A recent oil spill in Arkansas has left local residents up in arms, and some rightfully fearful about the possibility of life-threatening contaminants. The oil spill originated at Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline, and now independent studies have found that the oil may have reached nearby Lake Conway. Though Exxon insists that the lake is oil-free, contaminants have in fact been discovered inside the lake, including traces of the cancer-causing chemical benzene.
The benzene contamination was reportedly discovered by chemist Wilma Subra, who found traces of the chemical both in the air and in the water. “There’s a population all around that’s been made very, very sick by the emissions,” Subra told TVH 11.
This news is extremely alarming, but sadly not too surprising. The oil industry is responsible for a large majority of benzene-related illnesses, not only from spills, but simply as a result of exposure on the part of pipeline workers and refinery employees. We commonly see lawsuits being filed by cancer victims and families, including one recent suit involving Chevron in Texaco. In that case, the oil giants were accused of being responsible for the death of a long-time employee.
The dangers of benzene exposure are very real. A wide variety of respected health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society, have noted the link between benzene exposure and many cancers, such as leukemia and cancers of other blood cells. Click here to see a more exhaustive list of the cancers and diseases that benzene exposure may cause.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are surveying the effects of the spill, and unfortunately, the full extent of the damage is yet to be reported. We will continue to monitor the situation.
Have you or someone you love been in the victim of benzene exposure? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the national benzene attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen today to discuss your case and receive a free consultation from one of our qualified representatives. You must act quickly, though. In order to gather the proper evidence, we must begin our investigation as quickly as possible.
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By Jeffrey Nadrich