BP Gulf’s oil spill oil disaster puts mental health at risk! It’s the 59th day since the The Deepwater Horizon oil rig, operated by British Petroleum, exploded and sank more than 50 miles from Venice, LA, causing the damaging oil spill.
This weekend, while BP CEO Tony Hayward attended a yacht race, thousands of gallons of oil continued to pour into the Gulf of Mexico! Fear not, cause the proverbial “buck” has been passed to the new man in charge, Bob Dudley.
With all the oil comes death! It’s estimated that “generations” of wildlife will be wiped out… not 1,000, or 10,000 but whole generations!! The loss of human life from the explosion and the loss of thousands of small businesses are leaning to a melting pot of trouble.
“There’s a lot of social disruption. That’s what technological disasters tend to do,” says Lawrence Palinkas, a professor of social work at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He will be speaking on the spill’s potential long-term effects…. people are telling doctors it’s as if there were this lid on top of their feelings and “all of a sudden it’s come off,” says Howard Osofsky, chair of the psychiatry department at Louisiana State University. “We’re seeing indications that people are drinking more. We are also beginning to see some indication of increased domestic conflict.” He plans to present early findings about the psychological health of people in the region today.