New Study: Air pollutants make a case for walking ver-r-ry slowly. What if you live, go to school or work near or at unconventional oil and gas sites and associated facilities? No working, running, walking, skipping, playing, biking, gardening, lifting, tending livestock? No breathing allowed?

Refer first to:

2016 10 25: Yale School of Public Health: Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals

2016 07 18: 8-year frac health study shows fracking associated with increased asthma attacks: “Those who lived closer to a large number or bigger active natural gas wells were significantly more likely…to suffer asthma attacks” … “The highest risk for asthma attacks occurred in people living a median of about 12 miles from drilled wells. The lowest risk was for people living a median of about 40 miles away.”

Cochrane Interpipeline Gas Plant NW of Calgary, Alberta

2014 04 09 C Abel frac Cartoon Frack to School

Fracking by your school?

Unconventional oil and gas by your home?

Hold your breath, all day and night long:

2015 08 21: Rocky View County Alberta (the “air” often blows into Calgary): Municipal councilors fail to support clean air and water, Voted clean air and water out of bounds, OK for frac’ers to poison families and environment

2012 night frac in Alberta, hold your breath, all night long

Frac photos by FrackingCanada

2015 09 23: AER’s EMERGENCY COMMAND CENTRE SET UP 2.5 HRS AWAY! DON’T AER COMMAND STAFF WANT TO DAMAGE THEIR BRAINS? Encana’s Fox Creek blow out spewing 20,000,000,000 litres/day sour gas & condensate: Where’s the regulator? Ex-Encana VP Gerard Protti = AER Chair; Ex-Encana Manager Mark Taylor = AER VP Industry Operations

2015 09 Fox Creek, Alberta, is this encana sour gas & condensate incident, 20,000,000,000 litres leaking per day2

2015 09 Fox Creek, Alberta, is this encana sour gas & condensate incident, 20,000,000,000 litres leaking per day1

2015 09 Fox Creek Alberta, is this encana sour gas & condensate incident, 20,000,000,000 litres leaking per day3

2015: Encana deadly sour gas well blowout, west of the town of Fox Creek, Alberta.

Air pollutants make a case for walking ver-r-ry slowly, study finds by Tom Spears, October 28, 2016, Ottawa Citizen

Speed kills, according to a new University of British Columbia study on how much pollution we inhale when we walk or cycle quickly.

Or more precisely, speed makes us breathe in more toxic stuff.

Alex Bigazzi studies transportation at UBC, and has previously studied how much air pollution cyclists inhale on streets with heavy traffic compared to light traffic. (Short version: Their lungs contain 40 to 100 per cent more hydrocarbons on the busy streets.) [What about adding deadly drill, cementing, fracing and servicing chemicals to the mix? No more gardening, biking, skating, skipping, working, walking, running, playing at home, on farms, local businesses and in communities with oil and gas well sites, associated facilities spewing pollutants? Definitely no hill walking or running?]

Now he asks a second, more general question: What’s the optimum speed for walking and cycling without choking on fumes? [Never mind optimum. What’s the safe level of ordinary breathing near oil and gas well sites and associated facilities? Does any oil company or regulator anywhere in the world give a damn?]

Depends a little on your age and to a lesser extent on gender, he found, but it’s safe to say these speeds won’t require Spandex clothes.

Men aged 20 to 60 should cycle at 14.5 km/h and women aged 20 to 60 a bit more slowly, 13.1 km/h, he found. Those under 20 should be travelling a bit more slowly — 13.4 km/h for men, 12.5 km/h for women. (All the figures are for flat terrain.)

But walking is the big surprise in his analysis.

He wants anyone under the age of 20 to protect their lungs by limiting their speed to a lethargic 3.4 km/h. That’s 2.1 miles an hour, for those who measure that way. At that speed, your kids are going to be late for school a lot. [What about children living or going to school beside drilling and fracing, gas plants, tank farms, compressor stations? Walk, play and live Slowly, No running, skipping in the playground and no more physical education?]

You can speed up a little after age 20, but not much, he suggests: He still suggests men and women all ages to stay below 5 km/h.

His study is published in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. [Emphasis added]

Breath Biomarkers to Measure Uptake of Volatile Organic Compounds by Bicyclists by Alexander Y. Bigazzi, Miguel A. Figliozzi, Wentai Luo, and James F. Pankow, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2016, 50 (10), pp 5357–5363, April 20, 2016
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01159, 2016 American Chemical Society

Breath biomarkers were used to study uptake of traffic-related volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from urban bicycling. Breath analysis was selected because it is one of the least invasive methods to assess urban traveler exposure. Research hurdles that were overcome included considering that factors other than on-road exposure can influence concentrations in the body, and absorbed doses during a trip can be small compared to baseline body burdens. Pre-trip, on-road, and post-trip breath concentrations and ambient air concentrations were determined for 26 VOCs for bicyclists traveling on different path types. Statistical analyses of the concentration data identified eight monoaromatic hydrocarbons potentially useful as breath biomarkers to compare differences in body levels brought about by urban travel choices. Breath concentrations of the biomarker compounds were significantly higher than background levels after riding on high-traffic arterial streets and on a path through a high-exposure industrial area, but not after riding on low-traffic local streets or on other off-street paths. Modeled effects of high-traffic streets on ambient concentrations were 100–200% larger than those of low-traffic streets; modeled effects of high-traffic streets on breath concentrations were 40–100% larger than those of low-traffic streets. Similar percentage increases in breath concentrations are expected for bicyclists in other cities.

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