UPDATE May 22 2015 Another UTA student death (they have on campus gaswells) they think it was a brain aneurysm that took the young life of Aminah Jennifa Ahmed on graduation day yesterday. Turns out the TAd records shows a man matching her father’s anme of Shamsul Ahmed to live 1,900 feet from the LABC drill site near Lake Arlington and there was a spill there and problems prior to that at that drill site…no one will ever know if those exposures compounded any underlying health issues….I say check her blood for VOC’s but they tend to leave the body quickly…we need a forensic team that knows how to spot shale exposure evidence after we die.
UPDATE April 2015 Clay & Erica are joined by 21 yrs young Melvin from UNT who had a headache and was found dead days later…her autopsy results pending.
Melvin lived in Maple Hall at UNT…note the map shows to the west how ate up our airshed is with drilling sites that spew carcinogens and neurotoxins…
UPDATE Feb 2015 …Clay has more company in heaven as Erica Hochmeister, a UT Arlington student (note the 22 on campus gaswells) passed away on January 31, 2015.
In November, a UT Arlington senior spot light featured Erica…I commented…
“…such was the promise of this beautiful rose-plucked too soon from this earth…for those who she now joins welcomed her to eternity’s home-the realm of our Father’s mansion. For those she leaves behind are left to carry on ….no words to describe their pain…my hearts breaks for this sweet stranger as I struggle to really understand why or if this had to be this way….”
Her father, Michael Lee Hochmeister, was a Petroleum Engineer in Houston and worked for Halliburton in the fiber optic department and passed away in 2012. He was said to have spent 3 of 5 weeks in China and at one time when he ate the wrong part of a scorpion in a restaurant, he took ill. I have no timeframe for that event. The Houston coroners office has no recoreds for Erica’s dad’s death, but financially they need some help.
Here is the Go Fund Me account if you can donate….
Texas Health Resources was giving out heart healthy tips and I sent two comments that probably will never be posted. They relate to Clay and Erica both lived in the shale, both died age 21.
From: “Childers, Velisia (IFS)” <Velisia.Childers@ifs.hctx.net>
To: “‘email@example.com'” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2015 9:49 AM
Subject: FW: need cause of death please
Our office does not have a record of death for Michael Lee Hochmeister on May 23, 2012. Deaths are only reported to our office under certain circumstances. If someone is in a hospital over 24 hours, and it is a natural death, our office is not notified.
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
1885 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, Texas 77054
RIP Clay York, age 21, was an accomplished dancer who was crowned “Mr. TCU” in 2012. This beloved, irreplaceable soul graduated magna cum laude last May. He moved to New York to pursue his dancing career, but passed away in December of 2013. The autopsy results made public recently reports that he died of heart failure from
Acrolein (a byproduct of combustion) may have played a part in his death as Acrolein was found in the Ft Worth ERG airshed in the ERG one million dollar air study.
This newly released case study reveals how inadequate our current air testing is …
Let his death not be in vain if in reading this that other TCU students (or other Barnett Shale breathers) actively get tested for this chemical and or this heart condition. Getting medical intervention (along with moving out of the shale air shed) could save other young lives from being cut short.
I pray that Clay’s friends and family can now make sense of losing him in light of the autopsy’s findings. I hope they help us fight future environmental exposures steming from our Barnett Shale airshed.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3213964/ “Acute exposure to acrolein, a ubiquitous aldehyde pollutant, impairs cardiac function and cardioprotective responses in mice…Human exposure to acrolein may have analogous effects and raise consideration of an environmental, aldehyde-mediated basis for heart failure.”
http://www.bseec.org/articles/city-fort-worth-air-quality-study “A health-screening analysis of the measured and estimated air pollution levels identified three pollutants—acrolein, benzene, and formaldehyde—as the most important from a risk perspective.”
Here is another Ft Worth young heart related death (age 49) that I snapped screen shots of…just noting this person is downwind about a M I L E !!!!…
———as usual I will post my emails (boldfaced f/emphasis) for the world, my children, and my grandchildren to see that I tried.
The emails below are from 2011 regarding methanol/poisoning-a true story and when I realized that combustion products in the aldehyde family (like formaldehyde and acrolein) are NOT tested for in our normal TCEQ Suma Cannisters…we need to continue to ask TCEQ to get the mobile monitoring van out to test for these aldehydes, thank you.
I am asking each one of you blind copied here to email or call Mr Richard Chism (interim director of the state TCEQ, 512/239-0539, Richard.Chism@tceq.texas.gov),
and point out that the ERG study shows (see last paragraph in below email) a need for more Formaldehyde air studying. Let’s request our tax dollars be used to further investigate. It is already a shame that our local water departments do not screen for this and it could be in our drinking water too. Think about the cemeteries that flood for starters. Then think about all the vehicles (LNG too) combustion emissions relating to all the drilling going on contributing to formaldehyde levels we breathe. But most importantly, the added drilling and compression station sites adding formaldehyde to our airshed is the tipping point of why I have gotten involved in this and also as my own personal health is now being affected.
Please help me take public protections in our own hands as our local leadership has failed us thus far.
If each one of us sends on this request for the TCEQ Austin Mobile Monitoring Van to come test in the DFW Metroplex, then this can get moved up in priority.
—– Original Message —–
From: Richard Chism
To: Kim Feil
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: Formaldehyde scares me to blindness & cell death-request mobile monitoring van from Austin TCEQ
Thank you for sharing your concerns over formaldehyde within the Barnett Shale area. We will take your request into consideration in planning any future monitoring activities in the area.
Field Operations Support Division
>>> “Kim Feil” <email@example.com> 9/22/2011 11:26 PM >>>
Dear Mr Chism I am requesting formaldehyde testing.
True story….I met a man who works for XTO/Exxon at a party a few months ago. He went to great lengths to tout their priority on safety.
I was quizzing him that if Methane is odorless, then what was that foul odor Jane Lynn was smelling that night her gas well spewed on April 11, 2011?
He told me that his job is to add 1 pint of this expensive corrosion inhibitor every 3,000 hours to keep the microbes from chewing into the pipes. His wife commented that over the years she’s had to put up with how funky his clothes smelled when he came home from work. Then she mentioned something about Ethanol (methanol?) poisoning being the “worst” and decided not to elaborate. Then later on in the conversation, she mentioned (when we were talking about our teenagers) how her daughter has had to overcome these extreme headaches from a (benign) brain tumor/lesion.
http://drleonardcoldwell.com/2011/09/06/aspartame/ “……methanol (wood alcohol),
the human body quickly turns into formaldehyde via the ADH enzyme, concentrated in
many tissues: liver, kidney, brain, retina, skin, prostate, breast, womb,
muscle forming cumulative micro lesions and a wide variety of symptoms.”
http://abcalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Page115b.jpg Haliburton disclosed that they use Methanol for their corrosion inhibitor in their frack fluids.
If drillers allow Methanol to make contact with sunlight, oxidation occurs and makes Formaldehyde (which is highly reactive to Napthalene also on Haliburton’s disclosure fracking chemical list).
“Methanol certainly qualifies as an exceptionally toxic substance, even at extremely low doses (Bennett 1953, Posner 1975, Roe 1982)….Liesivuori later points out that formic acid may accumulate in the brain, kidneys, spinal fluid, and other organs because of the slow excretion from the body (Liesivuori 1991). Such an accumulation could have very serious, long-term health consequences. Even if there is no accumulation, however, the damage from regular exposure to methanol metabolites such as formaldehyde can be cumulative.”
Metabolizing Methanol increases Formic Acid* in our urine.
* “Exposure to either methanol or formic acid leads
to accumulation of acid in the body………. the final
consequence is cell death.” http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/methanol.faq
Liesivuori, Jyrki, Heikki Savolainen, 1991. “Methanol and
Formic Acid Toxicity: Biochemical Mechanisms,”
Pharmacology & Toxicology, Volume 69, page 157-163.
Formic Acid may also be toxic to kidneys. http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/formicsafety.html
“As a clear, colourless, volatile liquid with a weak odour, methanol is difficult to differentiate from other forms of alcohols such as ethanol.4,5 Methanol is rapidly absorbed not only after oral ingestion but by inhalation or after cutaneous exposure and becomes oxidised in the liver to formaldehyde and to formic acid, metabolites which are more toxic than methanol itself and which inhibit mitochondrial ATP production. Methanol poisoning can be life threatening and blinding. Early ocular symptoms and signs include photophobia, blurred vision, and painful eye movements as well as sluggish pupil reactions, reduced visual acuity, and optic disc oedema with tortuous retinal vessels.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1771266/ Another true story…three of my friends advocating clean air are having eye problems AND live in the Barnett Shale airshed.
http://www.healtheffects.org/Pubs/execsumm-sr16.htm “It is important to note that in Brazil, ambient formaldehyde concentrations have increased fourfold over the past few years, following the expansion of the fleet of vehicles using compressed natural gas.”
Since TCEQ doesn’t screen for Formaldehyde and the $1 million ERG Ft Worth Air Study did not include other chemical reactions in the air from well pads and compressors and concluded on page 5-51…“The modeling (from lift engines or line engines) also indicated that sites containing multiple, large line engines can emit acrolein and formaldehyde at levels that would cause offsite ambient air concentrations to exceed TCEQs short-term and long-term screening levels over various distances.” AND since yesterday I was prescribed a bamboo charcoal to detox my liver and gallbladder from Formaldehyde, I feel extremely justified in asking Mr Chism of the TCEQ in Austin to provide the real time mobile monitoring van to do acrolein and formaldehyde testing around Arlington, Grand Praire and Ft Worth.
TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
“(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”
Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A,
Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, Nuisance
No person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more
air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and
of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely
affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or
as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation,
Ask your driller if they use http://lamnipipe.com/Home.html for a less radioactive flow back.