From the comments (Thank you Zoe):
Journal of Occupational Medicine:
Health Effects of Low-Level Exposure to Formaldehyde
Main, David M. M.D., M.P.H.; Hogan, Theodore J. Ph.D.
Twenty-one subjects exposed to formaldehyde (at levels between 0.12 and 1.6 parts per million [ppm]) in two mobile trailers and the remaining 18 unexposed workers of the same workforce were examined by questionnaire and spirometry. Symptoms of eye and throat irritation and increased headache and fatigue were significantly more common among the exposed group than the comparison group. Irritation of the nose, chest tightness, and shortness of breath were also more common among the exposed. Spirometry revealed no decrease in ventilatory function among the exposed workers. The significant increase in frequency of individuals with symptoms indicated an adverse health effect from exposure to formaldehyde at levels between 0.12 and 1.6 ppm. This may have implications regarding the adequacy of the US permissible exposure limit value and suggests the need for further examination of the health effects of formaldehyde in the nonoccupatlonal environment.
(C)1983 The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
in Fort Worth and Arlington, District 2.
This is the headline assigned to the study by Ed Ireland, Director, BSEEC, Titan Engineering and the BSEEC toxicologist, Dr. Janet Kester.
Barnett Shale levels of formaldehyde detected by Titan Engineering Air Quality Study: (Titan’s measurements are in ppb where the EPA information is presented in ppm so .12ppm = 120 ppb)
- 69 ppb
- 81 ppb
- 100 ppb
- 114 ppb
- 127 ppb
Formaldehyde in the Gas Patch is nothing new. Williams Transco Comer Compressor Station emits 185 tons of formaldehyde as reported by the Flower Mound blog. There are many other offenders listed.
I communicate with people all across the nation who live in the Gas Patch. The stories are all the same. People with no history of nose bleeds suddenly start having nose bleeds. Other people have eye, nose and throat irritation. There is no need for people to suffer ill effects when these emissions can be prevented by following the recommendations in DRILL RIGHT TEXAS: Best oil & gas development practices for Texas
It seems I need another label: formaldehyde
Responses to this differ vehemently. Very funny tweets.