Barnett Shale has highest rates for invasive breast cancer


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (scroll way down until you come to the part on Texas) and you will see the following:

In 2009, data from the registry showed that six counties in the western Dallas-Fort Worth area had the highest incidence of invasive breast cancer in the state. These counties are Tarrant (which includes the city of Fort Worth), Denton, Wise, Parker, Hood, and Johnson.

So, the counties with the highest rates of breast cancer in Texas are in Tarrant, Denton, Wise, Parker, Hood, and Johnson Counties. The counties with the most natural gas production are, Tarrant, Denton, Wise, Parker, Hood, and Johnson Counties. Coincidence?

This map is from my presentation yesterday to the Dallas Drilling Task Force.

Breast cancer rate climbs up
Six counties including Denton have state’s highest incidence rates
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer;

In 2010, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality inventoried emissions sources from natural gas production equipment in all 24 counties of the Barnett Shale. The six counties with the most production equipment are Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties — the same six counties with high breast cancer rates.

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  1. Anessa says

    Are these % or numbers.. Because it could be that more people live there, so the #’s are higher.. however, if it is percentages…then this does say something.

    • says

      I’m pretty sure that the CDC realizes that areas with more people would have more cancer. But based strictly on that, then Houston would have the highest rates. Some of those counties–Wise @ 55,000–are sparsely populated.

  2. Jaenellie says

    The actual article explains that the numbers represent a rate of incidence: not a number or a percentage, it means how many cases per 100,000 people.

  3. says

    Two teachers at Bailey Hr High did not return to teach cause one died from an aneurism (age 34) and the other has 4th stage spine cancer (TRIPLE MYLOMA just like in the Denton Cronicle article). Both teachers happened to be downwind from 5 wells that was fracked last January. See youtubes “Fracking Near Bailey Junior High”.

  4. Tad Ghost Hole says

    Holy giant smoking gun Batman, its a giant smoking gun! Uh oh, Reality is taking a huge dump on the manufactured, P.R. schemed, fake reality of the Big Gas Mafia.


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