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May 27th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Fishermen feeling sick from oil cleanup

(CNN) – For the first time since the Gulf Coast oil spill people are starting to complain that it is making them sick. Yesterday, some of the local fishermen helping with the cleanup complained of nausea, headaches and chest pains. The Coast Guard decided to pull them off the water. On Thursday's American Morning, we were joined by our Dr. Sanjay Gupta to get an idea of how safe it is to breathe the air with all that oil around.


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Health
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  1. Gwendoline Y. Fortune, Ed. D.

    I am looking forward to the June2-3 programs, because I have been a victim of environment chemicals for 30 years, I am thankful to have been diagnosed by a much maligned pioneer, Dr. Theron Randolph. Everything he taught from the 1940s until he died has proven to be correct. He was ridiculed by the establishment. I want to see if the t and w programs have anything "newer" than Dr. Randolph.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
  2. tommy raddcliff

    everyone is so concerned about Louisiana, which IS bad, but no one makes mention of the fact that if the plankton dies, the fish die. if the fish die the ocean dies.
    if the ocean dies...we all die.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  3. BPat

    Human is a hypocritical animal. He was never an underdog like a pelican on the gulf shores or fish and shrimp in the Gulf Ocean. Furthermore this human needs food energy to satisfy its hunger and fuel energy to fill the gas tank. For this it will hire a fisherman to fish in the gulf and will hire a BP like company to drill the oil in the gulf. In case of any imbalance in the supply of the food or fuel it will lose its patience and point fingers at everybody but itself.
    After all from scientific and spiritual stand point death of a pelican by oil spill for fuel need is exactly similar to death of a fish by a fisherman for food need. Furthermore, not every dead fish gets eaten. Some of these lives get wasted by this human.
    By the way human can always use the green energy and green vegetables to avoid such imbalance and such nature and health spoiling hypocrisy.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  4. Tony K

    The Corexit 9500 is toxic......Ask any of the workers who worked on the Exon Valdez oil spill.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  5. xin law

    No offense, but "Is oil sickening fishermen?" is a stupid question. The oil is killing thousands of animals, so even though you might be able to minimize your exposure to the oil, that little bit of exposure will begin to get accumulate until it reachs the point of being a large enough dose to cause reactions. The real question is this, will the individuals that are working on stopping, containing, and cleaning up the oil spill going to be able to have BP pay for ANY ailments directly caused from the spill to the workers. Does anyone know if BP officially stated or asked for help from anyone, or are they, there on their own accord.

    But, there is one important selection of questions I have not seen discussed, will the bulk of the oil be removed before we hurricane season begins?
    *Once big storms start popping up it will be difficult, if not impossbile to keep oil removal from continuing.
    *Can the marshes and wetlands be saved in time, because they are key into decreasing the intensity before it hits land.
    *Will most of it be removed, before a hurricane or severe tropical storm hits the area where the oil is. Because the storm surge and winds will pick up the oil and it will be released into our backyard. Can you imagine, globs of oil, thin coatings of oil, showing up 30-100 miles away from the coast.

    Worst case scenario for New Orleans is this.

    Oil is not removed fast enough before a hurricane comes.
    The oil has destroyed almost all the marsh and welands.
    Hurricane heads straight to New Orleans, turns into cat 4 or 5, hell even a cat 3 might do it, since the marsh (buffer zone) is no longer there to slow it down. This will create another 'katrina' like catastrophe, but this time around everything will also be covered with oil. And this would probably wipe out a large part of Louisiana for a very very long time.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:03 am |