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Dish Texas Mayor Packs Up Family & Moves Out Fearing Effects of Fracking on Family

February 26, 2011

Calvin Tillman, mayor of Dish Texas has just given up his position and has moved his family away from his community which currently contains 60 gas wells.  He fears for the safety and health of his family and said it was not tough to choose between politics and his children.

“I’m not against drilling, but I am against being poisoned,” he says.

“Residents of Dish have complained of nosebleeds, pain, and poor circulation since the first compressor station was built in their town in 2005.”   When Calvin’s sons began waking up in the middle of the night with nosebleeds, he knew it was time to go.

“Last Memorial Day was the final straw.  Tillman’s 5-year-old son awoke in the middle of the night with a severe nosebleed.  As Tillman describes to Huffington Post, ‘He had blood all over his hands, blood on the walls — our house looked somewhat like a murder scene.’ In the weeks prior, both of Tillman’s sons had experienced severe nosebleeds.  At the same time, the town was surrounded by a strong odor from their natural gas facilities.


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