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.


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