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30 June 2010

Mental health effects from BP spill

The mental health impacts of the BP oil spill will dwarf those encountered after the last major oil spill off US shores, a sociologist who studied the spill said.

The mental health impacts of the BP oil spill will dwarf those encountered after the last major oil spill off US shores, a sociologist who studied the Exxon Valdez spill told Florida volunteers.

University of South Alabama researcher Steve Picou said the effects of the spill will far overshadow the negative effects experienced by 30 000 Alaska residents after the Exxon tanker dumped millions of gallons (litres) of crude into Prince William Sound in 1989.
 

The economic and ecological costs to tourism, wildlife, fishing and other industries continue to mount for four states along the US Gulf coast after Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sunk in 1 524 metres of water on April 22, two days after an explosion and fire killed 11 workers.
 

 
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