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WATCH: Fishermen Sick from Cleanup Work in the Gulf

Posted By dpacheco On May 26, 2010 @ 11:48 am In Science, Nature & Environment | No Comments

Fisherman exposed to the toxic fumes from both the oil spill and the chemical dispersants BP is using to clean it up are reporting flu-like symptoms and respiratory illnesses. Dr. Riki Ott [1] saw the same thing in Alaska when cleanup workers were exposed to toxic fumes and chemicals from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. They called it “the Valdez crud.”

WDSU News [2] in New Orleans spoke to Dr. Ott to learn more.

Riki Ott: The volatile organic carbons are a—they act like a narcotic on the brain. And at high concentrations what we learned in Exxon Valdez from carcasses of harbor seals and sea otters, it actually literally fried the brain. Brain lesions.

From gulfoilspill [3]‘s YouTube channel. (Thanks to Brasscheck TV [4] for finding the video.)

Watch the video on YouTube. [5]

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[1] Riki Ott: http://www.chelseagreen.com/authors/riki_ott

[2] WDSU News: http://www.wdsu.com/index.html

[3] gulfoilspill: http://www.youtube.com/user/gulfoilspill

[4] Brasscheck TV: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/851.html

[5] Watch the video on YouTube.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CsxaJ4nBw8

[6] VIDEOS: BP’s Gulf Coast Oil Spill Hits Louisiana Wetlands: http://www.chelseagreen.com/blogs/videos-bps-gulf-coast-oil-spill-hits-louisiana-wetlands/

[7] Mother Nature Network Spreads the Word: Help CGP Help the Gulf Coast Cleanup Effort: http://www.chelseagreen.com/blogs/mother-nature-network-spreads-the-word-help-cgp-help-the-gulf-coast-cleanup-effort/

[8] Federal Agency Chief Admits Lapses in Gulf Oil Spill: NY Times: http://www.chelseagreen.com/blogs/federal-agency-chief-admits-lapses-in-gulf-oil-spill-ny-times/