Colorado Nurse Becomes Ill After Treating Gas Worker | Green Arkansas

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Colorado Nurse Becomes Ill After Treating Gas Worker

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM

This is old news, but I'm still trying to catch everyone up. 

A nurse in Colorado suffered from liver, heart and lung failure after treating a gas worker who showed up at the hospital soaked in unkown chemicals.   The worker was probably soaked in frac fluid, which contains numerous unkown substances.  Gas drilling companies do not have to disclose those chemicals because they aren't regulated by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.  Doing so would affect their ability to compete in the marketplace. 

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, at the time of this incident, were condidering making companies disclose what chemicals were used in their drilling fluids.  Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission director Lawrence Bengal said there were no attempts in this state to get gas companies to disclose what chemicals they used.       

The case of the Colorado nurse shows one negative consequence of the gas companies' secrecy.  Had they known which chemicals soaked the worker, or were inhaled by the nurse, their injuries would have been easier to treat.  Halliburton officials said if they were forced to disclose their frac components they would leave the state. 

GrassrootsOzark has the story from the Durango Herald.  Kos has a related item.

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