Dr. Susan Shaw: “It is easy to find people who are sick from solvent contamination on Grand Isle”


Gulf Coast Residents Dismayed as Effects of Oil Spill Continue, Courthouse News, March 30, 2011:

Dr. Susan Shaw, an independent marine toxicologist and director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute in Blue Hill, Maine, said Tuesday in a telephone interview that... fishermen have reported that dolphins are coming up to their vessels, looking sick, and sometimes swimming in circles.

Shaw was on Grand Isle March 12 and 13, collecting samples for research.

"You can see black oil in the soil," Shaw said. "There is a noticeable absence of marine life and animals. If you dig down 6 inches, oil is coming up - not tar balls, oil.

"There were dolphins in shallow water, swimming."

Shaw said Grand Isle residents who have had their blood tested for chemicals are finding they have high concentrations of solvents - the chemicals found in dispersants.

Shaw said it is easy to find people who are sick from solvent contamination on Grand Isle. ...

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