Bill would ensure safety in fracking


We write in support of the Fracking Emergency Medical Right-to-Know Act to ensure that doctors, nurses, emergency planners and first responders have timely, reliable access to all information on fracking chemicals in order to do their jobs and protect workers and other members of the community.

A state can require more than the federal government by way of disclosure and exposure standards, but the oil and gas industry should not be permitted to do less.

Federal standards for exposure to toxic chemicals are usually based on exposure to a single chemical for a known period of time. But workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals are usually exposed to a combination of toxic substances for unknown periods of time, and exposure to a combination of chemicals can increase the likelihood of occupational disease. Even the standards that exist may be too low to protect workers.

Back in the 1980s, General Motors Lordstown had that problem. The air in different parts of the plant was mixed together, expelled from the plant and sucked back into the plant. A proportional mortality ratio study revealed that the cancer rate for certain cancers significantly exceeded the percentages in the general population. The company had to make changes to meet OSHA standards.

At least require the fracking companies to follow federal procedures and meet federal standards!

Alice and Staughton Lynd