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Louisiana residents report oil-spill related illnesses

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Louisiana residents report oil-spill related illnesses

“These fishermen are going to be sick for the rest of their lives because of their exposure to these chemicals,”


By Andre Damon and C.W. Rogers in Louisiana
21 June 2010  WSWS

Two months since the start of the Gulf Coast oil spill, residents, fishermen and experts throughout the Gulf of Mexico are reporting respiratory problems and other illnesses attributable to oil contamination.

“We’re getting sick down here. People are losing their voices; our noses are running and our eyes are crying all the time,” said Dean Blanchard, operator of a Grand Isle, Louisiana-based shrimp distribution company. “I went down to Bourbon Street in New Orleans and the urine on the cement smelled better than the air does down here.”

Dr. Michael Kotler, director of Plaquemines Medical Center near Venice, Louisiana, said his clinic has treated numerous cases of people getting sick from spill-related chemical exposure. The clinic handles those cases that the US Health Service and a private medical contractor employed by BP are not prepared to handle, said Dr. Kotler.

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    • MEC

      I am glad that scientists are weighing in with their knowledge. The delay in BP oil blowout evacuations is going to be a question, after the catastrophes actuate. The only piece of evidence that is now needed, is a determination of how old is the oil. Certainly, if the oil is 50 to a 100 years old, then the assumption of “peaking oil”, and “fossil fuels”, will be debunked. It is a “hot potato”, that promises to bring into question, as to why there are worldwide high costs in energy, when there are unlimited resources available. Also, the different monied concerns, who have promoted oil energy, (for the last 100 yrs.), and suppressed the physics of Mr. Tesla, which provided for “free radiant energy”, and is in use in many classified applications, was denied the World, in toto. Surely, it would be better to draw energy freely, with Mr. Tesla’s machines and ideas, than to finally end up, poisoining half the United States population, and throwing Europe into the night of perpetual winter. Truly, Mr. Tesla’s car ran on a radiant free energy device, and the United States Government, and the powers behind the USA banking houses suppressed the foreward progress of mankind, in the best use of our knowledge and resourses.
      Respectfully submitted, Mark Emerson Cline, Stilwell, OK, USA

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