STEM Camp began June 10, 2013 with twenty nine students attending. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This is the first Karnes County Eagle Ford Energy Camp with students from Karnes City, Kenedy, Falls City, and Runge. The Karnes City Education Foundation is presenting this camp with assistance from Marathon Oil, ConocoPhillips, Talisman Energy and Statoil. Students listen to presentations from the oil companies followed by hands on experiments facilitated by teachers.
MySanantonio.com was there.
Eagle Ford kids learn all about energy
By Lindsay Kastner, Staff Writer
June 12, 2013
Mornings at the camp, which runs through Thursday, kick off with presentations by oil company personnel in a variety of jobs and include science experiments for which campers don white lab coats.
A favorite experiment on the first day involved using drinking straws to extract “soil samples” from tricolored cupcakes, with a goal of finding the white “sedimentary” layer.
“Sedimentary rock has more oil,” Kaycee explained.
The pictures show children wearing green t-shirts and white lab coats.
We have to manage all parts of the public. We need to go down to the grade school and high school level.
Brad Miller – General Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Anadarko Petroleum
I sent an email to the Education Foundation to find out if any environmental or health impact information was presented to these children. I also inquired on their Facebook page but there has been no response yet.
The TCEQ website has quite a few complaints from Karnes. Residents are complaining about odors and they list health impacts. Here are a few complaints.
- Complainant alleges that he has been getting hydrogen sulfide odors since October 2007 when he moved into his house. In the past, the odor was so bad it woke him up during the night and he began vomiting and had to leave his home. It also sometimes burns his nose.
- Bad odor coming from oil production equipment for three days starting 10/8/10 9p.m. Smell is constant. Wind South to North. Temp 65 to 75. Odor is strong and very unpleasant. It has oily characteristic that may also be harmful to health.
- Black smoke billowing from flare, we have flares all around us and it smells TERRIBLE.
- I often smell a terrible odor accompanied by a wet mist that burns my eyes and my nasal area and tightens my chest
Update: Marathon gave the Education Foundation a check for $25k (see their photo op HERE). Considering that “Marathon Oil reported full-year 2012 net income of $1.582 billion,” I think that’s selling the children out cheap. Marathon is a lousy neighbor as shown in the video HERE.
Presenting only one side of a subject is propaganda not education.