Have we found some of the missing oil?

From FloridaOilSpillLaw.com:

Barbara Schebler of Homosassa, Florida… received word last Friday that test results on the water from her family’s swimming pool showed 50.3 ppm of 2-butoxyethanol, a marker for the dispersant Corexit 9527A used to break up and sink BP’s oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

The problems began for the Scheblers a few weeks after the April 20 blow-out. “Our first clue were rashes we both got early in May. Both my husband and I couldn’t get rid of the rashes and had to get cream from our doctor,” Schebler noted, “I never had a rash in my life.”

Then, on “July [23], my husband Warren mowed the lawn. It was hot so he got in the pool to cool off afterward. That afternoon he had severe diarrhea and very dark urine. This lasted about 2 days,” she revealed.

Initially, they reasoned this was caused by the heat. The following week Mr. Schebler again mowed the lawn and went in the pool, and again he was sickened with the same severe symptoms.

They could have gotten this from rain or from Corexit blowing through the air after being dispersed by planes or helicopters. Either way, it’s safe to say the environmental damage from the oil and Corexit is massive and will never be fully understood. And Corexit is probably causing even bigger problems than the oil it was dispersed to hide.

Posted by James on Tuesday, August 31, 2010