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

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Program ID:
17516-1
Category:
Senate Committee
Format:
Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 11, 1991
Last Aired:
Apr 14, 1991

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  • Apr 11, 1991 | 10:00am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 11, 1991 | 8:05pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 12, 1991 | 2:10am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 14, 1991 | 5:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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