A Supplemental Report Regarding the Environmental Contamination From TexPet’s E&P Activities
November 7, 2014
sediment, and groundwater. Once crude oil is released into the environment, people, as well as plants and animals (including fish and game, home‐grown and agricultural produce, and livestock) are exposed to those contaminants. Tracking by people and animals can transport contaminants into homes. These release mechanisms result in complete or potentially complete human exposure pathways, which are discussed in Dr. Strauss’ 2014 Report. The visual observations and analytical data presented herein document that all of these release mechanisms are present and cause continual releases or transport of soil contaminants to other soil areas, groundwater, surface water, and sediment. 3.3.2 Observations of Residents’ Encounters with Contaminated Soil The lifestyles of people in the Concession Area put them in intimate contact with soil; they live, predominantly, off the land.82 We observed that many residents do not wear protective rubber boots or gloves during their daily activities, as we often did during our observations and sampling activities. During our time in the Concession Area, we observed current conditions at 60 sites formerly operated by TexPet. We also observed various land uses and activities consistent with rural lifestyles which place residents and their animals in routine contact with crude oil‐related soil contamination (see, for example, Figure 3.3‐2).83
Strauss, November 2014, § 2.2.
Strauss, November 2014, pp. 7‐9.