Oil exploration causes birth defects.

Oil exploration causes birth defects: Pumping chemical water into the earth to loosen oil for extraction as in Fracking or Keystone pollutes ground water. Polluted ground water kills. Water seeps through the earth uncontrolled in all directions. Toxic water reaches into public streams and home water. Government testing is reporting that underground levels of toxic wastewater are 700 times higher than the maximum allowable level. One chemical commonly found in oil production wastewater is benzene. The Department of Health and Human Services has determined that benzene can cause cancer, anemia, immune system disorders, bone marrow disease, and birth defects. No one really knows the long-term effects or the possible side affects in medical problems. The argument that we need more oil for national security is baloney. Irresponsible profit is offset by far by the burgeoning costs of healthcare. What we need is to campaign against “No-Compromise” conservatives in Congress who bar laws that regulate polluters, cut budgets that monitor pollution, amend laws to ensure they fail to punish polluters, and tax incentives to repeat pollution offenders. Profit at any price hurts 99% of Americans. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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