California Environmental Disaster Lawsuits
California is increasingly subjected to environmental disasters, from the discharge of toxic chemicals into water we drink to gas leaks contaminating the air we breathe. Oil spills causing coastal water damage have impacted the livelihood and property values of countless Californians. Consequently, citizens and communities are filing gas well lawsuits and gas leak lawsuits, oil spill lawsuits, polluted water lawsuits, contaminated water lawsuits, air quality lawsuits and more.
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California Environmental Law
Evironmental protection has become a major issue for Californians and environmental lawyers are continuously putting pressure on California public agencies to protect the public and evaluate potential adverse effects caused by the discharge of toxic chemicals, oil spills, dangerous pesticides, and hazardous materials into the environment. California Environment law firms are increasingly involved with cases related to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions--and more.
People living in California contact environmental law firms about cases typically involving the following:
- Porter Ranch SoCal Gas Leak
- Hinkley Groundwater contamination
- Wildfires or Forest Fires
- Santa Barbara Oil Spil
- Benzene (e.g., Porter Ranch Gas Leak)
- Hexavalent chromium (e.g., Hinkley Contaminated Groundwater)
- Coastal Water Damage (e.g., Santa Barbara Oil Spill)
- Chemical spills
- Chemical exposure
- Failure to analyze GHG emissions
Porter Ranch SoCal Gas Leak
The massive gas leak also triggered the declaration of a state of emergency on January 6 by California Governor Jerry Brown (under much criticism as environmental attorneys such as Robert Kennedy Jr said Porter Ranch should been declared a state of emergency immediately after the leak was discovered in October 2015).
An environmental class action lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of plaintiffs and the "Save Porter Ranch" group against Sempra Energy and its California utility Southern California Gas Company (SoCal) claims the gas was injected underground by SoCal into illegally permitted wells.
Hinkley Groundwater Contamination
California' brownfields differ from those in the Northeast/Midwest United States, largely due to the more recent onset of the industrial revolution in the State. Former manufactured gas plants, and remnants of the computer industry are some key examples of California' "newer" brownfields. Additionally, many "rural"areas in California have significant brownfields problems, e.g., lumber mills.
Brownfields are a constant source of environmental poisoning. Persons working or living nearby are at high risk and environmental illness and cancer caused by chemical injury are on the rise. Here is a list of brownfields in California.
Santa Barbara Oil Spill
Failure to Analyze Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
For instance, Attorney General Kamala Harris in 2013 announced a settlement in a lawsuit challenging the approval of an industrial project in Riverside County that would cause additional diesel truck traffic near a community already overwhelmingly affected by diesel exhaust and noise pollution. Harris more recently has filed a lawsuit against SoCal , the gas company responsible for the Porter Ranch gas leak, claiming that it violated health and safety laws by failing to report and contain leaking methane.
The CEQA Guidelines were revised on December 30, 2009, requiring projects subject to CEQA to consider potential environmental effects caused by GHG emissions.
California Butte Wild Fire
Sierra Pacific Industries Wildfire Settlement
One month earlier, a Kern County group filed a RICO lawsuit, claiming that Governor Jerry Brown' office ordered the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources ("DOGGR") to approve permits to inject contaminated water in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The RICO lawsuit , dubbed "California' Water-Gate" and filed by the R. Rex Parris law firm on behalf of plaintiff Mike Hopkins, is seeking damages in the tens of millions, which under the RICO statute could be tripled if they prevail in Los Angeles federal court. The case number is 2:2015cv04149.
In 2013 the CDB filed a California fracking lawsuit against the state of California for doing what it deemed an insufficient job of regulating hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking".
Asbestos Drilling Mud
Environmental Toxic Tort
The J.R. Simplot Company (Simplot) has agreed to upgrade and operate emissions controls, and implement improved emissions monitoring, at each of its five sulfuric acid plants including a plant in Lathrop (Alfonso Rivera v. J R Simplot Company et al, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC440560).
Environmental toxic tort lawsuits involve exposure to toxic chemicals or other environmental pollutants. They generally involve a community or region where residents may have their health and lifestyle compromised and/or their property values decreased, and want to bring the polluters to justice.
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