A Year After The Spill

Apr 19 2011 @ 6:31pm

To mark the anniversary of the BP disaster, Kate Sheppard lists ten reasons for continued fury:

Nearly three-quarters of Gulf coast residents that the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, an environmental justice group, polled this year reported health concerns that they believe are related to the spill. Of the 954 residents in seven coastal communities, almost half said they had experienced health problems like coughing, skin and eye irritation, or headaches that are consistent with common symptoms of chemical exposure. While the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is conducting health monitoring for spill cleanup workers, residents in the areas closest to the spill are concerned that their own health problems have gone unattended.

Yglesias thinks it's interesting that "the harms are so localized, even while the benefits of increased fossil fuel production in terms of lower consumer prices are extremely diffuse."