Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dr. Theo Colborn Talks About Health Effects of Water Contamination from Fracking

Democracy Now speaks with Dr. Theo Colborn, President of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange. Dr. Colburn is an expert on the health and environmental effects of toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing in the natural gas industry. She speaks about the new EPA study on hydraulic fracturing.

Dr. Colburn describes the hydraulic fracturing process and how contamination of drinking water can happen. There is also some footage from Split Estate and Weston Wilson, former EPA Environmental Engineer. Weston Wilson was a whistleblower who questioned the 2004 EPA study of hydraulic fracturing. The "Halliburton Loophole" was a result of this study. Click
here to read a previous post about the EPA Study and Weston Wilson.

Dr. Colburn's following statements describes the fear we all have about this study.

I’m afraid they’re going to get into what is called the stakeholder process. They’re going to bring in people who know nothing about it, representing all the stakeholders, just like they did with the endocrine disruption panel that they put together in 1996.

But when you give it to the stakeholders, and you don’t give it to the scientists, you’re—we’ve got to separate the research that we’re doing behind all of this work that’s going on from those—the corporate-controlled decision makers.

Click here to read the article and watch the video.

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