Studies Listed by Topic
Studies on Previous Spills
Worker Health Studies
Offspring of workers:
Exposure modeling studies:
- Chen et al., 2022
- Rusiecki et al., 2022
- Lawrence et al., 2022
- Alexander et al., 2018
- McGowan et al., 2017
- Chen et al., 2023
- Denic-Roberts et al., 2022
- Strelitz et al., 2018
- Quist et al., 2019
- Erickson et al., 2018
Government Publications and Records
Concludes there is a causal relationship between oil spill exposures and neurological and cardiovascular harm. (Studies finding a causal relationship between oil spill exposures and respiratory harm were published too late to be reviewed). Many new disease pathways and mechanisms are described in wildlife and human health sections.
Acknowledges that emergency disaster responders are getting sick below levels of pollutants thought to be "safe." Introduces "uncertain exposures" from chemical mixtures and recommends pre-, during, and post- deployment health monitoring (of individual workers) and surveillance (of the population of workers) to supplement air quality studies to better assess health risk.
National Archive and Administration Records (NARA) on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
BP Deepwater Horizon Multi-District Litigation (MDL 2179)
Multi-district litigation rewards plaintiffs’ attorneys with a common benefits fee, whether they win or lose their cases. The fee is negotiated with and paid by the defendants. Concerned citizens recommend tying lead lawyers' common-benefits fees to the benefit those attorneys actually confer on the plaintiffs.
MDL 2179, Eastern District of Louisiana
The court ruled that BP had no “duty” to initiate a worker health monitoring program. This rule prevails in future disasters until either the regulatory agencies or Congress establishes a duty to conduct such a program to protect the health of emergency disaster responders.
MDL 2179, Northern District of Florida, Pensacola Division
Reveals how BP contrived to avoid conducting worker health programs recommended by three federal agencies to adequately assess workers’ health risk from toxic exposures.
547-Exhibit 6: Greg Lotz (CDC/NIOSH/DART) email, 6/24/2010 at 1.
Reveals why BP’s air quality monitoring program was insufficient to assess worker exposures.
quality monitoring program was about public perception.
The Guardian: Environmental Protection Agency US government toughens rules on chemicals used to break up oil slicks
“Environmental activists sued EPA to update regulations, after thousands of people sickened from Deepwater Horizon cleanup The Environmental Protection Agency has announced more stringent rules governing offshore oil spill response, amid continuing concerns about the effects on public health and wildlife from chemical disasters, including BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jun/14/epa-chemical-regulation-oil-spill-cleanup-exxon-valdez-bp
Today, on the thirteenth anniversary of the BP oil Spill, The Guardian published an in-depth piece on the human health crisis that was left in the wake of the disaster.
Tampa Bay Times reports on the more than 5,000 lawsuits filed in federal courts in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
“More than half of the landfills EPA has approved are in communities where a majority of residents are people of color.” By Daisy Hernandez Read the full article here
The Halliburton loophole allowed BP in 2010 to save millions by dumping at least 40,000 tons of toxic Corexit-laden oil spill waste in nine municipal landfills designed for household waste. The majority were in People of Color communities. Story by Robert D. Bullard for the DissdentVoice.org Read full story here