I find it more than just a bit appalling that the people and corporations responsible for turning the entire Gulf of Mexico into a toxic waste dump – and large scale scientific experiment – have not been held accountable for their actions. Whatever fines BP received were nothing more than a government sponsored publicity stunt that made a mockery of anyone who has suffered due to the reckless disregard for the consequences of this mad science.
Corexit was banned in the UK a decade ago; it was known to be unsafe. On the other hand, Synthia was completely untried and untested and presented even more danger…and yet both substances were still released all along our coast by a bunch of greedy, arrogant bastards who find the destruction of an entire eco-system to be an acceptable risk to take…but hey, it was an *Accident* and no one is directly responsible, right?
I had no intention of spending most of the day working on this post but here I am at hour six (or is it seven or eight?!) with my head swimming in more oily muck that I can absorb. As with every other major news story that may cast our corporate rulers in a bad light, it is really difficult to find the various pieces of the story and even more difficult to place them into any kind of cohesive order. It’s like trying to scrunch a picture of the NY City skyline onto a recipe card; no matter how you try to lay it out, it just won’t fit into one easy-to-see picture.
Adding to my ‘Rabbit Hole Frustration’ and crankiness is the fact that many links to articles I’ve used as references in the past have mysteriously vanished into thin…cyberspace…I guess. Just when I was beginning to seriously question my sanity, I caught a paragraph of an article by another author who has also noticed this mysterious phenomena.
“I want to make it known to the reader that google has been scrubbed of Corexit info. When I wrote the above article, much more information was available. The New York Times even deleted part of an article that they published, with Corexit information. This stuff is deadly and they want to hide that fact from everyone.” Science Ray author, mygoditsfullofstars
At any rate, there is obviously more to the BP clean-up than the Powers That Be would like us to know. While government officials, corporate executives and even a few mad scientists have done their best to muck up the already filthy waters in the Gulf, some of their dirty little secrets and connections manage to float to the top…we just have to catch the pieces and fit them all together in order to expose the immeasurable harm caused by the actions of our psychopathic leaders.
Here’s the Cliff Note’s version of what I’ve pieced together today…
BP Oil works closely with Craig Venter, founder of Synthetic Genomics, Inc, the J. Craig Venter Institute & the newly formed Synthetic Genomics Vaccines Inc. (The timing of Venter joining in the vaccine business is eerie; he joined forces with Novartis in June of 2010…just a couple of months after his e-coli bacteria was released into our ecosystem.) BP and Venter would like to create a computer programmed bacteria that can assist with releasing oil from hard to reach places and/or assist with making the oil vanish in the event of an oil spill.
Venter’s lab-bred, e-coli based and computer programmed bacteria, Synthia, was sprayed across the Gulf shortly after the Deepwater Oil Spill. It appears to have been unleashed on the ocean with little concern for the long-term ramifications or potential harm to the environment – or the citizens – of the coastal region.
What stumped me for several hours was trying to figure out where in the HELL the direct connection was between Craig Venter and Nalco, the company that produces Corexit. I kept hitting articles about Venter’s genomics work and his oil-eating bacterial creation, Synthia, being used to clean up BP’s spill but all major news sources are focusing on Corexit with no mention of Synthia…argh! And then, on page 2 of a last ditch search, I hit pay dirt when I stumbled across a pdf. link on Nalco’s website. The article was far less interesting than the photo beside it -
That is none other than the infamous Dr. Venter standing proud, front & center.
I also found this announcement about a water conference that turned up the names of both Venter & Nalco -
“The second annual Water Innovations Summit will take place in Chicago on September 28-29, 2010 at McCormick Place.
Keynotes include famed researcher Craig Venter; Don Correll of American Water; Finn Neilson of Veolia NA; Fabien Cousteau; Dr. Mark Shannon U. IL.; and the EPA Department of Administration for Water’s Michael Shapiro. Others speakers are confirming every day from IBM, Hach, Badger Meter, Siemens and Nalco, among others.”
While it isn’t as much information as I’d hoped to dig up, it absolutely answered my question as to whether or not Venter is connected to Nalco directly. There is obviously an amiable association and working relationship there…the specifics can be ferreted out later.
For now I leave you with excerpts, videos and links relating to the BP clean-up (or cover-up?), the potential harm dispersants can cause & some of the connections between the perpetrators of this careless crime against LIFE…