Get your masks on…..I’ve counted 27 ozone days this summer so far….oh those poor babies not getting a chance to even try to “live & breathe” in the Barnett Shale.
I commented in a recent Star Telegram article about how the rates remain high…
“Is there a way OR A WILL to map out where these mothers lived/worked to see if there is any correlation to having proximity to being downwind of an urban drilling padsite? Downwind in our area is to be north or northwest of a padsite.”
I just happened to choose yesterday’s date on this link to see how many babies died, I didn’t fish for a date with the highest number of deaths. So here is what I found for September 7, 2013……
Johnson County had 0% (0 out of 3) reported deaths
Parker County had 0% (0 out of 0) reported deaths
Denton County had 20% (1 out of 5) reported infant death
Tarrant County had 25% (4 out of 16) reported infant deaths
We’ve been on Orange ozone alerts lately…what a coincidence!
One of the deceased babies was a black male infant in Grand Praire whose parents live in an upscale area on Eastland St, but unfortunately it is within a mile from at least two padsites of gas wells. I believe the mother had prenatal care if she lived in that area. So this death doesn’t appear to be part of the traditional low income catagory seen for higher infant mortality rates.
Here is a map by zip code from 2006-2008 when urban natural gas drilling was just getting underway….
Too bad the City of Arlington hasn’t done a follow up to their 2003 Health Profile…I believe it is by design that we cannot compare pre drilling health stats to post drilling.
As usual, here is an email to be shared with the world in the event I get no response…it shows I tried…..
From: kim feil <email@example.com>
From: “Raines-Milenkov, Amy” <Amy.Raines-Milenkov@unthsc.edu>
To: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:45 PM
Subject: RE: 2013 Summit in Ft Worth..topic to touch on-urban drilling’s effect on infant mortality
Hello Ms. Feil,
Thank you for your email. I would like to encourage you to read the infant mortality reports posted at the Tarrant County Public Health website: http://www.tarrantcounty.com/ehealth/cwp/view.asp?A=763&Q=455521&ehealthNav=|7268|
Currently we do not have someone to do the research, as she is out on maternity leave. There are also concerns about confidentiality of the families who have been affected that she would be able to explain. We will have her get in touch with you when she returns (October).
Thank you and I hope you will attend the Summit.