Fire water fuels concern from EPA, Congress
By Investigative Reporter Heidi Hemmat KDVR Denver
February 20, 2010
The EPA in Texas is planning to put limits on what gas and oil drilling companies can release into the air, after tests showed high levels of the cancer causing chemical benzene in the air over one of the biggest natural gas fields in Texas. “Having Benzene in the air or water is a recipe for a public health disaster,” Environmental Hazards Investigator Adrienne Anderson says.
Now some Texas families want to know if Benzene is to blame for at least seven cases of Leukemia in children who live near the area.
“These are kids, they don’t smoke, they don’t come into contact with other hazards, and there are quite a few children coming down with Leukemia, and people coming down with kidney cancers and adrenal cancers,” says Anderson.
Anderson is helping some of the grass roots organizations in Texas, made up mostly of mothers, who are demanding change.