‘Let’s learn from the past’: Pam Judy speaks out on the health impacts of compressor stations.
Kirsi Jansa’s short video, “Gas Rush Stories Part 5: A Neighbor,” highlights the story of Pam Judy, her husband, and her two children, who live 780 feet from a compressor station in Carmichaels, Green County Pennsylvania. Pam details the health problems that her and her family have suffered since the compressor station was installed: headaches, sore throats, nosebleeds, vertigo, mouth blisters, some of which have landed them in the emergency room.
Pam argues that we must look to the past to gain perspective on what is happening here in Pennsylvania, and what will continue to happen to our communities, our land, and the health of our citizens:
It wasn’t right when they were drilling into the Barnett shale in Texas. Many of those people in that area experience the same problems that I’m having right now and that drilling occurred several years ago. And they are just now conducting a long – term study.
Pam also argues in this 18 minute documentary, that we must learn from similar historic examples of toxic contamination, where the effects of a substance were not known or documented until it was too late.
We have both our government, federal, state and local, all telling us that this is not harmful, and we have industry telling us this is not harmful. That is the very same thing that happened with asbestos. When they began using asbestos and then we learn years later exactly what happens. And my family actually, you knowm suffered the consequences of that. I lost my mother because of it. And that is really a fear of mine.
During an NPR segment back in 2009, Calvin Tillman, former mayor of Dish, Texas, located on the Barnett Shale just north of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, echoes Pam’s encouragement that we learn from the mistakes that have already been made in his town. Tillman was forced to move his family to a safer location after his own son suffered nosebleeds caused by the compressor station emissions in Dish. He reflects,
If you don’t learn from what has happened here, by the time that the odor gets bad enough for you to not want it there, by the time that the noise gets loud enough that it’s disturbing you, it’s already too late.