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Summit has What YOU Need for GHS

19 Mar

Ensure your GHS compliance is on track…. and  Summit has the tools that will help you do just that.

Existing fines and penalties for non-compliance with HCS and WHMIS extend to GHS alignment with these same standards. In the EyeProtection_CloseUpUnited States, that means that HCS violations, which already rank #3 on OSHA’s Top Ten Violations List, could see even more action. And WHMIS penalties of up to $1 million in fines and two years in prison will remain a serious consideration for anyone with obligations under Canada’s hazard communication standard.

GHS adoption affects everyone in the chemical life-cycle  with special responsibilities for chemical manufacturers and employers that handle, use and store hazardous materials.  Ultimately, employers have a responsibility to keep their employees safe. For that reason, and to ensure full compliance, companies should stay ahead of GHS adoption by aligning their policies and health and safety management with GHS principles at the earliest opportunity.  Read more >>

No matter where you are in the process of complying with GHS, Summit can help you meet compliance deadlines.  The first effective completion date is December 1, 2013… Get ready with Summit.

Check out Summit’s GHS Resource Page! >>

 

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The History of Pandemics

22 Feb

pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region, multiple continents, or even worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) produced a six-stage classification that describes the process by which a novel influenza virus moves from the first few infections in humans through to a pandemic. This starts with the virus mostly infecting animals, with a few cases where animals infect people, then moves through the stage where the virus begins to spread directly between people, and ends with a pandemic when infections from the new virus have spread worldwide.

A disease or condition is not a pandemic merely because it is widespread or kills many people; it must also be infectious. For instance, h1n1__compcancer is responsible for many deaths but is not considered a pandemic because the disease is not infectious or contagious.  Further, flu pandemics generally exclude recurrences of seasonal flu. Throughout history there have been a number of pandemics, such as smallpox and tuberculosis, and more recent pandemics include the HIV pandemic and the H1N1 pandemics of 1918 and 2009.

Fortunately for humans, pandemics are relatively rare. In fact, there were only three in the last one hundred years, and they varied in severity. The 1918 Spanish Flu was the most severe. It is estimated that approximately 20 to 40 percent of the worldwide population became ill and that over 50 million people died. Between September 1918 and April 1919, approximately 675,000 deaths from the flu occurred in the U.S. alone. One of the most unusual aspects of the Spanish flu was its ability to kill young adults. It was later determined that the 1918 pandemic was caused by an avian influenza.

Here’s a quick summary of the 5 deadliest pandemics in history:

1. The Peloponnesian War Pestilence

The very first pandemic in recorded history was described by Thucydides. In 430 BC, during the Peloponnesian war between Athens and Sparta, the Greek historian told of a great pestilence that wiped out over 30,000 of the citizens of Athens (roughly one to two thirds of all Athenians died).

Thucydides described the disease as such “People in good health were all of a sudden attacked by violent heats in the head, and redness and inflammation in the eyes, the inward parts, such as the throat or tongue, becoming bloody and emitting an unnatural and fetid breath.” Next came coughing, diarrhea, spasms, and skin ulcers. A handful survived, but often without their fingers, sights, and even genitals

Until today, the disease that decimated ancient Athens has yet to be identified.

2. The Antonine Plague

In 165 AD, Greek physician Galen described an ancient pandemic, now thought to be smallpox, that was brought to Rome by soldiers returning from Mesopotamia. The disease was named after Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, one of two Roman emperors who died from it.

At its height, the disease killed some 5,000 people a day in Rome. By the time the disease ran its course some 15 years later, a total of 5 million people were dead.

3. The Plague of Justinian

In 541-542 AD, there was an outbreak of a deadly disease in the Byzantine Empire. At the height of the infection, the disease, named the Plague of Justinian after the reigning emperor Justinian I, killed 10,000 people in Constantinople every day. With no room nor time to bury them, bodies were left stacked in the open. By the end of the outbreak, nearly half of the inhabitants of the city were dead. Historians believe that this outbreak decimated up to a quarter of human population in the eastern Mediterranean.

What was the culprit? It was the bubonic plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. This outbreak, the first known bubonic plague pandemic in recorded human history, marked the first of many outbreaks of plague – a disease that claimed as many as 200 million lives throughout history.

4. The Black Death

After the Plague of Justinian, there were many sporadic oubreaks of the plague, but none as severe as the Black Death of the 14th century. While no one knows for certain where the disease came from (it was thought that merchants and soldiers carried it over caravan trading routes), the Black Death took a heavy toll on Europe. The fatality was recorded at over 25 million people or one-fourth of the entire population.

It’s interesting to note that the Black Death actually came in three forms:

  • The bubonic plague was the most common: people with this disease have buboes or enlarged lymphatic glands that turn black (caused by decaying of the skin while the person is still alive). Without treatment, bubonic plague kills about half of those infected within 3 to 7 days.
  • In pneumonic plague, droplets of aerosolized Y. pestis bacteria are transmitted from human to human by coughing. Unless treated with antibiotics in the first 24 hours, almost 100% of people with this form of infection die in 2 to 4 days.
  • The septicemic plague happens when the bacteria enter the blood from the lymphatic or respiratory system. Patients with septicemic plague develop gangrenes in their fingers and toes, which turn the skin black (which gives the disease its moniker). Though rare, this form of the disease is almost always fatal – often killing its victims the same day the symptoms appear.

We haven’t heard the last of the bubonic plague. In 1855, another bubonic plague epidemic (named the Third Epidemic) hit the world – this time, the initial outbreak was in Yunnan Province, China. Human migration, trade and wars helped the disease spread from China to India, Africa, and the Americas. All in all, this pandemic lasted about 100 years (it officially ended in 1959) and claimed over 12 million people in India and China alone.

5. The Spanish Flu

In March 1918, in the last months of World War I, an unusually virulent and deadly flu virus was identified in a US military camp in Kansas. Just 6 months later, the flu had become a worldwide pandemic in all continents.

When the Spanish Flu pandemic was over, about 1 billion people or half the world’s population had contracted it. It is perhaps the most lethal pandemic in the history of humankind: between 20 and 100 million people were killed, more the number killed in the war itself.

The Spanish Flu actually didn’t originate in Spain – it got its name because at the time, Spain wasn’t involved in the war and had not imposed wartime censorship, thus it received great press attention there.

Recently, scientists were able to “resurrect” the virus from a well-preserved corpse buried in the permafrost of Alaska.

 Sources:

http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/flu/history_of_pandemics.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemic

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Success in Denver at ASSE Expo!

7 Jun

Summit Training spent the past couple of days in the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado for the 2012 ASSE Conference and Expo. The Summit crew, including Bryan Hornik, Sara Wesche, Greg Adams, Stephanie Zizzo, and Chris Knox, all had a blast catching up with old friends and making new ones!

This year’s conference was definitely a hit! Summit Training Source introduced their two NEW services!  It felt really great to tell our customers WE CAN DO IT ALL as of June 2012!

The National Safety Council 10 & 30 Hour Online Training – Closely based on OSHA Outreach Training 10 & 30 Hour curriculum, NSC 10 & 30 Hour Training Online offers you a flexible and accessible option to improve your safety acumen through engaging and interactive online safety & health training courses and receive an official 10 or 30 hour completion card from NSC.

Summit Safety Alliance – Bringing world-class onsite training consultants powered with Summit’s extraordinary training programs to your work-site. Now you can team up with a national network of highly qualified, capable, and experienced safety and health professionals – all hand-picked by Summit – for superior onsite safety training and services for YOUR specific site.

The conference was loaded with great sessions and plenty of events. The West Michigan Chapter of ASSE won a Chapter Star Award for 2010-2011 for setting our chapter apart as a true performer, with regard to professional development, chapter communication, and superior service! It was awesome to represent our chapter here in Michigan and accept the award. The ASSE House of Delegates Meeting also made quite an impression with over $96,000 is donations! It is a great time for the American Society of Safety Engineers and we can’t wait till next year… VEGAS BABY!

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Celebrate NAOSH Week 2012!

1 May

 This week is NAOSH Week! The North American Occupational Safety and Health Week happens every year during the first full week of May. This year, it goes from Sunday, May 6th to Saturday, May 12th. The mission of NAOSH Week is to increase awareness of the importance of occupational safety and health to working men and women around the world!

“The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) joined with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) in 2002 to raise the public’s awareness of occupational safety, health and the environment in North America during NAOSH Week. This is just one tool the 100-year-old ASSE and its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members use throughout the year to promote occupational safety aimed at preventing injuries and illnesses. Several organizations representing thousands of businesses have partnered with ASSE and CSSE to support NAOSH Week, including U.S. federal agencies such as the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reach millions of people around the globe on the importance of being safe at work.

During NAOSH Week, ASSE and CSSE members, OSHA and NAOSH partners develop and implement activities throughout North America to promote NAOSH Week. ASSE members have held fleet safety classes, ergonomic awareness events, distributed catastrophe preparedness information, distributed free teen worker safety and preventing roadway crash brochures, developed and presented teen worker safety courses, helped Habitat for Humanity, held a personal protective equipment (PPE) fashion show, donated PPE and much more. In past years, NAOSH themes have included: mining safety; transportation safety, as transportation accidents are the number one cause of on-the-job deaths; youth workplace safety; and more.”

Take a little extra time this coming week and pay attention to your safety procedures, appreciate the things within in your workplace that are put there to keep you out of harm’s way, and try extra hard to stay safe. For more information on NAOSH Week, check out their website here!

Source:

http://www.asse.org/newsroom/naosh/whatisnaosh.php

Earth Day and The EPA Make History!

23 Apr

Former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly with Earth Day founder Senator Gaylord Nelson on Earth Day 1990. Photograph from EPA.gov

Celebrate Earth Day 2012!

Earth Day was this past Sunday April 22nd, so I figured what a better way to celebrate than to learn a little bit about how it all started!

Once upon a time… back when toxic fumes could roam the air, a man named Gaylord Nelson created a day to bring importance to our environmental concerns. This day would go down in history as millions of Americans would make it a priority to demonstrate the value of a clean planet.

It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic into the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was perfectly legal. They could not be taken to court to stop it. How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, and no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment.

In spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. 20 million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked! In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…”

Over 40 years later, the EPA continues with the challenging goal of repairing the damage already done to the environment and to establish guidelines to help Americans in making a cleaner and safer environment a reality.

Commit to Protecting the Environment

This Earth Day, the EPA is reaching out to people of every age, race, and economic status to “own” the environment, to commit to environmental protection as one of your top priorities.

Why is this important? Because many people don’t see “environmentalism” as an important issue in their lives. When actually having clean air to breathe, water to drink, and a neighborhood safe from toxics is important to ALL of us!

We are also focusing on commitment to Environmental Justice this Earth Day. Environmental Justice will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards.

Take action by participating in the EPA’s Pick Five campaign. Make every Earth Day count by committing to at least 5 actions to protect the environment.

Some examples include:

My new 100% recycled plastics bag!

  1. Use only the water you need, and reuse when possible.
  2. Help keep water clean by using biodegradable and environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  3. Dispose of solid and liquid wastes and medications safely.
  4. Protect your local water source from pollutants, excess pesticides and garbage.
  5. Save energy at home. Choose energy-saving appliances if they’re available. Look for Energy Star!
  6. Go renewable! Create your own power from wind, the sun, water, or biofuels.
  7. Find alternate ways to reduce use of diesel and other fuels for transportation, production and energy.
  8. Find out how much of your home’s energy is supplied by renewable sources, seek to increase it. Research or contact your local power provider.
  9. E-cycle. Recycle and/or properly dispose of electronic waste such as computers and other gadgets.
  10. Don’t litter! Properly dispose of trash and waste.
  11. When purchasing goods, opt for sustainable, recycled or reused resources. Choose items in less packaging.

I actually followed #11 on this list and celebrated my Earth Day by buying a new Lily Bloom bag made from 100% recycled plastics. The fabric is made from recycled bottles!

What did you do to celebrate Earth Day? I would love to hear it, post your comments here!

-Steph

For more information check out EPA’s webpage!

101st Anniversary for the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

28 Mar

Shirtwaist Factory Fire, Image provided by DOL

This week marks the 101st anniversary for the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The US Labor Department helps to commemorate the fire by inspiring the public to visit a unique website that includes an audio tour and background on the significant event. The audio is narrated by Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis and various other Labor Department officials. It focuses on 21 different locations that played key roles in the March 25, 1911 fire. It also allows users to read and hear about events that led up to the fire, the victims that were involved, and what happened after it was all over.

While I was in school, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was one of the very first topics we discussed in our Occupational Safety and Health classes. After all, it was one of the first events that led to an increased awareness on basic health and safety precautions in the workplace. “In less than 20 minutes, 146 people were dead – some burned to death; others leaped to their deaths from 100 feet up – victims of one of the worst factory fires in America’s history. New York City and the state of New York, over the next few years, adopted the country’s strongest worker safety protection laws. Initially addressing fire safety, these laws eventually became model legislation for the rest of the country and state after state enacted much more strict worker safety laws.

Here is an excerpt for the US Department of Labor’s Shirtwaist Factory fire website:

About The Fire

“At 4:45 in the afternoon of the four-month anniversary of a fire in a Newark, N.J., which killed 25 people, fire broke out in a cutting area on the eighth floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in Greenwich Village, in New York city. Within minutes, the top three floors of the Asch Building at 23-29 Washington Street were engulfed in flames. Many of the staff, mostly recently immigrated Jewish and Italian women, some as young as 14, were trapped in a building that claimed to be fireproof. Some began to fall and jump from the windows. Police and firefighters from nearby stations were impeded by the bodies on the sidewalk.

The harrowing accounts ring as unnerving and as unsettling today as they were 100 years ago – groups of young women leaping to their deaths, a man dropping women out the windows, falling bodies ripping through the fire departments’ nets and gruesome accounts of bodies piling up on the sidewalk and blocking the fire engines, and inside, skeletal remains slouched over sewing machines and charred bodies piled up by locked and blocked doorways. A combination of callous management, overcrowding and hazardous work conditions, and ill-conceived architecture conspired to cut short so many lives.

The architect was given special permission to make only two staircases, instead of three. A flimsy iron fire escape that stopped at the second floor was passed off as a third staircase. Exit doors opened inward to the space, making it nearly impossible to open the doors amid the crush of panic-stricken workers. Managers often locked the exits to prevent workers from sneaking out for a break and to prevent theft. Those locked doors prevented workers from escaping the flames. Other exits were blocked with boxes of scrap fabric which had been accumulating for nearly six months.

A steady stream of workers filed out onto the fire escape which before long, collapsed under the weight of the people and the heat of the fire sending several people to their deaths from a six-story fall. Elevator operators worked feverishly to bring groups of workers to safety, 10 at a time. Still, some workers flung themselves down the elevator shaft to escape the flames, their bodies crashing onto the car filled with terrified escapees. Estimates peg the number of workers on those top three floors at 500 or more.

The fire fighters from local Ladder Company 20 arrived minutes after the flames erupted. Because the hoses were too weak and the ladders too short to reach above the sixth floor, the men simply sprayed the building in the hopes the mist from the water would cool the victims trapped above.

At a local police station, a makeshift morgue was quickly overwhelmed. Bodies of the fall victims lay where they fell, some covered with tarps, others exposed to the elements. Within 25 minutes, burned and broken bodies alike lined Green Street awaiting a friend or family member to recognize and claim them. Some would never be identified. Others were found by a mark on their stockings or a ring.

The Bellevue morgue became overrun and a nearby pier was employed as a makeshift morgue. Family and friends filed by the bodies in an effort to find and claim a loved one. It took nearly 100 years for all of the victims of the fire to be positively identified, with the final six identifications completed just recently”.

For more information check out the DOL website: http://m.dol.gov/shirtwaist/index.htm

It’s About Time, OSHA’s Releases GHS Final Rule!

22 Mar

It feels like we have been waiting for this rule forever! OSHA has finally announced that the final rule for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals or GHS will become law effective May 25, 2012. This meaning the effective date of the rule is 60 days after March 26th. The new standard, once implemented, will prevent an estimated 43 deaths and result in an estimated $475.2 million in enhanced productivity for U.S. businesses each year.

As stated by OSHA, “The revised standard also is expected to prevent an estimated 585 injuries and illnesses annually. It will reduce trade barriers and result in estimated annualized benefits in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle, store and use hazardous chemicals, as well as cost savings of $32.2 million for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the standard”.

The Hazard Communication Standard is being revised to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. It will be fully implemented in 2016. OSHA is going to give employers the following phase-in or transition period to comply with the new GHS requirements.

The 4-Year GHS Phase-In Period

Effective Completion Date Requirements Who
December 1, 2013 Train employees on the new label elements and SDS format Employers
June 1, 2015 Compliance with all requirements of the GHS final rule except voluntary compliance with GHS label until December 1, 2015 Chemical manufacturers, importer, distributors, and employers

December 1, 2015 The Distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer unless it is a GHS label Chemical manufacturers, importer, distributors, and employers
June 1, 2016 Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards Employers
May 25, 2012 May comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (this final standard), or the current standard, or both Chemical manufacturers, importer, distributors, and employers

For more information check out OSHA’s webpage: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=22038

Hepatitis C Invades the Baby Boomer Population

16 Mar

While reading an article is The Week titled, “Hepatitis C Targets Boomers”, I discovered something very alarming. The baby boomer population is at a very high risk for hepatitis C. The big question is why? According to the article, “more Americans die every year from hepatitis C infections than from AIDS, and three-quarters of the victims are between the ages of 45 and 64”, meaning that 1 out of every 33 baby boomers is living with hepatitis C right now… The big problem with this is that more than half of them don’t even realize that they have it causing it to become a silent killer. As stated by The Week, baby boomers are most at risk because the disease spreads when drug user share needles, a practice that was common in the 1960s and 1970s. Blood donors weren’t screened for the infection before 1992, allowing it to spread through transfusions.

Hepatitis C is a very infectious disease that targets the liver causing cirrhosis and cancer. Most often or not the patient will experience no symptoms at all. If they do experience some symptoms it can be anything from fatigue to muscle pain or yellowing of the eyes and skin. Hepatitis C kills about 15,000 Americans each year and could possible triple do to the aging baby boomer population. Hopefully something can be done soon to screen those who might have it and prevent any further damage.

For more information check out the article by The Week

“Hepatitis C Targets Boomers”. The Week. Vol. 12 Issue 556. 9 March 2012.

Prison Fire in Honduras Kills Hundreds!

15 Feb

BREAKING NEWS

The following article is from Time World’s AP Freddy Cuevas:

(TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras) — Trapped inmates screamed from their cells as a fire swept through a Honduran prison, killing at least 300 inmates, authorities said Wednesday.

Some 475 people escaped from the prison in the town of Comayagua and 356 are missing and presumed dead, said Hector Ivan Mejia, a spokesman for the Honduras Security Ministry. He said 21 people had been injured.

Dozens were trapped behind bars as prison authorities tried to find the keys, officials said.

Outraged relatives of dead inmates tried to storm the gates of the prison Wednesday morning to recover the remains of their loves ones, witnesses told The Associated Press. The crowds were driven back by police officers firing tear gas.

Channel 5 television showed dozens of inmates’ relatives hurling rocks at officers. “We want to see the body,” said Juan Martinez, whose son was reported dead. “We’ll be here until we get to do that.”

Comayagua fire department spokesman Josue Garcia said he saw “horrific” scenes while trying to put out the fire, saying inmates rioted in attempts to escape. He said “some 100 prisoners were burned to death or suffocated in their cells.”

“We couldn’t get them out because we didn’t have the keys and couldn’t find the guards who had them,” Garcia said.

Officials are investigating whether the fire was triggered by rioting prisoners or by an electrical short-circuit, said Danilo Orellana, head of the national prison system.

A prisoner identified as Silverio Aguilar told HRN Radio that someone started screaming, “Fire! fire!” and the prisoners called for help.

“For a while, nobody listened. But after a few minutes, which seemed like an eternity, a guard appeared with keys and let us out,” he said.

Hundreds of relatives rushed to Santa Teresa Hospital in Comayagua state to learn the fate of their loved ones, said Leonel Silva, fire chief in Comayagua, a town 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of the Central American country’s capital, Tegucigalpa.

Lucy Marder, chief of forensic medicine for the prosecutor’s office, said 12 victims were treated there and nine more in the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, bringing the total of injured to 21. “That’s why we think the death toll will rise,” she said.

Marder said it would take at least three months to identify victims, some burned beyond recognition, because DNA tests will be required.

President Porfirio Lobo declared an emergency in July 2010 in nine of the 24 prisons in Honduras. His security minister at the time called the prisons “universities of crime” that had been overwhelmed by overcrowding.
Source: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2106875,00.html?xid=gonewsedit

Natural Gas Anti-Fracking Rally Summons Stars to Take the Stage

7 Dec

Natural gas has become quite a topic lately here in the United States. Since the United States has been told it has the potential to become the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, how would we not be interested in what’s going on? While the natural gas industry may be creating tons of new jobs across the US, not everyone is happy about it. Many believe that natural gas companies are not taking the proper safety precautions to keep their water clean and safe, whereas others have a problem with what is it doing to the landscape.

As of right now, Southwestern Energy and EDF are currently working on a set of model standards for safe drilling that can be utilized by state governments to implement within their own regulatory regimes. Drawing on some U.S. state regulations and best industry practices, they are focusing on the steps that drillers should be required to take to ensure that the steel casing of the well hole and the cement that surrounds it are set into the ground properly, in a way that adequately protects the groundwater. But is that good enough for the people who are unhappy about the drilling? Is that helping them right now?

I read an article today by Geoff Mulvihill called “Stars turn out for anti-fracking rally in N.J”. According to Mulvihill, “Hundreds of environmental activists gathered in Trenton on Monday for a rally that became a celebration of a delay in natural gas drilling in the Delaware River watershed’. But the drilling opponents, including actors Debra Winger (seen in Terms of Endearment) and Academy Award winner Mark Ruffalo (seen in The Kids Are Alright), cautioned that their battle isn’t over yet after the Delaware River Basin Commission decided last week to delay a vote on rules for drilling, leaving a moratorium in place.

Right now, each state regulates its own gas drilling industry, and the states are trying to steer clear of allowing agencies, such as the EPA, to get involved and permit their operations. And then, on the other hand, you have environmentalists who believe that the states are not doing a good enough job. As stated by Mulvihill’s article, “The debate over the rules is emotional. Energy companies and many residents say the drilling would bring desperately needed jobs to a downtrodden area. Many of them say the proposed rules, which would initially limit the number of wells to 300 and require a $5 million bond for each one, are too onerous. But environmentalists say any drilling is potentially disastrous”. Monday, they chanted, “no fracking way”, and some had signs linking the cause to Occupy Wall Street.

There is no exact way to tell if the oil and gas companies are doing their job right. Congress has largely taken them at their word, and the oil industry has fiercely disputed any suggestion that more federal regulation is needed. I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens next!

If you have any comments to add, please tell me! What’s your opinion on the natural gas drilling in the US?  How do you think this will affect the US? Check out this video on Youtube!

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