September 29, 2009 by David Austin
Recent reports state that a housing tract in Carson, California is contaminated with the known carcinogen benzene. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has agreed to take action on behalf of those living in Carson and carry out a litigation against Shell Oil Co. for supposedly contaminating the area.
Representatives for Shell recently found elevated levels of methane and benzene beneath a neighborhood in Carson known as the Carousel neighborhood. Apparently after testing was conducted it was discovered that the benzene has been in this area due to oil tanks owned by the company since the 1960’s.
Brockovich Takes Action
Immediately following this discovery, Brockovich held a meeting with 300 residents who live in Carson in attempt to recruit clients to file lawsuits against Shell. Many of these lawsuits are expected to be filed within the next couple of months. At the meeting, residents were told that, in some spots of their neighborhood, benzene has been found at 100,000 times the state of California’s standard. When soil gas samples were takes, methane was found to surpass the explosive threshold.
What Are the Effects of Benzene?
Benzene is an organic chemical that has been found to be highly cancerous when exposed to it over time. Benzene exposure has been found to cause many health issues including the deadly form of cancer known as leukemia. Benzene can be found in gasoline and traces of this chemical can also be found in soft drinks and cigarettes, putting consumers at high risk of developing life threatening illnesses.
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