OH the ironic horror of the marriage of healthcare + former VP of Urban Drilling/Chesapeake, Julie Wilson, to lead our area’s Blue Zones project.
The Ft Worth Weekly reported on how flowback Chesapeake jobs were making Arlington residents sick. They posted Julie Wilson’s alleged response (its just steam/harmless) which doesn’t match what Chesapeake had on their website (flowback may contain VOC’s like propane).
The Star Telegram reported last August, 2014.. “Skeptics have also worried about how much programs will cost …..(mayor) Price said the conversation about Fort Worth’s livability is already part of debate on the city’s planned $292 million May 2014 bond election, in components such as sidewalks and bike infrastructure.”
Below is some info I gleaned off of this Ft Worth Blue Zones Project assessment that the Star Telegram reported that “Barclay Berdan, senior vice president of Texas Health Resources, which footed the $500,000 bill for the assessment and has taken the informal lead with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.”
….I added my comments in (parenthesis) and boldfaced for emphasis…
Page 3 “Environmental and Research-Supported Change: The Blue Zones Project focuses on driving environmental change so that healthy options are easy options (so Wilson will personally plug the toxic gas wells she helped put in highly densely populated areas?).
The programs leverage best practices and tenets from Blue Zones, places where people live the longest (surely not in the shale), and other research- supported interventions (like Frackademia?).
This approach aligns with and expands upon efforts already championed by city and public health leaders. (who are silent on the health risks of urban drilling)
...the Blue Zones Project to convene individuals across sectors (like the gas mafia?), including competitors (???other healthcare providers or shale-airshed-pollution-created-now-sick customers?)”
Page 6 Recommendations… “Drinking several glasses of wine daily, if appropriate.” (is this to mean they need to target those living near drilling that it is appropriate to DRINK TO FORGET they now live in an industrialized neighborhood?)
Page 8 fails to categorize how many gas wells co-exist with where people breathe in Tarrant County/Barnett Shale. Also the jobs breakdown doesn’t include all those “shale created jobs” either…
“The City of Fort Worth provides over 360,000 jobs, according to U.S. Census Bureau Employment statistics; leading industries generating jobs include manufacturing (15.6%), healthcare (13%), retail (9.3%), and educational (8.9%).”
Page 12 identified a strength in the Ft Worth area...”The Blue Zones Project team noted a large and vibrant faith community.” (Oh like the churches getting royalties off of neighboring gas wells?)
Page 14 says that the Blue Zone project has “Strong support from local Chambers.” (like the Chamber of Commerce in Arlington that wanted to weaken protections in our Gas Drilling Ordinance?)
Page 15 “Concurrently, the Blue Zones Project team will approach individual schools directly to explore appropriate options for their specific student population”. (you mean those schools near drilling sites that should be at least a mile away per this study presented to the Ft Worth Indpendent School District?)
After shale drilling came into Arlington’s airshed, and then later when my husband fought cancer, I started a Facebook group “Fail = Texas Health Resources/Arlington” to see if others were having the same issues with this hospital (formerly known as Arlington Memorial).
What incites me to blog here is the seemingly nepotism-istic way that our Ft Worth Mayor Betsy Price (whose election campagin was funded by Chesapeake) and Julie Wilson seem to have. Here is picture of them as Dancing Divas…. http://fwtx.com/…/public/snapshots/DANCING%20DIVAS.jpg…
Please comment on this FB page if you agree that Julie Wilson should be the last person to lead the Blue Zones health conscious project in our BarnettShaleHell.
Also, I contacted Blue Zones with this comment…
“In Wilson’s previous job as PR VP for Chesapeake urban drilliing, she allegedly sent a letter responding to a concerned citizen (that was posted on Facebook) that flowback was just steam/harmless which conflicts with good science that it may at may at least contains VOC’s…even BTEX.
Please explain why she was chosen and how many others applied for the position, thanks.”
Here is what OTHERS have said that oppose this….
“Why does this surprise anyone? This is the same woman who was hired to justify spending public money on the Trinity Uptown redevelopement project (see Trinity River Vision) by showing everyone pictures of the 1949 flood in Fort Worth!!!!!”
“Her new employers must be idiots if they think anything in her resume remotely qualifies her to even pretend to do anything about a community’s health. Most likely, this whole enterprise is a smokescreen for some truly unhealthful things they plan to unleash on FW.”
“A recent story in our Fort Worth Business press announced the appointment of former VP of Chesapeake Energy as the lead person of a Blue Zone Health Program for Fort Worth, TX area . I want to advise you of my own and many other residents of Fort Worth , of which I am fairly certain you will hear from also , that feel this is of hypocrisy of the highest level. Ms Wilson in her position as VP of Chesapeake brought a heavy industrial air polluting activity into a densely populated area. During the most active period of the drilling 2006 through 2011, for instance, our major children’s hospital Cook Children’s reported Asthma in children went from 5% to 24.8 % Asthma in children remains today the most reported treatment of children at this hospital. We are hearing of other increases of reported health concerns from living too close to these activities and the release of air toxins from the activity. I am many other resident want to express our outrage at the appointment of Ms Wilson to over see any health promotion program and feel this appointment is of the highest degree of hypocrisy after she was such a big part of promoting this activity The industry she represented still allows waste water storage tanks to vent freely into our air. If any group wants to research health problems in Fort Worth they need to research gas related activities first and foremost. Ms Wilson’s participation will be seen as a deterrent. I would hope that Healthways might see the negative this appointment may bring in the eyes of many citizens like myself in Fort Worth. Further more I and others are already spreading word of this appointment hypocrisy.”
They sent the original to majella, I have sent her your message. I hope all is well. Geralyn
I was just looking at he xx (FB) post. Maybe it is the “recommended policy changes” Ms Wilson needs to be in on the ground to draft.
Hi Kim, here are the Chesapeake emails in word and and pdf. I notice it was marissa, not julie who was replying. best wishes Geralyn