The Effects of Volatile Chemicals near Shale Gas Wells

shale gas wellIt's not just greenhouse gases that are of concern in drilling for shale gas. Other volatile organic compounds are released in the air near shale gas operations that affect people's health.  Garfield County is at the center of Colardo's shale gas gold rush.  Residents there complain of the effects of shale gas chemicals on their health.  Pollution from benzene, hydrogen sulfide, and toulene causes headaches. asthma, nausea, nosebleeds, and muscle cramps.  See the 7 minute New York Times video on the health effects of air pollution near shale gas wells (If you get a message that the video is not available, try again.  It usually works on the second try)