Scientists Warn of Hormone Impacts from Common Solvents
Researchers warn that benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene may disrupt people’s hormone systems at levels deemed “safe” by feds
The chemicals have been linked to reproductive, respiratory and heart problems, as well as smaller babies.
Four chemicals present both inside and outside homes might disrupt our endocrine systems at levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to an analysis released today.
The four chemicals are retrieved from the wellheads during crude oil and natural gas extraction and, after refining, are used as gasoline additives and in a wide variety of consumer products such as adhesives, detergents, degreasers, dyes, pesticides, polishes and solvents.
Traumatic events during childhood, as well as growing up with abuse, neglect or a dysfunctional family, may increase the risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, a small study suggests
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.
In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking. It's an area that had no recorded quakes for 150 years on faults that "have been inactive for hundreds of millions of years," said SMU geophysicist Matthew Hornbach.
When the volume of injections decreased significantly, so did the shaking.
The scientists concluded that removing saltwater from the wells in the gas production process and then injecting that wastewater back underground "represent the most likely cause" for the swarm of quakes, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.
The scientists determined this based on where and when the earthquakes happened; computer models that track pressure changes; and company data from nearby wells. Hornbach said the timing and location of the quakes correlates better to the drilling and injection than any other possible reason.
"There appears to be little doubt about the conclusion that the earthquakes were in fact induced," USGS seismologist Susan Hough, who wasn't part of the study team, said in an email. "There's almost an abundance of smoking guns in this case."
This adds to other studies that linked injecting wastewater from energy wells to a tremendous jump in earthquakes in Oklahoma and southern Kansas, where there have been more than 950 magnitude 2 or higher quakes so far this year, according to the USGS.
peaceful religion is ok. But yes, you make a good suggestion.
I would also throw in "greed", as we are decimating earth's water, air, land and animal life for our own 'needs' .
"needs" in the LOL category.
I bought a lottery ticket today. If I win I want to purchase a few congressmen too. If I ever win a big MegaMillions I can compete with the Koch brothers in the "Congressmen Collection" game.
I hope he finds the courage to come out, leave his crazy wife and find a nice guy for himself.
Gov. Chris Christie’s sellout to ExxonMobil just keeps getting worse. The way this is going, we’ll eventually find out that the governor agreed to force taxpayers to don HazMat suits and clean up a few sites themselves.
The Christie administration recently signed off on a $225 million settlement that let the oil giant off the hook for potentially billions more in damages. The deal came after a decade-long lawsuit in which ExxonMobil had already been found liable for pollution at refinery sites in Linden and Bayonne for which the state was seeking $8.9 billion.
That sweetheart arrangement for ExxonMobil is bad enough. Now it turns out that taxpayers may have to pay part of that bill. Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-Union, says that the settlement language includes a provision that would allow ExxonMobil to sue both the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority to cover part of the settlement costs.
Well, she sure as shootin' ain't gettin' any rapturing from Marcus, her twinkle toes husband.
4 dead in Benghazi.
400,000 dead in Bush's Iraq.
Check and mate.
Corrupt? I guess that puts Republicans in bed with her for not initiating prosecution. Shame shame and shame. Or.... maybe they just know they don't really have anything on her, and just like to MAKE it sound like she's corrupt for the glassy eyed FoxNews viewers.
The Koch brothers may not be settling on a Republican presidential candidate just yet. One day after The New York Times reported that the Kochs were getting behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a "top Koch aide" tells Politico the billionaire brothers are going to give Jeb Bush a "chance to audition for the brothers' support."
Well, maybe Monsanto hasn't purchased enough Argentine politicians yet. Come on Monsanto, get on the stick!!!!
Maybe Monsanto will develop a GM cancer killer. This way they can profit at both ends!!!!
Men haven't been doing good buddy. Turn on the TV. See any wars? See any destruction to the environment? See any unregulated fraud in the financial system?
It's time to give a woman a chance.
How'd it work out for Germany, Russia, Yugoslavia, Cambodia, Cuba, Uganda.............
Keep that in mind in the voting booth.