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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

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

Widow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Husband’s Benzene Exposure

A West Virginia widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against four different companies claiming they are responsible for the benzene exposure that led to her husband’s death, the West Virgina Record reports. According to the lawsuit filed on April 24, E. Jane Price is blaming Sistersville Tank Works Inc., Shell Chemical LP, Tauber Oil Company, and Valero Refining-Texas LP for the death of Robert G. Price, her husband. Mrs. Price alleges the companies did not create safety guidelines regarding adequate containing and handling of poisonous chemicals. Robert Price was exposed to toxic chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde, the suit claims, which led to his ... Read More

Benzene Abounds in the Grounds of North Dakota

News source KCET.org has dubbed North Dakota the “Oil Spill State” due to the extremely high number of oil spills that have soaked the grounds of the state over the years. The state’s Department of Health Environmental Incidents Reports logged 745 oil spills in just one year, ending May 1, 2017. That’s an average of one oil spill every 11 hours, 45 minutes. In some cases, such as the tank overflow on May 18, 2016, in Bowman County, the spill was as large as 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons of crude oil as well as 2,400 barrels of brine that flowed ... Read More

Benzene exposure blamed for Auto Mechanic cancer diagnosis

An auto mechanic in Illinois has filed a lawsuit against multiple companies alleging his cancer diagnosis is linked to years of benzene exposure. Steven J. Williams, who worked as an auto mechanic since 1982, claims his cancer diagnoses is due to having been exposed to benzene-containing products for long periods of time while on the job. He has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma after regularly using chemicals such as diesel fuel, solvents, paints, and belt dressings. Benzene exposure most often happens through inhalation, but it can also be absorbed through the skin. Once in the bloodstream, benzene makes its way into the bone marrow, which ... Read More

EPA Took six Months to Inform residents of Toxic Benzene Levels

When the benzene level in the air at Kim Cupples’ Lansing Township, Michigan, home was found to exceed the state’s evacuation threshold, she says authorities including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) didn’t inform her for six months. During the EPA’s routine screening in March 2016, Cupples’ home measured 1.6 micrograms per cubic meter, then in July 2016 measured 5.96 micrograms per cubic meter. The EPA’s screening level requiring further evaluation is .36, and the state’s evacuation level is 3.6 micrograms per cubic meter. Despite the extremely high levels, the EPA took six months after the testing to “validate” the results and send ... Read More

Two Porter Ranch Residents Diagnosed with Rare Form of Leukemia linked to benzene exposure

From October 2015 to February 2016, an estimated 97,000 metric tons of natural gas spewed from a storage well in Porter Ranch, Southern California. Around 8,000 families were relocated to prevent long-term exposure to toxic fumes such as benzene, a known link to cancer. Now, 18 months later, two of those Porter Ranch residents are fighting for their lives. Aliya Hall, age 7, spends a lot of her time at Children’s Hospital undergoing chemotherapy. Zaven Islikaplan, 63, spends more time at the hospital than at home due to his brutal rounds of chemo that require regular breathing treatments. Their diagnoses are identical: acute myeloid leukemia (AML), ... Read More

Nigerian court labels Fanta and Sprite ‘ticking health bomb’ for benzene

A Nigerian court has labeled Coke products Fanta and Sprite manufactured by the Nigerian Bottle Company as unfit for human consumption due to to the chemical reaction within the drinks that it says produces benzene. Nine years of deliberation has led to the court’s decision to declare the two drinks “poisonous,” because the high levels of benzoic acid and ascorbic acid combine to produce benzene. The chemical benzene is a known human carcinogen that has been linked to serious blood diseases such as leukemia, specifically AML and MDS. World Now News described the drinks as a “ticking health bomb.” The struggle began ... 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

Leaking fuel tank leads to benzene exposure risk; 2,600 Gallons of Gasoline Removed from Soil

A leaking premium fuel tank was discovered mid-August behind Robbinsville Crown service station in Robbinsville, North Carolina, spilling benzene-containing fuel into the ground. A cleanup crew has tackled the issue, removing more than 2,600 gallons of gasoline from the ground, which is enough to refuel a 15-gallon vehicle tank 173 times. “They’re continuing to do free product recovery,” Jan Anderson from the state Division of Waste Management told the Graham Star. “It’s an ongoing abatement.” The gasoline has also contaminated both Tallulah Creek and the Cheoah River. “The section of stream immediately downstream of the release is exceeding surface water standards ... Read More