I’m serious. We are being poisoned and no one is helping us! Oh, some high-up governmental types are working on rules this and rules that, but it will take several years to see any difference in a best case scenario where they have the guts to make the rules strong enough. What happens in the meanwhile? Do we stay stuck on stupid?
I was gone for a couple of days and while I was away, breathing some clean air, all hell steadily continued to break loose.
Megan Collins sent me several text messages while I was away. There is new natural gas production activity near her, and her health as deteriorated again. She has lost her balance and is having trouble standing. Since VOCs stay in the blood for only a few hours, she was desperate to find a doctor who would test her right away. She decided to go to the emergency room to have her blood drawn and tested for the list of chemicals I had given her. The emergency room doctor couldn’t or wouldn’t do that testing. Next she tried her primary care physician. He said testing for drilling chemicals is out of his area of expertise, but he wrote her a prescription for a four-pronged cane because he said she is at “high risk of falling.” (Logic meter buried in WTF column.)
Runner Susan picked me up at the airport and told me the latest on the Williams scorching activity that happens periodically in the middle of the night. RS had a bloody nose all the next day and intermittent nausea and dizziness. Another unfortunate neighbor to the Williams gas plant woke up with a house filled with smoky fumes. As we drove through Argyle I asked, “What’s that smell?” That, RS told me, was the Hillwood facility across the street from the intermediate school where the toxic odors sent early morning band members and their parents into a panic.
My friend, Deborah, received the results from her latest round of air testing and <-insert expletive here->!!! Chesapeake Energy is just flat out poisoning her and all her neighbors. She had a bloody nose all day after sleeping with the window open one night.
This morning I decided to check the comments on the article, Unwell water, about contaminated water, in Wise County. OMG! It’s much worse than I thought and I knew it was bad.
I could go on and on but I want to know something: what is it going to take to get some meaningful help? A while back, I was talking with a friend from a huge environmental organization. I asked her that same question: what is it going to take? Her shocking answer: a body count.
Okay. Clearly this is a sacrificial zone so casualties are expected. But, how many casualties will it take? Can we get a number? How many bloody noses will it take? How many nasal cancers? How many cases of leukemia? How many young mothers walking with a four-prong cane?