Grassroots Organization Addresses the use of Toxic Dispersants in the Gulf
A citizen funded organization has stepped forward with a goal of protecting the public’s and nature’s interests in the clean up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. Clean the Gulf Now(CTGN), an independent group founded in response to the pending damages resulting from BP’s oil catastrophe in the gulf, is demanding that BP stop using toxic dispersants, specifically Corexit, to control the oil that is currently pumping out into the waters off the coast of Louisiana. The organization is calling for a change to a more environmentally friendly process, called bioremediation.
CTGN has launched a website (http://cleanthegulfnow.org) to better educate the public on the immediate and long term effects using toxic chemicals to address oil spills, and to grow awareness and support for safer, more ecologically friendly methods of handling the spill. The group maintains that in some cases the detergents are more toxic than the oil itself, and provides evidence that bioremediation, a process that breaks down the oil on a microbial level, will allow the affected area and various species found there to recover from this tragedy more completely and in a shorter period of time.
Multiple requests are received daily for information about how to best donate resources, so CTGN has teamed with “Save Our Gulf,” an initiative of the Waterkeeper Alliance and Mobile Baykeeper, in attempt to better communicate and promote their message and bring about effective change to the situation at hand. A link to Mobile Baykeeper is on the CTGN site.
McClurg explains why Mobile Baykeeper was selected as the official recommendation for donations. “Being from Mobile, I know Mobile Baykeeper as they’ve been a vital part of the community for many years. The most important reason was they formed a coastal-wide effort, via Waterkeeper Alliance. All resources acquired for the Save Our Gulf effort are being distributed according to need across the alliance members in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. It is important at this time to have a coordinated effort across the gulf states.”
For more information about CTGN, or to interview the founder, call Jennifer Roth at 251.650.1495.