The good news- the underwater camera no longer shows crude oil gushing from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Now the question ahead is what are the long-term ramifications?
The University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Public Health is working with the federal government in answering that question. Researchers have formed an ad-hoc team in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to examine the unprecedented tragedy. The oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon is equivalent to a supertanker spill every week and many have been impacted – from workers who have cleaned up the beach and the Gulf, to children and even tourists who have been exposed. In the short-term, health impacts have been watery and irritated eyes, skin rashes and itchiness, coughs, shortness of breath and wheezing, reports ConsumerAffairs.com. Long-term studies will be launched to understand the physical and psychological impacts.
Then there are the unanswered questions about consuming seafood from the Gulf.
CDC on Health Effects
The CDC will be taking samples from the air, water, soil and sediment and the oily material itself to see where the oil has gone. Comparisons will be made to oil spills of the past. There have been 400 tanker spills since the 1960s, the Exxon Valdez among them. Only seven spills have been studied for their short-term toxic effects.
A federal government report has announced that nearly 70 percent of the oil in the Gulf dissolved naturally and appears to be gone either through skimming, dispersants, being burned or captured.
Independent experts, including some environmental scientists from Florida State University, believe that assessment is a bit “shaky” and a bit of spin for such a complex spill.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion and spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida oil spill economic loss attorneys at Farah & Farah are taking cases of those who have been impacted financially by the long and short-term environmental harm.