As a Texas Benzene Cancer Exposure Attorney, I frequently write articles about this new scourge of the 21st century.
I firmly believe, based on my medical knowledge, that all this drilling and fracking for oil and gas is setting us up for a new wave of benzene induced cancers, particularly leukemias.
Earlier this year, there was a huge gas leakage at BP’s Texas City refinery, which led to the company having to flare gases. As the company worked to fix the leakage, approximately 530,000 pounds of noxious pollutants were released into the Texas City air. This included 17,000 pounds of benzene, a known carcinogen.
BP never informed the public about this leak that was spread out over 40 days.
Many thousands of Texas City residents have complained about the effects of that exposure to benzene, including respiratory difficulties, sinus infections, as well as headaches and nosebleeds. These are acute benzene exposure symptoms.
But the real danger may not manifest itself for years down the road, when folks would have forgotten about this benzene leakage into the environment. Benzene-induced leukemia has a usual latency period of 5 to 15 years and, in many cases, is preceded by aplastic anemia.
Folks, we are talking about acute and chronic leukemias, which will kill you.