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Bad things to come

By STACY MOORE Tuesday, May 20 2014

ALMOST six months after the massive oil spill in La Brea, people are still complaining of skin rashes even as a visiting activist of international environmental watchdog Greenpeace is warning of more problems to come as a result of the spill.

Greenpeace International activist Mike Singh warned that there are more serious consequences yet to come saying, “this is only the tip of the iceberg.” He warned that in the near future there may be possible cases of congenital birth defects.

Women within the community of La Brea may also experience possible miscarriages as a result of the chemicals used in the beach waters following the oil spill. Singh is further predicting a lot of health implications in the near future. “What is being done? What about the long-term health implications? What is going to happen in the next five to ten,” Singh asked.

He believes people of La Brea are not being treated fairly and his visiting the country is aimed at conducting an independent assessment and engaging international focus and attention on residents of La Brea.

Singh who resides in India accepted an invitation by local Greepeace activist Judith de Verteuil. His trip was funded by the Oil Field Workers Trade Union (OWTU) headed by president Ancil Roget.

Yesterday, Singh who was accompanied by de Verteuil, Roget and a team of officials toured Coffee Beach and surrounding areas hardest hit by the spill. Singh walked through the village greeting and meeting affected residents.

Roget claimed that government has attempted to trivialize the matter even as many residents continue to be affected. “The level of disrespect to residents is almost unspeakable. We welcome the intervention of Greenpeace,” Roget said.

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