Kuwaiti Oil Well Fires
The Environment and Public Works committee’s Gulf Pollution Task Force heard testimony on the effect of the Kuwaiti oil well fires… read more
The Environment and Public Works committee’s Gulf Pollution Task Force heard testimony on the effect of the Kuwaiti oil well fires set by retreating Iraqi soldiers on humans and the environment in the area. The oil fires, which have burned unabated since near the end of the Persian Gulf war, create 500,000 tons of air pollutants per week, which have disastrous effect on Iraqi residents, animals, and U.S. troops stationed in the area. Mr. Makris discussed the possible makeup and subsequent medical problems resulting from particulate matter in the smoke from the oil fires. Mr. Robinson also discussed the cleanup of oil spilled by Iraqi tankers and oil platforms during the Persian Gulf war. Mr. Seligman said smoke particles in the air of Kuwait posed an “irritant” risk to U.S. soldiers there, but long term effects of the smoke is undetermined. Mr. Blackwelder testified on a three-stage plan for the environmental recovery of Kuwait produced by the Friends of the Earth. He called for the U.S. military to be sent in to aid in the recovery, as delay and minimal assistance to Kuwait would result in national disaster for Kuwait and regional disaster for the Persian Gulf. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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- Biff Holt Captain U.S. Coast Guard
- James Makris Director Environmental Protection Agency
- John Robinson Representative National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin.
- Paul Seligman Official U.S. Public Health Service
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