The Port Arthur facility is the larger of two refineries in Texas that have been operated by Chevron. Workers who were involved in various activities providing services at the refinery were at great risk of exposure to asbestos, as the substance was heavily used prior to regulations being imposed in the 1970s.
As stated in its company history, Chevron began as the Pacific Coast Oil Company on Sept. 10, 1879, and the company name has changed several times over the years. The company started with a five-state market in the Western U.S. and grew into a major corporation with subsidiaries conducting business all over the world.
The Port Arthur refinery has existed for more than a century and has had several different owners. It was originally built by Gulf Oil, which was acquired by Chevron in 1984. Chevron divested itself of the Port Arthur refinery in 2002, and it has since been operated by Motiva, Inc., a subsidiary of Shell Oil and Saudi Refining, Inc.
Asbestos-containing materials were frequently used in the construction of oil processing plants during most of the 1900s, and the Chevron facility in Port Arthur was no exception. When excessive heat or fire posed a risk, asbestos was preferred for insulation. It was also used because of its resistance to chemical reactions in coating materials and protective clothing.
Asbestos transite, a cement-like substance, was molded into working surfaces and sprayed on ductwork and pipes. New items formed from transite were generally safe, because the asbestos particles were trapped in the substance. However, as the transite aged it tended to become powdery, and tiny asbestos particles were released into the air as the product deteriorated or was disturbed by workers.
Inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious diseases, such as cancer and asbestosis – a condition in which the lungs are scarred from breathing asbestos fibers. Asbestos exposure is also the only known cause of mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that usually affects the lining of the lungs.
Spouses and family members of Port Arthur Chevron workers exposed to asbestos faced a risk of exposure along with the workers themselves. It would have been difficult for workers not to bring asbestos home on their bodies and clothing.
If you have become seriously ill because of exposure to asbestos as a worker or family member of a worker who performed any services at the Chevron Port Arthur refinery, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Possible damages you may be entitled to recover include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. If you have lost a loved one to an illness caused by such exposure, you may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim.
It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At Kraft & Associates, P.C., our attorneys have been serving injured people in Texas since 1971. To arrange for a free case consultation with no obligation, please contact us . We can advise you about your legal rights and the damages you may be entitled to recover.