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Spills, Science and Semantics

Recently, I wrote a cranky little post about NOAA’s behavior regarding the Gulf of Mexico. The agency’s approach seemed to me to be timid and deferential at a time when I wanted a strong voice and and steady sense of purpose. What had set me off was the agency’s reluctance to use the word “plume”…

The second post I wrote for this blog was partly to explain the title: “Why Speakeasy Science? Well, first because I just wrote a book, The Poisoner’s Handbook, which is set in Jazz-Age New York, which was home to some 30,000 speakeasies. Also I like the historical feel of the name. I’ve always been interested…

Discussing Dispersants

In the past week, a lot of writers – and, yes, that includes me – have focused on the chemical dispersants being sprayed into the Gulf of Mexico to help manage the ever-expanding oil spill from BP’s deepwater drilling rig. For instance, I recently pointed out while dispersants do help break apart a slick into…

Today, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would require BP to use a less toxic (and more effective) chemical dispersant than the brand used so far. I wish, I wish, I’m always wishing for these actions to sparkle with government intelligence and initiative. But it’s obvious that the EPA was responding to…

Dishwashing in the Gulf

Let’s start with some slightly, okay, more than slightly depressing numbers: Since the devastating explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig almost three weeks ago, more than 1.7 million gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and more than 250,000 gallons of chemical dispersant have been sprayed onto that spill in an effort…