02 May '11, 6pm

Oklahoma: reports of poisoned air from natural gas operations causing illnesses

Thomas House is a disabled veteran who lives in the rural countryside outside of Oklahoma City. He moved there in 1995 after he was disabled in the first Gulf War and retired from the Air Force. He loved the peace, quiet and clean air around his home. He tells me, however, that all that ended in late 2010, when a company began drilling for natural gas on nearby property. According to Mr. House, since the natural gas operations began, both he and his wife have experienced serious health symptoms, including headaches, rashes, nausea and vomiting, and burning eyes and throats. They sometimes have to wear face masks just to sit inside their home comfortably to watch TV. He reports that his neighbors have some health symptoms, and so do his dog and several other local dogs. Mr. House reports that state regulators told him there is nothing they can do about toxic air emissions f...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amall/oklahoma_reports_...

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