“In research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in 2011, Grant and a research team found that tectonic stresses in the Earth’s crust send “massive amounts of primarily positive air ions into the lower atmosphere.” When these ions react with water, oxidization takes place and animals may be irritated or posioned by this ozone. This may explain why they flee or die and become beached.
This report goes on to say …”A group of physicists at the University of Virginia — investigating reports of animal behavior before earthquakes — discovered that rocks, when crushed under high pressure that mimicked the force of an earthquake, emitted high levels of ozone gas.
“Even the smallest rock fracture produced ozone,” researcher Catherine Dukes told LiveScience in an earlier interview.”
Well well gas well hell…we have YET another reason for us not to frack the shale don’t we?
This link, http://www.PostIndependent.com/news/8477781-113/gas-oil-ozone-industry?show=comments ignores the ozone from cracking shale …“Instead, Nichols said, the main sources of VOC emissions are storage tanks (71 percent), leaks (33 percent) and pneumatic devices (5 percent).”
Ozone is formed when the VOC’s come off of the oil and gas industry’s storage tanks and react with heat and sunlight.
So the fracking industry is creating ozone in many different ways that can ruin our lungs, our sense of smell, plants and buildings*…
1) by crushing rocks…aka fracking,
2) storage tanks,
3) leaks, and
4) pneumatic devices
Don’t just read this and move on to the next story…write your local, state, and federal governments…..show up in protest, but don’t forget your respirators though.
The EPA recently fined Dupont (for releasing HAPs like Formaldehyde) and spoke on ozone…“implement several safeguards to limit emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, methanol and acetal. VOCs contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, which is a major component of smog and can cause or aggravate respiratory disease. *Ozone also causes damage to forests and crops, fabric and exterior coatings such as oil and acrylic latex, oil coatings and automotive finishes. Some known or suspected effects of exposure to HAPs include cancer, reproductive health problems, and birth defects.”
Here is a recent story of how a study is underway to determine if the the ozone surge in San Antonio is related to the surge in drilling in the Eagleford Shale area fifty miles away. The article states…“ozone pollution skyrocketed in the tiny town of Boulder, Wyo., in 2008, it was relatively easy to identify the culprit as oil and gas drilling, the only major industry in the rural area.”
Read here to see how OZONE and criminality are related.….yet another reason not to frack.