Benzene Exposure Feared in Residential Communities from Fracking Pollution
Ohio and other states with fracking potential have been dealing with the environmental consequences of lucrative oil and gas production. Recently, a Colorado family, with a reported 158 fracking wells within a one-mile radius of their home and children’s school, are questioning how they can live a healthy lifestyle when toxins like benzene, ethylbenzene, and o-xylene are polluting their bodies and home.
A six-year-old boy has tested positive for benzene exposure in Erie, Colorado, due to fracking pollution surrounding them most of the day and night. Their health is seriously compromised, and it is clear what is causing the issue. Oil and gas companies like to downplay the risks of their energy harvesting, though at the same time, studies have told the real story for years: Benzene and other chemicals used in the fracking process are known cancer-causing agents, and fracking pollution is a serious threat to public health.
In the case of the Colorado exposure, a doctor conducted a volatile organic compounds (VOC) blood level test on the aforementioned boy and showed he is in the 85th percentile for benzene and two other cancer-causing chemicals—ethylbenzene and o-xylene. The family has alerted the media, as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, though legal action may be the only course to ultimately compensate the family for the past and future damage of the benzene exposure.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer who has represented individuals nationwide in toxic tort claims.
Benzene is a naturally-occurring part of crude oil and gasoline and is known by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a likely carcinogen.
Benzene can cause the bone marrow not to produce enough red blood cells, leading to anemia, as well as damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and the loss of white blood cells. The health effects of Benzene on a child can be even more perilous, and a major cause for concern for those living near fracking sites. Recent studies suggest links to childhood leukemia (Acute Myeloid Leukemia), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and other blood-related cancers like multiple myeloma and lymphoma in adults.
If you or a loved one has suffered an illness due to fracking pollution or Benzene Exposure in Ohio and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding fracking pollution.