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Exxon Toxic Gas Release Causes Captain To File Lawsuit

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A federal  lawsuit filed in New Orleans against Florida Marine Transportation by Captain Tammie White claims that Florida Marine should provide chemical release detection systems and respirators to their employees because the local Exxon Chalmette refinery is known to release the highly toxic H2S gas (hydrogen sulfide) periodically.

The lawsuit says that White came into contact with the H2S gas while transporting bulk liquid barges to lead heavy crude oil. White smelled the sulfur, then “quickly became nauseated, dizzy, with headaches and eye pain and collapsed.” The Captain “subsequently suffered a total loss of hearing in his right ear and suffers from a loss of balance and ringing in the ears.”

According to the complaint, Florida Marine knows of the threat from the Exxon refinery and that even minute quantities of hydrogen sulfide can be fatal, yet they do not equip their boats with H2S detection systems, nor do they supply their employees with respirators.

The lawsuit also states that “H2S can smell like rotten eggs but can also quickly deaden a person’s olfactory nerves and eliminate one’s ability to smell the gas.” And that “Common symptoms of H2S exposure include nausea, vomiting, eye damage, dizziness, shortness of breath and death.”

White feels it is unlikely his license will be renewed because he has lost his sense of balance and is deaf in one ear. He is suing Florida Marine under general maritime law. disclaimer: This article: Exxon Toxic Gas Release Causes Captain To File Lawsuit was posted on Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 5:50 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits, Uncategorized.

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