Tonight at the Flower Mound Town Council meeting a mother revealed that her teen daughter has drilling chemicals in her blood.
- Ethyl benzene
- Methyl pentane
What’s it going to take?
In Wyoming Best Available Control Technology (BACT) is mandated and Williams uses BACT in Wyoming. Industry and Williams refuses to use BACT in Texas because it’s not mandated. It’s okay to make teenagers sick if there are no mandates to prevent it.
Add this to the case studies I supplied to some big brass in DC. The evidence is mounting.
What will it take? Seriously. WHAT?
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I am in the Marcellus patch. It has been a lot of luck and a lot of very hard work by a lot of very good people.
We/I hope that the Marcellus work will have a powerful spin-off effect to the whole rest of the shale world.
That is what the industry fears, I think, more than life itself.
Stan Scobie, Binghamton, NY
Looks like Shiloh Chris has been browsing your site again.
It is always difficult to face facts and admit problems, especially when jobs and much money
are involved. Throughout history, people have exploited industrial know-how until damage to the environment caught us with them.
And courageous people have always had to fight against dangerous practices and chemicals…whether the polluter was the military, Dow Chemical, or the paper plant down the street that employed friends and neighbors. Seems by now we would have learned to be honest, admit problems, improve our methods, and protect the earth. Apparently, not.
What were the levels found, and how do they compare to "normal" levels for North Texans? Do we know?
can you provide any additional info regarding how she got them in her blood, which neighborhood she lives in, whats being doneto investigate, etc…?
i live in FM and would like more info in order to protect my family.
Sorry you guys but I was not paying attention this morning when I let those comments post. We need to start over and try not to advocate violence and keep it clean.
Tim Ruggiero says
I didn't see the posts, but I'd like to think it was just venting and frustration. When you are being impacted, it's easy to lash out and say things in the heat of the moment that you may later regret. Shiloh Chris is a fine example of that…had his blog shut down. It's one thing to be impacted, and completely another when it's your kids and their health and welfare. I'd like to know what the operator's explanation is for how drilling chemicals were found in this child's blood and organs.
Oh don't worry, we'll get to the bottom of it. One lawyer tried to threaten people in Point Noble. Ok people, those guys pay 1500/mo in HOA fees, trust me, they can afford good Doctor's and an attorney or 2 or 10.
Whosplayin, I don't think it is normal to have these chemicals in your blood period. Even small amounts in this young girls system is too much. These chemicals have been found at drill sites and gas production sites in the area.
I am not sure what your point is. Why does it matter? Just asking.
If we go in the direction of whosplayin comment: It is my understanding physicians do not look for these chemicals when anyone gets their blood drawn unless it is an envirmental doctor. I suppose residents in Flower Mound, Lewisville, etc., could make an appointment with an environmental doctor to get "baseline blood testing" so we will have something to compare it to if we get sick. This reminds me of the water wells. People have to prove their water was okay before drilling started.
The point I was trying to get to is that our environment is screwed from a variety of factors. In many homes, indoor air quality is worse than outside because of the chemicals used in home furnishings, cleaners, paint, carpet, solvents, etc.
Tammi's right that none of this stuff should be in our blood, but we're all Modern Americans living in the chemical age. It doesn't shock me at all to see that stuff reported in blood – especially without any context to know what is "normal" for our population, and what the reading on this child was.
It sucks to think that we might all need blood testing before gas development, since it's expensive and should be unnecessary if these folks would operate cleanly.
Do the chemicals in the blood match the chemicals in air testing?
Did the symptoms begin after exposure to drilling emissions?
Are the symptoms alleviated by leaving the area?
Do the symptoms return when exposure returns?
It's not like the health effects of living near gas drilling is unknown.