Breast Cancer rates jump in the Barnett Shale
TEXAS CANCER REGISTRY MAP: TO FIND YOUR COUNTY’S STATS, CLICK LINK HERE
Time and time again, we’ve heard from the industry, State of Texas leaders, and local government leaders that apparently there is no connection between illness and shale gas drilling. They say that we have nothing to fear, that those who raise issues of concern are hysterical and rumor mongers. The shale gas industry tells us everyday on television via commercials that this is the ‘American way’, that it’s ours and we deserve it . If you speak against it, you’re unAmerican. You’re a trouble maker. You need to be quiet. Trust them.
Of course we all remember what the tobacco industry said decades ago about smoking and the lack of proof to cancer. Fast forward to today and it’s history repeating itself as it does quite frequently when you don’t listen to your inner voice.The Denton Record Chronicle’s, Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe has written a superb piece on the rate of breast cancer rates in the Barnett Shale area of Texas. Read about it here: CLICK THIS
Then as you can see below, a map showing the impact shale gas drilling has on Texas. You will notice that the counties in which you have heavier drilling activity perfectly matches the jump in breast cancer rates. Coincidence?