All across the country, even in very remote, sparsely populated areas, drilling and fracking is creating bad air and high ozone levels. Despite warnings from pediatricians about the harmful effects to our children’s health, fracking is expanding rapidly and any attempt to control air emissions is met with bluster from the GOP members of our oil soaked Congress. If childhood asthma doesn’t get your attention, maybe heart attacks for everyone will.
Several months ago, I blogged about an emerging concern for people who live in areas of drilling and fracking aka the Gas Patch.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms that exposure to “air pollutants–in some cases for a single day–increases the chance” of heart attack.
In that post, I included anecdotal cases from a heavily drilled and fracked area in the Barnett Shale where the American Lung Association gave a grade of “F” to our air.
This new heart attack makes no distinction between the fit and unfit, high or perfect cholesterol levels. This heart attack is caused from breathing in bad air. And the worst air in North Texas coincides with the highest levels of drilling activity.
Now we have another study, recently released, showing how living in bad air affects the heart. The Marcellus Effect has the scoop on that study.
So, North Texans, how do you feel about our “Red Alert” bad air days lately? Anybody have a heart attack recently? You can send a thank you for our bad air to THIS GUY because he is the one who appoints how to grow a chicken in a box and climate change denying “scientists” to our top environmental offices.
We need FEDERAL oversight. States are not getting the job done!
UPDATE: Air from yesterday in the Barnett Shale.
More bad news about our air from Downwinders At Risk.
Our best hope to get the attention of our oil soaked Congress is to all assemble in DC on 7.28.12.