28 Apr '11, 12am

Gulf Clean Up Workers Complain About the Human Toll of the BP Oil Disaster from @NRDC's blog:

Gulf Clean Up Workers Complain About the Human Toll of the BP Oil Disaster from @NRDC's blog:

More than 60 miles north of the flashy beach casinos of Biloxi, MS, you come to a place where the earth turns to reddish clay and the lush green fields are stripped of their timber. It’s a place where locals struggle with high unemployment in the most poverty stricken state in the country. The lifespan of an African American born today in Mississippi is the same as an average American in 1960. A year ago when the BP well blew and spewed millions of gallons of oil daily into the Gulf, local residents near the tiny town of Lucedale jumped at the chance to take jobs to clean up the coast. After all, a $12 an hour job was good money in these parts. And everyone wanted to do their part to defend the coast. But soon they say they realized things were not what they had been promised; training sessions were cut, and respirators were nowhere to be found even though they were descri...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkistner/gulf_residents...

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