Live @ AAAS - Samantha Joye on BP Oilspill Impact (Transcript), Science Mag, February 21, 2011:
Comment From Janelle:
Have you personally, experienced any symptoms from being exposed to the toxins?
University of Georgia researcher Samantha Joye:
Janelle--yes, I have personally experienced symptoms. I have asthma and when we were in areas close to where burns were taking place, I could not go outside because I could not breath. Similarly, when we were working close into the wellhead (before it was capped), other members of the team could go outside and breath just fine, but I had problems. We had a VOC meter and VOCs were not at harmful levels but it was enough to bother me.
Finally, when sampling the oily sediments, there were several of us who got red rashes on our skin when our skin came into contact with the material. I have worked in oily mud for years and it had never made my skin break out. But, this material did. I do not know why.
Read the full transcript here.