Making the Invisible Visible: What You Don’t See Can Hurt You

by Duane Nichols on November 3, 2020

It is absolutely essential to breathe clean air

To: Ohio Valley Residents & Concerned Citizens, November 1, 2020

According to the Environmental Health Project, active frack pads, compressor stations, and processing facilities regularly emit particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other chemical pollutants that we aren’t able to see. When ingested, these emissions can cause or exacerbate a host of short- and long-term health problems, including headaches, eye and throat irritation, respiratory complications, chest pain, asthma, and various types of cancer.

This Thursday, join the first session of our webinar and Q&A on air pollution and inadequate regulation in the Ohio River Valley. Ohio regulatory agencies’ inadequate monitoring and oversight of fracking-related air pollution in Belmont County endangers our health and livelihoods, especially if an ethane cracker plant is also built in the region. Join our webinar to learn more!

Register here for the webinar and Q&A this Thursday, November 5th, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST.

If you can’t make it this Thursday, we’re hosting a second session of Making the Invisible Visible on Thursday, November 19th at 6:30pm Save the date and register here.

The Ohio River Valley is already endangered by the cumulative pollution caused by the fracking industry, including toxic chemicals and radioactive particulate matter. Join us to learn more about how you can protect yourself by participating in a community monitoring program to establish baseline air quality data and advise residents of their exposures and associated health effects.

What you’ll get from this presentation:

>> Information on the potential health risks posed by proximity to shale gas wells and other fracking-related facilities.

>> An understanding of state regulatory agencies’ complicity in allowing petrochemical facilities to emit potentially dangerous levels of chemical pollutants into the air we breathe.

>> Access to free air monitoring equipment, enabling you to evaluate and track the air quality of your home or backyard.

>> The opportunity to discuss air pollution in Belmont County with scientists, air monitoring experts, public health professionals, and community advocates during a 30-minute Q&A session.

This presentation was made possible with the help of the Freshwater Accountability Project, the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange, Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab, FracTracker Alliance, Concerned Ohio River Residents, Halt the Harm Network, and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project.

Thanks for reading! We look forward to seeing you on Thursday,

Ben Hunkler, Organizer, Concerned Ohio River Residents

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See this video: “Hydrofracking and Exposure to Ionizing Radiation,” David O. Carpenter, MD, SouthWest Penna. Environmental Health Project, October 15, 2020

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