The media loves sexy! Sexy in the Barnett Shale is flaming faucets and garden hoses that shoot fire out like flame throwers. My phone rings constantly and my email overflows with requests to make contact with the owners of the flaming faucets.
Rashes, oozing sores, nose bleeds, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, neurological issues, menstrual problems, memory loss, breathing difficulties, drilling chemicals in blood and urine, etc., aren’t sexy enough for media.
Oh, they would likely jump at the chance to film a nosebleed if the bleeding was in copious amounts but nosebleeds are unpredictable and harder to capture on film at a moment’s notice than lighting water from your faucet.
Maybe if Barnett Shale mothers and teenage daughters exposed their breasts to the air they could flash rashes and oozing sores for the media. That might get attention. But this young boy with a horrible rash on his body…ain’t sexy enough. (scroll down to the complaints and click each link to see pictures.)
That there are health impacts from Barnett Shale natural gas extraction activity is undeniable. Then why is it that hardly anyone in Texas knows about the health impacts?
Keeping Texans in the dark is a way to enable industry and the insanity that crops up each time the EPA tries to step in and do something to help us. If the media would help make the health impacts widely known, it would sway public opinion and stop this grandstanding and waste of taxpayer dollars.
These stories need to be told in the media. These people and their health issues need to become common knowledge just like Sarah Palin and her latest idiocy.
I have new case studies with stories that will make you cry. But, they ain’t sexy.
About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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