To Whom It May Concern,
We are all aware of the illnesses that are developing in our community. Obviously, this is not genetic because it is attacking various members of our community and has done personal research to link the illnesses to our surrounding environment. I have found information in which the community should be aware. After extensive research, I have discovered the symptoms are because of the gas company not following proper procedures while digging in our community. I have spent several months coming to the solution and connecting the problem to the gas company. I first expecting it was something in the water because it seems to be affecting more people in neighborhoods closer to the drilling sites. I am afraid to inform everyone that it will be in all our drinking water before soon. If the gas company does not follow proper protocol gas can leak in to our drinking water and cause the illnesses the residents of our community are experiencing. This is not the first time this has happened in our country; however, the first time for our community. The gas company not following the proper procedures has lead our water supply to become contaminated by the gas. Upon research, I have found that there are various chemicals used in the Marcellus shale process. The chemicals can easily leak into the ground and make their way to our drinking water, which is causing our neighbors and families to become sick. The chemicals also can be absorbed through breathing the air. Before I decided that the gas company was causing the illnesses in our community, I wrote a list of questions and did research that sadly confirmed my suspicions. Next, I asked questions to experts on the chemicals and the harmful effects of the chemicals. One of many chemicals used in Marcellus shale is called 2,2-dibromo-3-nitrilopropionamide (DBNPA). DBNPA is a pesticide used to control algae, bacteria, and fungi. According to the Environmental Protection Agency website, DBNPA...
References: United States Environmental Protection Agency Sept. 1994-Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/factsheets/3056fact.pdf
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