February 2013

Second well is waiting to open until “construction of a new production facility,” raising questions about true nature of pending refinery and compressor station near soccer field (Dallas)—Scouring Texas Railroad Commission paperwork, Dallas residents have unearthed a previously undisclosed partnership between the City of Dallas and gas company Trinity East involving an gas well that […]

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Only 12 cents out of every dollar collected in DFW to pay for anti-smog initiatives actually goes toward cleaning the air, according to representatives of the North Central Texas Council of Governments quoted in a new Texas Observer article.  Most of the money collected goes into the State's general fund to pay for other state […]

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When it fracks, it pours. Just as the long-running fight over gas drilling in Dallas explodes into a full-fledged City Hall scandal, here comes a national fracking conference to spotlight how the rush to drill can create more problems than it solves.  On Saturday March 2nd, and Sunday March 3rd, DFW residents have a great […]

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98 to 99 percent of the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and 57 to 61 percent of the Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) found in Utah's Uninta's Basin are emitted by gas drilling or production sources, and are responsible for worsening smog there, according to a new Utah Department of Environmental Quality study of air quality there. The […]

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According to a number of different Washington-DC based news outlets, President Obama has picked current EPA Director of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy, as his choice to head up the entire Agency for his second term.  McCarthy was the EPA staffer in charge of explaining to citizens why new cement plant emission rules the Agency […]

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Heart attacks are more common within just hours of high ozone and/or particulate matter levels according to a new large study of air pollution health effects that was sponsored by Rice University. Evidence already links airborne particles with heart disease and lung problems but the new findings are the first to show that high ozone […]

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On Tuesday, and international team of of 16 scientists from 10 nations released a new report that concludes evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a "global threat" that should be addressed. A joint effort by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Program, […]

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"Most cases of breast cancer “occur in people with no family history,” suggesting that “environmental factors — broadly defined — must play a major role in the etiology of the disease.” That's the conclusion of something called the Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee, which came out with a report last week. In 2012, […]

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Exposure to extremely low levels of Lead and Cadmium can lead to hearing loss of up to 20% according to a new study published on Monday. "The metal levels found to influence hearing were below national workplace standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Although the study does not establish causality, the results […]

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In 2006, Governor Perry announced that he was going to fast track over a dozen new coal plant permits in East and Central Texas. There was an instant hue and cry. Not only citizens but cities protested. Believe it or not, the same Dallas City Hall now prostituting itself for gas refineries was actually out […]

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Downwinders on the March in DC

by jim on February 18, 2013

Downwinders at Risk Chair Gary Stuard and board member Molly Rooke were two of about 40,000 marchers yesterday in what's being billed as the largest rally for climate change action in U.S. history. Aimed primarily at stopping the Keystone Pipeline project that's snaking its way through East Texas, the rally was the culmination of a […]

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“Toxic Smog” in China, India, and….Utah

by jim on February 18, 2013

Air pollution so bad that local doctors are telling prospective parents to wait to conceive children. Beijing? No. New Deli? No? Try Salt Lake City. "Try to conceive in mid- to late-spring, after the inversion is over. That probably gives [a woman] the best window of opportunity for the critical first three months [for the […]

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Because closing illegal smelters in your own backyard forces the corporations to build unsafe facilities in other places….or something like that.

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They’re Coming to Burn Your Garbage

by jim on February 13, 2013

It's already happening in the cement industry, including at all three Midlothian cement plants just south of Dallas. Industrial wastes and/or municipal garbage are being bundled up and burned under the ruse of "recycling" or "waste-to-energy."  Next will come the facilities that do nothing but burn garbage for money. Rumors persist that the City of […]

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Remember Those East Texas Coal Plants?

by jim on February 12, 2013

The Sierra Club does. Funded by a $50 million donation from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, its Beyond Coal campaign is coming to Dallas-Ft. Worth to take on the old TXU, the operator of some of the most polluting coal plants in the nation, including Martin Lake, the third largest stationary source of Greenhouse Gas […]

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For the first time as part of its annual inventory of pollution that cause global warming from stationary sources, the EPA included oil and natural- gas production. As a result, emissions from drilling, including fracking, and leaks from transmission pipes totaled 225 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalents during 2011, second only to power plants, […]

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