Dr. Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist who worked on Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, speaks on Countdown with Keith Oberman. She is reporting that cleanup workers and people who are spending time in the water (surfers, turtle rescuers) are experiencing symptoms such as headaches, sore throats, nausea, dizziness, congestion and skin rashes - across all four affected states.
"It's chemical poisoning, very likely," she says.
She also reports that the dead animals that wash up are disappearing within 15 minutes of their beaching. Massive kills are being reported at some of the outer islands where the oil sheen has reached, but these carcasses mysteriously never make it to shore, or at least not long enough for anyone to photograph and document them. Heads and bodies are separated and are raked up into vans and carted away. The claim is that all of these animals will be autopsied to determine cause of death, but as Dr. Ott states:
"You're not gonna autopsy a carcass where the head is removed from the body.
What's also strange is that anything from photos to emails mentioning the death of oiled animals are being deleted from servers. BP has been using metal detectors to stop cleanup workers from taking cameras and even cell phones to the spill sites.
Oberman mentioned it appears to be "An attempt to suppress this, and also a very effective attempt to suppress this information and these images."
Dr. Ott believes this spill has the potential to evolve from an environmental disaster to a human one.
"We need Obama to stand up and order respirators on all the response workers now, to avert a human tragedy."
Video here (YouTube)