Health Worker Says Repsol Blowout Cause Of Some Respiratory Illness Cases

A North Slope health worker says a February oil well blowout has left lingering physical effects on villagers some 18 miles from the well. She says Nuiqsut villagers seem to have a high incidence of respiratory ailments this spring, although state officials blame the maladies on the flu.

North Slope officials were contacted for this story, but declined comment.

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