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Houston — Sims Bayou Chemical Spill Troubles Environmentalists

Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 8:45 am by Williams Hart   |  Updated: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 8:34 am    

64,000 gallons of jet fuel escaped from a Southwest Airlines-owned fuel storage facility to Sims Bayou in Houston on Sunday, February 3, 2019, and environmental organizations have now been raising an alarm over the potential health impacts of this chemical spill.

According to Southwest Airlines, the spill was the result of a pump of malfunction at the Southwest facility that stores fuel at Hobby airport. The type of fuel that was involved in this particular accident is a Jet A fuel, a confirmed animal carcinogen with unknown relevance to humans. One ingredient in this fuel is naphthalene, which is listed as “immediately dangerous to life or health” at concentrations of 250 parts per million. With this, it is not yet clear what long-term impacts the spill will have on the health of the bayou and the nearby residents.

Cleanup is now ongoing in the bayou, though mitigation for this is expected to take a few weeks.

What happened at the Sims Bayou is an unfortunate thing, and it is even more unfortunate that nearby residents have to receive the brunt of this accident. Oil spills caused by damaged tankers, pipelines, or offshore oil rigs almost always result in immediate and long-term environmental damage that can last for decades. This is because they coat everything they touch and become long-term but unwelcome parts of every ecosystem they enter. As a result, they can have damaging consequences to the marine life in particular, killing or contaminating fish and smaller organisms. Oil spills can indirectly affect humans too, especially if they consume contaminated organisms or have some contact with contaminated water or sand (in the case of beaches).

Oil spills can be as complicated as they are damaging to the victims. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experts in cases like this. That is why, if you think you are a victim of an effect of an oil spill, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate in asking help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

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