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Ethylbenzene changes everything

June 10, 2014

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Sounds like the title of a country western song. A couple months have passed since I published the results of our little family study. Lots of folks have expressed concern and wonder how we’re doing. It has been difficult for me to find words to describe the past two months. But I can still hum […]

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Dogland at flood stage

May 28, 2014

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If you head down to Dogland — aka River Park — this week, you will get wet. The park has reached flood stage.    

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Phase II: BTEXs Metabolites Results

April 23, 2014

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In the first phase of testing, the urine samples for Ema, Hailey, and I tested positive for ethylbenzene and xylenes. Hailey’s blood had high levels of ethylbenzene and xylenes. Remember, VOCs in blood indicate recent exposure; and VOCs in urine indicate chronic exposure (like workers in the workplace). See Phase I: VOC Results. As a […]

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Phase I: VOC Results

April 22, 2014

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Many readers have questions. I will do my best to answer them in a series of posts, in some cases as the information comes to me. On April 1, the nurse came to my home in Silt and drew blood and collected urine samples from me (age 60), my daughter Ema (age 38), and granddaughter […]

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3 generations of oil and gas contamination

April 17, 2014

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It all began with sickness and then the sick of being sickness. Since last fall my daughter Ema, granddaughter Hailey (age 12), and I have been sick – a lot. Ema actually spent a day in the ER undergoing all sorts of tests. Several thousand dollars later (she was uninsured) the doctors still didn’t know […]

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Ursa meeting on March 13

March 1, 2014

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Hey Silt! Mark your calendars! Ursa Resources Semi-Annual Community Meeting March 13, 2014 6:00 p.m. Colorado River Fire Rescue facility (Silt Firehouse) Ursa Landman Jeff  Powers reports: “Food and beverages will be provided. However, no guarantee on the spinach artichoke dip.”

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Water quality is a taboo subject

February 24, 2014

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Last week my air quality got all mixed in with my water quality. But, as Bob Arrington would say, what goes up must come down and if there’s chemicals in the air, they’re in the water, too – and vice versa. It all started with something I said at the County Commissioners’ meeting on February […]

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AQCC Commissioners are good listeners

February 20, 2014

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Air Quality Control Commission Hearings Live webcast link 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m., February 20, 21, & 22 Driving out of the mountains into Denver mid-morning on Wednesday, the Denver Julesberg Basin (Wattenberg gas field) is unmistakably identifiable as a massive yellow haze/brown cloud that stretches for miles along the horizon. The air pollution from […]

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AQCC hearings begin February 19

February 15, 2014

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Air Quality Control Commission Meeting Agenda To quote Vice President Joe Biden: “This is a big fucking deal!” Tod and I will be heading over to the Front Range to participate in the Public Comment Session on Wednesday. We won’t be able to stay for all three days of hearings so the live webcast will […]

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The air in Silt — Part 2

February 7, 2014

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In advance of the AQCC air quality rulemaking hearings February 19-21, and in protest of Silt being completely left out of the 142-page EPAC Rebuttal Statement, I am posting photos of the air in Silt. For more information and photos go to: The air in Silt — Part 1 Long-term exposure to air pollution can […]

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