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Crews Rush To Clean Ventura County Oil Spill Before Rain

Cleanup crews are working to remove about 8,000 gallons of oil that burst from an underground pipeline in Ventura County, Calif., when electrical workers accidentally drilled into it just after midnight on Tuesday. According to the Ventura County Star, a crew contracted by Southern California Edison to replace a power line drilled into the 10-inch pipe around 12:30 a.m. The ruptured pipeline released 190 barrels, or 7,980 gallons, of crude oil headed from a holding station in Ventura to a refinery near Long Beach. It was not immediately clear where all the oil went, but a California Department of Fish ... Read More

IUD, most effective birth control method, carries risks

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than birth control pills, the patch or vaginal rings, because the device virtually eliminates the risk of human error, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, women should be aware of the risks before deciding on a method of birth control. IUDs are devices that are implanted in the cervix during a doctor’s office visit. They are small T-shaped devices that use either copper or hormones to prevent fertilization. There are three devices approved for use in the United States, including the ... Read More

FDA approves new silicone breast implant

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Mentor has won Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to market a next-generation silicone breast implant. The MemoryShape breast implant uses a cross-linking gel that is designed to be firmer than previous implants. It is approved for women age 22 years or older. Silicone implants have traveled a rocky road in the medical device industry. In 2006, the FDA approved the first silicone breast implants – made by Mentor and Allergan – since banning silicone implants nearly 20 years earlier due to concerns that they caused illnesses in women who had them. That implant was approved ... Read More

Former oil spill cleanup worker on mission against Canadian tar sands fuel

When a tar sands pipeline owned by Enbridge ruptured in July 2010, John Bolenbaugh was one of the workers sent in to clean up the spill, which released more than a million gallons of heavy, highly toxic oil and chemical additives into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. What Mr. Bolenbaugh experienced and witnessed compelled him to raise awareness of the dangers of tar sands oil and the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed project that would funnel billions of gallons of the tar sands or diluted bitumen “dilbit” through the middle of the U.S. According to the Arkansas Times, Mr. ... Read More

Arkansas attorney general concerned says residents still sick after ExxonMobil oil spill

Mayflower, Ark., residents, including a number of children, are continuing to experience adverse health effects after ExxonMobil’s’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, Dustin McDaniel, the state’s Attorney General said Tuesday. ExxonMobil’s pipeline breached on March 29, spilling about 5,000 barrels of highly toxic Canadian tar sands oil into a neighborhood and surrounding land. Mr. McDaniels said that town residents continue to suffer from headaches, nausea, and other adverse symptoms after more than a month after the spill. “As we met with residents and groups that represent them … I heard time and time again about their concerns for their health, especially the ... Read More

Tests confirm Exxon’s Arkansas oil spill created highly toxic air pollution

High levels of 30 toxic chemicals were present in air samples taken in Mayflower, Ark., the day after a breach in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline allowed an estimated 5,000 barrels of chemically treated tar sands oil to flood a suburban neighborhood. A month after the spill, health complaints consistent with exposure to the chemicals from the air samples persist, according to the citizen-based Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group. April Lane, a spokeswoman for the advisory group, has been collecting reports and documenting health complaints from people living in the area of the oil spill, where potent oil fumes could be smelled ... Read More

ExxonMobil pipeline spills oil again, one month and 200 miles from Arkansas spill

One month after ExxonMobil’s 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in the town of Mayflower, Ark., another breach in the same pipeline created an oil spill on a residential yard in Ripley County, Missouri. The spill is reportedly small, but it calls into question the integrity of ExxonMobil’s pipeline, which stretches from Illinois to Texas and transports a 30,000-gallon daily load of diluted bitumen fuel – an extremely viscous and toxic blend of liquefied Canadian tar sands. The March 29 spill in Mayflower, Ark., flooded a residential neighborhood and contaminated the surrounding land and water. The disaster displaced ... Read More

Metal hips may be bigger problem than leaking breast implants

Failing metal hip implants may cause problems for more people than the toxin-leaking breast implants circulating in Europe, according to an investigation launched by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC). Europe is currently uncovering shocking news about a type of breast implant made by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) that was made with non-medical-grade silicone. The implants have an increased risk of rupture. Once the gel is released, it can cause inflammation in the surrounding tissue. Some speculate that the gel may also put women at greater risk for developing cancer. An estimated 400,000 ... Read More

Cancer scare strikes British women with breast implants

More than 50,000 British women who have received a type of silicone breast implant are being advised to get medical check-ups after the death of a French woman who her family claims developed a rare form of cancer as a result of the implants. The news has revived concerns over the safety of breast implants in general. The latest scare involves a type of French-made implants, known as Poly Implants Protheses, or PIPs, which were inexpensive, fragile and more likely to leak than other brands. At least once source claims the implants may have been made with a silicone gel ... Read More