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Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Oklahoma is primarily an agricultural state as well as a leading producer of natural gas. At one time, it was a major oil producer as well; even as recently as 2005, oil production made up 17% of the state's economic activity.

Asbestos and the Oil Industry

Because asbestos is heat and flame resistant as well as impervious to many corrosive and toxic chemicals, it was used extensively throughout the construction of oil refining facilities.

The dangers of asbestos exposure faced by workers in the oil industry was clearly illustrated in a British medical research study in which 45,000 such persons employed between 1946 and 1971 were tracked over a period of several years. While those involved in the distribution of the product were no more likely to develop cancer than the population at large, there were significantly more cases of mesothelioma and melanoma among those who worked in the actual refining process itself.

Worker at natural gas facilities face the same risks; pipe fittings, pipe and conduit insulation and even protective clothing can release friable asbestos fibers into the immediate environment.

Mesothelioma Statistics in Oklahoma

Between 1980 and 1979, 336 Oklahomans died from asbestos diseases. As might be expected, most of these were in the heavily populated Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas.

Despite the fact that such cancer is far less common, mesothelioma cases outnumbered asbestosis ones by a factor of two-to-one. The main reason is that asbestosis is not necessarily immediately fatal and is relatively easy to manage if diagnosed early. Mesothelioma is rarely diagnosed in the early stages. Most patients die within a year and a half of diagnosis.

Asbestos Exposure in Oklahoma Cities

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Oklahoma where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Oklahoma, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Oklahoma Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, or asbestosis.

Altus

  • Altus Air Force Base
  • Chas. R. Baum
  • Industrial Insulators, Inc.

Anadarko

  • Pso Sw Gen Station
  • Public Service Oklahoma
  • Washita Power Plant
  • Western Farmers Electric Corporation
  • Western Farmers Power Plant

Ardmore

  • Ardmore Development Authority
  • Ben Franklin Refining Company
  • Ultramar Diamond
  • Uniroyal Plant

Barnsdall

  • Bareco Oil Company
  • Bareco Wax Company
  • Barnsdall Refineries Inc.
  • City Services Oil Company
  • Petrolite Corporation

Bartlesville

  • Bartlesville - Interurban Railway Company
  • Carter Oil Company
  • Cities Service Oil Company
  • Cities Service Petroleum Company
  • Empire and Gas Fuel Company
  • Keener Oil & Gas Company
  • National Zink Company
  • Phillips 66 Proving Ground Project
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Phillips Research Center

Cushing

  • Blackwell Oil & Gas Company
  • Deep Rock Oil Corporation
  • Illinois Oil Company
  • Midland Cooperatives, Inc.
  • Shaffer Oil and Refining Company

Drumright

  • City Hospital
  • Health Center
  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company
  • Petty-Badger Company
  • Sinclair Prairie Oil Company
  • Stanolind Pipe Line Company
  • Tidewater Refinery

Duncan

  • Duncan Oil Refinery
  • D-X Sunray Oil Company
  • Rock Island Refining Company
  • Sun Oil Refinery
  • Sunray Refinery
  • Tosco Refinery

Guymon

  • Oklahoma Electric & Water Company
  • Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company
  • Southwestern Public Service Company
  • Swift & Company

Harrah

  • Horseshoe Lake Station
  • Ogande Horseshoe Lake
  • Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company
  • Westinghouse Electric Company

Jenks

  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company
  • Pso Riverside Gen Sta
  • Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • Riverside Station Unit 1

Konawa

  • Ogande Seminole Gen
  • Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company
  • Seminole Generating Station

Lawton

  • Cherokee Power House
  • Fort Sill Army Base
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Oc.
  • Lawton Generating Plant
  • Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • Southwestern Light & Power Company

Mcalester

  • Choctaw Railway and Lighting Company
  • Chostaw Power and Light Company
  • Hudgens Construction Company
  • Naval Ammunition Depot
  • Oklahoma State Penitentiary
  • State Penitentiary
  • U. S. Naval Ammunition Depot
  • Union Iron Works

Norman

  • Central Oklahoma State Hospital
  • Central State Griffin Memorial Hospital
  • Naval Air Station
  • University of Oklahoma

Okmulgee

  • Alliance America
  • Barnsdale Refineries Inc.
  • Oklahoma State Tech Dorms
  • Okmulgee Hospital
  • Phillips Petroleum Company
  • Phillips Refinery

Oologah

  • Northeastern Station
  • Oologah Power Station
  • Pso Ne Gen Station
  • Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Pryor

  • Cherokee Nitrogen Plant
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours
  • Grand River Dam Authority
  • Gulf Oil Corporation
  • Kaiser Chemical
  • Oklahoma Cement Company

Sand Springs

  • Armco Steel Plant
  • Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corp
  • National Tank Company
  • Piping Engineering Company, Inc.
  • Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • Sheffield Steel
  • Sinclair Refining Company

Sheffield

  • Sheffield Steel Corporation

Stillwater

  • McClelland Store
  • Okalhoma Agricultural and Mechanical College
  • Oklahoma State University

Valliant

  • Rust Engineering Company
  • Southeastern Oklahoma Industries Authority
  • Weyerhauser Paper Mill

Washita

  • Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • Southwestern Sta Unit Number 3

West Tulsa

  • M.W. Kellogg Company
  • Mid Continent Petroleum
  • Producers & Refiners Corporation
  • Public Service Company of Okla
  • Texaco Oil
  • Texas Company

Wynnewood

  • Kerr Mcgee Chemical Corporation
  • Kerr Mcgee Oil Industries, Inc.
  • Kerr-Mcgee Gas & Oil Refinery
  • Kerr-Mcgee Refinery
  • Southland Cotton Div Company
  • Wynnewood Refinery

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Oklahoma

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Oklahoma. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


10109 E. 79th Street (81st Street & Highway 169)
Tulsa, OK 74133

Mesothelioma Doctors in Oklahoma

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in Oklahoma. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Daniel Nader
CTCA Southwestern Regional Medical Center
10109 E. 79th Street (81st Street & Highway 169)
Tulsa, OK 74133

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Oklahoma

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Oklahoma, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

Asbestos Related News in Oklahoma

EPA Awards Oklahoma Nearly $203,000 for Asbestos Protection

The EPA has awarded the Oklahoma Department of Labor $202,970 to help protect school children and state workers from asbestos exposure.

Oklahoma Governor Signs Asbestos Clean-Up Bill

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signs an asbestos bill into law to reduce regulatory burden of asbestos abatement.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Sources

Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. “A Strong Future.” OERB.com.
http://www.oerb.com/industry/history_3.asp (accessed 23 August 2010).

Sorahan, Tom. “Mortality of UK Oil Refinery and Petroleum Distribution Workers, 1951-2003.” Occupational Medicine 57, no. 3 (2007).

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