Fetal defects not linked to gas wells

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So are we to believe these 22 cases are unrelated and coincidental?

There are glaring gaps in CDPHE’s report, and what it doesn’t say is far more important that what it does say.

The report did not say the subjects’ water did not contain contaminants.

CDPHE only considered the chemical break-down products of disinfection in the subjects’ water sources, without analyzing for the presence or absence of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), or any of the chemicals the industry uses in fracking.  VOCs are known to be associated with drilling and fracking and to affect pregnancy outcomes.

No effort was made to check the air in the subjects’ dwellings for contaminants. In fact, air quality isn’t even mentioned anywhere in the report.

The agency reports subjects lived a minimum of five miles from active wells, but CDPHE did not mention that there is NO research showing what a safe distance is for a dwelling from oil and gas operations. CDPHE also did not consider subjects’ proximity to storage facilities, pipelines, inactive well sites, etc.

The report is woefully inadequate, which is probably why CDPHE put it on their website without any announcement.



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