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Illinois Man Files Benzene Lawsuit Against Shell, BP After Developing Cancer

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Scott Monroe has filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court, Illinois, against Shell Oil Co., and BP Products North America alleging that he developed acute myelogenous leukemia as the result of Shell releasing toxic chemicals, including benzene into the ground and groundwater in Roxana, where Monroe lived and went to school, and did nothing to address the chemicals for more than 20 years.

The lawsuit claims that the refinery was using benzene, a known carcinogen and that Monroe inhaled or ingested the chemical that has recently been under investigation at homes along the west fence line of the Shell refinery property. The Telegraph has reported that significant concentrations of benzene and other vapors were found beneath the basement slabs of three homes, and Shell has placed those residents in alternative housing until a remedy is in place. The Telegraph also reports that Shell has installed three vapor extraction wells near the homes.

The lawsuit says that Monroe was 19 when he developed the lethal blood cancer, and that the disease has shortened is life expectant, and caused mental anguish. The lawsuit is seeking damages for two counts of negligence in the amount of $50,000 each plus damages for medical bills and treatment for the rest of his life. disclaimer: This article: Illinois Man Files Benzene Lawsuit Against Shell, BP After Developing Cancer was posted on Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 8:04 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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