TCEQ toxicologist Carla Kinslow made what I consider to be one of the most outrageously manipulative statements made to date concerning Barnett Shale toxic emissions.
What the TCEQ said at Corinth
A comment on that post sent me in search of a study by the University of Texas School of Public Health.
In minority neighborhood, kids’ risk of cancer soars
By Howard Witt and Tribune Senior Correspondent
Chicago Tribune Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2007
The study showed that children living within 2 miles of the heavily industrialized Houston Ship Channel, like Valentin Marroquin, have a 56% greater risk of contracting acute lymphocytic leukemia than children living farther away – a risk that epidemiologists found was associated with some of the toxic pollutants released by petrochemical plants in the area.
You might ask what the Houston Ship Channel has to do with us.
When asked about the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s testing in the Barnett Shale, Shannon Ethridge, TCEQ Toxicologist said they had seen
“some of the highest benzene concentrations we have monitored in the state.”
She compared the DFW area emissions to those found in the highly industrialized Houston Ship Channel area.
Thank you to anonymous commenter.
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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