[John] Wunstell, a shrimper, said he was paid by BP to use his boat, Ramie’s Wish, to clean up oil that has been gushing into the Gulf since an oil rig sank about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, gushing an estimated 19,000 barrels (798, 000 gallons) of crude a day.
In an affidavit, Wunstell wrote he started experiencing severe headaches and nasal irritation on May 24. Over the next few days, he also developed nosebleeds, an upset stomach, and aches.
The restraining order requests that BP stop using dispersants without providing “appropriate personal protective equipment” to workers.
Tony Hayward, the chief executive officer of BP, offered another explanation for the fishermen’s illness: spoiled food.
“Food poisoning is clearly a big issue,” Hayward said Sunday. “It’s something we’ve got to be very mindful of. It’s one of the big issues of keeping the Army operating. You know, the Army marches on their stomachs.”
Congratulations to Tony Hayward as he rockets past ’90s Big Tobacco CEOs in the all-time executive douchebaggery hall of fame.