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Six Years Later, Worried Gulf Residents to Hold Online Town Hall on BP Spill Health Impacts

Published on Truthout, 19 April 2016.

BP’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 left untold numbers of people sick, and many remain ill. Residents from six states are holding a live-streamed town hall to bring attention to their concerns about the ongoing human health impacts of BP’s disaster.

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Gulf Victims Suing BP Disaster’s Compensation Czar

Published on Truthout, 20 April 2015.

Shortly after BP’s oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, 2010, one of the most politically well-connected attorneys in the United States was appointed to administer the $20 billion fund to, in theory, pay compensation to those harmed by BP’s catastrophe.

President Obama and BP’s chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, agreed that attorney Kenneth Feinberg should head the fund. Feinberg would later be chosen, also by Obama, to oversee the compensation of the top executives of the banks that were bailed out with US tax dollars in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

He has, almost needless to say, been accused of being a fox guarding a chicken house.

Feinberg’s firm was paid $1.25 million per month by BP – that we know of (Feinberg refused to disclose the full amount of his compensation and the details of his deal with BP) – to run the so-called Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

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Scientists and Doctors Sound Alarm Over Health Dangers of Oil Spill Dispersants

Published on Truthout, 20 January 2015.

While the EPA has proposed changes to its standards governing the use of toxic chemical dispersants during oil spills, like those used during BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster, several scientists said the agency has not gone far enough in protecting people, wildlife and the environment.

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BP: Four Years On, No Restoration in Sight

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Joe Yerkes is a Florida fisherman who joined BP’s Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) oil cleanup program because he was put out of work by BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Following the 2010 explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which killed 11, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days until it was capped nearly three months later.

The disaster, which began on April 20, 2010, released at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, coupled with 1.9 million gallons of toxic chemical dispersants that BP and the US Coast Guard used.
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