BP dispersants ‘causing sickness’ by Dahr Jamail + Interview with Jamail


by Dahr Jamail
Dahr Jamail’s Dispatches
October 27th, 2010 | Al-Jazeera

Oil + Dispersants

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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


Interview: Dahr Jamail

AlJazeeraEnglish | October 27, 2010

An explosion on April 20 aboard the Deepwater Horizon, a drilling rig working on a well for the oil company BP 1.6km below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, led to the largest oil spill in history.

After a series of failed efforts to plug the leak, BP said on July 15 that it had capped what it had named the Macondo well, marking the first time in 86 days that oil was not gushing into the gulf.

Nearly five million barrels of oil had gushed from BP’s well, according to official estimates. Despite the capping, the impact of the spill continues.

An investigation by an Al Jazeera online correspondent has found a growing number of toxic illnesses linked to BP oil dispersants along the Gulf coast.

Dahr Jamail, author of the special report, told Al Jazeera why BP took such measures.

For details of our online correspondent’s findings, including interviews with the victims of the BP oil spill, go to: http://english.aljazeera.net

Interview: Dahr Jamail

Dahr Jamail Dispatches by Dahr Jamail is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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