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  • She lived at Laurel Bay as a child. She's been constantly sick ever since.

    Michelle Conner spent several years growing up and playing on the grounds of Laurel Bay as a child. Now, she suffers from several maladies that her doctors believe are environment-based.

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When Laurel Bay families didn’t know who to trust, they turned to each other

Like many former residents of Laurel Bay, Michelle Conner was worried that her chronic illnesses had something to do with the contamination in the Marine Corps neighborhood. And like many former residents, she turned to social media — not military officials — to find answers.

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In the 1950s, more than a thousand tanks filled with heating oil were buried underneath Laurel Bay, a Marine housing community in Beaufort County. Decades passed by, and those tanks corroded. Fuel leaked into the soil, contaminating the ground. Now Laurel Bay residents battle with leukemia, infertility and rare diseases. And they can't help but wonder, is contamination the cause?

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Here's how Laurel Bay residents reacted to Amanda Whatley's viral video

After Amanda Whatley's video discussing her daughter's leukemia and the possible connection to contamination at the Laurel Bay military housing community near Beaufort, Marine officials held a town hall meeting to explain the Laurel Bay Health Study to residents. Here's how residents reacted.
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