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Gas Workers Risk Silica Exposure

April 10, 2014

WHEELING — Breathing only a tiny amount of silica dust per day — enough, roughly, to cover Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s nose on a dime — can put a worker at risk for myriad health problems, according......

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JustVisiting

Apr-11-14 5:40 PM

The sand they use for fracking is a very specific type, only found in certain parts of the country. It has an extremely fine grain, so it's not the same kind used in sandboxes, including the non-silicone free sand. Even then, the exposure of a child occasionally playing in a sandbox is VERY different from that of a full time sand mine worker. Also, the silicosis described in the article was a significant problem during the Dust Bowl. Because it is so difficult to treat, it needs to be taken very seriously.

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TrollSlayer

Apr-11-14 10:57 AM

... said the loon who posted at 9:49 am on a Friday. Ha, ha, ha, yawn, zzzzz.......

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rightiswrong

Apr-11-14 9:49 AM

idliketoknow.Must be a great job that would allow you time to post at 11 : 32 am on a thursday.Ha,Ha,Ha,

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idliketoknow

Apr-10-14 11:32 AM

Marcy, was that a joke? I wouldn't have the great job I have now if I were dumb enough to tell you which company I work for.

So it all makes sense now, you get all your info from youtube. Glad you cleared that up for us. Bahaha

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richardwhee

Apr-10-14 11:30 AM

Here we go; They are now aware of it. But another Gov fund will be wanted so they can collect money. Sound familiar??

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TrollSlayer

Apr-10-14 10:29 AM

I fill my kid's sandbox with used fracking sand. Even cheaper than Lowe's, and since it's so radioactive it glows in the dark, your kid doesn't need a night light...

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dyingov

Apr-10-14 10:22 AM

troll, I think she was referencing my comment. True you can buy silica free sand for the box! Also true is silica free sand is about 10x more the cost. So I'm sure those sand boxes are full of $5 bags from Lowes!

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TrollSlayer

Apr-10-14 10:18 AM

kim, you can buy silica-free playbox sand. But dust from construction-grade sand and most naturally-occurring sand does contain silica. And since I didn't say "playbox sand" I'm not sure what purpose your comment serves. But thanks for the public service announcement.

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kimfeil

Apr-10-14 10:08 AM

silica quartz doesn not equal playbox sand

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TrollSlayer

Apr-10-14 9:59 AM

I just hope nobody tells the loons that road dust and playground dust and garden dust also contain silica. Oops... just did...

I also hope nobody tells the loons that EVERYTHING is radioactive to some level. Aluminum foil does provide some level of shielding, though, so until you shut down all drilling, driving, gardening, and playground activities in America you could wrap your entire body like a baked potato... just a suggestion...

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kimfeil

Apr-10-14 9:22 AM

when they fracked two blocks from my house by the Cowboys Stadium, there was a film of dust all over my car one day-I knew what it was right away...wonder how mch of that went into my home? How much of that was/is radioactive? My friend’s husband worked near a frack site in Ft Worth...same story with car being covered thickly with a dust...yep not only the workers but the innocent people are being exposed. We are just collateral damage for the sake of staying on some dinosaur fuel

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mikeyd

Apr-10-14 8:29 AM

i'dlike,well Colorado must be wrong then.

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Marcellus

Apr-10-14 8:18 AM

Reply to 'idliketoknow' -- Which production company do you work for? If so, idliketoknow which one, or maybe it is a midstream company? There are videos on YouTube showing the clouds of dust, you do not have to take my word for it, try searching FRAC SAND DUST STORM for one, or see if this link works (remove the space after the //) ******* youtu.be/Fd9gPMpKk5w Touche and Bahahaha!!!

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idliketoknow

Apr-10-14 7:51 AM

"I've said all along that you only need water pressure to crack the shale"

Half right. You need a proppant to keep the frac open to allow the gas to escape. No proppant and your well will be dead in a month.

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idliketoknow

Apr-10-14 7:49 AM

"considering the clouds of frac sand dust that billow off of most fracking sites and the few workers and truckers wearing respirators nearby."

Bahahaha!!!

Marcellus, you just made it abundantly clear that 1. You have no idea what you're talking about and 2. That you've never even come close to a "fracking site".

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mikeyd

Apr-10-14 7:46 AM

I've said all along that you only need water pressure to crack the shale.good for Colorado.my sister had told me awhile back that the fracking companies weren't allowed to pump the chemicals into the ground there the way they are doing here.

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Marcellus

Apr-10-14 7:29 AM

A very serious problem that has been largely ignored to this point, considering the clouds of frac sand dust that billow off of most fracking sites and the few workers and truckers wearing respirators nearby. Any other industry would have had to address it long before now, but the exemptions for the O&G industry appear to have no limits. Do companies consider their workers expendable since they are well paid? Any other company in the US is REQUIRED to provide a safe work environment, so let's get this industry up to speed for the sake of the workers.

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dyingov

Apr-10-14 7:29 AM

"Silica is a primary component of sand!"

Sand box anyone? Funny stuff

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