Adding toxics to an already toxic oil spill


Let's say that you have a water well, and a leak from an underground tank at a nearby gasoline station has contaminated your water.

Not to worry, says the station owner, for he can fix the problem by dumping a secret mixture of toxic chemicals into your well.

Would you say "thank you" — or immediately dial 911 to tell authorities to come quickly with a large net and a straightjacket?

Astonishingly, this insane scenario is playing right now. The "water well" is the Gulf of Mexico, the gas station contaminator is BP, and the toxic fix is called "dispersants."

With BP's disastrous oil sl...

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