Why “Natural News” is an alarmist publication and to be fract’d checked

UPDATE Natural News did 9/11/14 alarmist report of Fukushima plume hitting the US by 2017 but Dr Perry Kendall responded three years ago to the quote….  “Some migratory B.C. salmon stray into Japanese waters or could traverse a vast mass of radioactive water — now slowly making its way eastward across the Pacific — which is expected to reach the North American west coast by 2017.” Kendall replied that the notion of a mass of radioactivity crossing the Pacific and hitting the North American west coast at some point in the future is absurd, because radioactive isotopes would not hang together in a pool any more than a puddle of dye would.”

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For those like me that have taken statistics in college…math is important in sorting risk/return…. Natural News recently reported in a misleading way… “In January, a new study suggested that fracking sites increase the risk of birth defects by 30 percent, affecting more then 15 million people residing within a mile of a well.”

The actual study cited, however……..

http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1306722/ says that “Births to mothers in the most exposed tertile (> 125 wells/mile) had a 30% greater prevalence of CHDs (95% CI: 1.2, 1.5) than births to mothers with no wells within a 10-mile radius of their residence.” 

For me living in Arlington, I have to relate the concentration of wells per sq mile as we have at least 350 gaswells in a 99 sq mile area which makes the density average to be < 4 wells per mile which is very different than > 125 wells per mile. BUT WAIT read on…..

The NIH report goes on to say “…well count accounts for the number of wells within the 10-mile radius of the maternal residence, as well as distance of each well from the maternal residence, giving greater weight to wells closest to the maternal residence. For example, an IDW well count of 125 wells/mile could be computed from 125 wells each located 1 mile from the maternal residence or 25 wells each located 0.2 miles from the maternal residence.”

So again lets relate this boldfaced statement, “or 25 wells each located 0.2 miles (1,056 feet) from the maternal residence”, to Arlington’s number of wells that “can” fit on each padsite once the build out is completed.

Arlington administratively approves new wells on existing sites…on those padsites that have a “drilling zone” which establishes how many gas wells can actually fit on a padsite.

In Arlington where Chesapeake drilled mostly to maintain the contracts, our 60 or so natural gas production sites currently have from 2 -12 gas wells on each padsite. UTA and General Motors has about 22 gas wells on each of their padsites.

IF THE PRICE OF Natural Gas GOES UP, Chesapeake WILL return to finish what they started in Arlington, and “then” we will see more of the associated risk that Natural News eluded to of the 30% birth defects. This would be where the NIH study claims risk to pregnant women/birth defects for those who live within 1,056 feet from a fully developed padsite containing about 25 wells.

My take away from the NIH .gov report is that all the BTEX and truck & engine surface diesel benzene spewing equipment in itself is something that does not belong in residential/school/business districts as cited in the report….

“The study by Lupo et al. (2010b) of 4,531 births in Texas found that mothers living in census tracts with the highest ambient benzene levels (0.9–2.33 ppbv) were 2.3 times more likely to have offspring with spina bifida than mothers living in census tracts with the lowest ambient benzene levels (95% CI: 1.22, 4.33).”

Our air quality here in the DFW metropolitan area already suffers from increased vehicle activity and decades of non-attainment to federal ozone standards.

Multiple, cummulative emissions (which can have a synergistic effect of 1+1= 5) have not been studied because of the endless combinations of chemicals & organic compounds. Therefore you cannot regulate what is unknown.

If you wanted to make an alarmist statement that has statistical power, an important message that people can quote me on based on the years of research over the last 5-7 years is this…..

“The injuries I fear the most are those syngeristic risks in exposures to multiple, cummulative, unknown, unregulated emissions.

This in itself is endangerment in having added high impact industrial gas well activities exposing people, animals and water/food sources. 

In Arlington gas wells were recklessly permitted in close proximity to established facilities such as …

  • 1) near our two water treatment plants,
  • 2) the Exelon Power Plant and nearby compressor stations which is adjacent to our drinking water reservoir,
  • 3) sub-stations,
  • 4) the Arlington Municipal Airport, and
  • 5) to the ever expanding General Motors facility-that blows to our Entertainment District. 



About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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