In this May 6, 2010 photo released by the U.S. Navy, oil is seen from an aerial view at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Mobile, Ala. Photo: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael B. Watkins / AP
The recent events that have unfolded in the Gulf of Mexico regarding the British Petroleum (BP) Oil Leak at the Deepwater Horizon oil platform have caused some to be concerned over possible health risks for those who are directly working to assist in resolving the crisis. Although many experts believe the health risks associated with this event are minimal, a recent article at USAToday.com highlights some of the possible concerns:
A study done by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that residents exposed to oil from the 2007 sinking of the Hebei Spirit oil tanker off the Korean coast had increased risks of headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, tingling of limbs, sore throat, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, itchy skin, rash and sore eyes.
Jeffrey Short, a scientist with the ocean conservation group Oceana, says in previous spills, especially Exxon Valdez, that was a danger during the shoreline cleanup phase.
BP has unfortunately been unable to contain this spill, and as the Gulf Oil Leak progresses, there become greater risks for health hazards as the oil moves toward shore. Although most of the effects are focused away from our coast, reports related to the spill are beginning to be made in the Tampa Bay area. We hope that the Gulf Oil Leak will not spoil the beautiful Pinellas county beaches that we have enjoyed here in our home in Clearwater. At Perenich The Law Firm, we understand the responsibility that is demanded of others to create a safe society for ourselves and our family, and can assist you in instances where a corporation puts you and your health at risk.