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Jacques Cousteau's Grandson Takes 'Nightmare' Dive Into Oil Spill

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(May 27) -- The Gulf oil spill's toll on the environment remains difficult to quantify at this time, but a new video of a journey into the dark heart of the spill taken by Philippe Cousteau Jr., grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, reveals a "nightmarish" scene.

Cousteau was investigating whether Corexit, the environmentally-tenuous chemical dispersant that BP has been spraying into the Atlantic since the spill began is "breaking down the oil or if the byproduct they are forming is causing more damage to sea life." ABC Good Morning America reporter Sam Champion, who was along for the ride, was shocked and appalled at what he found.

"The entire water column is thick with this oil and chemical dispersant mix and it's absolutely disgusting," said Champion, "I think that this has got to be one of the most horrible things I've ever seen underwater."

The display, Cousteau said, was but "a snapshot of what's happening in the Gulf. This is a nightmare, this is nightmare."

Cousteau also told Champion that what frightened him the most was that volume of the oil spill dispersant mix was unprecedented, thus it is impossible to predict its side effects.

Nalco, the company that manufactures Corexit, today released additional technical information about the product, saying it "is a simple blend of six well-established, safe ingredients that biodegrade, do not bioaccumulate and are commonly found in popular household products," according to Marketwatch.
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As guilty as BP is, their saving grace (in my eye) is that it isn't Middle East oil. They have boycotted american goods, but we still buy their oil.
Beyond that, one issue I haven't seen explored is the potential for tectonic plate movement as the oil is dissipated from below the subaquatic membrane between the oil and water. If that happens, there could be a much higher price to pay for not closing the pipe and restricting oil extraction from beneath the sea.

June 03 2010 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The greedy few almost always seems to mess things up for the majority.

I sincerely hope them politicians to have sold out and contributted to this man-made disaster will all be sent out of office.

June 02 2010 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The earth is fighting back......and winning!!!!

June 02 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When I was a child growing up on the Jersey shore, I collected scallop shells by the dozens. As the years have passed I have noticed the vanishing of sea life through man's greed. One does not have to be a marine biologist to see the slow disappearance of such sea life; as the horseshoe crab which were so abundant on the shores of New Jersey they covered the shoreline in the summer months it looked like a sea of horseshoe crabs. Now if you are lucky you may spot a scallop shell along the beach. The BP oil spill, again because of man's greed will kill off more sea life, making it difficult for the fishermen to make a living. This tragic occurrence has an impact on every human being on this planet. Those responsible for this disaster should pay for their greed in the most obvious way. Through the POCKETBOOK! It breaks my heart to see the oceans going via the drive-in movie theater.

June 02 2010 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have heard arguments about why we should stop using oil and relying on it so heavily. I believe the first step is to stop patronizing BP pumps. I'm sure I can go to any city in America and I will see cars at BP pumps. Maybe your stance should change to we will not do business with BP until they contain this problem.
When profit is effected real change comes. And how many people who claim to hate America's dependence on oil have hybrid vehicles or have plans to go all electric?
And why havent we sent any National Reserves to help with clean up?

June 02 2010 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We need the oil to a certain extent for the time being, but we should start moving away from dependence upon it, and use our brains to go into the next energy supply phase. Oil is not renewable. It will come to an end, sooner or later (sooner than most think). And, it does polute. These are facts.

Renewable energy sources - biodiesel, bioethanol ... produced from crops that are not mainstream 'food crops'; such as sweet sorghum, jatropha, switch grass ... you can pour these products into water and they completely break down. They are made from plant oils. The previously mentioned energy sources will create jobs, keep the farmers happy, and help eleviate environmental concerns.

Solar, wind, water - they're not going anywhere anytime soon. Hopefully, we'll see this disaster as a 'WAKE-UP CALL'. My heart goes out to the families of the workers who lost their lives.

June 01 2010 at 4:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Hey , when I wrote about someone here saying that we all will have to accept catostrophic disasters like this cause we need the oil. and I wrote thats pretty ignorant to think that. and that the inspectors working for this govt. cannot be allowed to go to work for the oil companies that they are inspecting when they leave the govt. that we need to get our govt to change that and that is a conflict of interest. I do.. maybe they will post it now? the editors...maybe it wasnt posted, because ya cant call a specific person dumb or ignorant? if i see this posted , then i know.....

May 27 2010 at 5:34 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Wow! We humans are destroying the most beautiful gift given to us palnet earth. Its slowly getting worse there is no one to blame but ourselves! To me it seems like we are building a massive suicide to kill the entire human race with all these \"accidents\".

May 27 2010 at 4:52 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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you are so right,but there is someone to blame. who let them drill,who lets big money do almost any thing. this is our would,who do they think they are! i cry all the time for what has happened to our waters. do they, its all in the name of the almighty buck! i would give up alot to save our earth,would u?

May 27 2010 at 5:16 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
que amigo need to really look at urself in the mirror just like every american needs to as earingkid50 brings is so easy to blab blab blab about the dependence of oil and how the almighty buck drives this...well how many people typing comments drive A CAR, HOW MANY RECYCLE, HOW MANY ARE REALLY GREEN FRIENDLY...It is easier to preach from a soap box but I am willing to bet at least 90% of the people posting here are not truely green friendly and even green aware...think about that one, and oh by the waY WHERE IS THE PREZ ABOUT THIS, OUT SHOOTING HOOPS...cmon get with it and save this disaster before it becomes a bigger disaster

June 01 2010 at 5:31 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Thank you for putting a stop to detrimental responses to your blog.

May 27 2010 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can there be any other creature we deem a pest to this world come even remotely close then that of the human being....makes me wanna cry.

May 27 2010 at 4:37 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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