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A report just released by the National Toxic Network in Queensland claims that unconventional gas drilling is becoming a health threat to people in the area and is on the increase, according to recent data collected from the National Pollution Inventory.
The report follows:
‘Latest data from the National Pollution Inventory confirms health threats to families near unconventional gas development are increasing!
These latest data from the National Pollution Inventory (NPI) confirms that Australian families have been, and are being continuously exposed to very serious immediate and long term, even generational health risks. Many thousands of tons of toxic chemicals are being pumped into the air breathed in by infants and the elderly alike.
“Harmful pollutants emitted from this industry include air toxics such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene; criteria pollutants and ozone precursors such as NOx and VOCs; and greenhouse gases such as methane. These pollutants can result in serious health impacts such as cancer, respiratory disease, aggravation of respiratory illnesses, and premature death.” (US EPA)
Shockingly particulate matters (pm) for the QGC PTY LIMITED, Kenya Processing Plant (ATP620) and Compressor Stations – near Tara, QLD have gone from 5400 kilograms of pm10 & pm2.5 in 2011/12 to a staggering 580,000 KG in the 2012/2013 reporting period !! Total VOC have also doubled. Kenya is only one of multiple gas field polluters in the Western Downs. The reported figures for Windibri are just as shocking with PM 10 and 2.5 at 1,314,000 kg in 2012/2013 (up from 16,500). Other major sources of particulate matter include Talinga, Condabri, Daandine, Tipton as well as Kogan and QGCs.
“Such outdoor pollution has been unequivocally classified as carcinogenic to humans by the World Health Organisation.” says Dr. Rye Senjen. She further added “The adverse effects of particulate matter are well documented; there is no evidence of a safe level of exposure or a threshold below which no adverse health effects occur.”
Particulate matter can go deep into the lung and cross directly into the bloodstream carrying with it other toxic chemicals in the inspired mixture. Together this mixture is even more dangerous to health than the added individual risks.
Despite the published medical literature reaffirming the general populations widely held concerns about the health impacts of unconventional gas development, the Queensland government has been relentlessly pushing on with its policy of “co-existence”. This latest data from the NPI points especially to the Queensland Government’s failure in their duty of care towards people living within Queensland’s gas fields.
“Peer reviewed reports indicate increased risk of cancer in people who live close to gas development; they indicate increased risk of small for date babies and babies with congenital heart defects. Despite the desperate pleas of the people living in the gas fields of Queensland’s Western Downs regarding the health impacts they have been experiencing, the Queensland Government has allowed the industry to continue to expand rapidly without adequate health assessment or research.” says GP Dr. Geralyn McCarron “‘