How The BP Cleanup Effort Poisoned People In The Gulf Coast

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“We’re all lab rats and we didn’t even know it.” Almost a year after the BP oil spill, Al Jazeera reports on the awful array of health problems being faced by Gulf Coast residents exposed to deadly chemicals (largely because of the cleanup effort). Perhaps most frighteningly, a generation of small children will be developing with ultra-high levels of toxic chemicals in their blood and their bodies, the effects of which remain to be seen:

BP’s oil disaster last summer gushed at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing the largest accidental marine oil spill in history – and the largest environmental disaster in US history. Compounding the problem, BP has admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons toxic dispersants, including one chemical that has been banned in the UK.

Al Jazeera has talked with scores of sick people across the Gulf Coast who attribute their illnesses to chemicals from BP’s oil disaster.

“We have sick people from Apalachicola, Florida, to Grand Isle, Louisiana, and it’s not stopping and that’s what’s disturbing,” [environmental activist] Jo Billups said. “The levels we are seeing are not dropping, and we’re seeing new chemicals now. We gave some of our blood test results to [EPA head] Lisa Jackson. They know what is going on, and they are not doing anything about it.”

“The saddest part is the children,” Billups added. “We’re seeing young children with extremely high levels of chemicals. We’re altering our DNA and our bodies forever, We’re a bunch of guinea pigs.”

24 Comments on "How The BP Cleanup Effort Poisoned People In The Gulf Coast"

  1. ..And the saddest thing is we’re still using oil like there’s no end to it….we’re never gonna change our ways, until there is no oil left, then wars everywhere will be for water….or something else…
    We have already forgotten this disaster, many species of fish, birds, and other sea creatures will be erased from the face of the earth because of those profit loving idiots…but by all means let’s keep driving around in hummers and overspend the natural ressources of the earth…

  2. ..And the saddest thing is we’re still using oil like there’s no end to it….we’re never gonna change our ways, until there is no oil left, then wars everywhere will be for water….or something else…
    We have already forgotten this disaster, many species of fish, birds, and other sea creatures will be erased from the face of the earth because of those profit loving idiots…but by all means let’s keep driving around in hummers and overspend the natural ressources of the earth…

  3. Anonymous | Mar 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm |

    Almost a year later and I am STILL pissed off about this…. some of us don’t forget.

  4. Almost a year later and I am STILL pissed off about this…. some of us don’t forget.

  5. I thought about going down and helping out with the cleanup. Its a good thing I’m a little bit of a procrastinator, otherwise I might have a death sentence now.

  6. I thought about going down and helping out with the cleanup. Its a good thing I’m a little bit of a procrastinator, otherwise I might have a death sentence now.

  7. Anonymous | Mar 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm |

    BP will deny it and blame a virus. I guarantee it

  8. JoiquimCouteau | Mar 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm |

    BP will deny it and blame a virus. I guarantee it

  9. Mamagriff50 | Mar 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm |

    BP [may] have solved one problem, but they have created another one. Potentially even more serious. BP should pay all the victims present and future medical bills. It’s only right.

  10. Mamagriff50 | Mar 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm |

    BP [may] have solved one problem, but they have created another one. Potentially even more serious. BP should pay all the victims present and future medical bills. It’s only right.

  11. It’s too bad that mainstream US journalism will never report on this stuff. Obviously they’re in BP’s pockets. What will it take to destroy them?

  12. It’s too bad that mainstream US journalism will never report on this stuff. Obviously they’re in BP’s pockets. What will it take to destroy them?

    • Mamagriff50 | Mar 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm |

      The government is in bed with the oil companys, and the government controls the media. thats why they dont like AL Jazeera news they cant control them….

  13. It’s funny how legally corporations are considered people with the same legal rights. Don’t you think if actual people dumped millions of gallons of oil they would be brought up on criminal charges? Corporations: profits at all costs, pay no taxes, take jobs overseas, fight to destroy workers rights and send CEOs into govt positions to influence policy. Sounds like the biggest self centered douchebags I’ve ever met.

  14. It’s funny how legally corporations are considered people with the same legal rights. Don’t you think if actual people dumped millions of gallons of oil they would be brought up on criminal charges? Corporations: profits at all costs, pay no taxes, take jobs overseas, fight to destroy workers rights and send CEOs into govt positions to influence policy. Sounds like the biggest self centered douchebags I’ve ever met.

  15. Bluewatersgirl | Mar 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm |

    Population Control

  16. Bluewatersgirl | Mar 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm |

    Population Control

  17. Mamagriff50 | Mar 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm |

    The government is in bed with the oil companys, and the government controls the media. thats why they dont like AL Jazeera news they cant control them….

  18. ironically it may be a crazy virus produced from the chemical primordial sess-pool that is the gulf of mexico now

  19. Anonymous | Mar 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm |

    You get it through unprotected sex… in the gulf of mexico

  20. Andrea Heiden | Jun 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm |

    There is a bit more to the story, and so well documented it’s a shame to call it a conspiracy theory.

    Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura: “The Gulf Oil Spill” (FULL LENGTH)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J0qC1XCv_Q

  21. Andrea Heiden | Jun 1, 2011 at 10:18 am |

    There is a bit more to the story, and so well documented it’s a shame to call it a conspiracy theory.

    Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura: “The Gulf Oil Spill” (FULL LENGTH)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J0qC1XCv_Q

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