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The Infamous 'Erin Brockovich' Case over Polluted Groundwater in Hinkley

Erin Brockovich, famed environmental activist

A law clerk by the name of Erin Brockovich rose to fame over her efforts to uncover the reason why so many Hinkley residents were getting sick (and has since gone on to work on other significant environmental and toxic tort cases, often with Girardi | Keese). Her efforts were portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film Erin Brockovich.

Energy at Any Cost? The Standing Rock Sioux Say No

From Hinkley to North Dakota: When will the environment start to matter?

When Pacific Gas and Electric Company polluted the groundwater of Hinkley, Calif., in the 1950s and 1960s, people suffered greatly for decades. Cancer and other serious ailments afflicted Hinkley residents. Many were sickened, and some lost their lives, from the cancer-causing agent chromium-6, used as part of PG&E's natural gas pipeline project.

Scientists and Citizens Come Together to Study Health Impact of Fracking

We need oil and gas to keep the world moving, at least in the way that it has for the last couple hundred years. But drilling for, processing and using it undoubtedly has an impact on the environment and quite possibly our personal health. Perhaps you cannot separate the two. An article published by National Geographic, written by Jamie Smith Hopkins for the Center for Public Integrity, describes the results of a five-state study that "raises new questions" about dangerous chemicals kicked up by oil and gas well sites.

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