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Sick Gulf Residents Beg Officials for Help

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  • Gulf residents and community leaders vented their increasingly grave concerns about the widespread health issues brought on by the three-month-long oil spill.
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  • An oil spill in the Gulf? Oh, well.
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AlterNet

Photo Credit: Public Citizen

In an emotionally charged meeting this week (Jan 9-15) sponsored by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, fishermen, Gulf residents and community leaders vented their increasingly grave concerns about the widespread health issues brought on by the three-month-long disaster.

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"Today I'm talking to you about my life," Cherri Foytlin told the two commissioners present at the Jan. 12 meeting. "My ethylbenzene levels are 2.5 times the 95th percentile, and there's a very good chance now that I won't get to see my grandbabies…What I'm asking you to do now, if possible, is to amend [your report]. Because we have got to get some health care."

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An oil spill in the Gulf? Oh, well, Los Angeles Times Editorial, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN
Last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill has dropped out of the headlines, and according to a recent federal report, the spilled oil itself has mostly vanished.