July 7th, 2010
06:59 PM ET

Video: Fmr. Exxon worker blames cough on cleanup

Drew Griffin | BIO
CNN Investigative Correspondent

Program Note: After the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, Exxon sealed the health records of workers who were sickened during the cleanup. Tonight Drew Griffin investigates whether BP is trying to hide the risks to cleanup workers now? Watch tonight only on AC360°

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    First the comparisons with Exxon Valdez are unrealistic since as noted in your segment BP is treating people already ( Exxon never did) and or they can go to thier own doctor and claim the cost off BP
    But first, before showing that, you speculate that BP is covering things up and that the risk is the same as Exxon with a weeping man going blind ( who admits he never claimed off Exxon) and QED has yet to prove he is going blind,has a rash because of what happened 21 years ago and caused by the oil spill, and you can only find one proven payout after 21 Years by Exxon mobil ( settlement or real judge and jury verdict you do not say or the investigative division does not) Furthermore Exxon mobile never had any medical facilities available to clean up workers.
    Add to that the OHSA must have regulations within the industry for rigs refineries and oil workers in general ( face masks, breathing gear, eye goggles), gushers have gushed on land many times and had to be cleaned up as to the safety needs. If these are inadequate it is not just BP or Exxons fault it is a collective cost driven drive to ignore the real risks so we Americans can have $2 a gallon gas at the pump.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:04 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    The people cleaning up this spill need to be told the potential risks, what to look for as far as symptoms go, and they need to be covered by BP for any health effects that this job may cause. This oil spill is showing all of us just how much damage can be done to an environment and the wide range of repercussions that result. From the oil in the water that kills marine life, wetlands, and other animals to the livelihoods destroyed in both the businesses that catered to the oil industry to the fishermen and people in sports fishing and to people working in tourism, the communities wrecked, the mental health problems, the physical health problems that can occur from the spill, the disruption of the seafood markets, and the lives of the 11 workers killed on that first day, we can see that there is a lot of collateral damage and that environmental safety should be a top priority because it affects us all in ways we would have never thought possible before.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:23 pm |