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Professor Wants Air Emissions Regulated

Extreme Levels of Benzene Floating Around

August 25, 2013

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Levels of carcinogenic benzene in the air 625 feet away from one natural gas drill site were so bad that a West Virginia University professor said he would recommend “respiratory......

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Aug-27-13 8:11 PM


As always, you are the calm voice of reason...

Thank you!

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Aug-26-13 7:50 AM

This is an article for the global warming believers.

No facts, no numbers, no concentrations, no comparison with other areas of the country.


You can find all other chemicals anywhere in the country. The question is HOW MUCH and what levels are considered dangerous???

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Aug-26-13 7:47 AM

maltransplant you idiot, YOU live in area that is in the top 10 of the USA in air quality along with LA, Houston, and the rest.

Move to the Ohio Valley-- small city opportunities with big city pollution and crime!

Come on DOWN!

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Aug-25-13 8:17 PM

He wants more government regulation. I want a pony. Sometimes we just don't get what we want.

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Aug-25-13 8:07 PM

No shortage of paranoia here... LOL

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Aug-25-13 1:17 PM

trool, Transamerica invests in the "existing" market, they are not energy start-ups or experts! My point was actually that the US would be energy independent by 2020 and he mentioned the North Dakota oil fields would be the ticket to the 2020 mark! In one month the ND fields produce about 1 days worth of current US consumption! If "investors" knew these as factual why would they want to include me/you? Speculation can be a win or a losing situation! They want me/you along for the potential downfall....

If you have a 401K check-out the fees you are being charged! Good luck on finding the information, no requirement that I know of exists that "they" have to tell the fees.....

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Aug-25-13 1:16 PM

Professor McCawley has revealed a potentially serious hazard to public health and should be thanked for his efforts to alert the public and responsible authorities. The monitoring process he advocates is reasonable and could help to resolve the problem. He is to be congratulated for speaking out.

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Aug-25-13 1:12 PM

Get involved! ask for a federal investigation of the influence irregularities in WV. that means corruption!keep calling the EPA Region 3 in philadelphia and reporting the contamination. Passing the Chemical control Act and the Frac Act would increase enforcement and protect our health..greed and corruption are destroying our lives.

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Aug-25-13 11:52 AM

DaWraith, just because you choose to live in a poisonous environment doesn't mean the rest of us do I find no solace in the fact that your air is dirtier. Thanks for making the point that air quality is a widespread problem.

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Aug-25-13 11:43 AM

Professor of Environmental Science = Professor of JUNK Science.

This article is crap, no comparison of the same levels in a big city.

Come to Los Angeles and perform the same measurements down in Megabuck high rent district and see how they compare. Likely would find out why big cities have the worst air quality in the world.

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Aug-25-13 11:27 AM

Did Marshall County House of Delegate members fall to their knees for the contributions and free meals from the oil & gas lobbyists. Is their motto Let em eat Benzene?

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Aug-25-13 11:18 AM

Why problems are not fixed? Politicans represent the money. Just follow the money.

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Aug-25-13 11:11 AM

dyingov, if you don’t like the commissions you could always use your investment money to start your own energy company. Of course if you need someone else to manage pooling your money with others’ money to make that happen, and you need someone with energy company expertise to actually organize and run the energy company in which you are now a part owner, you can’t expect them to do the hardest part of the work for free.

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Aug-25-13 11:04 AM

I received a call from a "financial planner" that was pushing transunion gas/oil stock for investment. He claims the US will be energy independent by 2020! I find these peeps interesting in that they will take 5.5% of my investment up-front for "costs" and then use my money to make money! I get "some" of the return on increased value and I get to take all of the potential losses!

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Aug-25-13 9:57 AM

The entire process, from well drilling through fracking to gas production takes about 3 months. Then that well produces tens of millions of cubic feet of clean-burning natural gas every month for years.

Anti-gas loons are the only chefs in the world who can make an omlette without breaking any eggs. LOL

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Aug-25-13 9:27 AM

Notice how most of the equipment used to produce this "clean burning natural gas" burn dirty old diesel fuel in massive quantities. Not so surprising that those who have had blood tests living near fracking turn up with benzene and toluene in their bloodstreams. One thousand truck trips per well actually is like living next to I-70, especially with multiple wells on one drilling pad!

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Aug-25-13 9:12 AM

The professor should go to his local high school at the end of the day and measure the benzene level when the kids are getting on the school buses. Not to mention the particulates and the ozone. Maybe we should convert all those diesel-fueled school buses to natural gas. 98% lower particulates and no benzene. Drill baby, drill!

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Aug-25-13 9:01 AM

Facts are stubborn things, to be feared, denied and stomped on, if possible. Like when people were persecuted for insisting that the earth was round. What a concept - everybody knew the earth was flat. Guess what? Science trumps ignorance and bias every time.

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Aug-25-13 8:31 AM

The benzene came from the diesel trucks.... Did this professor come up with the global warming scam too? Need to tell the whole story here not just what will alarm people who don't know facts.

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Aug-25-13 7:46 AM

"Levels of carcinogenic benzene....were so bad". What were the levels? And how do they compare to levels along I 70 for example? This is a very poor job of reporting!!

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Aug-25-13 3:16 AM

Someone else the natural gas industry is going to have to pay to keep quiet. You won't hear another thing from this professor.

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