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Oil Spills

Oil Spills Side Effects Lawsuits Dizziness, Nausea, Leukemia, Property Damage, Illness, Environmental Cleanup | Toxic Substances, Drill Rigs, Tankers

Oil Spills Side Effects Could Lead To Property Damage Lawsuits

Oil Spills | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Dizziness, Nausea, Leukemia, Property Damage, Illness, Environmental Cleanup | Toxic Substances, Drill Rigs, Tankers

Oil spills destroy marine environments and wreak havoc on human population. Oil spills are one of the worst environmental disasters causing both short-term and long-term pollutant side effects include dead and dying wildlife, tarred beaches, damaged fisheries and contaminated water supplies. Toxic substances from oil spills can remain in land and water for years. It takes only one quart of oil to pollute approximately 150,000 gallons of water.

Crude oil contains numerous materials that pose both short-term and long-term dangers to humans, including benzene and chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs. Short-term exposure to benzene causes dizziness and nausea, and long-term exposure has been linked to leukemia and other maladies, according to the EPA. The EPA says some PAH chemicals are carcinogens.

The demand for oil becomes greater and greater each day. Oil is drilled from the ground, treated, transported and stored. There are many steps in this process during which oil can spill from wellheads, drill rigs, tankers, pipelines and storage tanks. Oil can leak from ocean-going ships during accidental and deliberate spills.

Oil spills can happen on land or water when oil is incorrectly handled, there are railway or truck accidents, tankers or barges collide, the insides of tankers are washed, and when natural oil deposits seep. Additionally, when people change the oil in their cars, they dump the used, dirty oil on the ground or down the storm sewer. When it rains the oil with the metals and particles from the car engine flows into streams and creeks.

Kansas Oil Spill

A massive oil spill at the Coffeyville Resources Refinery has left thousands of residents in Kansas and Oklahoma dealing with a horrible environmental and economic disaster.  Property damage, illness and environmental cleanup are just the tip of the iceberg for what the people and business in the area are now facing as a result of the oil spill in Kansas.  During heavy flooding a pumping malfunction allowed at least 42,000 gallons of oil to spew out of the plant causing an oil slick to travel down the Verdigris River.

The Exxon Valdez

The Exxon Valdez was the worst oil spill in U.S. history. It took place in March 1989 in Prince William Sound, Alaska. An estimated 11 million gallons (260,000 barrels) of oil spilled from the tanker. It spread out to 900 miles of shoreline. Cleanup costs of this spill exceeded $2 billion.

Legal Rights for Victims of Oil Spills

If you or a loved one suffered serious health issues from an oil spill, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified pollutants attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Judge Increases Citgo Penalty in 2006 Louisiana Oil Spill

Dec 31, 2015
A Louisiana federal judge has imposed an $81 million penalty on Citgo Petroleum Corp. for gross negligence stemming from a 2006 oil spill at a refinery in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In 2013, the Fifth Circuit rejected the original $6 million penalty and negligence finding imposed against the company, Law360 reports. The spill occurred in June 2006, after a heavy rainfall caused storage tanks to overflow at Citgo's Lake Charles refinery. When the storage tanks were emptied, a secondary holding...

Montana Oil Spill Revives Pipeline Concerns

Jan 26, 2015
Concerns over the country's aging pipeline system are renewed in light of a large oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River; a similar spill occurred in the region less than four years ago. Associated Press reports that 40,000 gallons of oil contaminated downstream water supplies in the city of Glendive. In 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline broke during flooding on the Yellowstone. The break, which was attributed to scouring of the river bottom that exposed the line to floodwaters, caused 63,000...

Montana Oil Spill Raises Concerns about Aging Pipeline Network

Jan 26, 2015
A January 17 oil spill into the Yellowstone River, the second large oil spill in less than four years, has revived questions about oversight of the nation's aging pipeline network. Federal investigators and company officials were trying to determine the cause of the 40,000-gallon spill, which contaminated downstream water supplies in the city of Glendive, Montana, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Sen. Jon Tester told the AP that more frequent inspections and stricter safety guidelines are...

Dead Coral Found Near BP Oil Spill

Nov 5, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Just 7 miles from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, scientist are finding dead and dying coral. Not surprisingly, the BP oil spill is considered a prime suspect in the coral die-off. Scientist aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) ship Ronald H. Brown, just returned Thursday from a three-week cruise studying coral reef in the northern Gulf of Mexico, according to The coral expedition was planned before the oil spill, so its purpose was not to assess...

Halliburton Cement Work Faulted in BP Oil Spill

Oct 29, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Halliburton Co., the contractor that performed cement work aboard BP’s doomed Deepwater Horizon oil rig, has admitted that it did not perform an important test on the cement that was used to seal the undersea well. The cement’s failure to prevent oil and gas from entering the well has been identified as one of the causes of the April 20 explosion that spawned the massive BP oil spill. This development is raising a lot of eyebrows, because up until now, Halliburton has been...

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