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BP Tells Cleanup Workers They’ll Be Fired If They Wear Respirators

• Prison Planet
As I noted on May 19th, BP has been telling cleanup workers that they don’t need to wear respirators or other protective gear. As Jerrold Nadler, the New York congressman whose district includes the World Trade Center, said today: We’re repeating the same catastrophe in the Gulf. You see pictures of people wearing regular clothes who are wading in and scooping oil off the water. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people, are going to get sick unnecessarily. More egregious still, sources on the ground say that BP is telling cleanup workers that they will be fired if they wear respirators:


Because – as part of their PR campaign – BP is doing everything it can to prevent dramatic pictures or headlines regarding the oil spill.

For example, BP has been keeping reporters out of areas hardest hit by the oil (and see this, this, this and this) and threatening to arrest them if they try to take pictures, hiding dead birds and other sealife, and using dispersants to break up the thick plumes of oil. Indeed, attorney and environmental advocate Monique Harden says that BP is “running the Gulf region like a prison warden”.


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Comment by Die Daily
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I suspect that they are not allowing respirators because if they did so, there would exist a "control group" of people who were protected, to some degree, from the airborne toxins. If such a group existed, then it would be possible to do cohort studies which would easily and unequivocally prove the obvious, that when guys are getting sick all around you, you should don a mask or you might get sick too.

If they can prevent such a control group from existing in the first place, then they can seriously undermine the efforts of physicians to produce evidence-based research in the future. If they have no control group, then they have nothing that is airtight, so to speak, to present in their research conclusions.

It is essential we get a large cohort protected by masks. We need names and contact info for them. They need to get equivalent exposure time (with their masks on) and this has to be witnessed and documented. With only a few hundred people doing this (but preferably thousands, of course) then we have a solid basis for future cohort studies that would be almost absolutely conclusive (i.e. admissible in court). Where the hell is the Environmental Protraction Agency? Why do these guys even exist, if they can't mandate some freakin' masks in an increasingly toxic area? These masks are CHEAP. Really, really cheap. So you see it's not the cost. It's about controlling the control group.

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