Toxicologists: Corexit “Ruptures Red Blood Cells, Causes Internal Bleeding”, "Allows Crude Oil To Penetrate “Into The Cells” and “Every Organ System"

George Washington's picture



As I have previously noted,
Corexit is toxic, is less effective than other dispersants, and is
actually worsening the damage
caused by the oil spill.

Now, two toxicologists are saying that
Corexit is much more harmful to
human health and marine life than we've been told.

Gulf toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw - Founder and Director of the Marine
Environmental Research Institute - dove
into the oil spill
to examine the chemicals present.

Shaw told CNN:

If I can tell you what
happens — because I was in the oil
— to people…


Shrimpers throwing their nets into water… [then]
water from the nets splashed on his skin. …


[He experienced a]
headache that lasted 3 weeks… heart palpitations… muscle spasms… bleeding
from the rectum…


And that’s what that Corexit does, it ruptures
red blood cells, causes internal bleeding
, and liver
and kidney damage
. …


This stuff is so toxic
… not the oil or dispersants alone. …


very toxic and goes right through skin.




reason this is so toxic is because of these solvents [from dispersant] that penetrate
the skin
of anything that’s going through the dispersed oil takes
the oil into the cells
takes the oil into the
… and this stuff is toxic to every organ system in the
body. …

marine biologist and toxicologist Dr. Chris Pincetich - who has an
extensive background in testing the affects of chemicals on fish - says
that Corexit disrupts cell membranes.

He also explains that EPA
toxicity testing for Corexit is woefully inadequate, since EPA testing
for mortality usually only requires a 96-hour
time frame. His doctoral research found that fish that were alive at 96
hours after exposure to pesticide were dead at two weeks, so the
chemicals were considered non-lethal
for the purposes of the test.

Shaw and Pincetich are wildlife conservationists. But even industry
scientists working for Exxon
and the manufacturer
of Corexit itself admit that the stuff is toxic.

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Augustus's picture

NOAA: Gulf seafood tested so far is safe to eat

APALACHICOLA, Fla. -- Shrimp, grouper, tuna and other seafood snatched from the fringes of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico are safe to eat, according to a federal agency inspecting the catch.

To date, roughly 400 samples of commonly consumed species caught mostly in open waters -- and some from closed areas -- have been chemically tested by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Officials say none so far has shown concerning levels of contaminants. Each sample represents multiple fish of the same species.

NOAA and the Food and Drug Administration began catching seafood species in the Gulf within days of the April 20 BP rig explosion off Louisiana that generated a massive oil spill.

h4rdware's picture

A friend and ex rig operator has reliably informed me that the dispersant in use is 'vile, dangerous stuff'.

It also makes zero sense to compare the toxicity of dispersant with the toxicity of the hydrocarbons being 'managed' with it, for the following, rather simple reason (alluded to in the text above).

The majority of the hydrocarbon compounds do not mix with water, and do not enter organisms by absorption. Some of it does, but a large percentage of it has limited opportunity to enter organisms in any way other than killing by suffocation or ingestion.

Dispersants, by their very nature, force the compounds to mix with the water, turning the water into a poisonous soup absorbed and metabolised by everything in contact with it.

In other words, raw hydrocarbons pollute on a level roughly proportional to surface area of the spill. Dispersed hydrocarbons pollute on a level proportional to molecular volume.

Do the math.


On another note, dispersant will also lead to degrading visibility at the repair site, although this may take time. Eventually the ROV cameras will not be able to see more than a few feet due to the concentration of suspended molecules. The dispersant may be indirectly working against the repair effort.




Oquities's picture

just read that 46 US war ships have evacuated the gulf oil of mexico.  anybody confirm?  is this in advance of the imminent possibly dangerous relief drill/well capping, or are they just on their way to bitch slap ego chavez?

also, just a thought, but with 18 million empty homes and a possible evacuation of gulf coastal areas, could we be about to see fannie mae/ freddie mac salvation?  and if you wanted to bring social security and medicare in line actuarially, which region of the country would provide the heaviest die-off of senior citizens?

TraderV's picture

The stupidity of Americans following rules blindly never ceases to amaze me. Firstly there is no evidence that a dispersant is required.

Why not let the oil surface and skim it up?

Even if it were determined a dispersant is required you would think one would carefully do small tests to determine effectiveness, rather than blindly spraying all over the place as has been the case. It's bizarre that they have not done this given the caution/testing they are doing on the 'A Whale' ship before it can commence skimming operations.


Secondly the scaremongering over the toxicity of the dispersant is pointless. It is a solvent, of course it's not going to be kind to organic systems. As for some dumb woman who decided to take a swim in it, blame the school system. What's the high school dropout rate these days?

You can hardly blame the supplier for providing something that does what it's suppose to do, i.e breakup the oil into water soluble micelles. As for the 'it ruputures blood cells' CNN line, well sure it might, but so does plain water if it is not osmotically balanced, so a bit of perspective is needed. Provided people wear appropriate protective equipment and the dispersant is applied efficiently I don't see why this should be such a fear inducing story.

Jim_Rockford's picture

So does this mean that in your opinion we shouldn't burn down the plant that makes Corexit?

Good luck on asking for critical thinking from this crowd.  If you disagree with the oilspill-porn-groupthink in here, they accuse you of working for BP.

Here's a couple of good articles -

Project Deep Spill -

Slick Solution: How Microbes Will Clean Up the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill -


I am not a scientist. I haven't a clue if anything in this link is true. I post it in the hope that other ZHers will comment. Attila
This is going to blow the roof off of the scope of this disaster. This is why people are getting sick. This is why they are using Corexit in such quantities, this is why there aren't many ships out there. The radioactivity is beyond safe levels.
Remeber 'Alas, Babylon' while you read.
Lets first start with Eugene Island 330.
The mystery of Eugene Island.
Eugene island is a submerged geological feature like an underwater mountain 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The landscape is littered with deep fissures and faults which gush large amounts of oil and gas. A platform named Eugene Island 330 was producing 15,000 barrels of oil in the early 1970's. By the late 80's, the flow has reduced to 4,000 barrels a day. Then suddenly a mysterious thing happened. Production at Eugene Island 330 suddenly jumped back to 13,000 barrels a day. The reserve was refilled just like that. It is estimated the reserves went from 60 million barrels to 400 million barrels in a few days time. Something very strange is happening under the Gulf of Mexico.
What happened at Eugene Island supports the growing theory that oil is renewable from deep Earth processes. But don't let the general population know this. This aids to explain why the Middle East oil feilds seem to be inexhaustable.
Scientists noticed oils chemical composition did not change as fossil records had changed. Many scientist now believe oil is not created by decomposing remains of life since areas of very different ecospheres are producing oil of equal composition.
But there is much more to talk about the new discoveries of deep oil. Something very dangerous lurks in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Keep in mind the reserve Deepwater was drilling happens to be the deepest offshore reserve to date. Also keep in mind how we learned oil is sourced from deep below the Earths crust. Further down then mankind has been able to study and observe.
Helium is a naturally occurring gas formed in oil reserves. So common that helium detectors have been used to discover oil reserves. Helium is an inert gas known to be a by-product from the radiological decay of uranium and thorium. Uranium and Thorium are known to be in great quantities at greater depths. Yes, radioactive elements occur naturally and can be found and detected in trace amounts in shallow oil reserves. Oil reserves that do not produce large amounts of methane also lack uranium and thorium. The presence of methane is proportional to the presence of uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements.
Yes, you read that correctly!
The more methane that is present reflects the amount of Uranium and Thorium in the oil reserve. The deeper the oil, the younger the radiological decay is that produces helium. The Eugene Island 330 rig was replenished showing deep oil is resupllying the more shallow oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Louisiana.
most significant energy source inside the earth," Tolich said. "So this is the driving engine for things such as tectonic plate movements, volcanoes and earthquake. We are looking for neutrinos, particularly electron antineutrinos ... coming from uranium and thorium decay inside the earth. The uranium and thorium is distributed all through the earth in the mantle. One part in 10 million of the earth's mass is thought to be made of uranium and thorium.
That is correct! There is a large feed from Deep Earth just off the coast of Louisiana. Does this ring any bells? Give you the idea of the scope of the disaster yet?
Deep Earth oil is flooding to the surface and it is contaminated with uranium and thorium. During the Gulf War the Gulf Syndrome is speculated to be caused by the expulsion of Uranium and Thorium from the wells opened up by Saddam Hussein. Similar symptoms of illness are now beginning to occur at the Deepwater Horizon spill site and the resulting oil slick.
It is my conclusion, the oil from Deepwater is Deep Earth oil with elevated levels of radioactivity from Uranium and Thorium that hasn't had the time to decay.

OdinsBeard's picture

Conclusion based on what data?  Where is the proof of the uranium & thorium contamination?  Samples, test results, peer review?

GWS allegedly due to a component of the vaccines used, not uranium/thorium exposure.

Augustus's picture

The link is to a re-post copied from Godlikeproductions.  The website exists to collect and distribute nonsense to the unwitting.  If you do a little google search for eugene Island and oil I expect you can find a whole lot of the info.  It was once used to further claims of abiotic sources of oil.  No longer.

Augustus's picture

The Eugene Island situation simply confirms that oil is mobile.  and that oil in different resevoirs can be distringuished from oil from a seperate reservoir.  All oil has some Uranium and Thorium and H2S.  Eugene Island has pretty well been studied to death.  I don't believe they have found other reservoirs which have recharged, and the Eugene Island reservoir is now back to steep decline as what ever it was connected to is depleted.

It is an interesting story and problem to solve.  It has been solved and well explained.  Do not draw silly conclusions or be alarmed.

TraderV's picture

You may have a point here. However, I would point you in the direction of reading about what is actually contained in the coal that is burnt in power plants all around the world daily. You will find much of the same elements, and worse. This combustion is on a log-fold greater scale than what may be coming out of the hole in the gulf.

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

Evil bad oil. Evil bad oil evil bad oil. evil bad oil


Wanna bet Russians do not believe that oil is evil?

Keep the west worried while turban wearing women hating religious nuts kill others for not accepting their prophet and Putin destroys 100 times more environment without a word from any environmentally concerned person.

Muslims are going to own BP by the end of year and they will drill in the Gulf and not one environmental group will say anything about their evil oil because they fear Muslims.

When the charges are equal. When every single producer is held to the same standard then lets talk about how the world is dying because of hydrocarbon production.

Only environmentalist willing to spend 20 years in a Gulag in Russia for protesting there should be listened too. Unless you put your life on the line you are just a payed propagandist of the Muslims or a fucking liar.

Gully Foyle's picture


I was more impressed with the Fisherman's wife. Sounds like OTT has a financial motive that makes her less than unbiased. She does have a target audience.

digalert's picture

I wrote my aunt in Clearwater, Fl about the gusher in the gulf and if she'd had any affect. Here was her reply:

All I know is I had bronchitis for the 1st time in my life 1 month ago.  And I hear about others I know getting bronchitis or some other upper resp infection.  Some are reccurring.  I've had to use my inhaler more than ever before.  Irene heard that we'll be evacuated in the near future.  She's bugging me about where we'll move to.  I told her I just want to go on vacation for now.

I don't like the crap I'm hearing about this whole mess. I sure don't like the collusion between BP and Washington restricting access and reporting. We need more personal reports from the whole region.


nmewn's picture


"All I know is I had bronchitis for the 1st time in my life 1 month ago."

"I've had to use my inhaler more than ever before."

She got an inhaler for the bronchitis or she used an inhaler before the bronchitis?

Muir's picture

Sorry to hear about that.

Though, Clearwater and points South were sometimes impossible because of the red tide, I started to feel suffocated being close to the beach.

I do not think that area is safe for a lot of adults.


Gully Foyle's picture


I had Bronchitis from an abundance of Pine Pollen one year. Way up North.

Yeah there can be other factors and we are far too quick jumping to conclusions.

JX's picture

Holy shite.

Where is Jimmy the Shill who posted on the last ZH blog on BP???

Jimmy the Shill, you're master's gonna be pist.

BP, ya fucked it up.  Fucking doofuses get out and let the Netherlands clean this shit up.

Jim_Rockford's picture

BP, ya fucked it up.  Fucking doofuses get out and let the Netherlands clean this shit up.

That is a dead lift from right out of Monday Night Rehabilitation

it aint paranoia if they really are out too harm you's picture

Coming soon to late night TV:  Lawyer commercials linking any known malady to Corexit and "call now for a free consultation."


Then, justice might be one step from being served....



Shakespeare's quote from Henry VI

Gordon_Gekko's picture

Oops! Looks like BP skipped on Jimmy's paycheck.

Augustus's picture

Is Matt Simmons paying you on post count?  Or is intelligent content required to get the money?

Gordon_Gekko's picture


Ryan had been swimming off the beach the day before, as she said, "to get in my last swim before the oil hit." The trouble is that not all of the oil coming ashore is visible. Dispersed oil - tiny bubbles of oil encased in chemical dispersants - are in the water column. On Thursday Ryan was treated at a local doctor's office for skin rash on her legs.

Augustus's picture


You might try reading the whole article before getting too excited.  I don't know what has cause the woman to show those signs.  It loots to me as if she has been scratching some chigger bites.  Is she working up a compensation claim from BP?  Matt Simmons must be paying you folks very well.

The late morning sun retired the workers to the shade of their tents and the job of "observing," while it brought out throngs of beach-goers -- children, parents, grandparents -- who happily plunged into the "contaminated" ocean without a second thought.


Public officials have failed to sound an alarm about the public health threat because three federal agencies - DHHS, EPA, and OSHA - cannot find any unsafe levels of oil in air or water.

Gunther's picture

Some remarks to Corexit:

The Safet Dfata Sheet for Corexit does not identify all components

It reads”Organic sulfonic acid salt” without further description like a chemical formula.

That is strange and the first safety data sheet I see suppressing important information.


To look at toxicology, Corexit is tested alone while the use is to disperse oil and in the environment the question is how toxic is Corexit combined with oil.


Pinetichs explanation of one toxic effect of Corexit makes sense; a cell membrane is a layer of oil with a coating that makes soluble in water. Now bring in oil and dispersant. That combination goes right to the cell membranes and brings the oil into the membranes. The original structure of the membrane gets destructed because the part that is water-soluble misses and the cell dies.


Gordon_Gekko's picture

Only in the idiot-land that America has become will people believe that "it's all good" after millions of barrels of crude and hundreds of thousands barrels of cheap toxic dispersant have been dumped into the sea, and that one of the most corrupt companies on the planet is being fully honest about everything and doing all it can to "clean-up" its feces and using nothing but the safest techniques. Here are a few pictures of the damned excellent job that BP is doing:

Those who still think BP is doing a good job, I suggest either they relocate IMMEDIATELY to the Gulf area or just SHUT THE HELL UP.

moneymutt's picture

thanks GG...what is really bothering me is people are so wedded to partisan ideology they can't face reality anymore...regardless of how you think things went wrong before this happened, who is to blame, what we should be doing the least one should be able to acknowledge this is bad and harmful on a vast scale.

Imagine if Al Q sent a fleet of barges filled with toxic chemicals and cracked them open into the Gulf and in the process, was interrupted by a shrimp boat, so Al Q killed 11 shrimpers in a fiery inferno....and then some people on coast came down with strange respiratory illness, people got burned skin, animals were dying...can you imagine the outrage on Fox, CNN....we would be hanging flags from overpasses, the funerals for the 11 would be only thing on television while they happened, we would be mobilizing entire military to patrol Gulf, and our president would hop up onto a skimmer boat with a megaphone and cheer lead us....instead, because the culprit is big business, sloppiness, lax/corrupt regulations whatever...we can't get so excited and united, we pick one or the other to rail against (business/govt) and many try to pretend like poison is not toxic. We are freaking pathetic, our reaction to harm is totally based on what we see as the source and how it fits our ideology rather than on actual degree of harm to us. Stockholm Syndrome.

megatoxic's picture

Wow--and when someone gets murdered we react differently than if they had died of a heart attack.

My God, you're a genius!  You've discovered that *intent* actually matters!!!

I smell a Nobel Prize.

moneymutt's picture

if it was unintended, its still homicide, my issue is people are trying to deny the environmental and health harms from this....if everyone can admit someone died, we can have a trial about whether it was manslaughter or premediated murder...but fact is, someone died...but in this case, we act like toxic stew is no big thing...

moneymutt's picture

if it was unintended, its still homicide, my issue is people are trying to deny the environmental and health harms from this....if everyone can admit someone died, we can have a trial about whether it was manslaughter or premediated murder...but fact is, someone died...but in this case, we act like toxic stew is no big thing...

Clinteastwood's picture

No.  Obama wouldn't hop on a skimmer boat.  He'd go play golf.

Gully Foyle's picture


Could you work up a list of politicians who have hopped on skimmers?

Maybe some pics of them in a sea of oil with resperators and a glass beaker os toxic soup.

Right now I'm not aware of a single one leading by example.

it aint paranoia if they really are out too harm you's picture

If the "skimmer" were a young boy, then put Barney Frank on that list.

russki standart's picture

If the "skimmer" were a young boy, then put Barney Frank on that list.

Don´t forget to invite the obamanation and his controller, the mossad spy rahm. Better yet, invite Lindsey Graham and make it  bi partisan.

Gully Foyle's picture

it aint paranoi...

I can see you will never be a professional joke writer.

You should have gone with oiled young boy and Barney. Maybe something like Barney rescued a young boy from an oily tide today. Frank proceeded to give the boy penis to ass resuscitation.


Clinteastwood's picture

Most all politicians  are skimmers.  I would like to see them on respirators.

Gully Foyle's picture


Yep that was a hoot.

Now show me which politician is leading by example and out on the spill testing?

I'm not an Obama fan, but in this case they ALL are hypocrites.

Clinteastwood's picture

Poor little thing, you have folliculitis.  Gee, no one ever gets that unless they've been exposed to BP's oil spill.

Or...unless you use too much meth and have sex for kicks with people you don't know.

Or, you don't shower regularly.

Or......for no discernible reason.

GG.....get off this.  You don't know what you're talking about. us some better skin.

Gordon_Gekko's picture

Yeah, I guess all those fishes were doing meth too, or perhaps "having sex for kicks with people they didn't know". 

There - exposed another paid BP PR representative. BTW, it pays if you actually read the article related to the photos (linked below them). Jeez BP must have a nose for hiring incompetent assholes.

Clinteastwood's picture


The plural of fish is fish.

See?....anyone can come up with a gratuitous insult, even me.

What's needed is the ability to think critically.

OK, OK now I'm starting to feel a little sick.  I take it all back and junked all my own posts.

Where's my lawyer and my piece of the $20 Bn from BP?

OdinsBeard's picture

<clint eastwodd - GG,

The plural of fish is fish.

See?....anyone can come up with a gratuitous insult, even me.

What's needed is the ability to think critically.

OK, OK now I'm starting to feel a little sick.  I take it all back and junked all my own posts.

Where's my lawyer and my piece of the $20 Bn from BP?>


Actually you are a moron with very little grasp of the fine nuances of the English language.  Both "fish" and "fishes" are acceptable plural forms of "fish".

Who do you really work for now?  Hmmm?

George Washington's picture

Hey GG,

You're posting such great stuff, the sheepherders are turning their attention on you.

Way to go!

Cursive's picture


Look!  There's a blimp helping the clean-up effort now!  Watch the blimp.  The blimp is cool.  It's like the Super Bowl!  Please ignore any skin rashes.  Keep your eye on the blimp.  Forget about headaches and diarrhea.  BP is rumored to maybe hopefully cap the well this weekend.  Yes!  That's right!  This weekend!  Oh look, the blimp!

benb's picture

by AR15AU  ... this oil spill is nothing more than hype to keep the liberals distracted.”

AR –this may develop into one of the biggest events in history!

IMO it is absolutely appropriate to post articles like this. This ongoing, gargantuan oil leak nightmare works on many levels and appears to have been the result of intentional, calculated actions. There have been multiple reports of Corexit being sprayed from aircraft over populated land areas. There are reports that other chemicals are being sprayed from aircraft at night on contaminated beaches bleaching the uppermost layer of sand to give the appearance of normalcy. Assuming the tragedy continues to expand what logically can be expected to happen to all real estate values in the affected areas? Is that real estate tied to derivatives? How much food productive capacity is being destroyed?   How many millions will be leaving the dead zones and in what kind of health? I think we are experiencing a coordinated take down of the U.S. -Financially, spiritually, and as a eugenics operation.


Clinteastwood's picture

WTF is a "marine toxicologist" anyway?  There is no such animal.  The rectal bleeding was caused by other nefarious activity.  This is a hoax.

The second video of the otherwise Bud Lite salesman isn't worth another comment.

 Lighten up people.  The spill is an all natural phenomenon.  Those beaches that were steam-cleaned after the Exxon Valdez spill----no life has returned.  They were killed-sterilized.  Those beaches where no "cleanup" was performed--------they are thriving with all kinds of life now.  Just see if the MSM reports that----HA!  They couldn't be bothered to look at such facts.

Lighten up.  In a couple of years we'll all be better off for having the CHEAP OIL.  (And hopefully the leftist Obamanationists will have an oven mitt in it).

it aint paranoia if they really are out too harm you's picture

Yeah, natural phenomenon oil "spill" (leak) occurs.  But that's not the point.  Corexit is NOT NATURAL!!!  Am I wrong, or wasn't that the in the title of post?


Does anyone know whether Corexit is biodegradable?   Because most of what is leaking will biodegrade, and there would not seem to be a benefit to spreading a non-biodegradable substance to "dissolve" a biodegradable one.  I know this is an obvious point, probably already covered in another post or source.


Correction: there is a benefit to spread the non-biodegradable, if you consider the profits generated for Nalco Holding Company. 


Clinteastwood-  sorry, I started my post too harsh on your post.   Don't go postal on me....or do crazed postal workers on a rampage go Clint?    I never  asked  these questions pre-Tyler Durden.

moneymutt's picture

steam forever kills biological life, but toxic chemicals are safe and will had no bad effectg on biological life over the long-term??? I steam clean my house sometimes, and, lo and behold, little critters come back a beach steam cleaned is dead for ever? no bacteria, no fungi, no snails, they are gone forever...please, you are so much more credible the a scienctist, you are so much smarter...

Clinteastwood's picture

Hey money mutt, where do I get a degree in the "science" of marine toxicology?


Would I be a scienctist?