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The Gulf oil spill and its potential health effects

What does the spill mean for human health now and in the future?

Need to Know spoke with George Jackson, a fisherman from Hopedale, La., who has reported bouts of nausea and dizziness after taking part in BP’s cleanup efforts in the Gulf.

A longer version of this story will appear on the website and on air tomorrow, June 18.

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  • David Eddy

    According to NOVA documentary on Mega-volcanoes, large empty cavities under the crust of the earth may cause Mega-Volcanoes.
    I would like to mention that there is a chance that the empty cavity under the crust of the earth due to the oil spill could go deep enough to cause the explosion of a Mega-Volcano.

    Is it possible that after the oil spill the cavity could fill with magma and become a Mega-Volcano explosion?

    We cannot afford the careless use of technology because it can be the means to our extinction. Going extinct would ruin everyone’s day.

    They do not call oil fields, oil fields for nothing. There would be no pressure behind the oil if it was contained in saturated rock. As usual; we are being deceived by those who are concerned about profits and not people’s lives. The gases may be in porous rock but not the oil. You cannot extract millions of barrels of oil from the earth and not leave a cavity. It seems reasonable that those cavities could fill with magma and become Mega-volcanoes causing much death and destruction.