Note to all from Wes Wilson regarding:
NPR story on air toxic health effects due to natural gas drilling in Garfield County Colorado
Don’t miss this story — it will make you justifiably angry to learn how there are no national studies* of air toxics health impacts from drilling — and how an initially bold Garfield County commission began a health study only to stop it when the results were alarming to the industry.
What makes this story so compelling is that every community being drilled will be exposed to air toxics, and it’s becoming increasingly clearer that nearby residents, those with 1/2 mile of a well pad, are likely to have their health compromised — air toxics from drilling is of course ubiquitous, unlike a spill, blowout, or ground water contamination from a bad well — the only remaining question is when we, the people, will put an end to this public health risk.
Circulate widely on your networks — includes 10 min of radio interviews by Elizabeth Shogren, the written transcript, and pictures: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/15/149998263/close-encounters-with-gas-well-pollution