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Thursday, October 13, 2011

EXPERT CONFIRMS RADON TO BE CARRIED WITH GAS VIA THE SPECTRA PIPELINE

SIERRA CLUB ATLANTIC CHAPTER -
EXPERT CONFIRMS RADON TO BE CARRIED WITH GAS VIA THE SPECTRA PIPELINE


BREAKING NEWS. The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter has received confirmation today from testimony submitted by James W. Ring, Winslow Professor Emeritus of nuclear physics at Hamilton College, on the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's revised draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, regarding the dangers of inhaled radon and the likelihood that shale gas extracted from the Marcellus will deliver radon into NYS residences at point of use. The Spectra pipeline will deliver Marcellus shale gas from nearby Pennsylvania to New York City homes, increasing the risk that residents will inhale radon when they turn on their stoves.

Professor, James W. Ring, Winslow Professor of Physics Emeritus, Hamilton College:

“Next to smoking, radon is the most potent cause of lung cancer. The radon and natural gas coming from the shale mix together and travel together as the gas is piped to customers. This is a serious health hazard, as radon––being a gas––is breathed into the lungs and lodges there to decay, doing damage to the lung’s tissue and eventually leading to lung cancer.”

17 comments :

Anonymous said...

If you beleive a word of this you are a socialist. Radon gas is a myth.

Anonymous said...

Cooking with cancer..wheeeeeee!!!!

Yes, Lets ALL jump on the merry gas bandwagon! Money, money, money, moonneeeeeee!

Leaving Soon said...

WW III starts Dec 22, 2012

Anonymous said...

Radon gas a myth? If I believe in a gas I'm now a socialist? Radon is detectable and measurable. And it certainly causes cancer. Do a little reading on it. Then read some history on what a socialist is.

Anonymous said...

Radon causes cancer....
So does "Peanut Butter",but I won't eat enough of the one or breath enough of the other to do the trick.
As Grandpa used to say,
Use your head for something other than a hat rack!

Anonymous said...

James W. Ring, Winslow Professor Emeritus of nuclear physics

or

Goober, The anoymous, Potter County blogger with no facts.

It's good to have choices on who to believe.

Anonymous said...

@5:44, that's a thing of beauty man. I had to copy it.

Anonymous said...

sometimes I think we live in the United Socialist Republic of Goobers.

Anonymous said...

The shallow gas we have been useing for over a hundred years is sourced from the Marcellus. It means we should be going with electric cook stoves and stay away from unvented gas apliances. I had read somewhere that Radon can not bond with a carbon atom,meaning nat gas can not absorb Radon. can anybody else verify this? Thanks

Solomon's words for the wise said...

In all seriousness, if radon is carried with the natural gas into our homes, does it burn with the natural gas or does it enter the home and accumulate from cook stoves and unvented heaters. What are the risks involved here? Does the gas produce lead as in the article? What effect would this have on children's developing brains? Other experts need to weigh in on this appraisal and render their scientific opinions. This affects anyone who uses natural gas to heat and cook in their homes.

Anonymous said...

Goober done thunk wrong dis time
wit his hat rack.

But on the lighter side, do we know any information about the Adelphia auction that ended last week?

Anonymous said...

Anyone in the industry want to deny this ? I`m sure you must have a comment ?

Anonymous said...

Nope!

Anonymous said...

I've been working locally in the gas industry for 34 years and as of late on connecting Marcellus Meter Stations to transmission lines. I have never heard anyone raise radon gas concerns, even with all the testing that is done. NY State does not want drilling and they are bringing out all the "experts" to reinforce unfounded fears and concerns. You have more a chance of seeing radon gas through your basement drains than you do in natural gas.

Anonymous said...

Sure,this goober will give it a shot.
At exactly what level in the atmosphere is radon harmful to humans?
On average,how much radon will be emmitted from the burning of natural gas in a home? Does the size of the home,or it's air exchange rate effect the concentration?
Does it exceed the safe level?
What exactly happens to the cancer causing elements in radon when it is burned?
Does anything in this one scientists findings definitively conclude that burning nat gas in our homes will cause cancer? Or in fact did he just say that HIS findings show that the elements exist in the gas flow?
If in fact these things are present,is this a new phenomena directly related to the Marcellus,or something occuring since we lit the first match to gas?
Sorry, but again this sounds like one opinion obtained by the anti-drill group to further a cause.
Until I see multiple opinions,from verified experts.I will tuck this away in my memory as "one mans opinion" taken out of context,to further an agenda.
If more facts come out I will have this memory to look back on and use it combined with the others to make an informed opinion of my own.
I think the "head for a hat rack" statement applies very nicely to this one!

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Goober, You raise some very good questions that should have answers in a timely fashion. I would hate to have you tuck this in the back of your mind so you'll be able to know why you and your neighbors all developed lung cancer. These question need to be answered now!

Anonymous said...

Sorry Jim but I think you already have the answer.
Nobody is demanding that you continue to burn gas in your home.
We all have the ability to choose to assume risks or eliminate them.
Rather than regulating the drilling company until someone is satisfied their product is safe;
Turn off your gas valve if you believe it isn't or assume the risk if you believe that it is.
I for one am a little tired of someone else trying to determine the risks in life that I am willing to accept for myself and mine.
I choose to leave my gas valve open for now and have no problem with anyone that chooses not to.
I can only assume that a great many people that believe the man in this story is correct have already turned off their gas valve.If they haven't then they have assumed the risk(real or implied) and cannot use the story as a rally point for a stop to drilling.
Investigate further?Certainly.Use it as a way to further a cause?No WAY!
Hat rackers...Goobers....
Don't know... But I will decide for myself after I take my Sunday ham out of the stove.