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BP Oil Spill Cleanup Workers Getting Sick, Exxon Valdez Survivor Warns of Long Term Health Effects Cleanup workers
As the BP oil spill enters its 78th day, cleanup crews across the Gulf Coast are working to try and remove what they can of the expanding oil slick. And many of them are getting sick doing it. A growing number of cleanup workers have reported suffering flu-like symptoms including headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and problems with memory and concentration. We speak with a Louisiana chemist who testified before Congress to call for greater worker protections and a former general foreman of the cleanup crews of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.[includes rush transcript]
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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So what is your point?
That oil is disgusting and toxic to humans that spend a lot of time touching it and in it's vicinity? We know that.
That these workers shouldn't be cleaning up the spill?
Don't think for a second that insurance won't pay for their sickness, so it's not about money.
That they should be doing more to protect themselves?
That offshore oil drilling as a whole is bad for our economy and the economies of others?
Try to keep up.
To 4:12 p.m. What insurance company pays for "flu symptoms" for 21 years? Oh, I guess that insurance company pays for lost wages for the 21 years of the flu symptoms also.
You are not listening…..
Mike H. says
There was a piece about this on CBS National News Tonight. One Exxon Valdez cleanup workers had to sue to get help!
PPE needs to be given out & used around these incidents.