Special Report: What We Have Learned From The Oil Spills

The Gulf Oil Spill has taught us that a spill is not a singular event but a series of poor decisions; lax regulatory enforcement or maintenance;a lack of qualified/well-trained people and bottom line thinking. One question that I have been asked about this situation is “What have we learned that can help combat future oil spills” . Here are some of the things we have learned from the oil spill.

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Special Report: The Long Term Oil Spill Jobs Come Into View

Once the oil well is fully capped and the relief well is in production, we should expect a major ramp up of clean up operations to begin. When I say “major” I mean that I expect more people and equipment to get involved in the clean up process to get the spill cleaned up as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Once the cleanup has stopped, the “shovel based” cleanup jobs will wind down and the restoration and monitoring focused jobs will start appearing. These jobs will go forward for a long time and may require people with specialized skills. Let me explain further.

Special Report: Oil Spill Exposes The Need For More Environmental Health Related Professionals

Crude oil contains toxic chemicals which can present many different types of health problems in humans. The thousands of cleanup workers and residents in the affected Gulf Coast areas could be adversely affected by these chemicals if they do not take the right precautions. There will be an increased need for environmental health personnel to monitor and treat the maladies which will result from oil exposure.