Is this the First of Many "Oil Spill Suicides"?
Well, it is depressing... Image: NASA, public domain.
The 12th Victim of the Deepwater Horizon?
If the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico never happened, William Allen "Rookie" Kruse might still be alive. At least that's what his family thinks, and they'd like him to be considered the 12th victim of the explosion that took place on the Deepwater Horizon rig. The disaster in the Gulf kept William from doing his job as a charter boat captain, hurt his wife's seafood business, and forced him to work for BP's cleanup operations, something that he hated doing. He ended up shooting himself in the head, taking his life and leaving behind a community that is afraid that he might not be the last to do so because of the oil spill.
His family and friends say he is the 12th victim of the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, which killed 11 crew members. And they worry that there will be more among the captains idled by the worst spill in U.S. history.
"But for the oil spill, I don't think he would have done this," said his identical twin brother, Frank Kruse. (source)
Mental Health Help
BP might be spending money on cleanup, reconstruction, and replacing income for some people affected by the disaster. But what about the mental damage? What about people who are seriously distressed by this? Are they getting any help getting through this tough time? Money isn't the cure for everything.
The Gulf coast doesn't just need oil engineers and cleanup specialists. It needs psychologists and a support system. Many people might have been on the edge of the cliff before this happened, and they are being pushed over. Someone needs to try to pull them back...
Via LA Times
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