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Government to study physical and psychological harm of BP oil spill

Working with teams of doctors, scientists, and public health experts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently planning and developing a large-scale study of the short-term and long-term physical and psychological tolls the BP oil spill has had upon the cleanup workers and the larger population of the Gulf Coast. The federal agency expects the study to encompass several thousands of people in the five states adversely affected by the massive oil spill: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. For weeks, scientists and government agencies have struggled to predict what potential health consequences the oil spill in ... Read More

Enormous mass of dead fish troubles scientists and Louisiana residents

Oceanographers and scientists have been warning that only time will reveal how much damage BP’s massive oil spill and its use of chemical oil dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico have done to the environment and marine ecology. This week a troubling sign has emerged in the form of an astonishingly large mass of floating dead fish just west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Masses of dead fish surfacing in the Gulf of Mexico are unfortunately  common events, especially near the mouth of the Mississippi River where oxygen-depleted dead zones created by miles of fertilizer runoff frequently choke ... Read More

Poison Control Center says most oil exposure calls come from Alabama

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) says poison centers throughout the country have received calls from individuals concerned about their exposure to oil and oil-spill related toxins in the Gulf of Mexico. Of all the calls the Association has logged between April 22 (the day the Deepwater Horizon exploded) and August 11, most have come from Alabama. AAPCC says that 268 of the calls have come from Alabama, followed by Louisiana with 262 calls, Mississippi with 244, and Florida with 236. Calls from individuals worried about their exposure to BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have ... Read More