Happy New Year

December 30, 2013

in News Blast

 

ShaleTest has worked hard in 2013 and continues to be dedicated to providing free environmental testing to lower income families and communities who are negatively impacted by shale oil and gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing. The data and reporting from our testing is made available for the benefit of all citizens, scientists and grassroot organizations to use for educational programs, research and outreach. And as long there is a need, we will continue to provide these valuable and necessary services.  Public health, safety and environmental justices are basic human rights and it is our goal with ShaleTest to bolster these rights through responsible and informed scientific testing, disclosure and transparency.

This year ShaleTest has achieved many goals, including providing 50 air tests for families in need. Shale Test was also honored to welcome John Fenton from Pavillion, WY to our Board of Directors. We also received funding for projects from Patagonia Environmental and Common Stream as well as funding to procure a GasFindir FLIR camera.

The Patagonia funding was used for Project Playground: Cleaner Air for Active Kids project. With these funds we are conducting ambient air quality tests, pollution dispersion air-modeling and record gas-finder infra-red video for several children’s play areas that are located in within hundreds of feet to shale oil and gas development. The data collected will provide a better picture of the exposure and amount of air pollution and toxic contamination of about 2,200 children in North Texas.

The funding from Common Stream will be used in Southwest Pennsylvania test at private residences around facilities affecting local schools and playgrounds while the Save our Children group will educate the local area to what dangers may exist with help from the SWPA Environmental Health Project. Our data and FLIR footage will continue to be brought to school boards, public meetings, posted on social media sites, and brought to the medias attention when justified. We request 10 air tests to use in the area and FLIR filming of sites in the community to petition the local government, school boards, and public to demand protection of schools from drilling and its pollution.

Shaletest is grateful for the abundance of contributions from across the country, including over $7,000 from individuals like you. However, our biggest challenge has been acquiring funding to provide testing for everyone who is in need. Environmental testing is expensive and we simply do not have the capacity or the funds to help the hundreds of families that are in need. The important data and reporting from our testing is made available for the benefit of all citizens, scientists and grassroot organizations to use for educational programs, research and outreach. It is our hope that future testing and extensive reporting provided by ShaleTest will open other avenues for funding for us to help those in need.

Public health, safe and environmental justices are basic human rights and our goal is to bolster these rights through responsible and informed scientific testing, discloser and transparency. The testing results are provided to the client for them to use as best needed to improve their quality of life – whether for legal purposes, to petition for a fresh water supply, or to simply remove their children from a bad situation. ShaleTest only uses nationally certified laboratories with chain of custody certification.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation by the end of the year to help those in need.  Whether you can donate only $5, $50 or $250, you can provide families in need with an air or water test that could potentially save a life.

Thank you and Happy New Year,
Tim and Calvin

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