This month (11/9), The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) founded by Dr. Theo Colborn, released “An Exploratory Study of Air Quality near Natural Gas Operations”. The paper was peer-reviewed and accepted for publication by Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal. To learn more about TEDX and Dr. Theo Colborn click here.
Links to the study:
On March 31, 2012, Dr. Colborn spoke at the forum, “Understanding the Risks of Oil & Gas Development,” sponsored by Citizens for a Healthy Community in Hotchkiss, Colorado. Dr. Colborn talked at length about the TEDX study, explaining all facets. Watching this video will help you understand the information provided in the study papers: Natural Gas: The Rest of the Story
Industry’s response and Dr. Colborn’s comments in this article –
Study calls for scrutiny of air emissions at gas well sites
‘Ozone precursors’ found, also said to be a cause for concern
COGA’s David Ludlam’s statements in the article totally miss the point of the study. There are hazardous chemicals in the air. Lots of them. All the time. In the video, Dr. Colborn talks at length about workers in the gas patch. Prolonged exposure to these hazardous chemicals poses the most danger to the workers. At the very least, the industry should be concerned about their workers.
Since March, several people advised me to view the video of Dr. Colborn’s speech. But I resisted, not because I didn’t want to face reality. Reality has been hitting us pretty hard in Gasfield County. I resisted because from what I was told Dr. Colborn didn’t have good news. Then last week two people sent me the links to the TEDX study. I didn’t want to read that either. I didn’t want to get bummed out. So yesterday, after all this time, I finally watched the video and afterward I read the study. This stuff is seriously disturbing and difficult to digest. The impact on our air quality is worse than I imagined. I’ve been battling a sinus infection for a month, after being sick in September. I can’t help but wonder if my health problems are becoming chronic. If you live here and you don’t have chronic health problems, you know other people who do.
I understand why Dr. Colborn has to say we need more studies. In a way it’s a challenge – go ahead, prove her wrong. She also said “we need new laws” — twice. But how many more studies do we really need? Blue ozone, brown haze, white vapors – the air is so bad here they can photograph it and video it. We can see it, taste it, smell it, and feel it in our bodies. They should be doing a health assessment. They should be studying what this prolonged and cumulative exposure to these chemicals is doing to the health of people who live and work here. But all the air quality studies and health assessments in the universe won’t change the fact that we’re living in this chemical soup right now. To be honest, this is scary …
In other news — and hopefully on a cheerier note — SUNY Buffalo (NY) shut down its Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI), calling its first published paper a “shill gas study”: SUNY Buffalo Shuts “Frackademia” Center, Shale Resources and Society Institute