Alabama Paper: Did anyone really believe the oil just disappeared and that humans wouldn’t be affected?


Lingering effects of the oil spill: More testing should be done, Anniston Star, January 24, 2011:

Did anyone really believe that once Gulf Coast beaches were cleaned and the water was clear that everything would be like it used to be? Did anyone really believe all that oil would somehow just dissipate and disappear, and that living creatures — including humans — would not be affected?

We may have hoped so, but did we really believe? Doubtful.

That’s why there is no surprise that a recently released study by the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) has raised concerns about the long-term effects the oil spill is having on the health of Gulf Coast residents.

Read report here.

8 comments to Alabama Paper: Did anyone really believe the oil just disappeared and that humans wouldn’t be affected?

  • People need to realize what will happen.

    The Gulf of Mexico is a Political Disaster for the Administration. Even the Russians are worried about the toxins in the gulf, but not the us government? Doctors are not trained to diagnose environmental sickness, they are simply trained to treat symptoms. The Us government is more concerned with the DOW average, then the Gulf disaster, which should be obvious. I believe, the GOM residents were made to go through BP for claims instead of their local U/E because the Administration wanted to keep them off the Roll for political reasons. It would have been quicker to register claims through unemployment, which the residents have already been registered and participated in. The government could have then billed BP.

    As to the Toxic Effects of the Spill. Well, if you want children Born with severe deficits and sickness that nobody will understand … STAY. If you’re Smart, GET OUT OF THE GULF REGION! Doctors are trained to only treat symptoms, they don’t want to identify the cause. Most Gulf Sickness will be blamed on Genetics, Diet, Smoking, and the Usual Items.

    This is a Crime, but the Government is Directing it. Funny thing, but nobody said a word about obamas Swim in the protected bay, if bush had done that…WELL!!!! Additionally, obama is not a doctor and has no business telling anyone to Eat the Shrimp or Go swimming! Why has nobody called him on this? Beware, comrades, this Obama character can get away with anything and dusting the GOM under the carpet for his Glory is the Price he is willing to Pay.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!

  • Chelsea

    "As to the Toxic Effects of the Spill. Well, if you want children Born with severe deficits and sickness that nobody will understand … STAY. If you’re Smart, GET OUT OF THE GULF REGION! Doctors are trained to only treat symptoms, they don’t want to identify the cause. Most Gulf Sickness will be blamed on Genetics, Diet, Smoking, and the Usual Items."

    And I will say it again and again, I was born with 6 inches of undeveloped intestine, which perforated before I left the hospital, and spina bifida occulta. Nobody knows WHY, but my mom and I do. In '84, she worked in a refinery that broke crude oil down and she did not get a leave until her OB/GYN went to her CEO and demanded she either get a leave or he was going to sue them for all their worth. Soon after I came home, people began harassing her, and it was enough to make her quit her job. PEOPLE WAKE UP!!!

  • Chelsea, your story is heartbreaking and your Mother's experiences with the oil industry just illustrates how determined some CEO's are to have their way -- no matter the cost.

    People who harassed your Mother, causing her to give up that job, reminds me of what is taking place with smokers. Although science created cancer, there are many people who still believe that cancer is caused by *smokers*. For this reason, very, very intelligent and valuable people, are forced to go outside and smoke. It doesn't matter if it's sleeting, raining, 110*F out -- that smoking tobacco is legal, if you're an asthmatic, if you're 98 years of age... you must go outside to smoke or you may go to jail. It's a crime to smoke

    How many stupid people think that its okay to treat smokers in such an illegal and discriminatory manner. People need to wakeup, or the next thing you know, you'll hear the screech of the cell doors close behind you -- if you sneak a bit of sugar.

    How many smokers have died as a result of having to stand in the weather to do so? Why not do the same with alcohol. If you insist on drinking alcohol, then get your butt outside -- or quit!

  • Jean

    The Florida Dept. of Health spends lots of money fighting smoking, but nothing to help the victims of the oil disaster. I see many billboards advertising the Quitline, but none saying "Health problems from the BP oil spill? Call 1-800.....".

  • Jean:

    You said, "The Florida Dept. of Health spends lots of money fighting smoking, but nothing to help the victims of the oil disaster."

    Tsk, tsk! Call that 1-800# then come back and tell us what they were selling, in addition to a mini lecture on the dangers of using smoking tobacco.

    The National Institute of Health, I believe, continues to research -- but they still ain't got no cures for quitting. Nobody wants a smoker to quit! Lord help us all if the smokers *quit.*

    The smokers are paying for a lot of the services society enjoy -- via extra special tobacco tax -- like state highway repair, medical benefits for others, programs to assist smokers to stop smoking....

    When you observe someone smoking, please acknowlege their service to you and to your family via the "extra special smokers' tax."

    As far as the Gulf of Mexico and BP goes -- contact your Congressman and tell them how concerned you are. They're money-sitting your oil disaster funds: They just want to count the money, over-and-over -- so they can keep it in their possession and use while under their control.

  • BP has only donated 20-something million to cleaning up the gulf, and it's going to take a lot more to clean it up. It's going to take private organizations to clean up the gulf at a more rapid pace, because shaking hands and kissing babies takes a long time- especially for government funding. Have you thought about joining a private organization? Many donate their money, their time or their services to helping the coast and families and animals affected by it.

  • Karen Frazier

    I went to the Gulf Coast. Walked along the
    beach and had a couple of blisters on my feet and thought nothing of it. I walked
    along the water for a couple of days and looked down at my feet. They were strange
    looking. Thought I would get out of the sun.
    Went to my room and made it to the tub. My temp shot up high and was shivering in the tub. Thought I had hypothermia because I was so cold. Threw up all over myself and had to sleep sitting up in my cars for two days. Slept in the ER parking lot one night
    because I was having a hard time breathing.
    Went to er with 4 hour wait. Triage nurse said it looked like cellulitis. So I went to med center. He gave a a steriod shot and a steriod pack and antibiotics for my lungs.
    That was without the sickest I have ever been in my life. I saw the signs about 4 or 5 days later about the water could be hazardous. I am home with a respiratory problems and not getting any better so far

  • xdrfox

    Karen Frazier
    Karen, you are not alone, many of gulf residents are sickened. We are with you and thank you for coming forward. There are many here who can help, please keep posting and help us while we help you with information to help you recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all who are suffering.

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