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Air Samples Taken at Albany’s Oil-by-Rail Confirm Exceedingly High Benzene Levels

Benzene is a chemical widely used in a number of industries and products, particularly the oil and petroleum industry. Most people remain unaware of the toxic danger of benzene exposure, which can happen by inhalation or skin absorption. Once benzene enters the bloodstream, it affects the bone marrow and blood forming cells, which damages white and red blood cells, as well as platelets. It is a confirmed carcinogen and has been linked to a variety of cancers and blood diseases in humans. Many people that work in industries where benzene is present have experienced benzene-related leukemia and lymphoma. The American Cancer Society ... Read More

Oil trains have been responsible for more oil spilled in 2013 than the past 38 years combined

According to a new analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in the U.S., more oil was spilled from trains in 2013 than in every year from 1975 to 2012 combined. Last year, railcars were responsible for the release of more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil while only a combined 800,000 gallons were spilled in the past 38 years. Since the study was just in the U.S., it does not include the disastrous oil train spill occurring in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which resulted the deaths of 47 people and an estimated 1.58 ... 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

Parents should protect kids from harmful effects of oil

Families vacationing in the Gulf Coast should monitor the waters for signs of oil in order to prevent their children from being exposed to potentially harmful effects, according to a Fox6 News report. Dr. Erica Liebelt with Children’s Hospital of Alabama says the crude oil leaking into the Gulf waters from the exploded rig off the coast of Louisiana can more easily seep into children’s bodies since they have thinner skin than adults. Also, oil on the skin can cause irritation or rash and even burns if not washed away in a timely manner. The fumes from oil can also ... Read More

Sticker campaign benefits Gulf Coast cleanup effort

Feeling helpless about the millions of gallons of crude oil being pumped into the Gulf Coast? So did the Brite Blue Dot folks. The group that sells “Blue Dot” stickers to “Blue State” people living in “Red States” says they, like many of us, have been “wringing our hands. Cursing. Pacing. And praying about what’s happening to our beloved Gulf Coast.” So they decided to do something. The group’s newest mission – Care4OurCoast.com involves a new kind of sticker – one that they say belongs on the vehicles of both “Red State and Blue Dot folks.” The new stickers show ... Read More

Oil spill could cost BP tens of billions of dollars

BP has outlined renewed efforts to contain the massive crude oil leak a mile below the ocean’s surface where its Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sits about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The company says containment, relief well drilling and commitments and settlements to states along the Gulf Coast have already cost it $350 million. Analysts expect the true cost will reach into the tens of billions of dollars, but BP refuses to speculate. The oil company says it is designing another containment box, smaller in size than the one that failed last week, to lower over the main ... Read More