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Oil & Gas

Eagle Ford Health Problems

Oil and Gas Activity Be Causing Eagle Ford Health Problems A recent investigative report from the San Antonio Express News has brought attention to what seem to be a series of mysterious health problems that have developed in the years since the Eagle Ford Shale’s unprecedented oil and gas boom.  Many people in the area…

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Oil & Gas, Oil Field Accidents

Oil and Gas Worker Hazards

NIOSH, OSHA Issue Alert for New Oil and Gas Worker Hazards Earlier this month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an alert about newly discovered oil and gas worker hazards. This new alert is related to those workers who manually gauge or sample…

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Chemical Exposure, Oil & Gas, Workplace Safety

Texas Oil and Gas Explosion

Worker Killed in Texas Oil and Gas Explosion According to investigators with the Midland County Fire Marshal’s office, a worker with a water treatment company was killed in a fiery explosion Monday while he was mixing chemicals at an oil and gas services facility near Midland. Currently, the exact cause of the explosion is under…

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Chemical Explosions, Oil & Gas, Plant Explosions

Fracking Silica Standards

New OSHA Fracking Silica Standards Put Employers on Notice The oil and gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) boom in Texas and elsewhere has led to a proliferation in the use of silica sand, which is commonly used with water to break up the shale underground and release the oil or gas. And because of serious health concerns…

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Hydraulic Fracturing, Inhalation Injuries, Oil & Gas

Is There a Link Between Fracking and Birth Defects?

  While nearly everyone agrees that the current state of research into the health effects of living near a fracking site is still preliminary and more work needs to be done, the first round of research is very troubling, in that it seems to demonstrate a link between pregnant women living near an oil or gas well…

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Oil & Gas

Fracking Spill

The Karnes County Sheriff wants to charge On Point Services LLC, a waste hauling company based in Falfurrias, Texas, with several criminal charges for an incident on March 10, in which one of the company’s trucks spilled more than 1,200 gallons of liquid fracking waste along eight miles of rural roadway between Hobson and Falls…

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Hydraulic Fracturing, Oil & Gas

Injured Oil & Gas Workers

Injured Oil & Gas Workers: Texas Workers at Risk According to a recent report in the Houston Chronicle, an analysis of data and public records regarding oil field accidents since the beginning of the oil and gas boom in 2007 shows a disturbing pattern, in which oil and gas companies employ shoddy practices and Occupational…

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Oil & Gas, Workplace Safety

Shop Towels Create Health Risks

Shop Towels Create Health Risks: New Study Released According to a new study recently published in Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, a large number of workers in manufacturing plants throughout the United States are actually being exposed to significant amounts of lead and other hazardous metals when they use laundered shop towels in the workplace….

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Oil & Gas, Workplace Safety

Karnes County Well Explosion

Karnes County Well Explosion: At Least One Worker Burned A fiery explosion at an oil well site in Karnes Count, Texas near Gillett, Texas has left one worker burned.  The accident happened early in the morning today and in a fairly rural area of Karnes County, Texas.  According to reports, four fire departments responded to…

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Oil & Gas, Workplace Safety