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LDS Church, Chevron face benzene exposure lawsuit

A former groundskeeper for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is suing the church and an oil and gas company claiming they’re to blame for his cancer diagnosis. Allan Flandro felt called by the Mormon church to voluntarily clean and maintain Red Butte Creek, which runs through the historic Mormon meetinghouse, the Garden Park Ward. His “often arduous” job – which he held for six years – often required him to come in contact with the creek water, mud and other debris while cleaning the area for weddings and other special events. What he didn’t realize is ... Read More

Illinois Man Blames Benzene Exposure for Blood Cell Disorder

Jerry Correll and Mary Correll filed a lawsuit on Dec. 8, 2015,  against Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Meyer Oil Company, Illinois Tool Works and Chevron USA, claiming they are to blame for the benzene exposure that led to his blood disorder. On May 18, Jerry Correll was diagnosed with myeoldyspastic syndrome (MDS). According to the American Cancer Society, MDS occurs when the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow are damaged, and is considered to be a type of cancer. The damaged cells have trouble making new ones. In about one-third of MDS patients, the condition can lead to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Occupational ... Read More

Chevron’s Pacific Santa Ana reports mysterious death; BSEE and U.S. Coast Guard investigating

According to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Chevron’s oil drillship, the Pacific Santa Ana, was drilling about 200 miles south of Lake Charles, La., when the agency received word of a worker fatality. The oil rig was subsequently closed until further notice. Although no injuries or spills were reported, the crewmember’s death is now under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and BSEE. Both investigative teams traveled to the spot of the ship earlier this week to uncover more evidence and begin taking statements on what exactly transpired. Built in 2011 by Samsung, the fifth-generation Pacific Santa ... Read More

Chevron agrees to pay $2 million for 2012 Bay Area refinery fire

Oil giant Chevron pleaded no contest to six criminal charges and will pay a $2 million fine for its role in an August 2012 refinery fire in Richmond, Calif., that sickened some 15,000 people. The plea bargain has angered local residents and environmentalists alike, who say the fine amounts to a slap on the wrist for a company that pulled in $241 billion in revenue last year and which continues to fight or ignore environmental disasters in parts of the world with weak government oversight. The Richmond refinery fire erupted in the evening of August 6, 2012, after a leak ... Read More

Major oil spills in Arkansas, Texas, Utah receive little notice in the public eye

Have oil spills become so common in the U.S. that they are no longer considered news? The same week that ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, spewing thousands of barrels of sticky bitumen sludge all over an Arkansas town, two other oil spills categorized as “major” by federal standards occurred in the U.S. Yet the three spills have received very little attention by national news outlets. On Good Friday, the same day that the ExxonMobil spill erupted underneath a suburban development in Mayflower, Arkansas, Shell Pipeline, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, shut down its West Columbia, Texas, pipeline when federal ... Read More

DOT fines Chevron $423,600 for toxic pipeline leak near Salt Lake City

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed on Monday a $423,600 penalty against Chevron Pipe Line Company for contaminating the land and water near the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City with toxic crude oil. A federal investigation of Chevron’s June 2010 pipeline failure found that 800 barrels / 33,600 gallons of crude oil were released into the area around Red Butte Creek. The Chevron incident occurred while the world’s attention was fixated on BP’s epic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although the Chevron spill paled in comparison ... Read More

Federal report says BP and Halliburton knowingly used bad cement before oil rig blowout

Weeks before the Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and creating the country’s worst offshore oil spill, BP and Halliburton knew the cement they were using to plug the exploratory well was unstable but went ahead and used it anyway. The presidential commission investigating the causes of the spill announced its first official finding today after weeks of probing the disaster. Commission investigators found that Halliburton had conducted three separate laboratory tests on the cement and each one found that it failed to meet industry standards. On March 8, the results of ... Read More