We don’t know why Marvel or another comic line has not yet made a superhero modeled on Erin Brockovich, the paralegal turned toxics crusader made famous by Julia Roberts. http://www.brockovich.com/bio.htm and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195685/
She was a single mother of three who convinced the late Ed Masry http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/08/national/08masry.html that something was seriously wrong in Hinkley, Calif., where PG&E had exposed hundreds of residents to Chromium 6. Eventually, famed Los Angeles plaintiff lawyers Tom Girardi http://www.girardikeese.com/attorney_details.aspx?attorneyID=1 and Walter Lack http://elllaw.com/bio/WalterLack.html joined with Masry and won a $333 million settlement in the case, the largest toxic tort injury settlement in U.S. history.
According to the Daily Breeze, Brockovich has now joined with Girardi’s firm, Girardi & Keese, for another humdinger of a toxic tort. http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_13388896 Brockovich and firm representatives met with 300 residents of Carson, Calif., last weekend. The residents claim they have been exposed by Shell Oil Co. to elevated levels of methane and benzene which seeped from underground oil tanks operated on the site in the 1960s. In some spots, benzene has been detected at 100,000 times the state standard, according to Robert Bowcock, http://www.irmwater.com/ourteam.htm#bob an environmental consultant who spoke at the meeting. Some soil gas samples contained methane that exceeded the explosive threshold.
The lawsuit could be filed as early as November.