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PISSED OFF!!!

Posted by on May. 26, 2010 at 10:25 AM
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How does BP still have a leg to stand on. What they have done is inexcusable!!! I am so mad I could spit!

Not only did they allow drilling to continue knowing that there was a huge risk for an "accident" like this to happen....but now, they don't even provide their clean up workers with proper equipment!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gina-solomon/oil-spill-clean-up-worker_b_589227.html


Oil Spill Clean-Up Workers Getting Sick


Many of the fishermen who signed up to work for BP cleaning up the oil signed contracts that forbid them from talking to the press. Perhaps for that reason, reports of illnesses have been somewhat slow to emerge. Last week, the wives of some of the fishermen spoke out publicly about the symptoms their husbands were experiencing. This week, some fishermen are starting to come forward. In this WDSU TV interview, one of the fishermen reports feeling drugged, disoriented, tingling, fatigued, and also reporting shortness of breath and cough. These are symptoms that are consistent with what one might expect from exposure to hydrocarbons in oil.

There are also disturbing photos that have been posted on the internet and in the LA Times, showing clean-up workers on beaches in regular street clothes without even the benefit of gloves. These people are in contact with the weathered oil (as opposed to fresh oil bubbling up from the continuing leak). Weathered oil is considered less dangerous than fresh oil because the toxic vapors have dissipated, but it is not benign. Skin contact with even the weathered oil is very damaging, so gloves should be required. In addition, the oil can contaminate shoes and clothing, and could then be worn home where it could pose a risk to young children. The oil needs to be cleaned up, but it should be done right.

This coming week, fishermen from Alaska who were involved in the clean-up after the Exxon Valdez oil spill are coming down to the Gulf Coast to meet with local fishermen. The goal is to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. I blogged previously about scientific studies of health effects in clean-up workers from prior oil spills. So it's encouraging to see that the workers are sharing stories. The only way to keep people safe is to learn from history, and to force BP to act responsibly (or is that an oxymoron at this point?) One of my NRDC colleagues will be at the meeting this week, and she will be gathering information on what's happening out there. Stay tuned for updates in the effort to protect the clean-up workers.

by on May. 26, 2010 at 10:25 AM
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littleluvkitty
by Platinum Member on May. 26, 2010 at 10:27 AM

ugh!!!

alberns303
by on May. 26, 2010 at 10:28 AM

I will never buy gas from BP again.....ever!

mna_823
by on May. 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM

  Geeze.  That's so friggin skeezy!

RiyahsMommy08
by on May. 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Do you really think they care?

Quoting alberns303:

I will never buy gas from BP again.....ever!


alberns303
by on May. 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM

No....I don't think they really care....and I think that is their biggest problem. I think that if enough people get pissed, there is no way that the company can survive.

Do you think that we should all just ignore what they have done because they simply won't care?

Quoting RiyahsMommy08:

Do you really think they care?

Quoting alberns303:

I will never buy gas from BP again.....ever!



alberns303
by on May. 26, 2010 at 10:49 AM

BUMP!

jc7981
by on May. 26, 2010 at 10:52 AM

I'm at a loss for words. Heart wrenching. 

RiyahsMommy08
by on May. 26, 2010 at 10:52 AM

NO! They should be held accountable. Look at the damage they have done. People are losing money everyday because of this. Think of the fishermen who depend on the water to make a living, tehe businesses that depend on tourism, etc.

I can not fathom why the equipment doesn't have a shut off valve or anything to stop this...

Quoting alberns303:

Do you think that we should all just ignore what they have done because they simply won't care?


barrelracer1699
by Gold Member on May. 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM

I never got to BP because it is usually 10 cents more per gallon for gas as it is!!! They are way too high priced!!!

alberns303
by on May. 26, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Ok! Sorry! I thought you were saying that it does not matter so we should not care!!!

Quoting RiyahsMommy08:

NO! They should be held accountable. Look at the damage they have done. People are losing money everyday because of this. Think of the fishermen who depend on the water to make a living, tehe businesses that depend on tourism, etc.

I can not fathom why the equipment doesn't have a shut off valve or anything to stop this...

Quoting alberns303:

Do you think that we should all just ignore what they have done because they simply won't care?



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