Sunday, July 17, 2011

Alarming new data on the toxic air pollutants near oil and gas operations

Posted July 13, 2011 in Health and the EnvironmentAmy Mall

Three communities in the West recently embarked on pilot citizen air monitoring projects in response to government inaction on repeated reports of strong odors and, in some cases, health symptoms. The communities were trained in air sampling and monitoring by Global Community Monitor, a non-profit organization that helps communities establish "Bucket Brigades" to conduct their own air quality monitoring. Global Community Monitor partnered with the San Juan Citizens Alliance and the Western Colorado Congress to help organize the community-based bucket brigades.

Yesterday, Global Community Monitor released a report with the alarming results of the air sampling in the San Juan Basin of northwest New Mexico and southwest Colorado, and in Garfield County, Colorado. According to the report, analysis by a certified lab detected: "a total of 22 toxic chemicals in the air samples, including four known carcinogens, as well as toxins known to damage the nervous system and respiratory irritants. The chemicals detected ranged from 3 to 3,000 times higher than what is considered safe by state and federal agencies." The pollutants of concern in these locations include benzene, a known carcinogen, and hydrogen sulfide, which can be fatal. The test results are available on Global Community Monitor's website.


It's amazing how insidious fracking is.  Fracking not only affects the aquifers-ground-water, soil and the air we breath. All essentials for life.  We cannot live on dollar bills. It is time to rid the environment of insidious destruction.

WTF: Big Oil - I raise a toast of frac-fluid to your health, a silent waft of toxic air for your every breath, and ripened tomatoes fed with produced water for your dinner salad.



1 comment:

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