Some doctors refuse to treat gas-oil related illness in Alberta


tay
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Some Peace River area doctors are afraid to speak out about health impacts of oil and gas activity and in some cases have declined to treat area residents who wondered if their health problems were related to emissions, says one of two independent health experts hired by the Alberta Energy Regulator.


Doctors fear negative consequences to their careers if they speak out, and in one case, one lab refused to process a test, says Dr. Margaret Sears, an Ontario expert in toxicology and health who will appear this week at a special hearing into complaints about emissions from the Baytex oilsands operation 32 kilometres south of Peace River.


In a rare move, the energy regulator called a special ten-day public hearing, starting in Peace River Tuesday, to examine whether emissions from wells or from bitumen heated in storage tanks could be causing health problems, including dizziness, headaches, cognitive impairment and sleeping problems among residents who left their homes.


To prepare for the hearing, AER hired eight independent expert to provide advice on various issues, including possible health impacts, the chemistry of local bitumen, impact on livestock, and to track various vapour sources on the plant sites.


Baytex also provided studies for the year. The company has consistently stated is complying with all regulation.


Both Ottawa-based Sears and Calgary-based toxicologist Donald Davies of Instrinsik Environment Services interviewed the residents as part of their study on health impacts.


Sears, with a PhD in chemical engineering and a specialty in health and environment, said in her interviews she found physician care was refused when a resident suggested a connection between their symptoms and oil and gas emissions.






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Cliffy
Free Thinker
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Say it ain't so! To the oil cartels it is just collateral damage., but keep this from the greenie weenies. Can't have anybody or anything interfering with profits. It might anger the money gods.
 
taxslave
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Bunch of people looking for a way to create a multi billion dollar lawsuit. No wonder the docs don't want anything to do with it. Poor doc would spend the next ten years writing statements and appearing at hearings for free.
 
Spade
Free Thinker
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Why am I reminded of Senate hearings on "Unamerican Activities"? Criticism obviously is Unalbertan.

"I am now and never have been a member of an environmental group."
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Bunch of people looking for a way to create a multi billion dollar lawsuit. No wonder the docs don't want anything to do with it. Poor doc would spend the next ten years writing statements and appearing at hearings for free.


There was a doc up in Fort Mac a few years back that was thumping his chest about the heinous affects on health that the oilsands had on the locals.

He made his proclamation and followed-up with scurrying away to Australia (or some other place).

Indie health professionals did their studies and determined that his claims were all horse sh*t. The AMA threatened to lift his license despite his already having left the country. It didn't really come as a surprise that he left the country... Speaks more to the notion that he is a lobbyist quack that had no issues with lying to advance his quest.
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
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Typical of the anti everything crowd.
 
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