Workers claim they got sick from chemical used to break up oil from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But, the company that makes Corexit, Nalco states it is exempt from a lawsuit because their chemical was approved by the Federal Government. It seems that hundreds of workers with medical claims will probably lose, and the corporation might win on a technicality…
“I’m going to sue them. I’m going to sue them for David’s livelihood. I’m going to sue them for the restaurant. I’m gonna sue them for poisoning my kids. I’m gonna sue them for poisoning me and my husband. I’m going to sue them for displacing my family. I’m going to sue them for anything and everything that we can sue them for. Bottom line: I don’t care if I don’t ever get a penny. They’re gonna have to deal with me for the rest of my life.”
“BP hasn’t made people whole. I’m not saying I’m so much worried about me, because financially, I’m okay. I’m the oldest one in the business, just about. But the youngest guys are starving to death. People are losing their homes, losing their boats, and there’s BP advertising that they’re spending millions of dollars. They’re not. They’re not making anyone whole.”
“We are not divided. It’s them that’s dividing us up, and making us feel like we’re against this other group, that the oil workers are against the green movement and the green movement are against the oil workers. They are not—they are against the oil companies. That’s a big difference. The oil companies don’t care about the oil workers.”
One year after the BP oil spill, tarballs like these—about the size of a child’s head—are still washing up on Gulf Coast beaches. Which explains why BP is still doing everything it can to keep reporters away, Mac McClelland reports.
"In the media coverage and political decision-making generated by the BP blowout the greatest emphasis has been put on the effects of the easily seen oil floating on the surface, while far less attention has been paid to the hidden impacts below. I believe the Mother Jones article shows that, in fact, the oil that remains below the surface, along with the dispersants and other substances used by BP to deal with the blowout, will have much greater and longer-lasting impacts on the marine ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico and potentially beyond into the Atlantic."
— A very well-written letter from a reader explaining how Mother Jones’ BP package in the September/October issue is proof of the need for increased environmental research before Arctic Drilling.