This is very disturbing, and very unreported: Have you heard about the plight of Jennifer Rexford? The Gulf resident and BP cleanup worker has been documenting on YouTube and Twitter the health issues she and others have faced in the wake of the Gulf Oil Spill. (There haven’t been any updates in about two weeks … given her health issues, we hope everything’s OK.) She’s having trouble getting any sort of financial help. Plus, she says she’s not alone, and that others are in the same situation as she is. Very disturbing. Very eye-opening. Also worth watching? The story of Paul Doom, a twentysomething Florida resident who was planning on going into the Marines, but instead became paralyzed after swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. The two have only gotten limited press coverage. What’s going on? We want some answers. Not just studies.(Thank you definitelynotcanon – sincerely! This story needs our attention.)source
It took months for BP to figure out how to stop oil from spewing out of the Deepwater Horizon site during last year’s infamous disaster, and not before the oil company tried everything from shooting junk down into the leaky pipe (the “junk shot”) to tapping Kevin Costner for advice. (Not that you would know any of this, based solely on its recent financial statements.) Next time around, BP might just want to try cornstarch.
That’s because researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Washington University recently discovered that cornstarch may be the key to a new mud recipe that could plug up oil leaks when shot into leaky pipelines (the “top kill” method). This is similar to the technique that BP used to plug its leak—the oil company pumped heavy mud into the wellbore until it finally stanched the oil flow. But the addition of cornstarch to the mud mix could be more effective.