BP plans to use chemicals that kill off coral larvae in the event of an oil spill near a unique coral reef in the mouth of the Amazon river.
The British oil giant intends to drill in the region in August 2018. The company’s environmental impact assessment (EIA), submitted to the Brazilian authorities for the project, submitted in 2015, states it will use Corexit 9500 to clean up potential spills.
Corexit is a chemical dispersant which was used extensively during the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. In 2013, scientists found that the chemical had had a negative impact on coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.
What is Deepwater Horizon?
In 2010, an explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform killed 11 workers and spilled 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, with devastating effects on marine life and coastal communities. BP was fined a record $20.8 billion for the disaster, though three quarters of that amount was tax deductible.