As Gulf Oil Disaster Worsens, Concern for Safety of Oil-Rig Workers Gets Less Attention

(Posted 5:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 15, 2010)

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By MIKE LILLIS
The Washington Independent

The largest oil spill in U.S. history has received no absence of congressional scrutiny. Yet as lawmakers continue to focus their examinations on the environmental, economic and energy implications of the disaster, a number of labor advocates are beginning to wonder: What about the workers?

Eleven men were killed and dozens more injured, when BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20 about 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The youngest victim, Shane Roshto of Franklin County, Mississippi, was 22; the oldest, Keith Blair Manuel of Eunice, Louisiana, was 56.

To date, none of the bodies have been recovered.

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