Report: Residents near Arkansas oil spill with chemical burns, gastrointestinal problems, extreme fatigue — 30 toxic chemicals at high levels — 88,000 ppb of hydrocarbons in air

Published: May 1st, 2013 at 5:43 pm ET
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Title: Independent Air Test at Mayflower Oil Spill Reveal 30 Toxic Chemicals at High Levels
Sources: Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group, Global Community Monitor
Date: April 26, 2013
h/t Anonymous tip

Independent Air Test at Mayflower Oil Spill Reveal 30 Toxic Chemicals at High Levels

Health Symptoms Persist Despite Denials from Exxon and Agencies

Little Rock–A citizen based organization responding [to] the recent Exxon Pegasus Pipeline rupture and tar sands oil spill discovered over twenty-five toxic chemicals in the first ambient air sample collected on March 30. […]

[April] Lane relayed that “even four weeks later, residents are still feeling symptoms from the chemical exposure. People have consistently talked about gastrointestinal problems, headaches, respiratory problems, skin irritation including chemical burns, and extreme fatigue.” These symptoms are consistent with exposure to the chemicals found in the independent air testing.

According to Dr. Neil Carman with the Lone Star Chapter of Sierra Club and former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, “Thirty toxic hydrocarbons were measured above the detection limits. Each of the thirty hydrocarbons measured in the Mayflower release is a toxic chemical on its own and may pose a threat to human health depending on various exposure and individual factors. Total toxic hydrocarbons were detected at more than 88,000 parts per billion in the ambient air and present a complex airborne mixture or soup of toxic chemicals that residents may have been exposed to from the Mayflower tar sands bitumen spill.” […]

Lane’s initial air sample on March 30 detected over twenty-five toxic chemicals including cancer causing benzene and ethylbenzene. […]

Benzene vapors in the Mayflower sample were measured at 220 parts per billion by volume (ppbV), exceeding the Texas short-term effects screening levels (ESL) for benzene of 54 parts per billion (ppb) by four times. Many residents were exposed for several days and are still being exposed to crude remaining in the environment. […]

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Published: May 1st, 2013 at 5:43 pm ET
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9 comments to Report: Residents near Arkansas oil spill with chemical burns, gastrointestinal problems, extreme fatigue — 30 toxic chemicals at high levels — 88,000 ppb of hydrocarbons in air

  • andagi andagi

    Dear Folks,
    Get to a safer, healthier place. Have a plan. Protect your children. Stay tuned to ENENews.
    Aloha.

    “We regret that this incident has occurred and apologize for any disruption and inconvenience that it has caused,” said Karen Tyrone, southern operations manager of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company. “Our focus is on protecting health, safety and the environment. We will be here until the cleanup is complete.”

    Emergency response efforts are focused on ensuring community health and safety and keeping the crude oil from entering a nearby lake during …"

    http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/news_ak.aspx

  • fill er up

    drill baby,drill?

  • pcjensen

    move baby move…

  • jec jec

    How can the VOC levels be ignored. As I read the BLAB BLAB from Exxon PR folks..are they going to live in the area where the high levels of toxic materials are found in the air? WHO is in charge for protecting the citizens? EXXON or the health department or the US gov? HELLOO out there..this is poison to the human systems.

  • fill er up

    americans are in the way of the shadow governments oil country plans

  • razzz razzz

    The no smoking light is on.

  • Sol Man

    The program is short-sighted and delusional in every way possible. Always was and always will be until the day when some humanitarian visionary steps forward, which may be never. What we have seen happening in the world everywhere is the result.

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    BP has poisoned the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Keys, Texas Brine has doomed the Louisiana Bayou, Exxon Mobil has poisoned Arkansas and Tepco has contaminated the entire western coast. I hope the energy companies enjoy their blood money. They've killed the U.S. to get it.