TheRealNews | November 08, 2010
Standing on top of one of the world’s largest natural gas fields, some Pennsylvanians prepare to take on their new governor, the gas industry, the famous ‘Halliburton Loophole’, and Karl Rove in order to stop the drilling.
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Pennsylvania to Become ‘Gasland’?
Tell Texas School: Fields of Fumes Are Not OK
Two years ago, a cash-needy Texas school district leased land to a natural gas company for drilling exploratory wells around its schools.
Then, earlier this year, the town’s council gave final drilling approval in a deal that allowed several council members to gain financially by also leasing their own land.
Today, the town’s children are paying the price.
Asthma attacks. Open sores. Dizzy spells. Nausea. These are just a few of the problems recently presented by parents to the school board in Argyle, Texas, where the drilling has commenced.
Yet the Argyle community is nowhere near alone in its grievances. The town is situated in the heart of North Texas’s drilling boom country, a region where 25 percent of kids suffer from asthma, compared with 7 percent in the rest of the state.
Neither is the Lone Star state alone in this plight. Around the country, the drilling industry is pushing a dangerous drilling method dubbed “fracking” to extract gas from otherwise hard-to-reach deposits. Companies offer easy cash to landowners who may not understand the serious pollution risks, which include leaks of carcinogenic air emissions, huge volumes of toxic wastewater, and the potential for serious aquifer contamination. Just ask residents in Pennsylvania or Wyoming, who are now able to light their tap water on fire.
With state and federal regulations seriously lacking, communities are now taking the issue into their own hands.
In Argyle, residents have organized the Argyle-Bartonville Communities Alliance to raise the alarm before local and state officials. In May, protesters managed to temporarily blockade a site where crucial equipment was being installed.
The group’s work is now more urgent than ever, as drilling is set to proceed on a site near the intermediate and elementary schools.
You can join their fight by calling on the Argyle Town Council and School Board to protect its children, not its bank accounts. The school needs to document and publicize every single cough and every single dizziness attack, so that environmental regulators can’t ignore what’s happening in Argyle.