant spraying.”


Neither of the articles specify the operations have taken place in Florida.


The Log spoke with Vogelsang Friday morning, he once again reiterated
that “no dispersants were being used in Florida waters,” and no
dispersants have been used anywhere since mid-July. When The Log asked
Vogelsang about the two articles, which state C-130s have been used for
dispersant spraying, he said “if they were being used here locally to
spray dispersants, then Unified Command didn’t know about it.”

In fact, there are photos and video of C-130s dropping dispersant in the Gulf.

On July 4th, marine biologist and toxicologist Dr. Chris Pincetich -
who has an extensive background in testing the affects of chemicals on
fish - said that the Coast Guard was spraying Corexit at night over the Gulf:

Dr. Pincetich made this allegation before the well was partially capped on July 15th.

However, on August 9th, award-winning journalist Dahr Jamail wrote:

Blanchard, one of the most important seafood purchasers in Louisiana,
recently attended a Town Hall Meeting with a BP representative in Grand
Isle, Louisiana.


In the meeting, Blanchard stands up and addresses the BP representative at length.



had clearly heard enough of BP’s propaganda. To the representatives’
request to have someone explain to him why BP would not want to clean
up the oil, Blanchard angrily obliged:


it’s more cost effective for ya’ll to come at night and sink the
son-of-a-bitch! When the oil’s coming around, they call ya’ll, they
tell ya’ll where the oil’s at, and the first thing ya’ll do is tell
them to go the other way, ya’ll send the planes, and ya’ll fucking sink
it! [Spray dispersants from the air] That’s what ya’ll are doing, come
on man!” He sits back down angrily. “Let’s quit playing over here and
tell the truth. Ya’ll are sinking the oil, Jason! You know ya’ll are
sinking it. You know what ya’ll are doing. Ya’ll are sending all the
boats, you’re putting them all in a group at night, we all hear the
planes, and the next morning there’s nothing but white bubbles! What do
you think, we’re stupid? We’re not stupid! Ya’ll are putting the oil
on the bottom of my fishing grounds! Ya’ll not only messing me up now,
ya’ll are messing me up for the rest of my life! I ain’t gonna live
long enough to buy anymore shrimp!”

Today, Jamail reports that several people working with BP's Vessels-of-Opportunity
program have confirmed this allegation. Here is an excerpt from the
must-read essay (this is one of the most important stories about the
oil spill, worth taking the time to read word-for-word):

marine biologist Ed Cake, who has worked for the past couple of
decades growing the Gulf oyster industry along side the oil business,
usually working for both industries simultaneously] wrote of the
experience: "When the vessel was stopped for sampling, small, 0.5- to
1.0-inch-diameter bubbles would periodically rise to the surface and
shortly thereafter they would pop leaving a small oil sheen. According
to the fishermen, several of BP's Vessels-Of-Opportunity 
(Carolina Skiffs with tanks of dispersants [Corexit]) were hand
spraying in Mississippi Sound off the Pass Christian Harbor in prior
days/nights. It appears to this observer that the dispersants are still
in the area and are continuing to react with oil in the waters off
Pass Christian Harbor."



resident, who has a yacht in the harbor, spoke with Truthout on
condition of anonymity due to fears of reprisal from BP. "Last week we
were sitting on our boat and you could smell the chemicals," he
explained. "It smelt like death. It was like mosquito spray, but ten
times stronger. The next day I was hoarse and my lungs felt like I'd
been in a smoky bar the night before."



spoke with another man, who was recently laid off from the VOO
program. He also spoke on condition of anonymity. "Just the other day
one of the Carolina Skiffs passed us spraying something," he said. "We
went west instead of east as we turned and a group of Carolina Skiffs
was spraying something over the water."


Carolina Skiff is a type of boat, usually between 13' and 30' long,
very versatile and can function well in shallow or deep waters. They
are known for having a large payload capacity and a lot of interior


Alarmed by what he saw, the former VOO
worker called the Coast Guard to report what he believed was a private
contractor company spraying dispersants. "We were later told by the
Coast Guard they'd investigated the incident and told us what we saw
were vacuum boats sucking oil, and they were rinsing their tanks," he
said. "But we know this is a lie and that BP is using these out of
state contractors to come in and spray the dispersant at night and they
are using planes to drop it as well."


worked in the VOO program looking for oil. When his team would find
oil, upon reporting it, they would consistently be sent away without
explanation or the opportunity to clean it. "They made us abort these
missions," he said. "Two days ago I put out boom in a bunch of oil for
five minutes, they told me to abort the mission, so I pulled up boom
soaked in oil. What the hell are we doing out there if they won't let
us work to clean up the oil?"


He told Truthout
that as his and other VOO teams would be going out to work on the water
in the morning, they would pass the out-of-state contractors in
Carolina Skiffs coming in from what he believed to be a covert spraying
of the oil with dispersant in order to sink it. He believes this was
done to deliberately prevent the VOO teams from finding and collecting
oil. By doing so, BP's liability would be lessened since the oil giant
will be fined for the amount of oil collected.

brings in the Carolina Skiffs to spray the dispersant at night," he
added, "And they are not accountable to the Coast Guard."


Miller, who had taken the group out into the Mississippi Sound that
found the oil/dispersants on August 11, told Truthout that the Carolina
Skiff teams spraying dispersants were "common" and that it "happened
all the time."

Miller, who was in the VOO, is an
eyewitness to planes spraying dispersants, as well as the Carolina
Skiff crews doing the same.


"We'd roll up on a
patch of oil ½ mile wide by one mile long and they'd hold us off from
cleaning it up," Miller, speaking with Truthout at his home in
D'Iberville, Mississippi, said. "We'd leave and the Carolina Skiffs
would pull up and start spraying dispersants on the oil. The guys doing
the spraying would wear respirators and safety glasses. Their boats
have 375 gallon white drums full of the stuff and they could spray it
out 150 feet. The next day there'd be the white foam that's always
there after they hit the oil with dispersants."


nights VOO crews would sleep out near the work sites. "We'd sleep out
there and some nights the planes would come in so close the noise would
wake us from a dead sleep," Miller added. "Again, we'd call in the
oiled areas during the day and at night the planes would come in and
hit the hell out of it with dispersants. That was the drill. We'd spot
it and report it. They'd call us off it and send guys out in the skiffs
or planes to sink it."


Mark Stewart, from Ocean
Springs, Mississippi, was in the VOO program for 70 days before being
laid off on August 2. The last weeks has seen BP decreasing the number
of response workers from around 45,000 down to around 30,000. The
number is decreasing by the day.


Stewart, a
third generation commercial fisherman, ... like Miller, is an
eyewitness to planes dispensing dispersant at night, as well as the
Carolina Skiff crews spraying dispersant. "I worked out off the barrier
islands of Mississippi," Stewart said. "They would relentlessly carpet
bomb the oil we found with dispersants, day and night."


echoing what VOO employees across the Gulf Coast are saying, told
Truthout his crew would regularly find oil, report it, be sent away,
then either watch as planes or Carolina Skiffs would arrive to apply
dispersants, or come back the next day to find the white foamy
emulsified oil remnant that is left on the surface after oil has been
hit with dispersants.


Stewart added, "Whenever
government people, state or federal, would be flying over us, we'd be
instructed to put out all our boom and start skimming, acting like we
were gathering oil, even when we weren't in the oil."



There is a clear pattern that VOO workers in all four states are consistently reporting:

  • VOO workers identify the oil.
  • They are then sent elsewhere by someone higher up the chain of command.
  • Dispersants
    are later applied by out-of-state contractors in Carolina Skiffs
    (usually at night), or aircraft are used, in order to sink the oil.
  • The oil "appears" gone and, therefore, no additional action is taken.


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Sean7k's picture

Thanks GW. Keep up the good work.

ED's picture

thks again mr washington



Sudden Debt's picture

Leave BP ALONE! Boehoehoehoe...

Oh regional Indian's picture

When a literal cover-up operation is carried on for this long, you know the truth being hidden must fall in the "not-good" camp.

And yet, no march on BP, no great boycott, no million's screaming Shame at the Capitol.

Nothing. Slowly but surely, the BP propaganda machine has won.

The sheep are asleep again.

While the lambs are trotted off to S.......!

Did you realize that Slaughter is S-Laughter?

Weird language, English.



HungrySeagull's picture

A proper hurricane can put a stop to that bullshit for weeks.

Payne's picture

Republicans got us bent over and a Democrat president is driving it home.  Never going to prove it though.  They will sell all the seafood to some 3rd world country.

knukles's picture

All them starving child labor slaves gotta eat that makes the crap we import.

sureseam's picture

Have you not noticed the Ogoni people over in Africa who have had a spill on this scale running for decades in an onshore context. 

So ... what is different for BP in GOM compared to Shell in Africa?



vainamoinen's picture

where the hell's Rockford to staighten this all out for us?!?!

HEHEHE's picture

He's busy reading Scientific American

Jim_Rockford's picture

I'm somewhere between Kandahar and Kabul.  I tell everyone I have a Mother Jones subscription and they treat me like a brother.

HEHEHE's picture

"I'm somewhere between Kandahar and Kabul"

More like somewhere between dumb and dumber.

MGA_1's picture

yikes... well, nature will eventually clean this mess up.  Let's just hope the well is fully plugged.

lawton's picture

Something is keeping oil from the beaches and you cant find it at sea anymore either. Its almost like the spill didn't happen now except for the empty beaches due to people thinking the beach is coated in oil.

AssFire's picture

I think the stories of James Miller and Mark Stewart should be verified.

They didn't keep one thimble full of the product they were spraying? Isn't that like; "I'm spraying all this substance (totes of it everywhere), man- I'm gonna truth on these guys, if I could only find a way to get a sample so we have proof it is corexit".

I'd like some solid (or in this case liquid) proof.

rich_maverick's picture

It's obvious why they are doing this.  If the boat were to skim up the oil, that could be measured.  Furthermore, BP could be on the hook for X dollars for every gallon of oil captured.  Instead, the would rather all the oil "go away" and all the dead animals also "disappear" without ever being counted.  Once you count things, you can be held liable for each infraction.  BP and the government are hoping that come November, American will forget about the Gulf and even forget there ever was a disaster.  Sadly, most of the impact to us will be felt over the next few decades, with unknown diseases showing up, and people not ever wanting to talk about it.


Escapeclaws's picture

"BP and the government are hoping that come November, American will forget about the Gulf and even forget there ever was a disaster."

Counting on the short attention span of Americans doesn't require hope.

snakehead's picture

It can't be skimmed; it's too thin.  Even a layer a molecule thick can be seen.  The areas these guys are talking about are in the government's no-fish zone, so the USG knows it's there.  To be fair, USG never claimed that the oil is 100% gone but their PR crap machine made it sound that way anyhow.

It doesn't make sense to me that they'd be dropping Corexit on anything except sizable chunks of oil. There aren't any that show up on satellite images. What's really needed for an independent look is small planes looking for oil away from the shore. If that's out there, then the fly-by-night Corexit stories would make more sense.

Check this out. The red outline is the no-fish zone as of 10 August. The weird red thing in the middle is the well location. According to the USG, the non-blue areas on the coast are verified as being at least partially oiled. If you click the pdf symbol to the right of the SCAT observations you can see it in better detail. Maybe the link will stay here for a while before the junkers can drive this post away.



snakehead's picture

Junkers.  Data that doesn't fit in with your beliefs, kill it!  It's blasphemy! Stone the infidels!

Victorio's picture

It's not the data its your weak ass conjecture... Kinda like rooting for the known serial killer-"I know he's murdered his whole life, but it just doesn't make sense that he's still going around raping and murdering. I mean none of the victims that lived got a good look at him so we don't know its him for sure. It just doesn't make sense..."   -Sounds like junk to me

Victorio's picture

What you're saying does not make sense. What is your intention in posting this comment?

They are dumping corexit on oil wherever it is reported. The less oil that shows up visibly the less they pay out. The more corexit is sprayed the more money the pigs (blackstone et al.) take from the taxpayer. Does it make sense to you now?!? Does it, tool?!? I wont even mention the likelyhood that this whole thing is an intetionally created economical/environmental disaster. Yeah using private planes for an independent look is a good idea but then there's that whole ban on being out there and 5yrs and $40,000 fine thing. Do you expect anyone to trust info being put out by .gov? Really? Like they are all of the sudden going to break character and tell the truth? Doesn't it seem funny to you that all the oil in the huge red "heavily oiled" area on the map just magically stops right before shore. Where did all that oil go? Certainly not being cleaned up. 

Really though.... What is your deal???

snakehead's picture

The large red area is a no-fish area. Not a "heavily oiled" area according to their map.  Come back after you take the time to grasp what you're seeing. I'm quite aware that the USG lies when it's to their benefit.  I'm not in the all-or-nothing camp.  All I did was post a link to their maps; reject the whole thing out of hand if you like. But at least interpret their map correctly.

Victorio's picture

I stand corrected. They both are represented by red lines. The rest of my post stands unchallenged. And no you didn't just post a link... Tool. 

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It's obvious why they're doing this.  If the boat were to skim up the oil, that could be measured.  

At $4,000 or more per barrel in fines, just sinking a dozen barrels with Corexit pays for the application boat, manpower and dispersant. Anything above and beyond is pure "profit. And that's how it's seen. Money not spent is "profit".

See it the same way an insurance company does a claim. Remember that BP is self insured. If an insurance company client has a house that's damaged by a hurricane and the adjuster tells the company the preliminary loss is $250,000 then the insurance company must set aside that amount for the claim.

If the adjuster can then nickel and dime the property owner down by $50,000 then the company can reclaim $50,000 of the $250,000 back from the reserves. This is pure profit so to speak. It was already "lost" to pay the claim. Anything clawed back is "found" money.

Same with BP. Each barrel sunk is less expensive than having it counted as a fine. Pure dollars and cents. Fuck the other problems it may be causing. Not their problem since they obviously have received the go ahead to use Corexit and other dispersants from the highest authorities.

Remember that this is considered a national security event. There is no law.

hangemhigh's picture
CD: by hangemhigh
on Fri, 08/13/2010 - 15:09
#520916 when a "national security" event occurs, the rule of law doesn't apply.

this is the anglophile plunderbund in full blown 'bezzle mode. 

like it or not, the uk and usa are joined at the hip.  london buys all of the worthless treasuries that baghdad ben can't launder locally and we cover in the GoM for one their limey cartels that's run into a nasty 'spot of bother'........................

it's just another one of your good old fashioned, synergistic, gang banginging outreach programs......................

hangemhigh's picture


when a "national security" event occurs, the rule of law doesn't apply.

this is the anglophile plunderbund in full blown 'bezzle mode. 

like it or not, the uk and usa are joined at the hip.  london buys all of the worthless treasuries that baghdad ben can't launder locally and we cover in the GoM for one their limey cartels that's run into a nasty 'spot of bother'........................

it's just another one of your good old fashioned, synergistic, gang banginging outreach programs......................

1100-TACTICAL-12's picture

My ? is how much longer do we put up with it. They lie day in & day out. No matter what the topic is it is all a bunch of bullshit. They tell us these are the fact's sit down & STFU. In other word's you dumbasse's that voted us in have already proved you are lacking.

seventree's picture

Remember that this is considered a national security event. There is no law.

Also that BP's pain would be felt by major US investors. Call it "Too Big To Kill."

tip e. canoe's picture

"people not ever wanting to talk about it"

++ to your entire comment until this last phrase.

see above video, see above GW's post for backup.

sorry, bullshit & pretending it's not bullshit is over.

(that is, if we want it...looks like we do)

seventree's picture

There is plenty of talk here and on other "fringe" sites - by which I mean fewer than 1 out of 10 people ever heard of it.

Mainstream media and most politicians, anywhere on the political spectrum, don't seem to be any hurry to make a fuss. Ok there has been some criticism, but no talk of special investigators, independent prosecutors, or impeachment. Where is the public and political outrage? Surely what Obama is doing right now is at least as important as where he was born?

tip e. canoe's picture

great video, thanks wangy.   those gents don't look that uneducated to me.

Chartist's picture

Looks like we have our deep throat....We seem to have a cover-up, start the impeachment proceedings.

kilroy's picture

the reality of Peak Oil could make one consider the possibility that this is a national security event.  Who knows?


Matt Simmons, RIP

tip e. canoe's picture

absolutely, as long as you believe that national 'security' has a positive corrrelation with the endless flow of cheap oil (and it's still pretty damn cheap comparatively though it's creepin higher every month).    however, some believe that it actually has an inverse correlation.   guess it all depends on how one defines 'nation'.

bugs_'s picture

"under the direction of the president of the United States and Secretary of Defense"

president here (holds left hand low) Secretary of Defense HERE (holds right hand high).