Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) February 22, 2013
Eighty-six environmental groups, including Green Peace the Environmental Working Group and the Center for Biological Diversity, are demanding a thorough investigation into why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suddenly ceased enforcement against a gas driller it had accused of contaminating water near Fort Worth Texas, according to The Associated Press.
The driller at the center of the controversy is Range Resources, a Forth-Worth-based oil and gas exploration company which uses high-volume hydraulic fracturing techniques to produce shale gas. According to the Associated Press, independent research has linked Range Resources' drilling operations to water tainted with methane and benzene in Weatherford, a town west of Fort Worth.
Major health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society have linked benzene exposure with a variety of cancers, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
As a result of the potential impact on local health, the environmental groups sent a letter to the EPA's inspector general, Arthur Elkins, insisting that he expand the existing investigation into his own agency's actions, this according to the AP. Range Resources claims that the EPA dropped its demands against the drilling company after it threatened not to cooperate with a high-profile national study into hydraulic fracturing.
Jeff Nadrich, a Los Angeles benzene attorney, recently commented on the story, saying “If it’s true that Range Resources' drilling operations resulted in water contamination, it can be extremely difficult to ascertain the number of people whose health has been jeopardized. It is absolutely essential, though, that the EPA look more deeply into the matter and make an accurate assessment about the extent of the exposure. People’s lives may in fact depend on it.”
Nadrich urges anyone who has—or may have been—exposed to benzene or benzene-containing chemicals to visit their medical provider immediately for a thorough examination. According to Nadrich, “In some cases, the symptoms of Benzene exposure related medical conditions may not appear for as long as thirty years after the victim was exposed.”
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