Bridlewood Quality of Life Coalition


Health Effects of Natural Gas Production by kim0917
8 October 2008, 3:19 pm
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The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc. (TEDX) is the only international organization that focuses primarily on the human health and environmental problems caused by low-dose and/or ambient exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors. TEDX’s work focuses on the endocrine system, which is the exquisitely balanced system of glands and hormones that regulates such vital functions as body growth, response to stress, sexual development and behavior, production and utilization of insulin, rate of metabolism, intelligence and behavior. Their research was designed to explore the health effects of the products and chemicals used in drilling, fracturing (frac’ing, or stimulation), recovery and delivery of natural gas. TEDX’s website http://www.endocrinedisruption.com/ provides a glimpse at the pattern(s) of possible health hazards for those living in proximity to gas development. In the process of researching the literature, they discovered that drilling companies have access to hundreds of products, the components of which are in many cases unavailable for public scrutiny. Their research papers cover oil and natural gas development in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Washington and Wyoming.  For example, their report about gas development in Washington claimed that 68 products used in gas production contained at least 88 chemicals.  All of these products have adverse health effects.

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Gas Drilling Health Effects by kim0917
23 September 2008, 2:56 pm
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Experts at the University of Colorado School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health completed a review of hundreds of published, peer-reviewed scientific articles to examine what is known concerning the health effects of oil and gas drilling and production on neighboring communities. They also reviewed available empirical data regarding communities in western Colorado. They found that the many hazardous chemicals being used and produced pose a potential health risk for local residents, and recommend a thorough health impact assessment before future expansion of oil and gas activities. Their findings are detailed in these two papers–A White Paper and Literature Review. This work received partial financial support from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The statements made in these papers are the work product of the authors and do not represent the position of any university or organization.



More DMN coverage by kim0917

In case you can’t wait for Sunday’s Metro section, here’s a link to the full story run by the Dallas Morning News.

Gotta throw some kudos to Beckie Belcher, her group’s doing a great job at bringing attention to quality-of-life issues.



DMN coverage of Cherokee Horn protest by kim0917

Here’s a link to video coverage from the Dallas Morning News of a protest outside of a Cherokee Horn office.  Fellow Bridlewood and Flower Mound residents participated.

We’ve been told to look for a full story in Sunday’s Metro section.



FAQs — July 29 Special Meeting by kim0917

Below are some questions that have come through our email inbox over the last week.  We hope making them into an FAQ post will help to clarify what can otherwise be confusing information.

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Is the Brinkman/Reserve proxy a valid proxy?

·     A proxy can be written by anyone on any paper, even toilet paper, as long as it states the person’s name and contains a dated signature AND is delivered to the HOA secretary (Mike Walker in this case) before the meeting.  This proxy would be as valid as any other. The Brinkman proxy has less problems like turning over your vote to Mike Long so we suggest that proxy.

Should the HOA board be allowed to defend itself at the July 29 meeting?

·     The board has defended itself on at least three separate occasions:

1.  At the June 5 Golf Club meeting

2.  In a letter to homeowners from Mike Long

3.  And with a letter in the Mane Event newsletter

Can my husband/wife vote too?

·     As per the CC&Rs, only one vote is allowed per household.

I handed in the proxy from the HOA board without reading the final clause and now wish to revoke it.  What can I do?

·     Download and print the Brinkman/Reserve proxy.  Complete it and then in the blank space below write the following:  “This proxy supercedes all other proxies.”  Sign and date this statement and make sure the trusted person taking it turns it in before the meeting to Mike Walker, secretary as indicated in the CCRs.

Won’t the Town of Flower Mound’s Master Plan protect us from unsightly, unsafe and unregulated industry in our neighborhood?

·     We, too, initially expected only to deal with the Town of Flower Mound on the gas drilling issue.  In fact, we assumed that the 1,000 ft. variance would protect us and there would be no issues.  However, several drilling sites have made clear that residences are not protected by the Oil & Gas Board of Appeals without vocal public opposition to a variance request.Had Flower Mound residents not come en masse to appeals meetings, it’s likely Red Oak and others would have been granted their requests, making it easier for future requests to be granted, including Bridlewood.  If they can drill in Bridlewood, one of the county’s most densely populated areas, then they will easily obtain permission to come into other neighborhoods.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome on the blog.  We’d like to put together a proper FAQs page with broader scope, so feel free to submit some of your own by clicking the “comments” link.



Another gas well accident by kim0917

There was yet another gas well accident, this one involving a man who fell down a well shaft.  Reports vary slightly as to the dimensions of the shaft and how far he fell before getting wedged.  Thankfully, he’s still alive and was taken to the hospital.

There are some questions left un-answered by the news stories.  None of the reports we read (all listed below) mention the name of the company or name of the victim.  Further, none of them say how he might have managed to fall down the well.  Was it left uncovered?  Was there a fence around it?  What was the man doing on this property?  Was he an employee of the gas company?  Was he trespassing?  What was his business with this well?  Finally, what are the regulations concerning these well holes?  If it was un-covered, why was it allowed to be?



Commentary from the Morning News by kim0917

Someone at the Dallas Morning News finally decided to clue us in that the natural gas drilling companies might not always be on the level.  Thanks for the timely information.

Click the link to read Steve Blow’s eyebrow-raising commentary about Shale.tv, the industry’s newest PR gimmick to “educate” the public about urban gas drilling.  In the column, Blow rightfully calls out former colleagues who have agreed to cooperate with the project, which aims to be a corporate “news” channel, for making a move that damages their journalistic integrity.

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A look at the site revealed one of their favorite strategies: An American flag symbolizes the idea that “Natural gas is patriotic.”  Don’t buy this argument.  They just happened to find a massive gas pocket underneath American soil and a bunch of American people who don’t want them here.