From Frack Free Geauga:
Ohio Doctor to Speak in Geauga on Frackings Health Impacts
When: April 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Where: Huntsburg Town Hall, 16534 Mayfield Rd. Huntsburg, OH
What: Deborah Cowden, MD presenting “Human Health Effects from Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing” and
Gregory Miller presenting “Are Injection Wells Poisoning the Ground Beneath Our Feet?”
Huntsburg, OH: Deborah Cowden, a central Ohio physician and President of the Greene County Medical Society, will be giving a presentation on the health effects of fracking, on April 26th in Geauga County. The presentation will focus on what Dr. Cowden calls the “assault on our air quality” from unconventional oil and gas development.
Dr. Cowden will present a recent scientific study on air quality in which the air near gas wells was measured and found to contain more than 50 chemicals. This study indicated serious risks for those living near horizontal hydraulically fractured wells. Many of the risks are due to benzene, xylene, ethylbenzene, and toluene, all of which are volatile organic compounds with known health effects. Benzene in particular causes cancer. Hydraulic fracturing emits dangerous air emissions due to the flowback process, as well as volatile organics from condensation tanks.
Under 2012 Ohio law, frac chemicals do not need to be disclosed until 60 days after drilling and fracking are completed, putting emergency responders in danger. (Fires potentially containing benzene or xylene must be fought from upwind.) The current law makes it impossible for physicians or first responders to obtain the identity of the chemicals that workers or people who live adjacent to wells are exposed to from fracking.
According to Dr. Cowden, The Ohio State Medical Association last weekend "overwhelmingly passed a resolution asking the legislature to pass laws giving doctors and first responders the exact identity of ALL the chemicals located on a hydraulic fracturing well pad."
Gregory Miller, an engineer, will also be speaking on the hazards of injection wells as well as the need for a sustainable energy policy.
This event is free and open to the public. It is presented by Frack Free Geauga with the sponsorship of Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula County Farmers Union, Ohio Ecological Farm and Food Association- Lake Effect Chapter, Faith Communities Together for Frac Awareness Concerned Citizens Portage County, Frack Free Lake County and NEOGAP.
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