Most of the media reports, both mainstream and alternative, have not yet properly addressed how the toxicity in the Gulf of Mexico will affect the rest of the continent. There is some evidence the leak will affect the world in due time, however disease control officials in both Canada and the U.S. should be sounding the alarm on how to deal with the toxic rains that are about to poison a large percentage of North America in the coming months.
A greatest threat involving the chemical dispersal agent Corexit 9500 can be narrowed down to three clear and present dangers: 1) the amount that has been used; 2) how its thermodynamic properties will be transformed from liquid to gas via heating; and 3) how the new dispersant gases will then travel across the Eastern U.S. and Canada.
Some reports have stated that the amount of chemical dispersant applied is 42 million gallons, more than the amount spilled in any single accident prior to the BP disaster. Other unconfirmed sources are now suggesting that the amount applied could be far greater, in the 60 to 70 million gallon range.
There is much speculation as to how many millions of gallons will be applied before they finally cease the dispersant operation. If hundreds of millions of gallons are eventually sprayed into the Gulf and surrounding area, this will translate into hundreds of millions of cubic feet of gas if there is an explosion of any kind. If pressure and temperature are incorporated into the equation, the 600,000 square miles that cover the Gulf region may be saturated with poisonous gases that will cause certain illness, hypoxia and likely death.
Exactly how the chemical dispersants will react with benzene, hydrogen sulfide and methane once ignited is unknown. However, should BP successfuly complete a controlled fusion explosion as planned, the amount of pressure combined with increased temperatures will create toxic clouds and rain that would spread far beyond the Gulf region. Researchers have already spotted fluorescent clouds in the deep Gulf, likely a byproduct of benzene in the water, a phenomenon not previously recorded.
Fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico who have dropped temperature sensing devices into water, determined an increase of 7° higher than normal. A mean temperature increase of two degrees is dangerous. Seven degrees is a reason for great concern. Multiple reports have concluded the danger of this increase due to the oil and other chemicals/toxins filling the Gulf will lead to numerous changes -- not the least of which is the expectation that any storms or hurricanes developing over the region will be stalled causing them to intensify and slow down causing more destruction as they linger.
Low pressure weather systems, hot and humid conditions, and stagnant air conditions characterized by little wind may exacerbate the effects of methane and other gas accumulations around the coastlines, as well as anywhere inland gas may travel. The consequential tropical storms and depressions that often result before and after hurricanes will provide vectors of dissemination for the aforementioned chemicals and contaminants to rain down on populations.
According a report from Russian scientists, when the combined heating of the Gulf water interact with the chemical dispersants, its molecules will be able to “phase transition” from their present liquid to a gaseous state allowing them to be absorbed into clouds and allowing their release as “toxic rain” upon all of Eastern North America.
As the toxic clouds travel across the Eastern U.S. and travel upwards to Canada, the impact on human communities and health could become a focal point. More than half the land mass, almost 1 million square kms between the U.S. and Canada could be directly affected by toxic rain. This will disrupt the endrocrine systems of all ecosystems (including humans) that come in contact with the rain water and associated toxins. The cyclical nature of ecosystems will mean that all life will be affected. Inhalation alone of the evaporated gases from the rain water will cause illness in a large segment of populations exposed.
There should be a public outcry heard at all levels of government to stop any further spraying of toxic dispersants. Should these activities continue in the coming months, more than 100 million people may become poisoned and suffer unnecessary health effects.