The devastating effects of Corexit on the human body
Hi everyone, this is my first major post on ATS
Ok, not so long ago I was looking at a corexit article on ATS and something got me thinking. Now, I'm not an especially educated person but one thing
that stood out is the way that corexit interacts with both the oil and the water, and of some of the reported symptoms of people that have been in
contact with the polluted water. My research, unfortunately, confirmed my suspicions on this subject and it truly is HORRIFIC.
How will corexit affect the drinking water?
OK, one of the first things that popped into my mind is that the polluted water, in theory, will end up within the groundwater around the GoM. I do
have an A level in geography, but not the best of grades, so I looked into this to make sure I was on the right track.
The bad news is that I was right. Although some ATS posts go too far in suggesting that corexit and oil will pollute the rain (this might be not true
because of the high boiling point of both substances) it WILL end up in the groundwater around the GoM.
If you are not familiar with the way this works, please look at this for a quick explanation:
There is also an illustated example here:
Once the groundwater is polluted, this will in turn find it's way into reservoirs, into springs, into streams and into rivers, affecting the drinking
water of towns and cities all around the gulf coast.
This example, and i quote "two thirds of the people draw their drinking water from underground aquifers", is a US-specific site on groundwater.
How corexit works:
A quote from wikipedia: "In 2010, Corexit EC9500A and Corexit EC9527A are being used in unprecedentedly large quantities in the Deepwater Horizon oil
Wikipedia states that it is not toxic, but we will come to this point soon. Note that the UK determined corexit to be unsafe following a review in
Basically corexit is being used as it reverses the hydrophobic (Water-hating) properties of the oil molecules and allow the oil to be soluble (To
dissolve in water). This results in small droplets of oils as opposed to an oil slick, as generally hydrophobic molecules will bond with other
hydrophobic molecules, hence why you get oil slicks, where the oil has bonded to produce a continuous thin layer on the sea surface.
What does this mean in biological terms?
One of the basic things I know, from A level biology, is the role of lipids in cellular membranes.
Lipids are water-hating molecules, including both oils and fats.
Cell membranes are composed of proteins and lipids. The role off the lipid is to prevent anything apart from other hydrophobic molecules from
diffusing into and out of the cell, and these lipids are arranged into two layers (a bilayer). For example soluble (water-loving) molecules such as
amino acids, carbs, proteins and ions cannot penetrate this layer.
For an explanation of this please look at
Where does this come together?
Obviously once corexit reaches the groundwater and pollutes the drinking water, and enters the body, the properties it exibits on oil will apply to
any hydrophobic substance, and this includes, of course the lipid layer of the cell membrane.
As corexit breaks down the bi-lipid layer of the membrane, solubles will be allowed to pass freely into the cell, disturbing the function of the cell,
and possibly causing cellular rupture by damaging the cell's protective membrane so severely.
Here is what a marine biologist makes of it
The effects on the human body are truly horrific.
It has been reported this stuff will reach us over in Europe in around 12 months due to the gulf stream so I can only brace myself for the gruesome
effects of this horrific chemical, living in direct exposure on the west coast.
Edit: poor formatting
[edit on 31-7-2010 by rufusthestuntbum]