Creosote Contamination in 5th Ward Houston
Have you or a loved one suffered injury developed cancer? Do you live in or around the Fifth Ward or Kashmere Gardens?
If you live near the Englewood Railyards you may have been exposed to a carcinogenic agent known as “creosote” which means it can cause cancer. Call Benjamin Roberts today to help you hold Union Pacific and the other companies responsible for allowing this hazardous chemical to poison your community and cause you injury.
How could this happen to me? What is Creosote?
Creosote, specifically coal-tar creosote, is a type of preservative used to prevent wood from rotting. It was used at the local wood treatment site to treat wooden rail ties at a site owned by Union Pacific. The site is located near the historically black neighborhoods of the Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens. Union Pacific discontinued its use of creosote at the Englewood Railyard in 1980 however, regulatory and law enforcement authorities now believe that the creosote has seeped into the ground and formed a plume that now sits underneath an estimated 100 properties.
The problem was first identified, when a Texas State Department of Health Services identified a higher than average number of lung and bronchus, esophagus and larynx cancers in 10 areas near the railyard from 2000 to 2016. This higher than average concentration of cancer cases is what’s known as a cancer cluster.
What can I do?
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or developed cancer and live near the Englewood Railyard, then it’s time to fight back. You may have a claim against Union Pacific and the other companies that are responsible for creating this poisonous mess. I’m an experienced chemical exposure attorney with a proven track record of holding big businesses responsible for what they have wrongfully taken from my clients, contact the office today.