Fracking health project puts numbers to debate

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The article says “Air pollution seems to be more of a threat than water pollution, ...”. NO-not “more of a threat”, it is an additional threat! Both are happening, and it it is not a comparision game of which is “worst” nor is it an argument to say the number of lives shortened is far less than the years of lives extended. The process of getting oil and gas does not have to have these problems. Air and water does not have to be polluted because additional preventative measures can be used. This ups the cost and for the additional money not spent, it is saying,“We are willing to expend these lives or years of life for these cost savings and bigger profits.” That is not acceptable!
The idea of water being polluted, is “less a threat” is really saying, “a lesser number of people affected”. That is not to say the effects on any one person is “less threating” as the injestion of BETX chemicals in water can have quicker and more physical damage in a shorter time.
It really sounds as if the phrasing of the researchers are trying to apologize for finding O&G have been misleading people about their process and it is O.K. because others will live longer with less coal burning. As for that thinking, the same researchers discount the net carbon balance is still increasing AND the extraction end has added methane to the green house gas that is 25 times or more powerful greenhouse gas than the CO2. In addition, the VOCs released contribute to ozone which harms all living things, both flora and fauna. Just realize, this report says, YES, harm is happening to peopleanimals and plantss around these operations through polluted air and water contrary to industry claims otherwise.

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