Oil 'Spill' Commission forum: "People call me crying and dying" -- "They need medical attention"


Gulf Residents to Oil Industry and Government: Our Health is Not a Tradeoff, NRDC's Rocky Kistner, January 13, 2011:

250 people gathered to attend a forum sponsored by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Appointed by President Obama, it had just released its final report after a six-month investigation into the nation’s worst oil disaster in history. ...

[T]here was pent up emotion over the health problems caused by the oil disaster that many in the audience felt were being ignored by the government. These are problems the commission agreed needed to be addressed. ...

Tom Costanza of Catholic Charities in the New Orleans area voiced concern that the region is in the middle of a social service crisis and faced a claims process fraught with problems. “People call me crying and dying,” he said. “They need medical attention and support to get through this.”

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