Known as the second city of O’ahu, Kapolei is a thriving community with job opportunities for residents. One of the industries Kapolei residents may have worked in is the oil industry. However, this industry may have put your health or a loved one’s health at risk. Asbestos was used heavily in oil production and it may be causing adverse health effects now in the form of mesothelioma. While receiving this news is devastating, there are lawyers who can help you. Frost Law Firm, PC has an experienced Kapolei mesothelioma lawyer who will fight for your rights. Before learning more about what Frost Law Firm, PC can do for you, let’s look into the refineries in Kapolei.
The Chevron and Tesoro Refineries
These refineries were the only two refineries in Hawaii. The Chevron Hawaii Refinery began in 1961. This refinery produced 58,000 barrels per day that would supply the U.S. military and airlines with jet fuel. Now, Chevron has sold its refinery to One Rock Capital Partners, which will be their first oil refining company. The Tesoro Refinery was founded in the 60s as well and worked with exploration for petroleum and its production. Over time, the company changed its course to refining and marketing their product. Tesoro was sold to Par Petroleum Inc. in 2013.
Refineries didn’t have the strict EPA guidelines they do now. Before the dangers of asbestos were more well-known, refineries used asbestos in many ways. Asbestos strengthens materials to make them more durable and it’s easy to mix because it’s fibrous. It’s also non-corrosive, fireproof, and doesn’t conduct electricity. There wasn’t a low supply of asbestos, either, so many refineries were able to buy it and use it.
In refineries, asbestos could have been used in pipe wrapping, pipe joint gaskets, linings for pumps and furnaces, insulation, cable protection, floor tiles, and sealants. No matter where an employee was, they were likely to be surrounded by asbestos.
If these materials were disturbed, asbestos fibers could have been released into the air, exposing the employees. If you or a loved one worked at the Chevron or Tesoro Refinery and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, then you may have been exposed to asbestos.
Seek Legal Options with Frost Law Firm, PC
While our lawyers cannot undo the diagnosis, we can provide you with a more stable financial future so you’ll be able to support yourself and your family. You’ll be able to get treatment, keep up with other financial responsibilities, and not have bills and expenses weighing on your mind. With fair compensation, you’ll be able to focus on your care and being with your loved ones.
The sooner you begin your claim, the sooner we can begin fighting for you. Contact our Hawaii mesothelioma lawyer today for a free case evaluation.