EBR residents filed class action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil for 2012 leak
POSTED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 3:29pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Residents and property owners of East Baton Rouge filed a class action lawsuit today against Exxon Mobil refinery and it subsidiaries due multiple chemical leaks.
According to the suit filed on behalf of more than 10 residents who live in Standard Heights, a community within a two-mile radius of the Exxon plant, a bleeder plug at the Exxon Facility’s Aromatics Production Unit leaked benzene and other hazardous substances on June 14, 2012 but Exxon never notified the public of attendant health or other dangers. Exxon claimed the incident resulted in a leak greater than 10 pounds.
Even low levels of exposure to benzene and related compounds released by oil refining can lead to convulsions, blood disorders, central nervous system dysfunction and cancer. EPA inspections, according to the suit, found the neighborhood was at risk due to sustained and continued exposure to the toxic releases. Plaintiffs are seeking property damages as well as medical and personal injury claims.
Other residents are invited to join the petitioners, who are suing for damages caused by the gross negligence and intentional failure of Exxon to conduct regular inspections and maintenance. Interested parties should call (504) 593-9600.
The suit was filed in the 19th Judicial District of East Baton Rouge. A copy of it is attached to this story.