Chesapeake Energy Vents Foul Gasses in Texas, Day Four; Residents Report Illness
Residents of shale country in many states are severely impacted by both water and air pollution, a new peer-reviewed study has found. Right now, Texas residents say they are getting no response from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) or the industry, despite over four days of calls reporting misery and illness from contaminated air. Texas bloggers write that local media have been “given the red light” on covering the sickening vapors being vented from Chesapeake Energy tanks. Area residents, including citizen gas drilling experts, believe the tanks contain flowback (toxic fracking waste) from gas drilling operations in the Barnett Shale.
Two reports are excerpted below, with links to photos and video. The first, “Arlington fracking flowback misery day four,” is from Texas Sharon on her award-winning blog “Bluedaze.” The second post is from “Dallas Drilling”: “Day four of contaminated air spill, residents sick, local media told to keep quiet.”
Arlington fracking flowback misery day four
by TXSHARON on JANUARY 12, 2012
Chesapeake Energy continues to vent the flowback tanks at theFulsom Fulson site in Arlington. Residents complain of dizziness and strong, foul, pungent, sewer-like odors. Chesapeake seems to be following this recipe.
To see what this Arlington community is being exposed to, see the presentation given at a Physicians Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy public health conference by Wilma Subra, MacArthur Genius Award Winning Chemist and Board member of Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project.
To read a report detailing impacts of families and communities in the Barnett Shale, read FLOWBACK: How the Texas Natural Gas Boom Affects Health and Safety.
Statement of concern by American Lung Association: Lung Association Expresses Concern Over Air Pollution From Fracking
Read the full post from Texas Sharon’s famous blog Bluedaze, with photos, comments, and video.
Here is the excerpt and photo from the “Dallas Drilling” post. Thanks to an alert Susquehanna County, PA activist for link.
Local media has been given the red light on covering day four of an air venting operation in Arlington, Texas by Chesapeake Energy. Our contacts have told us that no one has from Chesapeake,TCEQ, or local media have responded to reports of the contaminatedair spill or the reported illnesses from residents in Arlington.
Context: Last week at the national conference on gas drilling health impacts I spoke with an environmental scientist in Texas whose assistant nearly died after inhaling the mist from a tank containing gas drilling fluids. His trachea enlarged, he began having difficulty breathing, and because the nearest hospital was 25 miles away she had to put his head in a freezer to save his life. I mentioned this incident because, if you read the Texas blog post comments, you should understand that when Texans living in the Barnett Shale region say, “if you inhale, you better have your buddy ready to drive you to the hospital,” they aren’t joking.
This Chesapeake Energy air spill should be national news. For Marcellus Shale region residents, who have only been experiencing foul “odor events” for a few years — just the beginning — it serves as a warning of increasingly sickening air as fracking increases.
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