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Toxins Found in Systems of Porter Ranch Residents exposed to gas leak

Porter Ranch residents who were exposed to the Aliso Canyon gas leak have been found to have high levels of uranium, lithium and styrene, a derivative of benzene, in their systems. The toxic levels in their systems were found by urine and hair samples taken from the residents, who live near the site of the gas leak. An estimated 100,000 metric tons of methane gushed from an aged well just above Porter Ranch in January 2016. The well was operated by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). According to Los Angeles Daily News, the leak left thousands of nearby residents sick and forced them ... Read More

Proposed $5M Shell Settlement called a ‘Slap in the Face’

The Wood River Refinery in Illinois has been under scrutiny after many nearby residents were diagnosed with cancer. The patients blame the contamination that the refinery dumped into the ground, including poisons such as benzene. When the residents filed a class action against the refinery operator, Shell Oil, Shell countered by proposing a $5 million settlement. To the residents whose health is suffering, it is a “slap in the face.” So far, 367 residents of nearby Roxana have signed off on the settlement. But residents of the Wood River village aren’t satisfied. At least a quarter of the 1,500 Roxana ... Read More

Shale-Gas Producer Determined to Improve Gas Leak Issues

Ryan Klemish, an employee of Southwestern Energy, the nation’s third largest gas producer, told The Inquirer/Philly.com he is determined to improve the issue of gas leaks at shale production facilities by using a camera that can detect the invisible plumes. Starting with Southwestern Energy’s Marcellus Shale production facilities, with hopes to expand further, Klemish moves around areas such as gas compressor stations armed with an $85,000 infrared camera, aiming it at flanges, valves and connectors searching for hidden leaks, Philly.com reports. “If there’s a leak, a big one, you usually know it because you can hear it,” Klemish told the news outlet. But ... Read More

Study: ‘Dabbing’ Vapor Found to Contain Benzene

Portland State University organic chemistry researchers have found that benzene is formed when a marijuana extract is vaporized. In a study led by Jiries Meehan-Atrash, Dr. Wentai Luo and  Dr. Robert M. Strongin, the researchers scrutinize “dabbing,” a unique way of marijuana consumption using butane hash oil (BHO), KATU2 reports. “Of very recent concern is the practice of dabbing, which has emerged as a dangerous and rapidly growing trend in cannabis consumption,” the study reads. “It consists of inhaling the vapors produced by placing a small amount of cannabis extract (a ‘dab’) on a small heated surface (the ‘nail’), which is ... Read More

Contaminants Found in Area Surrounding Pipeline Construction

The Mariner East 2 pipeline installation in the West Cornwall Township, Pennsylvania area seems to have unearthed toxic contaminants, according to test results. Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline installation has been a controversial decision that many support and many oppose. A simple online search will yield news reports riddled with stories of problems associated with the construction, which began in the summer. Now, supervisors are getting involved due to the number of issues and concerns. “We got involved because of our constituents concerns,” David Lloyd, township supervisor, told ABC27 News. According to Lloyd, the issues began as early as Sept. 11 when debris damaged ... Read More

First Fracking Permit Signed in Illinois

Environmentalists lost a four-year fight when Illinois regulators signed the first fracking permit to Woolsey Operating Company on Aug. 31, 2017, reports The Pointer. Fracking, a drilling method in which drilling penetrates a mile into the earth, then turns to drill horizontally for several more, is controversial to many because of the toxins released into the ground during the process. The drilling spot, referred to as a well, is pressurized with a mixture of water, sand and other chemicals until small cracks form in the underground stone. After the well is set up, oil or gas is extracted, particularly methane, which is ... Read More

Study: Scented Candles as Toxic as Diesel Exhaust Fumes

According to a study, many scented candles emit carcinogenic chemicals comparable to diesel exhaust fumes. Scented candles are popular in most households, used to create a pleasant atmosphere or cover odors. Many scented candles are made containing benzene, toluene, and lead, which are known carcinogens. In one study, the emissions from a burning candle, whether clean or sooty, were found to be full of toxins. The study also indicated the candles may increase the blood lead levels in children. “The fine particulate matter collected from candle emissions was similar to that of diesel engine exhaust in particle size, morphology, elemental carbon content, ... Read More

Cleanup of Leaky Underground Storage Tanks May be Neglected Due to Federal Cuts

The cleanup of nearly 200 sites of leaky underground gasoline storage tanks may come to a halt due to federal budget cuts. In the state of Nevada, around 14,000 underground storage tanks (USTs) are registered with state authorities. More than 4,600 are still in use, and state environmental officials have begun cleanup efforts at nearly 200 sites where leaky tanks are located throughout the state. Just since last May, 6 new cases of leaking gas tanks have been reported, including one in a petroleum park in the rural area of Eureka, and five more in Clark County, The Nevada Independent reports. ... Read More

Pollution from Lawn Equipment Considered Heath Concern

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared lawn equipment to be a health hazard due to the high level of pollution emitted while in use. According to the EPA, toxic emissions in 2016 from small engines such as mowers and blowers were 81 percent as high as the emissions from standard sedans. By 2020, it’s likely that small engines will contribute more to the smog issue than cars, particularly in the Los Angeles area. Recorder.com tells the story of Fredi Dubon, who quit his job to save his health after working five years for a landscaping crew. Sometimes the workday dragged on ... Read More

Valero Downplayed the Level of Toxic Chemicals Released During Hurricane Harvey

The Valero oil refinery near the border of Manchester, Texas, is accused of downplaying the amount of chemicals released during Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Press says that shortly after the roofs of storage tanks were submerged in flooding waters, releasing massive amounts of benzene and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Valero told officials that they “found no detectable levels of emissions in the community.” Texas Environmental Advocacy Services founder Juan Parras described the odor in the air throughout Manchester as smelling like a gas stove. “I was afraid to even light a match,” said Parras. “I kept thinking everything would burst ... Read More