A Channel 33 report by Dawn Tongish: Cancer rates in Barnett Shale climb, residents want answers why
A big thank you to Lorrie Squibb for her courage in speaking up! You can read more about her in the Denton Record Chronicle, Breast cancer rate climbs up.
“My doctors believe I had my cancer for two years before I moved here [to Michigan],” Squibb said. “The first question they asked me was: ‘What have you been exposed to?’”
Lorrie’s cancer is not included in the Department of State Health Services Flower Mound cancer cluster study because–despite the FACT that she contracted her cancer while living in Flower Mound–cancer statistics are kept in the location where the diagnosis occurred.
Here is a map showing the neighborhood where Lorrie lived. (NOTE: Ignore the label that says Lewisville West because it’s really Flower Mound. What can you expect from the Texas Railroad Commission?)
This map and the number of cancer cases in close proximity to drilling and fracking, makes our setbacks look kind of puny. We know that the toxic compounds travel farther than 1/2 mile. In Argyle – Bartonville, the community did baseline testing when drilling was just starting. The results showed 7 detects of the 84 chemicals TCEQ routinely tests for. Follow up testing, on the lot where the high school band practices–1/2 mile from the offending facility–showed 65 detects. We have asked many scientists to explain the increased risks when our children go from breathing 7 chemicals to breathing a cocktail of 65 different chemicals. None can explain that risk because that science has not happened yet.
Here is a map showing the Hillwood (Ross Perot Jr’s company) facility 1/2 mile from the high school band practice lot.
More information about the Flower Mound cancer rates from the Argyle – Bartonville Communities Alliance.
In the fall of 2004 the construction of two wells and a compression station began in Flower Mound. This natural gas drilling facility is known as the Bunn unit, it is approximately 1300 feet or ¼ mile from Liberty Elementary School. When the children can are on the playground, they can see the work-over rig during recess.
Six years after commencing construction, in response to citizen concerns about possible elevations of cancer in the area near Liberty, an investigation by the department of state health services was conducted.
Yesterday I spoke with two representatives of Flower Mound Shares to confirm two cases of brain tumors, 10 cases of breast cancer and 12 cases of childhood leukemia [NOTE: Lorrie Squibb’s cancer is not included in these statistics.] all within the area of Liberty Elementary. These figures are alarming – especially the childhood leukemia part – because the children in the area were beginning to be diagnosed in 2005 – one year after construction.
20% of the cancer in Denton County comes from this one neighborhood in Flower Mound.
Here is a Google Map showing the location of wells in Flower Mound and Lorrie Squibb’s neighborhood. This map is a work in progress.
View Flower Mound Cancer Cluster in a larger map