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Study: High-Levels of Carcinogen in Local Air

June 29, 2013

WHEELING — After studying seven different natural gas drilling sites in Wetzel, Brooke and Marion counties, Michael McCawley found high levels of cancer-causing benzene being emitted into the air....

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Jul-02-13 10:41 AM

wraithy,do you really believe that a company official would drink real fracking fluid?haliburton says that nobody knows what was in that was most likely some kind of beer.

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Jun-30-13 4:18 PM


Care to try and refute my post or are you going to engage in childish name calling?

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Jun-30-13 9:38 AM

Wienerdawg you bleeping idiot, the OV has all of the crap air quality of a big city with NONE of the benefits of a big city.

WTF would anybody live THERE??? Poverty and cancer BOTH. Whats the GOOD news???

Oh yeah, that why the population has declined 50% since 1950.

20,000 in 2020???? Any takers?

Yeah, didn't think so, just Hillbilly mouth.


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Jun-30-13 9:34 AM

the coke plant had to be the worst air polluter in the northern dad put 38 years in that place and died from asbestos.the only form of cancer that he had was from the asbestos.the rest of his body was in good shape.he would have lived another 20 years considering his siblings lived to their 90's.

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Jun-30-13 9:34 AM

Typical characteristic of a pin-head study: Claim a pollutant from a site that is not even coming from that site so the everyone thinks that site is polluting the pollutant even though the pollutant is not there. Understand? Didn't think so. This fool got paid our tax dollars and has come up with results totally against what he had hoped. So he find something external and slants it toward the evil well sites. Lets all go back to the stone age, like say Kenya is now. Obama would feel just like home then.

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Jun-30-13 7:47 AM

Seattle, the "Emerald City" and a model of liberal cleanliness actually has far higher levels of Benzene than about 95% of the US.

Most Benzene pollution comes from diesel trucks and affects people living close to roads on highways which are travelled by diesel spewing vehicles.

From Beech Bottom-north, cancer levels have been greater than the national average-for decades-before drilling even started.

Or did you fine folks think that the coal trucks, coal trains, chemical plants, coal fired power plants, coke plant, steel plants and tractor trailers were harmless?

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Jun-30-13 7:43 AM

Fracking fluid ingredients (standard):

Acids (also used to clean swimming pools)

Sodium chloride (used in table salt)

Polyacrylamide (used in water treatment)

Ethylene Glycol (anti-freeze, household cleaners)

Borate Salt (laundry detergent, hand soap, cosmetics)

Sodium/Potassium Carbonate (detergent, glass, ceramics)

Glutaraldehyde (disinfectant, also used to sterilize medical equipment)

Guar Gum (cosmetics, baked goods, ice cream, toothpaste, sauces)

Citric Acid (food, beverages, additive, lemon juice)

Isopropanal (glass cleaner, hair coloring, antiperspirant)


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Jun-30-13 7:12 AM

troll,we won't know anything about this stuff for years.the companies are secretive and our government long have we been driving cars?the results are in for that.they've been getting emission tested for years before being allowed to hit the market.anti-fracking is not the issue here.regardless of haliburton,when a company won't disclose what chemicals that they are using voluntarily,they usually are trying to avoid lawsuits and shutdowns.kind of like a criminal that won't talk.guilty of something.we aren't as dumb as we were in the past.every day we learn something.

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Jun-29-13 10:56 PM

I’m just glad none of you antifrackers aren’t driving cars that spew cancer-causing diesel or gasoline exhaust into the air. Because that would make you hypocrites.

Still waiting on that single specific example of harm caused by drilling anywhere in the Ohio Valley... Since you claim there’s so much cancer and contamination surely you can cite a single example... yawn...

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Jun-29-13 8:31 PM

"OK, so the bottom line is no different than living in NYC or LA," dah.

Good Gawd! Who would want to live in either of those places? The OV air is by no means the model of a healthy breathing atmosphere, but it likely beats NY and LA, especially during an inversion. Regardless, the increasing levels of cancer causing gasses is cause for serious concern, particularly for younger residents.

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Jun-29-13 7:31 PM

I question the number of WV government employees that are becoming part of the outside contractors for these gas and oil companies. The knowledge they used to regulate the industry is now being used to get around the law in the gray area of the regulation they help write and enforced. These people should be put on notice that this type of behavior will not be tolerated and the penalty will be a heavy fine with claw backs for breaking the law.

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Jun-29-13 7:21 PM

These independent contractor that are hired by the oil and gas companies should be help responsible for their actions and the company that hired them should be held to even a higher financial accountability for hiring the independent contractors. Today It is too easy for independent contractor to file bankruptcy and skip out on the amount of financial liabilities like in the day of early coal mining. Back then, coal company could break the law file bankruptcy and start up a new company within a week. Leaving the city or county with EPA problems and no money to fix the problem and the taxpayer is stuck with the bill.

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Jun-29-13 7:20 PM

Shut them down! Shut them down!! Oh wait, it was only one site? And it was caused by diesel trucks, not the wells?

ah, nevermind!!!

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Jun-29-13 7:20 PM

The idea of letting legislators give the responsibility of crafting the laws or ordinances by counties instead is like giving a grade school kid the power to set high school classes. The county level is not ready to handle this responsibility and too many things can happen to keep from enforcing laws or changing laws for a few instead of for the entire citizen of the county..

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Jun-29-13 6:10 PM

Wraith: Baloney Sandwich. Cite your source. There is, we assure you, much more to it than that. You've posted that mix from the Paula Deen cookbook before; and, it is wrong. Further: You fail to address entirely the release of compounds from the shale itself; chemicals which can in some locales include salts of radium; and, which compounds, extracted from the shale, return to the surface in flowback.

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Jun-29-13 6:04 PM

Give it up, clowns:

"May 1, 2013 - 12:30am

An EPA report released on Monday reaffirms that fracking is not contaminating drinking water supplies. The Washington Times reported,

After a 16-month investigation, state regulators Monday said that natural gasfracking, contrary to highly publicized claims, isn’t to blame for high methane levels in three families’ drinking water in a northern Pennsylvania town.

For fracking proponents, it was another piece of good news. The oil and gas industry still was unwrapping the federal government’s acknowledgment that fracking isn’t nearly as harmful to the environment as it previously claimed.

By dramatically lowering its methane emissions estimates from natural gas drilling sites, the Environmental Protection Agency has made it much more difficult to argue that the fracking boom is accelerating climate change.

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Jun-29-13 5:57 PM

You people and your sillyass junk science are a {bleeping} BORE!

Fracturing fluid: Water 90%

Sand 9.5%

Remaining 0.5%:

Sodium chloride (salt)

ethylene Glycol (antifreeze)

Borate Salts

Sodium carbonate (baking soda)

Guar Gum (ice cream additive)

isopropanol (rubbing alcohol)

WHAT BIG F****G MYSTERY, science challenge losers?

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Jun-29-13 5:50 PM

Halliburton Exec Takes Swig of Fracking Fluid Published August 23, 2011 | Associated Press An energy company executive's sip of fracking fluid at an industry conference this month has been called a demonstration by some and a stunt by others, but it's bringing attention to new recipes for hydraulic fracturing fluids that in the past have contained chemicals commonly used for antifreeze or bleaching hair.

During a keynote lunch speech at the conference presented by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Halliburton Co. CEO Dave Lesar talked about addressing public concerns about hydraulic fracturing, which extracts natural gas by blasting a mix of water, chemicals and sand underground. He raised a container of Halliburton's new fracking fluid made from materials sourced from the food industry, then called up a fellow executive to demonstrate how safe it was by drinking it, according to two attendees.

The executive mocked reluctance, then took a swig.

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Jun-29-13 5:11 PM

Air borne benzene is of little concern as it is rapidly dilluted and would be in extremely small concentrations only a few hundred feet from the site of the plume

The presence of benzene in drinking water however is something that MUST be guarded against at all cost!!

You can quite easily exceed these levels by testing the exhaust of any diesel powered truck or any incinerator so his findings carry little weight

We are FAR more threatened by the TOTALLY un-regulated PRIVATE trash burning going on in every back yard trash barrel!!!!

Household trash when burned in a burn barrel produces a MASSIVE amount of lethal toxins and carciogens at GROUND level and in close proximity to breathing humans!!!

Yet there are ZERO restrictions on how much or WHAT can be burned!!!!

So as you can see, this is all about sensationalisim and has very little to do with REAL concern over public health!!!

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Jun-29-13 2:12 PM

@chokingsmoker: Obviously thou be a man who cannot handle spiritual enlightenment, thus I grieve.

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Jun-29-13 1:02 PM

STOP the insanity.Toxic and unsafe at every stage, the gas has been promised to CHINA. Have a nice 4th of July and decide to confront exploitation. It is absolutely wrong to poison for profit. When Robin Bush died of leukemia, age 3, in the early 1950's in Midland, Texas, the problem of drilling contamination was ignored..the Bush family moved and left the cancer area.Other children died who could have been saved if the truth had been told.Many frac chemicals are labeled carcinogen.this means:CAUSES CANCER.Many who call themselves patriots and pro-life have promoted the unsafe drilling practices and benefited financially from drilling. There is an effort to divide and alienate one group from another. We are all human and all vulnerable to contamination illnesses. We are all American and in danger from aggressive take-overs by China and hostile nations. We are all endowed with a great blessing of freedom and must defend our live, health and liberty or lose all we love and cherish.

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Jun-29-13 11:36 AM

If you want the real lowdown on the fracking issue, stick with the posting of wvugeo.

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Jun-29-13 11:33 AM

Speaking of pollution, why are most published pictures of gays shown kissing or looking as if they are on the verge of public fornication? That is sight pollution.

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Jun-29-13 10:47 AM

mikeyd is right about benzene in the frack juice, and, then, in the local water. This article mentions the diesel vehicle exhaust; but, did everyone know that one major component of the frack fluid they're pumping into your ground and plan to process near your drinking water intake can be diesel fuel itself? It is pretty commonly used; but, due to federal exemptions, we won't really know, since the fracking/drilling companies are protected from having to reveal the composition of their frack fluids, even when they pump them in and around aquifers or process them along the river. Water contamination is likely much, much more of a hazard than air pollution or noise.

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Jun-29-13 10:43 AM

What most people don't realize is that the law prohibits the CENTER of the well pads from being closer than 625 feet to your house. That means the EDGE of the well pad can (and would) be much closer. In fact the way the brainiacs in Charleston wrote the statute, there is no limit to how close the EDGE can be to your house. It should have been at least 625' to any part of the pad site from your house. Way to go local legislators. Senate President Kessler should have known better what the language meant. Maybe he did and didn't care.

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