Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals wants BP to pay 10 million dollars for mental health services for people on the Gulf coast impacted by the oil spill.
"There exists anger, anxiety and uncertainty among the families and communities affected by the spill, which will easily manifest into addiction and various forms of mental health crisis if not confronted," said Alan Levine, head of the department in a letter to BP's Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles.
This comes nearly one week after an Alabama fisherman hired by BP to help clean Gulf waterways committed suicide on board one of his own boats. BP says it is reviewing the request to offer mental health services.
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