With the Vernal area being a oil boom town, people from all over are moving
there for work. Are these 14 infant deaths in a year from women who have lived
there for a long time, or have they moved in from different areas of the
country? Maybe it's just a coincidence. Maybe its the stress of the
schedule the husbands are working that transfers to the mom during the
pregnancy. Or it could be the water or air pollution. But first, these other
things should be looked at first.
Maybe it is the stress of the poor economy and the new normal of being jobless,
or a part time worker, in 2 or 3 jobs.
The good doctor seems to always be on the forefront of environmental concerns so
I hope he doesn't already have a conclusion in mind which he will now try
I would also say check the water, but I am sure that municipal water is
regularly checked per health regulation. Privately owned, single-family wells,
though are not often monitored. If it's affecting a disproportionate
number of babies in unincorporate areas, then the rural wells would be suspect
and should be checked. In any case, there should be regulations requiring wells
closest to drilling operations to be checked on a regular basis - at the
driller's expense. I would strongly support such a measure and it seems
that oil companies ought to be in favor of it as well in order to aviod
liability and prevent the unthinkable from happening.
Maybe they should consider the age of the mother, whether or not she is on drugs
and if she received any prenatal care. I don't think the gas and oil is
causing deaths of babies. Seriously if that was the case maybe they should do a
study on why so many people from the Uintah basin has cancer. They have been
producing gas and oil there for a very long time..at least 60 plus years..look
to other concerns..
I agree, check the water.
" . . . clean air . . . ?"Wouldn't it be smarter to
check the water?They are drilling UNDER the ground, not above it.An assortment of toxic chemicals are used in drilling operations AND in
production.Underground aquifers can be polluted.Check