Gulf Chemist: Mercenaries Hired By BP Are Now Applying Toxic Dispersant - at Night and In an Uncontrolled Manner - Which BP Says It No Longer Uses

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Bob Naman is an analytical chemist with almost 30 years in the field, based in Mobile, Alabama.

When WKRG News 5 gave Naman samples of water from the Gulf of Mexico, Naman found
oil contamination, and one of his samples actually exploded during
testing due - he believes - to the presence of methane gas or Corexit,
the dispersant that BP has been using in the Gulf: News

But the story only starts there.

A few days ago, Naman was sent a sample of water from Cotton Bayou, Alabama.

Naman found 13.3 parts per million of the dispersant Corexit in the sample:

That's a little perplexing, given that Admiral Thad Allen said on August 9th that dispersants have not been used in the Gulf since the new capping stack was installed in mid-July:

We have not used dispersant since the capping
stack was put on. I believe that was the 15th of July.



But I would tell you, there are no
dispersants being used at this time.

More imporantly, Naman told me that he found 2-butoxyethanol in the sample.

BP and Nalco - the manufacturer of Corexit - have said that dispersant
containing 2-butoxyethanol is no longer being sprayed in the Gulf. As
the New York Times noted in June:

9527, used in lesser quantities during the earlier days of the spill
response, is designated a chronic and acute health hazard by EPA. The
9527 formula contains 2-butoxyethanol, pinpointed as the cause of
lingering health problems experienced by cleanup workers after the 1989
Exxon Valdez oil spill, and propylene glycol, a commonly used solvent.

9500, described by [Nalco's spokesman] as the "sole product" Nalco has
manufactured for the Gulf since late April, contains propylene glycol
and light petroleum distillates, a type of chemical refined from crude

Moreover, Naman said that he searched for the main ingredient in the
less toxic 9500 version - propylene glycol - but there was none
present. In other words, Naman found the most toxic ingredient in 9527
and did not find the chemical marker for 9500.

Since BP and Nalco say that no
dispersant containing 2-butoxyethanol has been sprayed in the Gulf for
many months, that either means:

(1) BP has been lying, and it is still using 2-butoxyethanol. In other words, BP is still Corexit 9527 in the Gulf


The dispersant isn't breaking down nearly as quickly as hoped, and the
more toxic form of Corexit used long ago is still present in the Gulf.

told me he used EPA-approved methods for testing the sample, but that a
toxicologist working for BP is questioning everything he is doing, and
trying to intimidate Naman by saying that he's been asked to look into
who Naman is working with.

I asked Naman if he could rule out
the second possibility: that the 2-butoxyethanol he found was from
a months-old applications of the more toxic version of Corexit. I assumed
that he would say that, as a chemist, he could not rule out that

However, Naman told me that he went to Dauphin
Island, Alabama, last night. He said that he personally saw huge
250-500 gallon barrels all over the place with labels which said:

Corexit 9527

Naman took the following picture of the label:

(The A version of the dispersant - 9527A - contains 2-butoxyethanol).

Naman further said he saw mercenaries dressed in all black fatigues,
using gps coordinates,  applying Corexit 9527 at Dauphin Island and at
Bayou La Batre, Alabama.   The mercenaries were "Blackwater"-type
mercenaries, and Naman assumed they must have been hired either by BP or
the government.

Naman also told me that Corexit 9527 is being sprayed at night, and
that it is being applied in such a haphazard manner that undiluted 9527
is running onto beach sand. For confirmation of many of Naman's
claims, see this, this and this.

Naman sent me the following additional pictures showing Corexit
pollution, use and storage (none show the mercenaries dressed in
fatigues; apparently, such photos would have been too risky):

A bird eating a fish right next to the area where Corexit is handled:

Naman also sent me the following picture showing a strange oil mixture in the Gulf:

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MyKillK's picture

Well there you have it, a picture of Corexit 9527 clearly still being used. You should e-mail this to the EPA and see what they have to say.

VWbug's picture

Well there you have it, a picture of Corexit 9527 clearly still being used

It's quite funny that so many zh'rs believe (for example) the moon landing never happened despite reams of evidence (let's not even mention common sense here), yet a random photo of a container is taken as absolute proof of some misdeed by the big bad corporation.

the 'logic' is really quite funny, lol




MyKillK's picture

Almost as silly as believing BP isn't using 9527 simply because they say they aren't. Have you already forgotten they were claiming a thousand barrels a day leak rate and denied the existence of underwater oil plumes? 75% of the oil disappearing? BP, its government cronies, and its bought and paid for scientists have been making outrageous lies from day one of this ordeal and it blows my mind that anyone would still take their side. Their credibility at this point is absolute zero.

VWbug's picture

i've never said anything to support bp or their credibility, in fact, quite the opposite.

Just because i think GW has absolutely no credibility, but in fact has an anti-capitalist , anti-science, anti-reason, pro-paranoia  ideology, doesn't mean i support bp or anyone else.

You just see what you want to see dontcha?


snakehead's picture

No, you have a photo of a container labeled Corexit 9527.  I sure as f want to know if it's being used but a photo of a labeled container doesn't say squat about if it's full, empty, being used or not.

MyKillK's picture

Yea, I'm sure those containers have been just sitting there idly not being used and those people in the pictures just like to hang out there because it's a cool spot to chill not because they're actually using the Corexit in those containers.

snakehead's picture

Yeah, but we don't really know, do we?  Is there 9527 in those containers?  If there is, is there evidence that it's being used, I mean besides somebody saying it is?

MyKillK's picture

I don't think those containers arrived 2/3 empty. And the label specifically says Corexit 9527 so I don't see what more proof you'd need that at least that particular container has Corexit 9527 in it. I'll admit it's not proof that 9527 is being sprayed in the Gulf and I'm not sure how it could be conclusively proved, but it's pretty solid evidence, along with the fact that the main 9527 chemical is being measured in unusually high quantities.

snakehead's picture

Could be empty. Could have oily water or clean water in it. Could have 9527 in it.

Skepticism cuts both ways.

2-butoxyethanol at 13 ppm does not prove that that Corexit is being used.  If you want to have credibility, you have to be sure that you're right.

MyKillK's picture

According to this document on page 346, "Water samples taken from a polluted river in Japan (Hayashida River, where effluent enters the river from the leather industry) in 1980 contained 2-butoxyethanol at a concentration of 1310–5680 micrograms/L"

13.3 ppm is 13,285 micrograms/L, at least twice as much as the highest levels in a polluted river. And this is in a much more massive body of water which doesn't even directly share a shore with the Gulf. In my opinion, the burden of proof is on BP to show these levels are not coming from 9527 use. It would be easy enough to compare water samples obtained beore the oil spill.

snakehead's picture


2-Butoxyethanol is listed as "not acutely toxic" for crustaceans, fish and zooplankton ( and at 13,285 micrograms/L falls into the "slightly toxic" category for aquatic ecotoxicity.  Not to be dismissed as harmless but not proof that Corexit is currently being used, particularly since there are two marinas in the immediate vicinity.

2-Butoxyethanol is a solvent in paints and surface coatings, as well as cleaning products and inks. Other products that contain 2-butoxyethanol include acrylic resin formulations, asphalt release agents, firefighting foam, leather protectors, oil spill dispersants, bowling pin and lane degreaser, and photographic strip solutions. Other products containing 2-butoxyethanol as a primary ingredient include some whiteboard cleaners, liquid soaps,cosmeticsdry cleaning solutions, lacquersvarnishesherbicides, and latex paints.

2-Butoxyethanol is frequently found in popular cleaning products.[1][2] It provides cleaning power and the characteristic odor of Windex and other glass cleaners. It is the main ingredient of many home, commercial and industrial cleaning solutions, such as Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner.

snakehead's picture

HuffPo:  Some of the containers have black hand-written letters on the back that says "oil waste water" or "clean water." 

Take a look at pretty much any random bottle of household cleaner:  2-butoxyethanol. 13.3 ppm is chump change, way below toxic concentrations. Now there could be a higher concentration blob of the stuff nearby, granted.  But a guy cleaning his  boat could have tossed the dirty water bucket overboard and made more than 13.3 ppm. I don't want to drink or eat much of it but Corexit isn't the only source by a long shot. Wikipedia: "2-Butoxyethanol usually decomposes in the presence of air within a few days and has not been identified as a major environmental contaminant. It is not known to bioaccumulate."

GW, I believe your heart's in the right place and skepticism is the order of the day. But *dayum* you need to be checking out basic facts via Google before pumping some yahoo's desire for 15 minutes of fame.




MyKillK's picture

13.3 ppm in the water, but you have to take into account bioaccumulation. To have 13.3 ppm, in a body of water that doesn't actually share it's shores with the Gulf, is pretty high. This is only one data set as well. The concentration could be far higher in other parts of the gulf but very little data is being released so we don't know.

snakehead's picture

The "most toxic" chem that GW mentions doesn't bioaccumulate, for one. #2, take a look at the map.  It's not difficult to imagine that the little bay contains water from the GoM.

The problem, as you mentioned, is that this is an N of 1.  There are any number of simpler explanations about how this commonly used organic compound got in the water, none of which require men in black. However I'm in agreement with you. Test the crap out of the GoM, for a long time. And if real evidence accumulates that they're still using Corexit 9527, burn 'em.


George Washington's picture

Scientists oppose the use of dispersant chemicals in the Gulf of Mexico, MSNBC, July 16, 2010:

Corexit 9527A contains 2-BTE (2-butoxyethanol), a toxic solvent that ruptures red blood cells, causing hemolysis (bleeding) and liver and kidney damage (Johanson and Bowman, 1991, Nalco, 2010). Both Corexit dispersants contain petroleum solvents that mix with the crude oil mass and move through it, thus increasing the uptake of oil by organisms (NRC, 2005, Nalco, 2010). Signed by:

  • Sylvia A. Earle, PhD, Oceanographer, Ocean Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society,
    Washington DC.
  • David E. Guggenheim, PhD, Marine Biologist/Conservationist, President, 1planet1ocean – a project of
    The Ocean Foundation, Washington DC
  • Susan D. Shaw, DrPH, Marine Toxicologist, Founder, Marine Environmental Research Institute, Blue Hill,
  • David Gallo, PhD, Oceanographer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA

And NOAA admitted in Congressional testimony that dispersants may bioaccumulate.

And Dispersants Cause Gulf Fish to Absorb More Toxins and then Make It Harder for the Fish to Get Rid of the Pollutants Once Exposed


snakehead's picture

Okay, at high concentrations the stuff is nasty.  At 13ppm I'm not drinking it if I know about it, but it's not toxic. Dump some Windex or Simple Green in a bucket, fill the rest of the bucket with water and toss it out when it's dirty.  You'll get 13 ppm.  GW, all I'm saying is that the presence of 2-butoxyethanol at 13 ppm is not prima facie evidence that it's from Corexit.  There are innumerable other possible sources. If it's from Corexit, especially 9527, I'd be the first in line to volunteer for the firing squad.  But 13ppm of 2-butoxyethanol is not evidence that they're still using Corexit.

skippy9's picture

George give it a rest. Where are all the dead wildlife that supposed to have been killed by the BP accident. We lost more wildlife in Florida last winter because of the freeze. All that happened in the Gulf was an accident that led to the greedy bastards in the WEhite House extracting a $20 Billion photo op and the greedier lawyers and their greedy clients crying because they want to get rich. Disgusted.29

MyKillK's picture

"Setting aside" $20 Billion in a claims fund is hardly the same as actually having paid out $20 Billion in claims. Most of that money won't be distributed for years, if ever. I doubt the government will even bother to do the auditing to prove BP has even set aside this $20 Billion anyway. BP will likely find a way to use the liability fund as an excuse to reduce their tax liability anyway. Saying the White House "extracted" $20 Billion is hog-wash and that's coming from someone who doesn't approve of this administration at all.

Citxmech's picture

If you look at some of GWs earlier posts, you'd know the allegation is that BP is having the corpses burned or otherwise desposed so we don't have footage of hundreds of dead things littering the beaches and BP doesn't get fined for each dead animal. 

Of course someone could post a first hand account with video of exactly this and the shills would still claim that it's all been faked - just like the link between lung cancer and cigarettes.

Hang The Fed's picture

Apparently, turning the Gulf into a giant chemical toilet is so important, relief aid meant for the victims of Katrina gets used for just that purpose.

VWbug's picture
Posted by: George Washington Post date: 08/25/2010 - 13:34 With photographs ...
hahaha   so i came looking for pics of mercenaries in the black helicopters and all that, and what do i get? some pics of a pickup truck, some storage containers, and what looks like some outhouses at night. hahaha  thanks gw, i needed a laugh today. (I covered my short position about 2 days early ya see. damn.)
augmister's picture

Dey ist uzing ZYKLON, schwinehund, ZYKLON to exterminate die fishies!

sandflea's picture

In one of the photos above, it appears as if Corexit is acting as a flocculating agent, not a dispersant.  I'm curious to know what the material is to which the Corexit is adhering, and why.  Also, the relative concentration of Corexit to the volume of water in the Gulf in which it is dispersed is relatively miniscule.  What is causing the Corexit to concentrate, as Naman reports?

It would be extremely helpful to have additional photos taken of the storage facility a couple of weeks apart, to see if the volume in the tanks has been reduced, indicating that the 9527 product continues to be used.  Perhaps some enterprising law firm has already undertaken such a project. 

Xibalba's picture

MSNBC pumping that good 'ol "Bacteria ate all the oil" story. 

The Rock's picture

Golly gee willikers!  I guess "oil's well that ends well!"

aheady's picture

Oh yes, the NEW bacteria. Fabulous.

surfsup's picture

Information war at full tilt... 

"They were never supposed to wake up to the truth...  There's too many of them and too too few of us..."

Thoreau's picture

Good catch, GW. You may need to relocate to Iceland before long.

quasimodo's picture

Funny thing is we have not heard any interviews from Forrest Gump. Surely he is on the frontlines and can give a firsthand account of this?

Problem Is's picture

Excellent Post, GW...
Stay away from your hot tub for a few years...

A Sure Sign of Fascism
When a corporation:

1. Deploys a private security army...
2. Militarily controls the disaster scene...
3. Gives orders to government apparatchiks...
    (Coast Guard and Obummer et al)...
4. Sets the policy for the corporation's responsibility...
5. Sets the requirements for the cleanup...
6. Sets the corporation's financial liability...
7. Orders government shills to discourage injured parties from suing...
8. Controls all news reporting and media on the event...
9. Physically removes or intimates scientists and reporters...
10. Tells the government what announcements to make...
11. Orders the president to publicly announce:

"Good Gulf swimmin' and eat some Gulf shrimp!"

We have officially entered a state of fascism in the US.

MyKillK's picture

I liked the part where a Coast Guard Admiral retired just so he could be BP's "incident commander". Less accountability then when you are working in official capacity for the government. Oh, and don't forget how GM was given tens of billions of dollars in bailout money with the administration specifically saying that it was to prevent an important company from going bankrupt. But just a few months later GM goes through a government sponsored and fast-tracked pseudo-bankruptcy that wiped out its shareholders and now barely a year later they get to do a new IPO and repay the government bailout that way. That has to rank pretty damn high on the Corporate Fascism scale.

Ripped Chunk's picture

GW, thank you for your extensive coverage of this debacle.  Please stay safe.

Cathartes Aura's picture

sneaking in "here" to second RC's words. . .

that you've been on it since the start, despite naysayers, and continue to bring the information/truth out into the open, respect sir. . . and definitely stay safe.

Ruffcut's picture

Great blog too, George.

So many think this is done deal, makes me want to puke and repuke.

Keep up the good for "what lurks in the gulf is the the blob of mass destruction."

Are any scientist actually monitoring oxygen levels in this "safe" environment?

downrodeo's picture

lol, yep. someone went a little too wild with MHFT's buy call. We all know no news is good news...

tempo's picture

Great info. GW!!   Last Friday at the daily briefing, Tadd Allen was specifically asked by a reporter to comment on reports that BP was still spraying corexit on a daily basis.   Mr. Allen said that no corexit has been sprayed by BP since July 19th and no more will be used.    So BP may not be directly be spraying corexit but may be hiring agents or maybe the Govt is hiring agents to spray corexit.   No one asked that question.   It all depends on the definition of "is"  as we learned from Mr. Clinton.  You have to ask the specific question. 

Rogerwilco's picture

Breaking News! (where are you on this one GW?)

BP hires Wasp Woman to head the trust fund negotiations! I heard it straight from Kos, and it was confirmed by Huffpost, so you can take it to the bank.

minus dog's picture

I appreciate the posts, but -

"Naman further said he saw mercenaries dressed in all black fatigues, using gps coordinates,  applying Corexit 9527 at Dauphin Island and at Bayou La Batre, Alabama.   The mercenaries were "Blackwater"-type mercenaries, and Naman assumed they must have been hired either by BP or the government."

Anyone who can't tell what company it is, sets off my "doesn't know what the hell he's talking about" alarms in regards to private contractors.  On the subject of PMC's, the ratio of useful information to ignorant blather is about 50:1.

While hiring generic contractors to pull some sort of stunt like this would not surprise me, it is highly unlikely that anyone is using military contractors for something so mundane.

benb's picture

The “Bullying Barkers” (Hired by BP) superceding local police, chasing people off the beaches on Grand Island two months ago were reputed to be with Wackenhut. This is company with spooky and classified operation ties. There is nothing mundane about spraying toxic poisons on U.S. citizens. I read BP as merely a front for the eugenics operation now well in progress. I can’t see any prosecutions by “the government” in this matter because essentially BP is the government.

minus dog's picture

GW, I see his other pictures and I'm glad there are people down there turning over rocks.


" This is company with spooky and classified operation ties. "

It's also a company where 95% of the other employees do boring shit, and most of them are only one step above your local rentacop company.  Most of the other 5% are doing things like guarding power plants.  They're not what you could describe as "mercenaries" any more than contractor truck drivers, cooks, or dishwashers are.   It's not like we're talking about Blackwater/Xe, Triple Canpoy, or Dyncorp here.

You're right, relatively speaking, spraying this crap under the cover of darkness is not "mundane", but it's also nothing that requires some sort of highly paid and highly experienced former military personnel.

Let's assume for a minute that it's Wackenhut we're talking about;

"Private contractors secretly spraying dispersants at night" - good headline

"Mercenaries secretly spraying dispersants at night" - silly headline, that a lot of people who would otherwise listen, will ignore, unless it can be shown that these are people who are known for, well, actually being real mercenaries.

I'm just sayin'

benb's picture

I hear your point with the headline wording... Wackenhut may do tame security but among other things also has a presence at some sensitive military installations including portions of the Nellis Test Range in NV. My understanding from the GW posting is that a private “security company” presumably hired by essentially a foreign offshore corporation is dispersing deadly toxins which in my mind will almost certainly sicken American citizens while the government stands down. All the while BP lies about it!


I have to ask -what is the definition of “an attack”? And if you were to agree that this is an attack (albeit unconventional warfare) being carried out at the direction of an offshore, globalist corporation could these Wackenhut boys be rightfully considered mercenaries?

I don’t think it gets a whole lot worse than that.



Citxmech's picture

No kidding.  If I were caught at night spraying this crap into a lake where people swim, or a river where drinking water was siphoned, I'd be charged with terrorism. 

benb's picture

Exactly! It would be a huge story.

George Washington's picture

Naman actually DID name the company.  But I assumed they wouldn't have a big ole name tag, and so I didn't include it.

FTWBTWFY's picture

BP's negligence constitutes a crime against humanity, and in fact the earth's entire biosphere.  Where are the prosecutions?  Where are the executions?  Obama's government is guilty of gross criminal negligence.  All should be hanging from lamp poles.  Raise your voices!  This has got to stop, or we are all doomed.

FTWBTWFY's picture

BP's negligence constitutes a crime against humanity, nad in fact the earth's entire biosphere.  Where are the prosecutions?  Where are the executions?  Obama's government is guilty of gross criminal negligence.  All should be hanging from lamp poles.  Raise your voices!  This has got to stop, or we are all doomed.

Amsterdammer's picture

Fresh oil is leaking 'up', from what can be gathered

from George's and Counterpunch's report.

The previous post referred to Coast Guard planes,

seemingly this 'constitutionalist'-run administration

has been breaking the law and the Constitution,

shredding it, almost on a daily basis.

Did BP also buy the local DA's ?



tony bonn's picture

bp is a terrorist organization and should be executed. instead it is protected by the rockefeller puppet and kenyan born indonesian citizen barry soetoro.