BP to burn 1 million gallons of oil a day until July; Coastal residents ‘vulnerable’ to toxins


Plan to burn excess oil from BP well raises health questions, Miami Herald, June 11, 2010:

The Discoverer Enterprise, the main recovery ship, is recovering as much as 15,000 barrels of oil a day through a pipe from the wellhead. A second vessel, the Q4000, is being prepared to pull up more oil and burn it. Experts say it could be burning 10,000 barrels, or 420,000 gallons, a day. ...

Critics are questioning the quality of the company's plan as dozens of oil spill workers are becoming sick. ...

Residents in the coastal communities - especially babies and people with asthma or serious heart problems - also could be vulnerable to any possible toxins from the burn-off. ...

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration P-3 "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft, configured as a chemistry lab, also measured pollutants from 200 feet to 1,000 feet above the surface.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/11/v-print/1676006/plan-to-burn-excess-oil-from-bp.html#ixzz0qcbtu0Qz

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