Benzene and Other Toxins

Benzene and Other Toxins

Black Oil, Red Blood Now Available. Proceeds to Benefit Oil Spill Victims.

I’m thrilled to announce that the legal thriller BLACK OIL, RED BLOOD is now available in print and for Kindle. Other e-book formats will be available shortly.

I used to work for a law firm that sued Big Oil for exposing its employees to carcinogens like benzene and other… Continue reading


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How to Cover Up a Global Disaster: Lessons from the Ongoing BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

A mere two weeks after the Coast Guard gave BP the okay to halt cleanup operations in the Gulf comes BP’s startling announcement that oil is still leaking from the Macondo field. This time, the oil isn’t leaking from the well head or the riser, but through fractures in the… Continue reading

How to Fix the Gulf Safely: Bioremediation

Although initial reports stated the oil dispersant called Corexit was as safe as Dawn soap, recent studies have shown that Corexit contains carginogens and other harmful substances. Earthjustice, in collaboration with Toxipedia, released a report finding that of the 57 ingredients listed in various mixtures of Corexit:

Mississippi Resident Pleads with Media to Cover Oil-Related Illnesses Among Gulf Residents

While mainstream media has made a few mentions of the tar balls that washed ashore on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Lee, it has neglected to mention the high volume of fresh oil that has washed up in various places, including Fourchon Beach, Pensacola Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, and Bay… Continue reading


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EPA: Gulf Seafood not 100% Safe

I was interested to come across a video produced by medical educator Trisha Springstead, RN the other day which illustrates the extent to which the BP oil spill poisoned the Gulf. Here’s the gist of it:

The EPA says that an adult person who weighs 176 pounds may safely eat… Continue reading

U.S. Gov’t Blames Fishermen, Not BP, for Gulf Sea Turtle Deaths

Yep, you read that right. Even though the Gulf of Mexico sea turtle death rate is six times higher than normal in the wake of the BP oil spill, the government is blaming shrimp fishermen. . . not BP. Never mind that these same shrimp fisherman couldn’t even fish… Continue reading

Oil News Digest

There’s so much oil-related news going on right now that it’s impossible to pick only one topic for today’s blog post! Instead, here’s a mini-digest of what’s happening right now:

Nope, it’s NOT Deja Vu–BP Spilled Again

This time, the spill was in Alaska in the Lisburne field. A 30,000… Continue reading

How Oil Refineries Get Around Pollution Laws

During the Gulf Oil Disaster, many Big Oil advocates claimed that crude oil is “safe” and “natural.”  On the contrary, crude oil contains a carcinogen called benzene. This toxin is labeled a “Class A” carcinogen by the EPA (which means they know without a doubt that it causes cancer).… Continue reading

Big Oil’s Dirty Secrets–And Why You Should Care

If we woke up tomorrow and there was suddenly no more oil, the only nation in the world that would continue to run smoothly would be Brazil. Why?  Because they’ve long since converted to ethanol. Even though there are serious problems associated with using a potential food source as… Continue reading