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July 5th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Is the water safe enough for swimming?

(CNN) – BP said Monday that the cost of its response to the Gulf oil disaster now totals approximately $3.12 billion. That includes containment, relief well drilling, grants to Gulf states, claims paid and federal costs, the oil giant said. The Fourth of July weekend brought beach-goers to the Gulf shore, despite the oil spill. But how safe is the water? The town of Pensacola lets people swim, but is anyone sure the water is really safe? Our John Zarrella reports.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Petrol chemicals found in crude Oil are known to cause Skin Cancer. The main ingredient in Gasoline is Benzine and it is required to be labeled as such.

    Bathing in water that undoubtedly has a detectable level of Benzene in the water ALONG with heavy UV rays pouring thru a weakened Ozone layer in the earth's atmospheric shielding is not safe, it is ignorant and undoubtedly a risk to your children's health and future bank account.

    Cancer treatment is a enormous money maker for America's corrupt AMA MD's.

    July 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  2. Tony Mississippi

    This should not even be an issue.
    Who are you going to trust? The Government and those that would benifit from people believing everything is fine?
    Or your common sense knowing a vast amount of chemicals in addition to crude oil....all known toxic or carcinogenic have been dumped into the waters?
    What is really sad was watching a few kids being allowed to play in the surf on TV a few days ago. When told, the parents acted surprised. Really?
    Enter at your own risk, but do not complain or expect compensation becasue "you were told it was ok" when you come down with cancer in a few years.

    July 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
  3. Katie

    Yeah, sure it's safe to swim with crude oil... NOT!! The 'government' will tell you it's safe, as you're slowly killing yourself in the process, so that the coastal cities will continue to make a profit off your stupidity.

    NO, it is not safe to swim. It probably won't be for generations to come. I don't believe the government, never have and never will. How many times do they have to get caught in lies before the rest of you wakeup.

    July 6, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  4. art

    I'm sure the "dispersants" which have been mindlessly added to the mix are now working their magic, too.

    July 6, 2010 at 6:55 am |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    CNN would do well for its viewers if it acquired the Video filmed by a private pilot over the Gulf of Mexico that filmed a pod of dolphins that were dead and dieing as they struggled to swim thru the Republican plumes of doom and the vast swaths of crude Oil from Louisiana's BP Oil gusher.

    Heavy Louisiana Crude Oil is toxic, poison's and carcinogenic enough to kill dolphins, sharks and even whale sharks, you think it's 'safe' for humans?!

    Crude Oil contains carcinogenic petrol-chemicals and with sun exposure on a open beach would be a recipe for Skin Cancer.

    Consuming crude Oil leads to Stomach and Colon cancer.

    The question is not IF you are going to get sick, poisoned or ill from crude Oil exposure, the question is HOW Sick, HOW badly Poisoned and How severely ill you become depends on your age (children and the elderly are the most vulnerable) and the length of your total exposure (if you don't immediately shower at the beach your exposure could be very great).

    July 5, 2010 at 6:18 pm |