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HEALTH CRISIS: A Year After the Gulf Spill, Cleanup Workers Are Suffering


Environment  (tags: healthconditions, environment, destruction, BP oil spill disaster, pollution, humans, ecosystems, politics )

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- 2982 days ago - enn.com
Many workers in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe report chronic symptoms they can't explain



   

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Carol H (229)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 4:50 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 6:14 am
Nothing is more precious than health. That said, the BP company ought to take responsibility and compensate these workers as well as all other people that were affected with health problems, economically and otherwise.
There must be ways of doing this. What is stopping the government from forcing the issue? Is it the fear of the consequences of a sizable sudden decrease in the supply of oil?
 

Lindsey Williams (234)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 6:40 am
This is awful....first is killed hundred of animals from dolphins to turtles...now it is affecting the humans....damn you BP.
 

Constance F (418)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 3:08 pm
BP is not going to take responsibility, nor will government force them too. They're all in bed together. I get so tired....
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 5:30 pm
Noted, thanks Cal. There truly shouldn't be any surprise with this health human news. Negative health issues should be expected in various ways and forms. Some we won't know about for years in the future, as with many human caused disasters. However, the affects Will come back and bite us in very tender spots.
 

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 9:20 pm
That's terrible.
 

Ruth R (246)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 10:41 pm
Thank you for the postings. Will be watching for the petitions.
 

Lisa H (180)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 12:45 am
It's only been a year. This is the tip of the iceberg. Sad that our own government refused to force BP to cover the REAL costs of their idiocy. The cleanup workers will be the first to go. (After all the sea life, like those poor dolphins washing up dead everywhere.) When we think of a "spill" it's something you can clean up with just one sheet of Bounty. This is not a "spill", it was an explosion that kept exploding for almost a year! This quantity of petroleum will poison every marsh, every river, every microcosm of life as we know it. And hey, now there is plenty of nuclear radiation to go with it. Anybody watch Sci-Fi? The monsters from this level of toxicity should be quite interesting.
 

reka b (7)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 4:33 am
thank you
 

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 5:47 am
I think BP should set up a special fund for all the people that will eventually developed diseases related to the spill clean up. It's just a matter of time before a majority of exposed clean up workers will be symptomatic and develop disabilities, just like the Ground Zero clean up workers did eventually. Our government wont certainly take liability; heck, they even fought the Ground Zero workers, and it took those workers years to be rightfullly compensated and get full health benefits.
 

Justin M (2)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 8:16 am
Noted
 

Steve H (45)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 9:48 am
Same thing as 9/11 workers, and they never got their due.

We need to all get more vocal and wake people up.

And also we need to make sure no more catastrophes like that happen again and it will because look at this...

http://www.care2.com/news/member/276942576/2782577

There are 3,200 Gulf Wells Unplugged, Unprotected

Wake people up!

 

. (0)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 11:36 am
The bottom line is BP will never be held responsible for the damage it did. Our government is doing nothing to prosecute the offenders. Apparently, we are to be appeased by a lump sum that is far below the damage it has done to our ecosystem, and apparently to our clean up workers.
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 11:38 am
Sadly noted, thanks
 

Ian Donelson (149)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 1:59 pm
I dislike how most experts are saying that they didn't know the effects of the dispersant or the oil itself, how that it was just a science experiment. That's ridiculous, there seems to be a constant displacement of corporate or political blame that scape goats malicious agenda with coincidental ignorance. Are we to continuously believe that for 100s of years these captains of industry, academic laureates that have millions and billions in R&D, Data Analysis, and Think Tanks that have every well accomplished field expert at its disposal can't maintain any pre-determined scientifically sound plan of action that regards every aspect of social, economic, and environmental cause and effect so that can it be constructively set forth with the smallest sense of intuitive understanding of the future effects and prevention. Not buying it any more.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 2:02 pm
Where is the settlement money for those so affected by tthe clean-up?
The news is now referring to this as 'one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history. Why don't they call it what it is? THE WORST oil spill in U.S.history by a factor of 10.
 

Dotti L (85)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 2:54 pm
How right you are, John, However, no amount of monetary compensation would make up for loss of health. And yes, it is the worse spill ever..
 

Peggy Peters (29)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 3:01 pm
Who is responsible for follow-up? In other words, who is acting as the muscle to ensure BP actually pay for all of the damages and now the illnesses of all of those cleaning up this disaster?
I have had the displeasure of seeing a bunch of ads on the t.v. regarding how wonderful BP is and all of the money they have put into trying to make up for the financial losses suffered by all of the businesses along the Gulf area. Does anyone really believe these ads?
I admire all of those folks who were willing to try and clean-up that mess. Not one of those people working hard to clean up and save the Gulf and its creatures deserves to be sick!
BP needs to be made an example of by our government!!!
Let the punishment fit the crime!
TY for the post.
 

. (1)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 4:02 pm
We need to fight for the health of the the people that have been harmed, and who possibly COULD be harmed. I can't believe that BP is considering drilling again. And "we" are allowing them. C'mon people, fight four the safety and health of our country!
 

Elisabeth T (0)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 4:48 pm
good article
 

Marian D (57)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 5:07 pm
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 9:13 pm
We must bombard the WHITE HOUSE WITH DEMANDS FOR THOSE FINES for every gallon/barrel that leaked into the GULF, so that it can go to health care and jobs and restoration of the marine life and sea floor! We must MARCH in the MILLIONS. AND JUSTICE. Call and write the MEDIA STATIONS, RADIO, TV, NEWSPAPERS. Senatores Representatives. BOYCOTT BP And find out which stations in your area carry BP gasoline.
Last I heard, BP was telling the people that they had already done their part by establishing a so Billion $ fund for the people, and they have done their part. !!!! They went o to say that it is out of their hands as to how and when it is distributed.

THEY OWE MANY MORE BILLIONS, as per the demands of each barrel of oil spilled...there are fines attached.Let's put BP OUT OF BUSINESS, as they have done so shamelessly to our people! Before we do, let them build vegan production houses to replicate the sea creatures tat people were wont to eat prior to this filthy mess.
OUR ANIMALS ARE SUFFERING AND DYING, too!
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday April 20, 2011, 11:40 pm
WE SAW A BBC DOCU LAST NIGHT THAT CONFRONTED THE RISKS TO HEALTH AND LIVELIHOODS AFTER THE GULF OIL SPILL. SOMEHOW IT SEEMED THAT BP WERE BEING SELECTIVE IN JUST WHO THEY WERE HELPING. ONE LOCAL FISHERMAN WITH A FAMILY WAS GIVEN WEEKLY CHEQUES BECAUSE OF HIS LOST EARNINGS AND ALSO HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE CLEAN UP - HE SAID HE HAD NEVER BEEN SO WELL OFF. ON THE OTHER HAND A GUY WAS INTERVIEWED WHO HAD LOST HIS FISHING TRAWLER BECAUSE THE OIL HAD WRECKED THE ENGINE.....HE WAS OUT OF POCKET TO THE TUNE OF MORE THAN $40,000 FOR HIS ENGINE WHICH HE DIDN'T HAVE FUNDS TO REPLACE - BP WERE NOT SEEN TO BE HELPING HIM THOUGH. IT WAS ALSO MENTIONED THAT A 20MILE PLUME OF OIL WAS HANGING ABOUT A MILE DOWN IN THE GULF - BP DENIED THIS. HOW WOULD WE KNOW.....WHO IS GOING DOWN THAT FAR TO INVESTIGATE??
 

Lauren H (3)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 9:26 am
The government was totally inept in its handling of the spill, and one year later - dead animals, dead jobs. Oil & tar continue to muck up the coastline, marshes and wetlands, and animal rescue teams still treat oil-soaked dophins, turtles, birds and other creatures. BP paid $5 Billion into a $20 Billion trust designed to satify victim claims, but the U.S. DOA's stalling of settlement payments make life miserable in the Gulf. Thank you Gov. Jindal for continuing to be relentless with your demands for action.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 7:16 pm
True Lauren - the Government have this money in trust but are so slow in putting it where it will do the most good - helping people back on their feet. This has happened in Queensland after the massive floods - millions of dollars donated - but where it is - people are still desperate - no homes, livelihoodS washed away......WHY DOES IT TAKE THE GOVT. SO LONG TO HELP THE PEOPLE????
 
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