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California Methane Gas Leak is Worst United States Environmental Disaster Since BP Oil Spill

California Methane Gas Leak is Worst United States Environmental Disaster Since BP Oil Spill

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Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 12.47.13 PMThe following broadcast clips feature interviews with Erin Brockovich:

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  • Slightly different versions of the LA Daily News editorial from 12/22 mentioning how Erin Brockovich has likened the leak to the BP oil spill appeared in the Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News. The San Jose Mercury News editorial was also included in an Associated Press roundup of editorials from California.
  • Business Insider: “At this very moment, a natural gas well in a quiet, hilly town in northern Los Angeles is spewing hundreds of millions of pounds of methane into the atmosphere. … Residents claim the gas, which has drifted into surrounding neighborhoods, is sickening them with nausea, nosebleeds, and headaches. Thousands of people are displaced as a result. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has gone so far as to deem this one of the worst environmental disasters since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.” (Business Insider, 12/30/15)
  • Examiner:DemocracyNow.org reports the natural gas leak above Los Angeles has emitted more than 150 million pounds of methane. The fumes have caused headaches and nosebleeds. Renowned consumer advocate and legal researcher Erin Brockovich, who helped win the biggest class action lawsuit in American history, said the methane gas leak is the worst U.S. environmental disaster since the BP oil spill. She is now working to seek justice for victims of the Porter Ranch gas leak. Brockovich spoke of a video released online. ‘The scope of it is enormous,’ she said. ‘And there is another videotape there that really helps us see pollution, because I think we can’t see it, so therefore we don’t always think that it’s real.’” (Examiner, 12/30/15)
    • Examiner: “‘And it’s amazing,’ Brockovich continued. ‘It looks like a volcano that’s just erupting, that won’t stop.’ Brockovich said if you fly over and have the right lense you can see that it’s ‘like a black plume of smoke through there that just continues to billow out. And the magnitude is enormous,’ she said. She added, ‘And it’s frightening for us to have a company like this, where you can’t get down there, and you’ve removed a valve, you didn’t replace that valve, and you now don’t have the ability to stop this for half a year or longer—is a bad scenario.’ Visit DemocracyNow.org for a complete transcript of the interview.” (Examiner, 12/30/15)
  • Newser: “Erin Brockovich is calling it the worst environmental catastrophe since the 2010 BP oil spill: Methane has been leaking from a well in Los Angeles for at least two months and will continue to do so for at least two more. … The director of the [Environmental Defense Fund’s] California oil and gas program adds that the Porter Ranch site is part of an aging network of natural gas plants and pipelines. ‘This type of event could happen at any one of these other sites,’ says Tim O’Connor. As for Brockovich’s claim, he tells Quartz it’s an apples-and-oranges thing—but this ‘a very big orange.’” (Newser, 12/29/15)
  • Quartz: “The slow-motion disaster is reminiscent of BP’s efforts to seal a ruptured well that toppled the company’s enormous Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and killed 11 workers in 2010. It took the company many attempts over nearly three months to control the oil gusher as the public helplessly watched footage of a dark plume spreading through the Gulf of Mexico. Erin Brockovich, the consumer advocate played by Julia Roberts in the movie with the same name, has called the Aliso Canyon leak the worst environmental catastrophe since the BP oil spill.” (Quartz, 12/28/15)

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The High Risk of a Power Morcellator Spreading Undetected Cancer Cells

The High Risk of a Power Morcellator Spreading Undetected Cancer Cells

A power morcellator is device typically used during a hysterectomy or related procedure to remove uterine fibroids. Power morcellators were approved by the FDA in 1995 through a special process that permitted the skipping of clinical trials and safety studies.

Power morcellators are manufactured by more than a dozen companies. Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division, stopped selling its power morcellators after the FDA sent out a warning to doctors and patients in 2014 about the dangers of the surgical instrument.

A power morcellator has spinning blades that cut tissues into tiny bits so they can be easily suctioned away.

However, the blades can also chop up cancer that is hidden from the surgeon’s eyes. These cut up cancer cells are then able to freely spread everywhere inside the abdomen, spreading the cancer.

The most serious potential consequence of this is death. Even the spread of benign tissues can occur, triggering pain and infections, or damage to the liver, kidneys or bowels.

Many women now planning to undergo either a hysterectomy or have uterine fibroids removed are taking the FDA’s advice to think very carefully about allowing use of a power morcellator during the procedure.

Erin Brockovich and a law firm with which she is associated are currently investigating. If you need Erin’s help in this regard, please contact Erin using the form on this page.

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Have you or someone you care for suffered because of a power morcellator? Erin is currently investigating and may be able to help you.

Safety And Efficacy of Hysteroscopic Sterilization With ‘Essure’ Compared With Laparoscopic Sterilization

Safety And Efficacy of Hysteroscopic Sterilization With ‘Essure’ Compared With Laparoscopic Sterilization

Laparoscopic bilateral tubal ligation has been the primary method of female permanent birth control for decades, and hysteroscopic microinsert device was developed as a less invasive alternative method. Since the procedure’s approval, there has been thousands of reports of adverse events related to the use of hysteroscopic sterilization, but there is little information regarding its safety and efficacy compared with tubal ligation. The study concludes that patients undergoing hysteroscopic sterilization have a similar risk of unintended pregnancy but more than 10-fold higher risk of undergoing a reoperation when compared with laparoscopic sterilization. Benefits and risks of both procedures should be discussed with patients for informed decisions making.

Link: http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h5162

How The FDA Let Women Down

How The FDA Let Women Down

Women have made strides in almost all aspects of society, but discrimination is still alive in one of the last places anyone would expect: healthcare. When it comes to the availability of life-saving medical products and the safety of drugs and devices, men still have the upper hand. One of the greatest and most powerful health agencies in the world, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is a big part of the problem.

Click here to read the complete article: How The FDA Let Women Down at drugwatch.com

Erin’s Latest Fight

Erin’s Latest Fight

Erin talks with Travis Smiley about a troubling new bill that makes it easier for companies to bring untested chemical products into the marketplace.

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Erin denounces latest chemical law reform bill

Erin denounces latest chemical law reform bill

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich is calling legislation introduced Tuesday to reform the nation’s toxic chemical laws an industry bill.

“This bill does not make chemicals safer,” she said. “I wouldn’t even consider it in my opinion a [Toxic Chemicals Control Act, or TSCA] bill. It’s an industry bill.”

Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) unveiled the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on Tuesday. It’s the latest push to reform the TSCA of 1976, which is widely considered broken and unenforceable.

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