Harmful Chemical Found At Drilling Sites Near 3 FWISD Schools

By Arezow Doost, CBS 11 News

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods presented scientific evidence to a group of about 25 parents Thursday that showed high levels of carbon disulfide found near three FWISD schools.

Carbon disulfide is a colorless, volatile liquid linked to respiratory, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems. It has not, however, been linked to cancer.

Testing found the chemical at gas drilling sites near East Handley Elementary, Dunbar High School and Burton Hill Elementary.

“It’s 690 feet from my kiddo’s school property. That’s alarming,” said Mary Jane Debenport, whose two children go to Daggett Montessori in Fort Worth.

Parents at Daggett Montessori got vocal about the issue last year when city officials announced that a gas-drilling site would soon be active near the school.

The League of Neighborhoods then hired scientists to test areas near existing sites, which yielded the results parents heard Thursday night.

“The quality of the air worries me. It worries me to be that close to a well,” said parent Penny Plavidal, who also has children at Montessori.

What’s more, the scientists found the chemical’s impact went beyond school boundaries.

“The actual full extent of the plume was in excess of two miles, so that’s quite extensive,” said Deborah Rogers with THE Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods.

Rogers said the group will make recommendations to the district next Tuesday. One thing they’ll be pushing for is to have the wells at least a mile away from the schools.

They’ll also be asking for other safety measures once drilling begins. Parents said they hope school district officials would heed the findings.

The group will share their study with the Fort Worth ISD Board Tuesday.

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  1. Tom says:

    This story is incomplete. How much of these chemicals are being emiitted by the drillers and how much is considered unsafe? Have the companies drilling these wells been given an opportunity to clean up the problem? Will these cemicals be a problem after the well is drilled and whie it is in operation? Too many questions to answer before we get so upset.

    1. lotsoflaughs says:

      If you haven’t read this blog yet you should…it’s full of really funny articles. Don’t worry it’s all clean and kid friendly too. http://www.jaredslighterside.blogspot.com

    2. Louis McBee says:

      YOU ARE CORRECT. TOO MANY QUESTIONS AND NOT MANY ANSWERS….BUT CERTAINLY ENOUGH INFORMATION TO LET THE PUBLCI KNOW THAT ENOUGH OF A PROBLEM EXISTS THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE CONTINUING TO DRILL BABY DRILL UNTIL THESE QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED!

    3. concerned64 says:

      The story is as simple is you can get. They’re gas holes. We’re guinea pigs.

  2. E. B. says:

    A high level doesn’t sound like it could be safe! The companies should be doing this testing themselves and installing their own air monitors, vapor recovery devices, etc. voluntarily. We have let them come into our neighborhoods for one reason or another — our neighborhoods are not an appropriate place for these activities. My parents generation knew it and they legislated it out. There are accidents and the chemicals in the fracking flluids are highly toxic and they are using explosives at extremely high PSI’s, not just sand and water. CBS needs to interview James L. Northrup an expert to have this verified and they should work hard at informing the public. If people don’t believe me then google Otsego2000 + James Northrup and read his articles. The July 25th one tells it like it is.

    1. concerned64 says:

      OMG
      The companies SHOULD NOT be doing their own testing! Are you high on benzene?
      You think they would give you the correct result? Why should they?

      1. E B says:

        To concerned64: Excuse me, I didn’t mean they should be in charge of the testing, just that they should buy the equipment and it should be their for the town to monitor and inspect. As far as being high on benzene, I guess I could be. If not that then maybe carbon disulfide or any # of things. My point was that they should be as concerned as we are and it doesn’t look like they give a hoot, does it.

  3. paulk says:

    What ahorrible story, Castleberry elemntary is closer than Burton Hill to the well and yet it is not mentioned.

  4. Paul says:

    Its a good thing cars and busses are not spreading carcinogens in the air. Now there is a cancer causing problem. Oh it is windy outside, I wonder whos gas well I am smelling now?

    1. Louis McBee says:

      ANSWER….ALL OF THEM!

  5. Bob says:

    Read this link about carbon-disulfide, a story produced by the media rarely gives all the facts. It just doesn’t sell. http://www.npi.gov.au/substances/carbon-disulfide/index.html I’m as concerned about kids safety as any parent, but we need the real facts and the real truths!

    1. Louis McBee says:

      QUITE FRANKLY, THAT WOULD BE A WELCOME RELIEF. THE TRUTH, WHAT A CONCEPT. ALL I REMEMBER BEING SAID BY THIS INDUSTRY IS, “WE’LL BE THERE FOR 30 DAYS, DRILL A HOLE AND THEN WE WILL BE GONE.” SEEMS THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF “REAL TRUTHS” THEY FORGOT TO TELL EVERYONE!

  6. William B. Walton says:

    What is ineresting to note is that the vapors of Carbon Disulfide are heavier than air and therefore travel along the gound. When ignited, the flame is colorless. Carbon Disulfide is an excellent paraffin solvent which was sold by Dow Chemical as Big Red. However, because of field personnel being burned by the colorless flames it is no longer allowed to be used in any oilfield application. I have had experience with Carbon Disulfide being an oilfield chemist and chemical engineer

    1. Gordon Aalund says:

      William, Thanks for you excellent comments. I am a Emergency Medicine Physician and deal with toxicological emergencies, usually overdoses, but chemical exposures as well. My neighbors and I have a site called SouthlakeDrillingFacts.com. If you have time please check it our and give me any advise you may have.

  7. Kim Triolo Feil says:

    Aaahh carbon disulfide, the stuff nosebleeds are made of? Just to plant a seed of horror…the state/TCEQ has set the effect screening level of long term benzene exposure at 1.41 ppb which is twenty times what can affect cattle fertility. Reserach a Canadian study by Dr Igor Burstyn that wanted to see the effects of drillsites near pastures of cattle grazing. TCEQ suma canister tests show UTA averages .21ppb, the Pantego drill site last month .29 ppb, the Dalwortington Gardens Compressor Station .4 ppb. The FT Worth air study is not releasing the rest of the sites nor any long term findings until June-how convenient for that to be after the council elections.

  8. David McFatridge says:

    Where is reporting from FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM on this issue in their own town? FWST you have lost what little credibility you had left!

  9. Kara says:

    Everyone needs to watch “GASLAND”. That’s an eye opener also.

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