Printed letters, December 27, 2012

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Monte derides the respirator usage that, depending on type, can reduce volatiles in the air. He goes on to say that with the ‘closed’ system there are no fumes. With liquid separation and storage on a pad, even with flaring, there are releases of fumes. Even the well heads and related piping can leak. The EPA has for Well Venting for Liquids Unloading an 11 tons/year-well emissions and this doesn’t count what went on in completion or any workovers. He goes on to tout ‘clean mountain air’ that he was not there to sample. He touts sweeping health statistics he has no knowledge of.
“There was an overall excess of deaths for all types of cancer (6 v 1.6 expected) among the male population 3.6 times higher than the reference population (95% CI 1.31 to 7.81). Conclusions—The observed excess of cancer
might be associated with the pollution of the environment by toxic contaminants coming from the oil production.
(Occup Environ Med 2001;58:517–522)” This from a time period of study 1989 to 1998 coming out in 2001 with the development going from 1972 to 1982 such that effects were from 7 to 16 years downstream.
Now these numbers came from development that was not using the fracking dependent techniques, so worker exposure didn’t include clouds of fracking sand and some of the other toxic chemicals. However, the sand can cause silicosis and later lung cancer on top of what some of the chemicals will do. So with the delayed happening of exposures, the wide amount of relocation of workers, and general lag of recognition of trends; I can only say ‘good luck’ for your future health Monte.
Finally, industry is NOT going to stop producing, regardless of your attitude, they will NOT ask people to quit using products; but be advised it is a finite energy source and it will come to an end. In the interim, people can and will demand the industry to clean up its’ act and the way it conducts its’ business.

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