Here is a fact sheet for health care professionals on the dangers of exposing children to hydraulic fracturing and natural gas activity.
Here is a fact sheet for parents.
The fact sheets reinforce the points I made in my presentation to the Dallas Drilling Task Force: We do not have enough information to make ordinances that will protect the public health and safety.
I’m going to update this post with information from Scientific American.
The Human Cost of Energy
Fossil fuels exact the biggest toll in terms of lives lost
The Health Care Burden of Fossil Fuels
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Once again you are posting the information we all need to know.
And thank you for taking the time to present to Dallas.
Kim Feil says
Per Riki Ott, a toxicologist, commented on PAH (Polyclylic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) accumulation in the body over the course of continued exposure (at levels considered “safe”) and mentioned that “doctors may not be fully versed on the issue on chemical illnesses. Most insurance companies have no billing code for chemical illnesses. It is unlikely an insurance company will pay the doctor for the care and time put into making that clinical diagnosis. FOLKS WE NEED TO HIT THE MEDICAL INSURANCE COMPANIES TO HELP US FIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION BECAUSE IT EFFECTS THEIR BOTTOM $$ LINE.
Excellent point Kim!
Sr.Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, ccvi says
Thanks, Sharon for all your work giving us the information we need to make the public and our officials aware of the “dark side” of the reality of this “boom”.
As for the role of insurance companies, they have a miserable record of setting policies to protect themselves, their profits to keep shareholders happy, and not to serve the healthcare needs of their customers when the time comes to honor their commitments. My suspicion that their “overlooking” chemical causes may rather be another one of their self-protecting policies, since they know very well how many illnesses will be showing up in the future due to the reckless chemical contamination of our air, water and soil during this oil and gas “boom”. The number of medical cases brought about in the future by irresponsible behavior and chemical contamination taking place may well match the millions in profits now being made by corporations, their shareholders and royalties recipients. Speaking out now to prevent these costs is probably all we have with which to deal with these problems to come. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is what legislatures and the Congress should take on as their motto in this scene right now.