Yesterday, I ran a post from the news about how workers cleaning up the Gulf oil spill are beginning to experience health problems especially lung related ones. The history of this is very clear. In California during the Santa Barbara spill and in Prince William Sound (AK) where volunteers cleaned up after the Exxon Valdez ran aground, many, many workers reported ill effects. Many of them have had permanent damage and are still sick.
My good friend, marine biologist Riki Ott, Ph.D., has written a couple of books about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath. They should be required reading, so pick them up: ‘Not One Drop – Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill’, ‘Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill’
Before I have blogged about the food chain being poisoned by the oil spill, and it will be, but just as importantly, everyone that has contact with this mess will suffer in some way.
ONCE HURRICANE SEASON STARTS THESE POLLUTANTS AND THE AIRBORNE PARTICULATES THAT COME WITH THEM WILL BLOW ASHORE AND RAIN DOWN ON STATE AFTER STATE, CROP AFTER CROP, WATER SOURCE AFTER WATER SOURCE CONTAMINATING EVERYTHING THEY TOUCH.
All of the Southeast will be affected. More frighteningly, so will their water and food sources. In the future, I WANT the government to mandate food labeling that will tell us from what body of water the seafood catch comes, because anything from the gulf will be dangerous to eat for decades. Perhaps this will also be true for the land-based foods crops once these toxins start to blow onshore. This oil spill disaster is going to be much larger and more dangerous than anyone realizes once the damage and the legacy of it play out over time.