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Health Dept. Concerned About Benzene Emissions Near Local Gas Drilling Sites

December 10, 2013

A substance believed to cause cancer in those exposed to it over an extended period of time is in the air near Marcellus Shale fracking sites, according to Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department......

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Dec-10-13 8:06 PM

pippi1 - thanks, if I read the article correctly, the ppm is 0.085 (ppb 85). That's fairly low. Control samples would be nice...

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Dec-10-13 6:07 PM

@Gerald. I believe you can find the amounts of Benzene being discussed in the article entitled How much do we know about drilling horizontal wells? Posted on OCTOBER 23 in WV Public broadcasting by Glynis Board.

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Dec-10-13 1:39 PM

This is a very poorly written article with very little meaningful information.

“The amounts they were seeing were at levels of concern”. What are the levels being seen? And also how about some “control” levels, e.g., concentration levels of benzene at the Dallas Pike truck stop, or the I70 tunnels, or even a rural stretch of I70.

Here’s some OSHA permissible exposure limits for benzene (PELs) –

Time-weighted average limit (TWA) = 1 ppm (TWA is the average exposure over an eight hour period.)

Short-term exposure limit (STEL) = 5 ppm (STEL is the average exposure over a period of 15 minutes.)

In order to be a well informed public, we need some details, not scary generalities.

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Dec-10-13 9:57 AM

THANK YOU from the Wheeling Water Warriors, who brought this issue to our Health Department for their input!

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Dec-10-13 9:01 AM

Over time statistics will show increases in respiratory ailments, increased sinus issues, and apparent "allergies" associated with the fowling of our air quality.

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