When Covering Up a Crime Takes Precedence Over Human Health: BP’s Toxic Gulf Coast Legacy

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It’s the article we all saw coming. People are dying and the US government is quietly admitting it, now that no one is looking.

From TruthOut, by Dhar Jamail:

In 2015, National Institutes of Health sources estimated that 170,000 Gulf residents would die of spill-related illnesses over the next five years.

The US government is not taking any action to help, nor to prevent this from happening again in the exact same way. Corexit is now known to increase the toxicity of an oil spill by 52%, yet it is still in the “response plan” for the next major disaster.

Trisha Springstead, who graciously shared this article with us, and who has relentlessly helped to keep the public informed about the ongoing health crisis in the Gulf, was interviewed for the article (which you can read in its entirety here):

[Trisha Springstead] refers to the cleanup workers as “collateral damage,” and a study she was involved in about the human health impacts of the chemicals showed very high levels of BP’s polycyclic hydrocarbons (crude oil) in the people they tested.

“Basically, the blood of the people was turning to gas and melting their cell walls, not to mention it was changing their DNA, creating cytotoxicity and genetic toxicity.”

Springstead cited a study on the aforementioned sperm whales, which showed the dispersants’ negative health impacts on them. The study, published in the journal Aquatic Toxicology, is titled “Chemical dispersants used in the Gulf of Mexico oil crisis are cytotoxic and genotoxic to sperm whale cells.

She told Truthout she had spoken to “numerous people” who had visited the National Institutes of Health (the agency conducting the ongoing study on the sick oil cleanup workers) who “were told to go home or take their children home because they were going to die.”

During her more recent trips along the Gulf Coast to meet with sick people, she found “kidney, liver and lung cancers are rampant.” Springstead believes Fritzi Presley clearly died from BP’s toxic chemicals, given that she lived just a few blocks from the coast and regularly went there to visit with the cleanup workers. She attributes the visual impairments, breathing problems, skin rashes and massive uptick in cancer cases along the Gulf Coast to BP’s chemicals.

“Had they not used those chemicals, let that oil rise to the surface, oxygenate and separate, then sent it to refineries, I don’t believe it would have been nearly as bad as it is now,” she added.

One thought on “When Covering Up a Crime Takes Precedence Over Human Health: BP’s Toxic Gulf Coast Legacy

  1. Dahr Jamail was here in GOM a lot during the disaster.
    Truth-out is one of very few news sites I trust.
    Trisha Springstead is my friend, mentor and we fought so hard for so long. When our local TV station would not accept an ad about a BP class action suit I knew that it was true money spilled out faster than oil to media, ccasinos, tourism, local govts.
    We continue to lose ppl every day….but state or federal agencies have ignored all.

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