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Oil Field Employees Subjected to Corrosive Chemicals, Study Finds

A study conducted out of UAB on human and animal cells in a controlled setting has confirmed what residents of the Louisiana coast have suspected for some time. The chemical dispersant Corexit 9500A used to disperse oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 causes increased cell death, which can damage the respiratory health of humans and animals exposed to the chemical. The abnormal tissue and cell mutations in air passages can lead to a number of severe health problems. Since the oil spill and the cleanup effort, many cleanup workers as well as residents of Southern Louisiana have developed strange respiratory illnesses and skin conditions believed to be linked to exposure to Corexit. However, BP and the federal government have so far done nothing to address these concerns. Response from BP A spokesperson for BP responded to the study by stating that it did not show the use…
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Louisiana Oil Rig Worker Files Lawsuit Against Chevron

According to the Southeast Texas Record, an oil rig worker from Louisiana has filed a lawsuit against Chevron, because of a variety of injuries incurred while cutting a pipe in 2014. Before cutting the pipe, the victim alleges that he was not informed that the pipe still carried raw crude oil, which then covered him when he cut the pipe. Soon after, heavy compressor clips knocked him down. In the end, he suffered chemical burns, including to his eyes, and back injuries. The victim and his lawyers claim that Chevron is liable because the oil company failed to properly train or supervise employees, provide proper safety equipment or maintain a safe work environment, among many other reasons for liability. Unfortunately, oil rig injuries such as these are becoming more common as the oil drilling industry expands. In fact, according to National Public Radio, on-the-job oil drilling fatalities have increased by…
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Will Designated Drivers Become Mandatory for Louisiana?

A bill has been proposed in the Louisiana State Legislature that may curb DWI accidents if it passes. While the bill is preventative, it could be controversial, as it would require that drinking establishments refrain from serving clients who do not have a designated driver. The bill would also protect the designated driver from being removed from an establishment because he or she is not buying alcohol. One of the drawbacks is that people with out-of state licenses would not be eligible to be a designated driver. The legislator who proposed the bill, based off his statements, understands that his own bill may not work. In fact, he thinks that local government or college campuses may be better at creating and enforcing rules regarding drunk driving than state legislators could. Why Would a Legislator Propose a Bill That May Not Work? The originator of the bill asserts that, while the…
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