Coalition of Doug Tudor, RFK Jr., Gulf Coast groups, and 60,000 Americans Asks President Obama to Stop bp From Blocking Clean-Up Workers From Wearing Respirators Around Toxic Fumes
Washington Post, MSNBC, Louisiana media, and others
Riverview, Florida – July 12, 2010 – Since last Thursday, 60,000 Americans have joined Doug Tudor, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Gulf Coast groups, and others on a new coalition asking President Obama to stop bp from blocking clean-up workers from wearing respirators around toxic fumes.
MaryLee Orr, executive director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, says clean-up workers are being “fired for using safety equipment. bp is afraid they will admit some sort of liability, that there’s a problem in the air, if they allow workers to use the respirators.”
The coalition was organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and also includes 10 members of Congress, 4 Senate candidates, 27 House candidates, and groups like the United Commercial Fisherman and Louisiana Shrimpers Association. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann described it on his show Friday: “A new coalition of environmental and fishing groups has launched a site called BPMakesMeSick.com, petitioning President Obama to make bp give the workers respirators.”
Thousands of Americans will call the White House this week, asking for President Obama’s intervention.
Doug Tudor, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in Florida’s 12th Congressional District, was among the first partners to join this coalition, which is gaining momentum by the day.
“Florida’s residents are sick of this catastrophe of greed. The workers trying to clean up the mess shouldn’t be sickened also,” said Doug Tudor.
The full coalition statement says, “We cannot let the denial of protective gear that hurt so many 9/11 clean-up workers happen again with the Gulf clean-up workers. President Obama and the federal government must demand that BP allow every clean-up worker who wants to wear respiratory protective equipment to do so — and ensure that workers get the equipment and training they need to do their jobs safely.”
Media reports below.
NEW YORK TIMES: Petition Urges Obama Admin to Protect Gulf Spill Cleanup Workers
MSNBC’S COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMAN: Highlights BPMakesMeSick.com
BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE: Group wants BP to OK respirator use
TECH PRESIDENT: Gulf Fishermen, Bloggers, RFK Jr. Say “BP Makes Me Sick”
NY DAILY NEWS: Group Demands BP Provide Cleanup Workers With Respirators