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Families and Business Owners Impacted by the Enbridge Oil Spill Have Legal Recourse
Weitz & Luxenberg’s environmental Kalamazoo oil spill lawyers are now investigating potential legal claims for those who have developed health problems or suffered financial losses because of the Kalamazoo oil spill. For important information about your rights to file an Enbridge oil spill lawsuit, please complete the form on this page.
IMPORTANT: If your livelihood, property or health has been affected by the Kalamazoo oil spill, we urge you to seek the advice of a lawyer before signing any documents relating to your injuries or property damages. You may be signing away your legal rights to seek compensation for oil-spill related lawsuit damages.
On July 26, 2010, residents and business owners living in the area near the Kalamazoo River found themselves facing an oil spill disaster after an oil leak in a pipeline serving the Great Lakes region. The pipeline, which is operated by Enbridge Energy Partners, an energy company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has caused over 800,000 millions of gallons to pollute the Kalamazoo River and other waterways that feed into or from the river.
A number of federal, state and local government agencies have all been involved in the containment, cleanup and rescue of wildlife in the area caused by the Enbridge oil spill, and most have issued daily news bulletins allerting area residents to health and safety issues.
On August 6, 2010, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) announced they had closed a section of the river between Marshall and Morrow Dam to both fishing and other water recreational activities because of the spill.
Health Problems Caused by Exposure to Volatile Chemicals, Including Benzene
The Michigan oil spill caused dangerous fumes to be released into the region's air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state agencies began daily air quality monitoring in the area, which found that unsafe levels of benzene and other volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) were present.
Even short-term exposure to benzene from the Kalamazoo oil spill can cause health problems, including headaches, nausea, lightheadedness and dizziness.
Significant exposure can be even more dangerous, as the substance has been classified as a carcinogen (a substance known to cause cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) the Word Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Long-term benzene exposure can cause a number of blood-related illnesses, as the chemical causes serious drops in both white and red blood cells. This can lead to anemia, loss of white blood cells in the body’s bone marrow and immune disorders. Benzene exposure also increases the risk rate to develop leukemia and other forms of blood cancers.
Financial Losses for Kalamazoo River Area Residents
A number of Kalamazoo area residents are already reporting financial losses because of the Kalamazoo River oil spill, including those who left their homes to stay in hotels to avoid breathing in the dangerous and noxious fumes.
In addition, residents living near the shores of the river, streams and creeks who obtain either drinking or irrigation water have had to seek other water sources. Fears about the safety of the water from waterways that feed to or from the Kalamazoo River have caused a number of residents to purchase bottled water, causing families who own pets or livestock to expend hundreds of dollars for their animals’ drinking water.
Since the affected region includes residential, businesses and farmlands, property owners who have used water from local waterways to water their gardens or crops have also been forced to find alternative water sources.
Finally, the MDNR ban on fishing and recreational sports will cause financial losses for businesses that provide equipment and services for recreational fishermen, boaters, white water rafting trips and other recreational sports. The loss of recreational income may also likely affect the owners and employees of restaurants, retail businesses and the owners of area lodging facilities and campgrounds.
Legal Help from a Weitz & Luxenberg Environmental Lawyer
For over 25 years, Weitz & Luxenberg’s lawyers have been fighting for the rights of those whose property, health and livelihoods have been impacted by environmental pollution, and we are ready to help you, your family and your business.
If your business or family is facing property damage, business losses or potential health problems caused by the Kalamazoo River spill, please complete the form on this page for a free and confidential review of your potential oil spill lawsuit.
A Weitz & Luxenberg representative will contact you as soon as possible.
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