Many of the workers cleaning up the BP spill are out of work because of the BP spill. They can’t fish and they need a paycheck to feed their families. But if history repeats, they are taking a huge risk.
Average lifespan of Exxon Valdez workers is 51. BP won’t pay the workers if they wear a respirator. They won’t tell the workers what is in the dispersants.
The workers report flu-like symptoms. I had flu-like symptoms after I spent a couple of hours filming the Ruggieros lighting their methane seep bubbles. I had flu-like symptoms after exposure to the methane plume in Flower Mound when we were doing the methane mapping. I had flu-like symptoms after waiting at the Ruggieros for the TCEQ to arrive and test the emissions that were boiling from the Aruba gas well.