Health Consequences from Gulf Cleanup

The Louisiana Environment Action Network has captured the stories of several BP oil spill cleanup workers who have since been plagued with health problems.
Tate Cantrell was appointed as a relief worker on one of the first boats in BP’s oil spill cleanup last summer. During this time, he was in direct contact with crude oil toxins and chemical dispersants. Cantrell now suffers from extensive health problems, including difficulty breathing, severe headaches and nausea.

In an event sponsored by the Louisiana Environment Action Network, Cantrell was one of several Gulf oil spill relief workers who discussed their symptoms and lack of adequate medical care. Though a year has passed since the catastrophic spill, many residents and workers along the Gulf Coast still feel like Cantrell, who would like BP to “walk in our shoes–see what they think and how they’d feel.”