What made Erin Brockovich so famous?
I'm obviously talking about the real person and not about Julia Roberts -_-'
- ms. jLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Erin Brockovich-Ellis is an American legal clerk and environmental activist who, despite the lack of a formal law school education, was instrumental in constructing a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993.
The case alleged contamination of drinking water with hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium(VI), in the southern California town of Hinkley. At the center of the case was a facility called the Hinkley Compressor Station, part of a natural gas pipeline connecting to the San Francisco Bay Area constructed in 1952. Between 1952 and 1966, PG&E used hexavalent chromium to fight corrosion in the cooling tower. The wastewater dissolved the hexavalent chromium from the cooling towers and was discharged to unlined ponds at the site. Some of the wastewater percolated into the groundwater, affecting an area near the plant approximately two miles long and nearly a mile wide. The case was settled in 1996 for $333 million, the largest settlement ever paid in a direct action lawsuit in U.S. history.
- steffiLv 61 decade ago
she overcame a large industrial complex/corporation from the ground up in bringing a class-action suit against them for harming and polluting the land they were on and the land around them, which ihn turn harmed the residents. she started with no one willing to take them on except her.