NIH study: BP’s use of dispersants harmed human health

USF Weatherbird marine science ship
The Research Vessel Weatherbird II docked at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science. By Seán Kinane (21 April 2016).

The first scientific study has just been published connecting human health problems with the dispersants used by BP after its 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster; our guest on WMNF News’ MidPoint was Tampa Bay Times staff writer Craig Pittman.

In April of 2010 an explosion rocked BP’s oil rig, killing 11 people and setting off an environmental disaster – over the next three months, bout 4.9 million barrels of oil had gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. BP used dispersants both on the ocean floor (for the first time) and on the surface to try to break up the oil.

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The National Institues of Health has found that human health was harmed by dispersant used by BP.

NIH found symptoms like coughing, wheezing, burning eyes or skin irritations. Some were temporary, some long-lasting.


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