Elevated Levels of Benzene, Hydrogen Sulfide, Methylene Chloride in Gulf Air

And so the cancer sicknesses can begin to take their toll on humans (from Facing South):

Today the Louisiana Environmental Action Network released its analysis of air monitoring test results by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s air testing data comes from Venice, a coastal community 75 miles south of New Orleans in Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish.

The findings show that levels of airborne chemicals have far exceeded state standards and what’s considered safe for human exposure.

For instance, hydrogen sulfide has been detected at concentrations more than 100 times greater than the level known to cause physical reactions in people. Among the health effects of hydrogen sulfide exposure are eye and respiratory irritation as well as nausea, dizziness, confusion and headache.

The concentration threshold for people to experience physical symptoms from hydrogen sulfide is about 5 to 10 parts per billion. But as recently as last Thursday, the EPA measured levels at 1,000 ppb. The highest levels of airborne hydrogen sulfide measured so far were on May 3, at 1,192 ppb.

Testing data also shows levels of volatile organic chemicals that far exceed Louisiana’s own ambient air standards. VOCs cause acute physical health symptoms including eye, skin and respiratory irritation as well as headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea and confusion.

Louisiana’s ambient air standard for the VOC benzene, for example, is 3.76 ppb, while its standard for methylene chloride is 61.25 ppb. Long-term exposure to airborne benzene has been linked to cancer, while the EPA considers methylene chloride a probable carcinogen.

Air testing results show VOC concentrations far above these state standards. On May 6, for example, the EPA measured VOCs at levels of 483 ppb. The highest levels detected to date were on April 30, at 3,084 ppb, following by May 2, at 3,416 ppb.

Have you still got that idiotic idea of a Florida vacation in mind? We put that out of our mind before this, but now, even if someone GAVE me the money and everything was free, I wouldn’t drive to spend a minute there.

Our world in the SE USA (and likely beyond) is doomed yet the response is almost exactly the same as we are getting with the banking fiasco ripoff. Just more obfuscation, finger pointing and little else of substance to change the reality (or even acknowledge it fully). Washington’s Blog makes the connection:

As ABC News notes, the White House allowed BP to suppress video of the oil spill for 3 weeks; and a top oil spill expert says that BP’s use of booms around the spill site now won’t really do anything … and is just an exercise in public relations so that it looks like it’s doing something.

BP is also using dispersants to hide the extent of the oil spill. Specifically, as many commentators note, the dispersants cause much of the oil to sink, so that it appears that the spill isn’t that big. But the dispersants are not only highly toxic, but will also probably make the damage from the oil itself even worse.

Moreover, just as the cover-up about the severity of the financial crisis has allowed Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke and most of Congress to kill real financial reform, BP and the government’s drastic underplaying of the size of the spill has allowed BP to skate by without taking emergency actions, such as bringing in booms on an emergency basis, or to undertake more pro-active and creative responses.

And just as nothing has changed going forward with regard to the economy since the 2008 meltdown, nothing has changed with regard to offshore drilling.

For example, since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded on April 20th, the Obama administration has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico. And a whistleblower who survived the Gulf oil explosion claims in a lawsuit filed today that BP’s operations at another oil platform risk another catastrophic accident that could “dwarf” the Gulf oil spill, partly because BP never even reviewed critical engineering designs for the operation.

Indeed, the industry and government spokespeople have used the exact same word as each crisis – financial and environmental – unfolded. They said the problem was “contained”.

In both cases, we the people are left holding the bag because the giant companies and their campaign-contribution-buddies in DC are trying to sweep the severity of the problem under the rug, to manage the crisis as p.r. campaigns to protect those who let it happen … instead of actually taking steps necessary to solve the problems, and to make sure they won’t happen again.

I wonder if this seems futile to you (especially considering that MOST of the oil is purposefully being dispersed under water).

BTW: As I previously noted, the Gulf Currents have already grabbed the oil and is spreading it to the rest of the Sunshine State. Ed at Not Another Conspiracy tells us that tarballs have reached The Florida Keys.

Goodbye reef.

Now answer this. Will someone get pissed when it hits the eastern seaboard or should we wait until it hits Europe?

Just wondering….

18 thoughts on “Elevated Levels of Benzene, Hydrogen Sulfide, Methylene Chloride in Gulf Air

  1. The former Soviet Union didn’t give a rip about the enviroment so it is fitting that the U.S.S.A. doesn’t care either. The green nazi enviro tree huggers might but the people who bribe the politicians and run the country don’t care the enviroment is just another commodity to them.


  2. The fat cats answer to everything…rose colored glasses. Just make it look good and no one will notice.

    I got one question. When will ALL of these FAT CATS stop shitting where we eat and sleep? When were all dying?

    They shit on the economy, they shit in our waters, they shit on our kids/future and they shit on us….Im tired of the shit!


  3. Benzene is the worst. I worked at Williams refinery in Memphis, TN. I was doing survey work on all the pipes and pumps leading into and out of the benzene tanks. We could only work 30 minutes at a time with 15 min. away from the area. I always wondered why. It is a major cancer causer for sure. If the levels got to high in the area the sensors would sound an alarm, and they went off at least five or six times a day.

    If this stuff is in the air at levels considered dangerous, you can bet it is way higher than we are being told. This is a major disaster that is getting worse. Our worse in history in my opinion. Aside from a nuclear blast, that is.

    I don’t see how they can clean all this up and they can’t. We are doomed! Our Gulf coast is ruined. I live in the very north of the state of MS and I am not looking forward to a big low pressure front from the south.

    Really at a loss at this point.


  4. Hey I just saw where Kevin Costner brought a machine to LA that removes oil from water. This machine was built by scientists he had hired after the valdez accident. Guess what, they are gonna use this thing. It separates 100,000 barrels of oil from water a day. (According to Kevin) The news just keeps getting better and better.

    If this stuff somehow makes it into the backwaters in LA this could be a very worse situation than it already is. I wonder how many gallons have dumped since I made this post? Jay and his revelations suggestion may not be too far off. This is gonna take years to fix.

    If this doesn’t stop shitn’ out how long till it runs dry? I have heard five maybe ten years? That can’t be true can it?


    • I’ve read the decades thing, as well. I can’t imagine this thing spewing for decades. Truly, all the oceans could go black.


  5. Since the corporations have been annointed by SCOTUS to be ‘persons,’ with the same Bill of Rights as actual humans, then it’s only fitting that they face the same punishment some Joe Sixpack would if he had set off an enviromental disaster in the Gulf… tossed in jail and all of BP’s assets confiscated to help pay the costs.

    But that won’t happen, as BP, Exxon, Boeing, and others are like those Wall Street banks that are too big to fail.

    Not only will taxpayers get socked with hundreds of billions in damages, we’ll also reap the whirlwind of a dead Gulf.


    • Greg,

      Of course, those with money, even when they do spend any time for their crimes, seem to end up in luxurious settings with as many or more amenities that I have here in my “free” home.

      I have zero faith that any REAL accountability will happen. Not only that, I believe that feet are intentionally being dragged to slow the fix, if not purposefully using these dispersants to radically WORSEN the situation.

      I mean: Why pass up on such an awesome opportunity to enact even more Fascist control?


  6. Geezus, every day the news on this thing gets worse and worse. I feel so bad for the people who make a living fishing in the Gulf and those that supply items for and maintain the locations of attractions for the state tourism industries. Now they are talking about a low pressure system heading to FL. What is going to happen to the Gulf when hurricane season gets here and whips that junk around?


  7. After reading the stories on the spill on the McClatchy and other links, it’s enough to make your blood boil! Why not start with the BP CEO and each day the leak goes on, let the Joe Public decide what should be done with these arrogant, heartless bastards! In my opinion, BP execs, and those responsible should be stuffed down in that well to permanently close it!


  8. I hope the fishermen that are working the BP spill are keeping lawyers close by in case illnesses comparable to 9/11 start showing up in them. Apparently BP is paying them squat to do this work and apparently the bastards were made to take out clauses in the paperwork that were going to screw these guys over even more.


  9. Ive heard gas prices are supposed to go down over the holiday, anyone else? If so , whats that ,a calm before the storm?


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  13. BP’s Top-Kill

    Who knew when BP said, “Top Kill” ~
    alleged to plug the errant well,
    that we humans were their target too…
    a billion gallons in the brew.

    Who knew within the oil sludge,
    Was a President who would not budge…
    who would not lead his people free
    from breathing all this chemistry.

    It’s More than oil for our cars,
    More than coast line that was ours
    More than birds’ feet stuck in tars,
    It’s Korporate Kollusion.

    It’s Benzene in the air we breathe
    A President we can’t believe,
    A company bent to deceive,
    a thousand parts per illusion.

    Who’s Corporate Karma is so feeble,
    Who Carries “Top Kill” to the people?
    BP, like India’s Union Carbide
    ‘To the valley of death 10,000 ride.

    Oil disbursed or humans scattered,
    To BP all that really mattered
    Is to disburse the claims
    of all you “little people.”

    So Hayward gets a golden ‘chute
    and runs away with all his loot.

    Our president should get the boot
    from all us little people.

    — Greg Molenaar — June 2010
    Box 411 – New London, MN 56273


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