Slimy Thursday

Shale Fracking in Texas

Patricia Nelson was eager for a fresh start when she moved her family from Louisiana back home to Weld County, Colorado, in 2016. Soon after, Nelson’s friend encouraged her to come out to a meeting where Lisa McKenzie, an environmental chemist and epidemiologist at the Colorado School of Public Health, was presenting her research on the health impacts of oil and natural gas drilling.

Weld County has one of the highest concentrations of oil and gas wells in the country — 23,000 within county limits. Its air quality carries an “F” rating from the American Lung Association, with infant mortality rates twice as high as those in surrounding counties. With around 50,000 active wells overall, Colorado just surpassed California to become America’s third-largest oil and gas producer after Texas and North Dakota.

“It was a crash course in fracking,” Nelson told me by phone. Colorado law, she learned, states that drilling operations have to be 1,000 feet away from school buildings, but that ordinance — known as a setback — doesn’t include surrounding school properties, like playgrounds or soccer fields. There, as McKenzie would explain, kids playing and running around breathe harder and heavier, increasing the amount of poisoned air that enters their lungs and bloodstream.


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17 Responses to Slimy Thursday

  1. Den says:

    The power is still on here so far expected to shut down later, hope not.

    Paradise CA has major wildfire that just started this AM even the Hospital is ablaze, LINK

    This place sux


  2. Den says:

    Miraculous, I still have electricity despite the threats, (he knocks on wood)


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Just 13 minutes truckin’ up B Street to the standard spot. That’s moving!


    • David B. Benson says:

      Up to Bryan Hall for a symphony orchestra concert, last one for Abigail, thence home in the nippy night.

      Day 5: 130+30=160 minutes.


  4. jimhitchcock says:

    Sinema takes small lead in AZ.


  5. Den says:

    Anyone wants me I’ll be out walking my weasel:


  6. Den says:

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has determined that it will not proceed with plans today for a Public Safety Power Shutoff in portions of eight Northern California counties, as weather conditions did not warrant this safety measure. (Insert sigh of relief here)


  7. °¿º Carol says:

    Looks like my Michigan had the best election results of all the states!
    A Democratic woman was elected governor.
    A Democratic woman was elected Secretary of State
    A Democratic woman was elected Attorney General
    My District 8 finally got rid of Mike Bishop and elected a Democratic woman! No more Mikes. Mike Rogers was with us for 14 years, when he left the putzes put Mike Bishop in who is the worst congressman ever. He wouldn’t talk to his constituents, or accept our petitions, or emails. A real prick. Since the reason we couldn’t get anyone other than a Mike elected was because of gerrymandering, how Elissa Slotkin got elected instead of Bishop is amazing.

    Our 3 big proposals all passed!
    Prop: gerrymandering, Michiganders voted for a non-partisan group to draw the lines. WOO HOO!

    Prop: Voting rules, absentee ballot for any reason. Straight-ticket coming back again. The bastards got rid of it before this election, even after Michiganders voted TWICE over the years to keep it. Well, it will be back for 2020. There’s something else in the proposal, can’t think of what it is. Oh, automatic voter registration, same day voter registration. All of this is going into our Constitution so politicians can’t meddle with any of it down the road. Straight-ticket should be safe from now on. Should be. I didn’t see early voting in the proposal though. That would be a definite boon, but I guess we’re lucky to get what we got this time around.

    Prop: Michigan legalized marijuana. WOO HOO! A lot less people will be going to jail, or getting ticketed.

    I’m really happy with my Michigan. We were always a blue state, looks like we got our sanity back for this election.


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