Extraction is destroying vast areas of culturally significant landscapes in the region. It’s clear, this administration is intent on ignoring tribal sovereignty and input, and views nothing as sacred. Daniel also went on to discuss the misfeasance that is all too commonly practiced by the oil and gas industry.
As Teresa addressed the committee, she made sure to rebuttal comments from Republican Senator William Sharer who claimed the state derived nearly 30-percent of revenue from oil and gas. That was before market prices slumped. Something he should know given that Farmington is in his district. Farmington depends heavily on the oil and gas industry for employment--it also suffers from high levels of unemployment due to plummeting oil prices. She also corrected his statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) acceptable levels of exposure to Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). H2S is a gas associated with fracking that possesses a potent and offensive odor of rotten eggs. Long term exposure to H2S is associated with elevated incidences of respiratory infection, eye and nose irritation, coughing, breathlessness, nausea, headaches, and mental symptoms, including depression. Sharer’s figures were at a level considerably higher than the actual levels referenced by the EPA. In April of this year, Twin Pines resident Kendra Pinto collected an air sample near Lybrook Community School. The results were astonishing showing elevated levels of H2S that are known to cause nasal sores.