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Time: Assessing the Health Effects of the Oil Spill
June 30, 2010, 9:03 am
Filed under: News

By Bryan Walsh
As catastrophic as the Gulf oil spill has been for the region’s environment and residents’ livelihoods, experts say the impact of the disaster on human health and well-being has not even begun to be quantified. Since April 20, when 11 workers died aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that went up in flames — an accident that has since spilled more than 100 million gal. of oil into the Gulf of Mexico — the toll in deaths directly attributable to the spill has remained unchanged.

But things took a turn on Wednesday: William Allen Kruse, an Alabama fisherman who reluctantly took an oil-spill cleanup job with BP, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He left no suicide note, and we’ll likely never know why he took his own life, but friends told the media that he had been deeply troubled by the spill and the destruction it caused on the coast.

Read further at http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1999479,00.html

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