Petroleum companies dominate a list of the 100 most toxic companies. XOM is number 2.
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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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Don Young says
Methinks the measuring of toxic release by O&G is unsound and the amounts are way under reported. I'm thinking fugitive emissions, for one thing. Flaring is another. Shale gas emissions will invariably rise in future lists. I note that this one is for 2006, just after the BS boom started in earnest.
Don–how could you think for a moment that O&G is doing something wrong? Those Turkeys are packing sand up your behind and laughing all the way to the bank!
Wayne Hughes says
Yeah. Here's some more sand we're packing: An independent study of air emissions in the Ft. Worth area has shown that airborne benzene levels are at or below background levels at seven of eight gas production sites. It was barely above the background levels at the eighth site, probably attributable to the work of a paint crew during the testing period. In fact, the study showed that the majority of airborne benzene is directly attributable to automobiles. It was commissioned by the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, so naturally, it will have no credence with those uncomfortable with facts.