NEW ORLEANS, La – Researchers want cleanup workers and volunteers of last year’s BP oil spill to participate in a Gulf study that is looking at the long-term health effects of last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill on clean-up workers.
“Individual people are having respiratory problems, individual people are having skin problems, and our task is to determine how that relates to the BP oil spill,” said Dr. Dale Sandler with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences about what researchers are hearing from study participants.
Scientists hope to interview 50,000 clean-up workers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. So far, they’ve enrolled 5,000 people in this study and have a total of 150,000 names in their database. Researchers say phone interviews will be followed by house calls. But the challenge is tracking people down.
“They trade off cell phones or they’ve moved. It’s a young population. Many of whom are moving around, lost jobs, moving in with their families. So it’s difficult to get a hold of them,” said Sandler of the study’s major challenge.
For those with livelihoods tied to the Gulf, many say the BP oil spill changed everything.
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