Human Ecological Effects


    Scientists and government organized organizations have proven that "the oil itself poses little harm to the public" (Fox). The consequences of human contact with oil are not life-threatening, but have the minimal affect of causing a rash on the skin. In order for oil to have a fatal impact on human health you would have to digest numerous of fish exposed to the oil. 
For now, oil spills impose no major health complications to the public, but a simple rash produced by the contact of oil. However, there are life-threatening situations caused by the recent oil spill.  
    The difficulty and depressing task of helping clean up oil spills has cost many lives. People are dramatically impacted by the incident that they commit suicide. In the recent oil spill, 11 men have lost their lives all leaving behind family members who were close to their hearts. 
    According to a featured article in the New York Times, a boat captain (William Allen "Rookie" Kruse) who was told to help clean up the BP oil spill committed suicide. After numerous encounters with Kruse, he seemed fine until it was discovered he had shot himself in the head. His family and friends say he is the 12th victim of the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, which killed 11 crew members (Hennessy-Fiske, web). His family and friends worry that more captains will commit suicide and the worst oil spill in the history of the U.S is to blame. Along with his death, Kruse did not leave a message. His wife began to notice strange behavior from her husband. He began to lose weight and had trouble sleeping. Kruse had spent $30,000 on his two boats which he was going to use on a fishing trip this summer with his twin brother (Hennessy-Fiske). The only thing that was clear before Kruse’s death was that he hated working for BP.

Fox, Stuart. "Oil Spill Has Little Impact on Human Health - Health - More Health News -" Breaking News, Weather, Business, Health, Entertainment, Sports, Politics, Travel, Science, Technology, Local, US & World News- 3 May 2010. Web. 21 July 2010. <>.

Hennessy-Fiske, Molly. "Suicide Is Called Another Casualty of BP Oil Spill - Los Angeles Times." Featured Articles From The Los Angeles Times. 24 June 2010. Web. 08 July 2010. <>.