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  • BP Provides $10 mln to Support Study of Spill-related Health Issues

    Published on September 8, 2010

    British oil giant BP said on Tuesday it is providing 10 million U.S. dollars to support a health organization’s study of potential public health issues relating to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and other spill-related health research.

    The funding will allow the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to “build on efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Unified Command,” and is intended to support the immediate needs of researchers, including Gulf Coast academic institutions and local and state agencies, “in understanding potential acute and long-term health impacts of exposures to oil, dispersed oil and dispersants,” BP said in a statement.

    “BP, in collaboration with the Unified Command, provided task specific training, supplied personal protective equipment and conducted extensive environmental and worker monitoring to protect the health of response workers involved in the cleanup,” said BP’s CEO Bob Dudley.

    “But there is much still to be learned from this incident, and BP is providing this funding to NIH because it is well positioned to assure the quality and the integrity of the independent research process,” he said.

    BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded off the Louisiana coast in late April, killing 11 workers and unleashing the worst spill in U.S. history, with millions of gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the ruptured underwater well.

    About 30 percent of Gulf Coast residents are suffering with mental-health issues in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, according to a recent study by the nonprofit Ochsner Health System in Louisiana.