Posts Tagged 'Benzene'

Settlement Reached Mid-Trial in Benzene Exposure Case

Parties have reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount in a Philadelphia benzene exposure lawsuit. The two sides arrived at an agreement after the evidence phase of the trial but before jury submission. The plaintiff, Michael Butts, acquired acute myeological leukemia as a result of years spent working in environments where benzene was regularly in the air.

Benzene is a sweet smelling carcinogen that evaporates into the air quickly. Like many chemicals ...

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Families pursue nuisance complaints in fracking suits

According to a story in Bloomberg, some families who have filed lawsuits over the natural gas extraction method called “hydraulic fracturing,” or “fracking,” have changed their tactics.

The families in question live in Pennsylvania along the Marcellus Shale — a gas-rich underground rock formation that also extends into New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia.

Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of water underground to break up underlying rock formations and release ...

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Fracking raises concerns over water usage

In an opinion piece for Forbes, writer Mindy Lubber addresses potential water shortages from the method of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of chemically treated water underground, to break up underlying rock formations and release trapped deposits of natural gas. It’s used in a number of regions throughout the country, including along the Marcellus Shale — a gas-rich underground rock formation ...

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Family gets $750,000 in fracking case

Unsealed court documents say natural gas drillers, including Range Resources Corp., paid a $750,000 settlement to members of a Pennsylvania family who claimed their water was contaminated by the drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of chemically treated water underground to break up underlying shale formations and release natural gas. It’s controversial because the technique has generated a number of environmental concerns, including the ...

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Spanish government to ban fracking

The Spanish parliament is set to enact a regional ban on the method of natural gas extraction known as “hydraulic fracturing” or “fracking,” over environmental concerns.

According to Bloomberg, the ban will be enacted in the gas-rich northern Cantabria region, which has the potential to yield an estimated $100 million in exploration projects. Ultimately, though, the Spanish lawmakers determined that the environmental risks weren’t worth it.

Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of ...

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New York extends fracking ban

The New York State Assembly has voted to extend a ban on the controversial natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing at least until May, 2015. Supporters of the measure said the extra time will allow for more independent health impact studies to be conducted.

A report in the Times Herald-Record quotes one of the sponsors of the bill enacting the ban as saying: “We have to protect our water. ...

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