Here’s what America’s Natural Gas did for you today:
More than a dozen counties in the Eagle Ford Shale region have been inundated with traffic as oil and gas drilling has taken off, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The result has been a sharp increase in fatal crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.
Twelve people have died in accidents in Karnes County in the last six month, the newspaper said. LaSalle County has had a 418 percent increase in commercial motor vehicle crashes since drilling began in 2008, and McMullen County has a 1,050 percent increase in wrecks involving tractor-trailers.
UPDATE: Amy Mall has information about Another loophole for the oil and gas industry creates deadly working conditions. Industry truck drivers are allowed to work longer hours–20 hour shifts–than drivers in other industries.
The good news is you can make comments until August 6 and maybe get this loophole closed. See Amy Mall’s update.
Boom takes toll on health care, social services
By Vicki Vaughan
…the oil boom is straining health care, education and social services.
- Health care administrative staff are going to work in the oil field.
- Schools are struggling with “struggling to deal with larger, sometimes transient student populations, more students from single parent homes and more homeless students.
- Food banks are swamped with more requests for help.
- Increased diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity.
- Big spike in sexually transmitted diseases.
- “Desperate” need for more mental health professionals to treat depression.
- Longtime residents have been pushed out by rent that has risen as much as $1800 to $2000/month.
- Seniors are struggling with higher housing and services costs.
- “Our stable population is being ousted,”