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BP Oil Spill: Health Effects (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-02-04

Duration: 00:06:07

Subjects: BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | Health | Public health | Mental Health


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Farrar, Michael Producer
  • Trapido, Edward Interviewee
  • White, Luann Interviewee


This segment from the February 4, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Michael Farrar’s report on the upcoming National Institute of Health (NIH) studies on the potential health effects of the BP Oil Spill on clean-up workers. Farrar interviews Dr. Edward Trapido of the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, a lead researcher on one of the studies, about the unique aspects of this study, his concerns over the chemical exposure experienced by clean-up workers, and the importance of long-term monitoring in determining the overall health effects. He also talks to Dr. Luann White, a toxicologist with the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), about the effect of heat and humidity on the clean-up effort and the potential mental health effects of the oil spill. This report is a part of GulfWatch, LPB’s Gulf Coast Consortium of public television and radio stations covering issues related to the BP Oil Spill. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford