In this fourth part of our Gulf disaster expose we talk to Trisha Springstead, who is a health professional who has been gathering health data concerning the BP Gulf Oil disaster in 2010. She has been interviewed by Dahr Jamail when he was investigating the health and environmental problems that were being reported.
In the early days of the disaster Trisha was shocked because of reports she was recieving from communities around the coast. The Dahr Jamail article then caused peoples interest to come to Trisha with their stories and Trisha was able to get data that could be used for future reference (her FB community has some 27,000 people including victims). Her main concern was for the victims though and she holds talks to make people aware of toxicity poisoning and its symtoms so local communities can be enabled in dealing with this problem. As well as giving free legal and health advice.
Trisha is involved in a new Documentary on the after effects of the BP Gulf oil disaster that is underway but is seeking crowd sourced funding, to finish it. The Creator of this documentry is Mark manning who also did the “Road to Fallujah”
The evidence that was ignored
Firstly, we should see what evidence has been brought forward to prove that there was a problem with toxicity within these communities. We should mention a report on Chemical Sensitivity that is peer reviewed that was sent to Washington DC to prove a range of symptoms caused by the disaster.
The peer reviewed report was developed by information from activists and Trisha helped with data from her findings. Trisha mentions in the interview that the final report submitted by Jena Soloman did not give the full picture of harm but did concede that harm existed. The link to the report is here;
Symptom variety found in the gulf region
Secondly, we should look at some of the symptoms found by Trisha and her colleagues.
Flesh eating Bacteria, Sore throat, low stamina, visual problems (eyes fogging over), neurological problems such as twitching and drooping of the mouth, Memory issues (brain fog), skin rashes, hair loss, thyroid problems, blood born cancers, Kidney and liver failure, soft tissue cancers, respiratory disorders, Hodkins Lymphoma (link to study that makes the connection between Benzene and HL) and mental health disorders (PTSD etc). Trisha also said that;
“Brown drainage coming out of the ears”
In fact Trisha herself got ill getting sand samples from contaminated beeches and working in contaminated areas. She was followed by the police on one occasion, until she drove passed the state line. We discussed some of this harrasment with Charles Williams Digges and Maureen Duphinee in previous podcasts. Concerning Trishas illness, she said that one symptom, her skin rashes were awful;
“it itched so bad, you wanted to take the skin off”
Many Gulf residents claimed that they;
“never got sick before the Gulf oil disaster”
Other evidence concerning health effects
Dr Micheal Robichaux claimed a connection with these symptoms and the “Gulf War Syndrome” suffered by soldiers after Gulf War 1.
A continuing body of testimonial evidence such as;
“6 died and more are dying in just the communty of Bayou Labatre”
Trisha told us.
An amazing testimonial written by Charles Williams Digges from Cancer victim, Jack Hill (who has since passed away), informs us of the tragic situation people are facing without support from the agencies that should be there to protect and support them. (Jack Hill picture thanks to Bellona)
No treatment for toxicity
As well as the chemical toxicity report being ignored we find that studies and health programmes are not being instituted or are not being run efficiently. This leaves Trisha wondering if the funding and the response strategy to the oil disaster might be biased towards the interests of the BP corporation and not so much in the interests of the victims of the disaster. We discuss this issue on the podcast. Below we look at the evidence that has formed Trishas views on this situation.
Trisha has recieved information that points to serious issues with the health response including bias against looking for toxicity in patients and instead they are sent to a Nose Ear and Throat specialist at best instead of blood work being done for toxcicity.
Another case study looks at a lady who went to the doctors and a test was done and Toulene was found. The police were called in and the mother was charged with allowing the children to poison themselves!
“We need to write up these peoples stories”
Of a 110 million Dollars, 5 million disapeared because of red tape or kick backs, There are no comprehensive air monitoring being done even though there are still wells leaking (ref interview with Scott Porter) and little independent research funding is being made available.
Flesh eating Bacteria
Image source ; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riki-ott/bio-remediation-or-bio-ha_b_720461.html
A developing situation is showing an increase in water born disease. Specifically we talk about Vibrio and other oil eating bacteria (that we discussed with Scott Porter also). There was a russian study group (to their surprise) that found out that oil spill booms soaked with a particular bacteria which had only been used in cold climates, was being used in the Gulf without a proper preliminary study on the bacterias impact in a warm water environment. Here is the link to an article discussing a report on the Tar ball and Bacteria connection;
Auburn Scientists Find Tar Balls Are Better Left Alone
AUBURN, Ala.—The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the waves of tar balls deposited on the beaches shortly thereafter prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to produce a tar ball fact sheet. Among the factoids was one stating that those sticky, coin-sized clumps of weathered oil, though unsightly and annoying, are not a human health hazard.
But new research findings out of Auburn University indicate that tar balls are reservoirs for a multitude of bacteria, including at least one pathogen that can cause life-threatening sickness in some humans.
Link to pics and info on the Vibrio bacteria;
Concerning the Vibrio bacteria, reports have been coming in that humans are being impacted with this bacteria and it is being described as a flesh eating virus. 47 people have been diagnosed with this disease and there have been 13 deaths as a result. There was a small problem with this but it has increased in recent years. It is suspected that the Gulf disaster may have contributed in some ways to the increase in uptake and deaths of vibrio we have seen since 2010 Trisha claims. We discussed various issues that might also have contributed and clarify that these studies should be have been done but were not funded. In fact the funding has gone to many BP biased research projects instead of more in depth studies to try to trace the polution source.
Sources for other stories mentioned in the interview;
Uploaded on 23 Jun 2010
Trisha Springstead http://www.trishaspringstead.com asks a question of Dr. Riki Ott http://www.rikiott.com & tells of our trip to Alabama on June 15 & 16 (2010) to gather samples of oil, sludge (mousse), tar-balls and whatever information we could from the locals & BP employees east & west of Orange Beach from Florida into Alabama.
Many thanks to Trisha Springstead for this work SOURCE