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What to Know About Benzene Exposure at the WorkplaceWhat to Know About Benzene Exposure at the Workplace

What to Know About Benzene Exposure at the Workplace What Is Benzene? Benzene, also known as benzol, is a colorless flammable liquid created as a by-product during the coal manufacturing process. It can be detected by a sweet odor, but should never be inhaled deliberately. Benzene is commonly used as a motor fuel or as […]

Revised Toxic Chemical Restrictions Could Triple the Amount of Benzene in Florida Waters

Revised Toxic Chemical Restrictions Could Triple the Amount of Benzene in Florida Waters The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing looser restrictions when it comes to determining what toxic chemicals can be disposed of in their waters, and how much. If the proposal is approved, exposure for some chemicals, such as benzene, could […]

Dangerous loophole found in fracking practice

Dangerous loophole found in fracking practice Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is closely monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce the strictest safety codes. Unfortunately, sometimes these regulations have loopholes. Fracking involves injecting a chemical cocktail into the ground at high-pressure rates to release hydrocarbons from the shale below. The mixture varies in its composition, with a […]

Fatal truck accidents on the rise in fracking communities

Fatal truck accidents on the rise in fracking communities Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking, is a booming industry around the United States, but the growth isn’t without criticism. Many believe the negative side effects, including property damage, water contamination and released gases, outweigh the benefits. New studies are regularly completed to highlight discoveries associated with fracking. For example, […]

New side effect discovered in controversial fracking practice

New side effect discovered in controversial fracking practice Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, isn’t without notoriety. The practice is riddled with objections and complaints from those affected. Communities near wells experience chemical exposures and contaminated water supplies, among other risks. Amidst all the negative publicity, a new threat emerged following a study by the National Institute […]

Texas communities fight back against benzene emissions

Texas communities fight back against benzene emissions Oil refineries bring economic growth to the areas they inhabit, but residents question whether the boom is worth the price. For those living along the 54-mile stretch of coast between Galveston and Houston, the health risks currently outshine the benefits. This area is lined with city-like refineries and […]

PA fracking damaged water supplies more than 200 times in six years

PA fracking damaged water supplies more than 200 times in six years After years of withholding information, the Department of Environmental Protection released a spreadsheet outlining where oil and gas negatively affected water supplies in Pennsylvania communities. The damaged supplies mark a small percentage compared to the amount of oil and gas wells drilled since […]

Fracking site releases unsafe amount of cancer-causing benzene

Fracking site releases unsafe amount of cancer-causing benzene The subject of fracking is met by strong opinions either for or against. While many believe it’s an excellent way to release natural gas, others feel it’s too dangerous and the consequences too severe. Typical arguments against fracking claim it can pollute the water supply if the acidic […]

First fracking trial results in $3 million verdict

First fracking trial results in $3 million verdict Approximately 15 million people in the United States live within a mile from a fracking site, causing many lawsuits against corporations for a variety of issues, including contaminated drinking water and resulting health issues. While most are settled out of court, a Texas family fought and won […]

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