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Originally posted by Nepenthic
reply to post by Stewie
Thats really strange a friend of mine was telling me about a similar dream that he was having that the BP gas stations were empty.
Strange for my first post I didn't think that it would have anything to do with that.
Might be something to this though.
first off, the US was founded on hemp, and secondly the US definitely was not founded on tobacco grown with radioactive fertilisers!
Originally posted by Gakus
America was founded on tobacco, so I say yes it is the American way.
Originally posted by silo13
I have a horrible feeling there's 'something in the air'.
'Something' put there intentionally, purposefully - in order to keep fishermen as far away from the scene of the crime (yes, scene of the crime = the spill) as possible.
...The Unified Command in Louisiana -- a coalition of government agencies that includes the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service -- last week called back to shore 125 boats helping with the clean-up after medical complaints from crew members.
"The reports that we've heard from hospitals and doctors have been [that the symptoms are due to] inhaled irritant exposure, but they've not gone so far as to say what exactly they think the responsible agent might be," Solomon said. "The workers are widely blaming the dispersants."
Dispersants are chemicals used for the oil clean-up. The solvent used after the massive 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off the Alaska coast, for example, was limonene, which can cause skin inflammation and asthma, said Robert Emery, vice president for safety, health, environment and risk management at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston...
OSHA Says Cleanup Workers Don't Need Respirators
WASHINGTON—The head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday said workers hired by BP PLC to clean up spilled oil don't need respirators, despite complaints from some employees and lawmakers about toxic fumes.
David Michaels, assistant secretary for the Department of Labor's OSHA, said in an interview Thursday that based on test results so far, cleanup workers are receiving "minimal" exposure to airborne toxins. OSHA will require that BP provide certain protective clothing, but not respirators.
Questions about widely publicized complaints from cleanup workers are likely to continue. Two members of Congress on Thursday demanded that BP provide respirators for workers.
Officials Work Hard To Protect Gulf Seafood From Oil Spill
...Federal and state officials say they've taken steps to keep tainted seafood from the market.
The first line of defense is to close fishing areas. As of Thursday, federal officials had closed 88,522 square miles of federal Gulf waters.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is in charge of federal fishing water closures, deploys a 5-mile buffer around oil slicks, says Reid Cherlin, White House spokesman. About 30% of Louisiana and Mississippi state waters, which are closer to shore, are also closed to fishing.
The buffer zones are intended to keep potentially contaminated fish from moving from closed areas into open areas where they may be caught by fishermen. Whether that's far enough remains to be seen. The buffers "are a calculated, educated guess," says Rick Steiner, a marine biologist who was involved in the cleanup after the Exxon Valdez spill two decades ago.
So far, only a handful of people have been caught fishing closed areas, usually because areas got expanded and they weren't aware, says U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Carmen DeGeorge. He also says the Coast Guard has enough boats and helicopters to adequately patrol closed areas.
The second line of defense is to test seafood. That includes lab and sniff tests. This week, 20 state officials from five states underwent training in Mississippi to brush up on sniff and taste skills to detect oil on seafood. While rudimentary, sniff tests are "the gold standard" to detect tainted seafood, says LuAnn White, a toxicologist and environmental health expert at Tulane University. The sniff tests can take minutes vs. days for laboratory tests...
When asked at a news conference Sunday about people getting sick while out on the Gulf, BP CEO Tony Hayward had his own theory.
"Food poisoning is clearly a big issue," HE said. "It's something we've got to be very mindful of."