Argyle Central is here, the Hillwood rig is up, Ginger Hackel is being fracked, so eyes wide open everyone.
ABCAlliance members are talking to school nurses about the asthma triggers this will bring, namely VOCs, diesel particulate, and silica dust.
One has indicated they are treating more asthma cases than ever before at Argyle schools.
Parents of children with asthma, know this: our region is now considered “serious” non-attainment for air quality. Operations so close to school are likely to exacerbate the problem.
The district had 1,793 students on the first day of enrollment. Anywhere from 125 (that’s 7 percent of the population, or Texas’ statewide asthma rate) to 448 (that’s 25 percent, or the asthma rate for Barnett Shale counties) of our kids are at risk of an attack.
Argyle ISD leaders must insist that town officials require fenceline monitoring of emissions, so that teachers, coaches, nurses and students can take preventative measures.
This is the reality of our community. Rural life has yielded to heavy industry. Do What Has To Be Done.
UPDATE: ABCAlliance cares about workers and is troubled that this worker appears to be inadequately protected. Workers have been hurt by inhaling silica dust and the chemicals being used in fracking. Here is an explanation of your rights as a worker. Please exercise your right to be safe in the workplace.