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Is BP ‘Trolling’ its Facebook Critics?

Has BP hired internet “trolls” to threaten critics of its handling of the 2010 oil disaster?

Critics using BP America’s Facebook page allege they have been harassed (Erika Blumenfeld / Al Jazeera)

New Orleans, United States – BP has been accused of hiring internet “trolls” to purposefully attack, harass, and sometimes threaten people who have been critical of how the oil giant has handled its disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil firm hired the international PR company Ogilvy & Mather to run the BP America Facebook page during the oil disaster, which released at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf in what is to date the single largest environmental disaster in US history.

The page was meant to encourage interaction with BP, but when people posted comments that were critical of how BP was handling the crisis, they were often attacked, bullied, and sometimes directly threatened.

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BP’s ‘Widespread Human Health Crisis’

Toxicologists ‘predicted with certainty’ that Gulf of Mexico residents and clean-up workers would become severely ill.

A slick PR job has not stopped the spread of anti-BP sentiment in the wake of health problems (Reuters)

New Orleans, United States of America – Peter Frizzell never thought his watersports off the coast of Florida would destroy his health.

“After sea kayaking after BP’s spill happened, I was sitting at my desk and started coughing up loads of blood,” Frizzell, an avid outdoorsman, told Al Jazeera. “My doctor ran a scope down to the top of my lungs and said my bronchi were full of blood.”

Frizzell’s medical records bear out that he was exposed to toxic chemicals, and he is far from alone.

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Gulf Ecosystem in Crisis after BP Spill

Three years after well blowout, declining seafood catches and deformities point to an environment in distress.

Over three million pounds of oiled material have been found in Louisiana this year (Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera)

New Orleans, US – Hundreds of kilograms of oily debris on beaches, declining seafood catches, and other troubling signs point towards an ecosystem in crisis in the wake of BP’s 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

“It’s disturbing what we’re seeing,” Louisiana Oyster Task Force member Brad Robin told Al Jazeera. “We don’t have any more baby crabs, which is a bad sign. We’re seeing things we’ve never seen before.”

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BP’s Silent Disaster

2010 oil spill has left a legacy of psychological and social problems among residents in the impact zone.

John Gooding has suffered physical problems and now struggles with depression as well (Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera)

New Orleans, US – Most people believe only those who have experienced war can know post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But those living in the impact zone of BP’s 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico know differently.

John Gooding, a fisherman and resident of the coastal city of Pass Christian, Mississippi, began having health problems shortly after the disaster began. He became sicker with each passing month, and moved inland in an effort to escape continuing exposure to the chemicals after being diagnosed with toxic encephalitis.

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