Petroleum Toxicity

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There are a number of environmental issues with petroleum as a result of it being toxic to almost all forms of life. The possibility of climate change exists. Petroleum, commonly referred to as oil, is closely linked to virtually all aspects of present society, especially for transportation and heating for both homes and for commercial activities. Crude oil is a mixture of many different kinds of organic compounds, many of which are highly toxic and cancer causing (carcinogenic). Oil is "acutely lethal" to fish, that is kills fish quickly, at a concentration of 4000 parts per million (ppm) (0.4%). "It only takes one quart of motor oil to make 250,000 gallons of ocean water toxic to wildlife." This would be a concentration of only 1 ppm. Crude oil and petroleum distillates cause birth defects. Benzene is present in both crude oil and gasoline and is known to cause leukemia in humans. The compound is also known to lower the white blood cell count in humans, which would leave people exposed to it more susceptible to infections. "Studies have linked benzene exposure in the mere parts per billion (ppb) range to terminal leukemia, Hodgkins lymphoma, and other blood and immune system diseases within 5-15 years of exposure." [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE]





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