Please see the above video for more information concerning the continuing catastrophic health affects now being suffered by United States citizens in the Gulf of Mexico due to the toxic dispersant and crude oil mix from the 2010 BP Deep Water Oil Disaster.
We are now seeing, and have since the spill, a wide array of health issues, including: headaches, respiratory issues, pulmonary issues, seizures, gastro-intestinal problems, rectal bleeding, skin and eye ailments, memory loss and neurological problems, in the more that 2400 confirmed cases.
BP and the U.S. Coast Guard used over 1.8 million gallons of chemical dispersant Corexit to combat the 4.9 million barrels of oil from April to June 2010 during the largest environmental disaster in American history.
“Corexit 9500 (dispersant) contains between 10 to 30 percent of petroleum distillates (solvent).. Upon skin contact, petroleum distillates can produce local skin irritations. When swallowed… distillate products can be sucked into lungs interfering with the lung’s functions and may result in chemical pneumonia. Corexit EC9527A contains between 30 to 60% of 2-butoxyethanol (solvent)” - Safety and Health Awareness for Oil Spill Clean Up Workers, OSHA, NIEHS, HHS, DOL
“Health Effects: Irritation with possible eye damage, skin irritation, nose and throat irritation with coughing and wheezing, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, confusion and passing out. Chronic cancer (liver) in animals.” - Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet for 2-Butoxyethanol
"...BP has released monitoring data from.. June 29th (2010) results of testing it's clean-up workers and finding, 80 percent of offshore workers and 15 percent of nearshore workers had 10 parts per million of the dispersant solvent called 2-Butoxyethanol. Twice the toxicity limit of five parts per million, dictated by the CDC's National Insitute of Occupational Health and Safety." -Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, May 2010
“Planes were flying overhead dropping dispersants which rained down.” - Malcolm Coco, Boat Igniter Operator
“..workers involved in the task of cleaning up the oil have been exposed to.. Potentially toxic substances, which mainly enter the human organism either by inhalation or via skin and mucous membranes.” - Toxicologist, Patricia Williams
"a retrospective study of cleanup worker involved in a 2002 oil spill on the coast of Spain.. Found evidence of DNA damage, most likely from chemical or oil exposure,” - Time Health, June 25, 2010
"Any living organism that contacts this stuff, particularly the mixture of dispersant and oil, is at significant risk of acute mortality that is dying quickly or sub-leathal chronic injury, that might take weeks, if not months, if not years to manifest." - Professor Richard Steiner, ABC news interview
“We are treating chemicals with chemicals… threatening human life. Nobody can guarantee that they are safe.. It reminds me of Agent Orange and I am concerned that during this clean-up we are conducting an uncontrolled experiment with all the marine and human life in the Gulf Coast region. And that uncontrolled experiment could result in thousands and thousands of people getting sick or dying as a result of the clean-up, not the original disaster.” - United States Congressman Jerrold Nadler
“I’m dealing with a wide array of people and the symptoms are almost identical in all of them.. There’s now question that these health difficulties are caused by contact with oil and dispersant.” - Dr. Mike Robichaux
“The main thing is the breathing, people can’t breathe. If you can’t breathe how can you live?” - Andre Gaines, MS Clean-up worker
“The effects will be felt for generations. This is what we have to look forward to.” - Dr. Wilma Subra, chemist
“The Veterans Administration confirmed it. They said that my illness is from the oil. It’s from the spill” - Greg Brown, LA clean-up worker
“(They are) ignoring the one thing we can‘t afford to lose.. Our lives.” - Drew Landry, Louisiana song writer and musician
“I feel like I’m dying from the inside out.” - Daisy Seal, resident of MS
“My health worsened progressively.. (my doctor) did blood tests and found high levels of toxic substances in my blood that he told me came from the oil and dispersants.” - Joseph Yerkes, FL clean-up worker
“A closet full of nebulizers in a school with 388 kids. Where is the red flag? …No one cares to admit just how bad things really are. I look at my children, and I don’t know what their future will be.” - Kindra Arnesen, LA resident
“I don’t want to put my family in debt, so I’m weighing my options. I don’t have health insurance, but I do have life insurance. There is a noble cause here to protect the seafood industry and the tourist industry, but there is no noble cause here to save the sick, the hungry, the handicap or people that have lost their job.. Get the citizens well, worry about the money later, cause we are not going to be alive 13 years from now.” - John Gooding, MS resident
“At this point we are calling out to the mothers of this country. We ask you to think, what if this was your child? You think about your child in that hospital bed. And you know who put her there, and you know what put her there, but you don‘t matter enough - your child doesn‘t matter enough to be heard, let alone to receive help. That is a hard pill to swallow.” - Cherri Foytlin, LA resident
“It becomes an issue of profit over people.” - Kimberly McCuiston, AL resident
Please see this video concerning children whose health has been affected here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vVZ51XAUXA&feature=uploademail
Please sign the petition, you may well be saving a life - HELP US TO BE HEARD.
We, the people of the Gulf Coast, request a full citizen based congressional hearing concerning actions needed in order to address the continuing health affects since the 2010 BP Deep Water Oil Catastrophe.
We have over 2400 confirmed cases of chemical poisoning with symptoms including headaches, respiratory illness, pulmonary issues, seizures, gastrointestinal problems, rectal bleeding, skin and eye ailments, memory loss and neurological problems.
Studies that will take 10 years to tell us what we died from, is not acceptable. People are suffering now, and the responsible parties must be held to account and brought to justice.
Who among you are truly representatives of the people? Who among you are heroes to our nation?
Please understand, that we will continue to seek justice for those injured. This is your opportunity to be on the right side of that righteous initiative.