Health expert: BP running Gulf like a ‘prison warden’

Thursday, June 17, 2010
By Paul Martin

By David Edwards and Sahil Kapur
Thursday, June 17th, 2010

An environmental health advocate declared that the reported four hours of training given to Gulf clean-up workers are insufficient, and ripped into BP for “endangering the health of people.”

“BP should not be running the Gulf region like a prison warden, and we’ve got to stop that,” said Monique Harden, co-director and attorney at the New Orleans-based Advocates for Environmental Human Rights

Harden appeared as a guest on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann Wednesday.

BP has faced a litany of criticism for ostensibly downplaying the magnitude of the oil spill and responding inadequately to what is now considered the worst environmental disaster the United States has ever seen.

The federal government isn’t much of a help, Harden claimed, as BP can legally get away with four hours of training. Many clean-up workers are not professionals but rather fishermen and shrimpers who have been put out of work as a result of the spill.

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