Think that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is over? Actually, oil from the site where the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank may still be spreading, having reached Minnesota by now.
Huge amounts of the toxic dispersant Corexit was sprayed over the oil slicks emanating from the Deepwater Horizon site. Corexit divided the crude oil into little tiny bits, but didn’t make the oil disappear. It just made the pollution problem invisible to the human eye.
Now, Minnesota Public Radio is reporting that, in a colony of pelicans that have migrated from the Gulf of Mexico to Minnesota, almost 80 percent of the eggs sampled by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have tested positive for Corexit. 90 percent of the eggs have tested positive for contamination with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, chemicals found in petroleum.
Of course, looking at the pelican eggs from the outside, nothing can be seen. Besides, what human beings, beside those working for the Department of Natural Resources, ever take the time to look at pelican eggs from the outside? Once again, the pollution is placed conveniently out of sight, and so rests out of mind as well.