Oil Companies Leaking Benzene Lobbied Against Pollution Rules

A plume of benzene has been detected in the air over Houston after four fossil fuel companies reported leaks of the highly toxic compound that can increase the risk of cancer — even from brief exposure. Documents reviewed by International Business Times show that two of the companies — ExxonMobil and Valero — recently lobbied against…

Aerial view of tank farm for bulk petroleum and gasoline storage next to rail line from Northeast of Houston. Crude oil storage terminal, pipeline operations, distributes petroleum products. – By Trong Nguyen – Shutterstock.com