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Oil, gas companies cleanup lawsuit revived

A lawsuit against two oil and gas companies for oilfield cleanup is being revived by a Louisiana appellate court, Law360 reports. The trial for the lawsuit ended in September 2015 with a finding that BP was primarily responsible for pollution at the Sweet Lake Land and Oil Company property. The site was contaminated with chemicals including benzene, and three companies were made to submit a cleanup plan to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. The jury decided that two other companies, Oleum Operating Co. and ASKM LC, were not to be held responsible. Those findings are now being reversed. In late May, ... Read More

Benzene found in well water in Tennessee; City and County argue over funding repairs

For six years, many residents of Lewisburg, Tennessee can only drink bottled water. They refuse to drink their own tap water after the state found benzene and other contaminates in the well water back in 2011. When the State of Tennessee offered a grant to pay half the cost of repairing the water contamination issue, the city and county began fighting over the money. Pipelines to carry city water to the residents on both sides of Craig Moore Road have already been installed, but a two-mile section is missing from the middle. Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham said the city can’t afford ... Read More

Humira generates most adverse event reports in FDA database

Drugs that treat autoimmune disorders like psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease generate the largest number of adverse event reports to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to an analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today. These immune-suppressing drugs make users more prone to serious infections such as tuberculosis, invasive fungal infections, and cancers of the immune system. Among these drugs, Humira has generated the most adverse events. Humira is manufactured by AbbVie Inc. and was first approved by the FDA in 2002. It is now approved to treat 10 conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, psoriatic ... Read More

Benzene Lawsuit draws attention to exposure dangers in tire manufacturing industry

Two days after marrying his wife Anita, Paul Manny landed a job at Uniroyal in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as a tire analyst, testing tires under varying weights and speeds as part of his job description. Paul, as well as many other workers at the time, used gasoline as a degreaser to clean up at work. Many aspects of Paul’s job concerned Anita. “I worried about him,” she said. When Paul was discovered to have an enlarged spleen, more tests were ordered. His diagnosis was polycythemia vera, a slow-forming blood cancer affecting the bone marrow. “I didn’t know it would cause this,” Anita ... Read More

Benzene Levels Found to be Higher than Standard in Longmont Oil Well

Last December, the residents of Longmont, Colorado, were informed in a city council meeting that a TOP Operating well leaked benzene. When the water table around the Serafini well was tested in August, the results showed benzene levels at well above state limits. TOP Operating, the only oil and gas operator in Longmont, is working with the state to restore the well back to safe levels, although there was no time frame given for the process. The Serafini well, located “in the middle of a field” according to Longmont general manager of public works and natural resources Dale Rademacher, isn’t anywhere near ... Read More

Former employee files Benzene Exposure Lawsuit Against 57 Companies

Joe and Roxanne Pena filed suit on Jan. 11 against 57 companies, 62 defendants in total, in Jefferson County, Texas, District Court over benzene exposure, which they allege led to a life-threatening blood disorder. Several of the defendants named in the suit are oil and petroleum giants such as: American Oil, Amoco, Atlantic Richfield, Ashland Oil, BP, Chevron Phillips, Chevron USA, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Exxon Mobil, Huntsman, Motiva, Shell Chemical, Texaco, Union Carbide, and Valero. The plaintiff, Joe Pena, worked at Bayer Material Science as a chemical process helper for 12 years. During the course of his employment, Pena claims he was “needlessly” exposed to toxic ... Read More

New Year Brings New Benzene Monitoring Requirements for Wyoming town

Jackson, Wyo., is best known for Jackson Hole, an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, fishing and more. Recently, however, a new concern has been raised about the environment, particularly in the Karns Meadow area. Benzene has been discovered in a municipal well, a drinking water supply for Jackson. In a routine sampling that occurs once every three years, the amount of benzene found exceeded more than three times the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detection level that signals a need for more frequent testing. Although the benzene was detected last July, the EPA didn’t notify the town until December. The ... Read More

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

Problems from Oil-Contaminated Soil Continue to Plague Carousel Residents

Teresa Alvarez, a resident of the Carousel community in Carson, Calif., that has been impacted by recent discovery of contaminated soil beneath her house, is one of many people who say they are being plagued with issues from toxic substances in their own backyard. Alvarez has been using her bathtub to wash dishes for a year because the kitchen sink won’t drain due to pipe erosion from the oil in the ground. The walls and floors above the underground sewer pipes are covered in mold and fungus. As she babysits children to supplement her income during retirement, she has been careful ... Read More

Carson’s Carousel Tract Reached $120 Million Settlement for Major Oil Contamination

Cancerous tumors, asthma, anxiety, blood disorders and other illnesses have been the complaints of residents of Carousel, a 50-acre community of 285 homes in Carson, Calif., where an oil dump was discovered only a few feet underground. As of last May, the six-year cleanup project has officially begun. In groups of eight homes at a time, the soil will be excavated 5-10 feet deep, and replaced with fresh dirt that isn’t soaked in oil and petroleum waste. Contaminated groundwater plumes that supply drinking water will be remediated. The community of homes was built in the late 1960s on top of an ... Read More