Experts agree: Everything’s fine

October 7, 2011

Garfield County, gas wells

State says H2S is not a public health risk in Garfield County
Tests uncover only low levels of deadly hydrogen sulfide gas at area wells

The COGCC allowed well operators to test a “selective sample” of wells for the presence of hydrogen sulfide. No mention of whether Noble Energy participated in their informal little study. Not that it matters. I have no doubt the well operators – Antero, EnCana, Williams, Laramie Energy – selected their test wells carefully.

So the “tests” show that the well operators have a pretty good handle on which wells are not spewing high levels of hydrogen sulfide. The “tests” also prove that some  wells do emit low levels of hydrogen sulfide on a regular basis. Without air quality testing we have no way of knowing if those levels vary, or what levels of hydrogen sulfide the public is exposed to on a daily basis.

As I mentioned in a previous post, this 2006 study shows negative health impacts from constant exposure to low levels of hydrogen sulfide:  Hydrogen Sulfide, Oil and Gas, and People’s Health

Evidently if you live in western Garfield County and you don’t want to be exposed to a constant barrage – at any level – of hydrogen sulfide emissions, then just don’t breathe.

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