Created on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 14:33
Written by Dahr Jamail
BP dispersants ‘causing sickness’
by Dahr Jamail |
enise Rednour of Long Beach, Mississippi, has been sick with chemical poisoning since July.
Photo: Erika Blumenfeld
Two-year-old Gavin Tillman of Pass Christian, Mississippi, has been
diagnosed with severe upper respiratory, sinus, and viral infections.
His temperature has reached more than 39 degrees since September 15, yet
his sicknesses continues to worsen.
His parents, some doctors, and environmental consultants believe the child’s ailments are linked to exposure to chemicals spilt by BP during its Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.
Gavin’s father, mother, and sister, Shayleigh, are also facing serious health problems. Their symptoms are being experienced by many others living along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Widely banned toxic dispersants
Injected with at least 4.9 million barrels of oil during the BP oil disaster of last summer, the Gulf has suffered the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. Compounding the problem, BP has admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of widely banned toxic dispersants, which according to chemist Bob Naman, create an even more toxic substance when mixed with crude oil. And dispersed, weathered oil continues to flow ashore daily.
Read the rest of the story at Al Jazeera Online.
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