Morgantown physician Larry Schwab has learned that Mon General Hospital has no contingency plan and is urging us to call and voice our concerns.
Here is the message from Dr. Schwab, followed by the letter Dr. Schwab wrote to Darryl Duncan, President and CEO of Mon General:
Note: Mon General is one of the sponsors of the Oil & Gas Expo at Mylan Park on October 5th FACTS: 1. Mr Glen Adrian is one of four co-deed holders of the industrial park superfund site scheduled to be fracked September 22. 2. Mr Glen Adrian is chairman of the Monongalia General Hospital Board of Directors. 3. My wife Martha and I met with Mr Darryl Duncan, CEO of Monongalia Hospital in person two months ago to express our concerns about fracking within Morgantown city limits. 4. Mr Duncan told us that Monongalia General Hospital does not have a contingency plan for the hospital in the event that the water supply becomes contaminated. He was surprised that we were concerned and told us that Glen Adrian did not expect the community's reaction to fracking Morgantown. 5. We followed up our visit with letters to Mr Adrian and Mr Duncan. Those letters were not answered. 6. I have not been able to reach Glen Adrian by telephone. MONONGALIA GENERAL HOSPITAL'S TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 304-598-1200 Hit zero for the operator and ask for my Darryl Duncan's office. The operator will connect you to his office. Ask to speak to My Duncan and also ask to contact Mr Adrian. As a member of Monongalia General Hospital's medical staff, I find this situation unconsionable. Not only has our community hospital not considered the public health ramifications of fracking near its water supply, but one of the people directly involved in fracking is chair of Monongalia General Hospital Board of Directors. TAKE ACTION AND TELEPHONE MON GENERAL HOSPITAL
June 9, 2011
Mr Darryl Duncan, President and CEO
Monongalia General Hospital, 1200 J.D. Anderson Drive
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
Dear Mr Duncan,
We thank you for your time in meeting with us yesterday concerning the Marcellus shale drilling operation now proceeding adjacent to the Morgantown ordnance superfund site in south Morgantown. The pad now in preparation is 1,500 feet from the MUB water intake on the Monongahela River.
We are but two of a growing cadre of Monongalia citizens, WVU students and faculty, Monongalia General Hospital patients, professionals, and the community at large who are deeply concerned about the safety of our drinking water and air contamination of fine particulate matter, increased truck traffic and the potential of a leak of hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process.
We gave you a list of the known chemicals used in “fracking” fluid in Pennsylvania. That list contained at least 25 chemicals known to be carcinogens. Today I located a peer reviewed scientific article that lists 944 chemicals that are being used or have been used in “fracking” operations that is to be published in September 2011. Significant health risks are documented in that scientifically referred article.
Currently there are two serious concerns for Monongalia General Hospital:
- Has the Monongalia General Hospital System considered (or is considering) a contingency plan in the event of a major leak from those wells? Morgantown Utility Board Mr Ball says Cobun Creek would be the alternative source for fresh water intake in the event of a spill, but that stream would be inadequate if a significant spill should occur or if a spill occurred in a season of drought.
- The newly elected Director of the Board of Directors Monongalia Health Systems is one of four owners who will profit from leases and production from those wells. Is there a potential conflict of interest regarding MGH and health?
These questions are already being discussed and debated in several local Marcellus drilling working groups that are deeply concerned about this issue.
We strongly urge you, the MGH Health System, Mr Glenn Adrian, the Board of Directors of the MGH Health System and the MGH Foundation to join our dialogue to mitigate and then ultimately encourage Mr Adrian and his business partners to abide by the resolution being considered by Morgantown City Council. That resolution bans horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Morgantown and within one mile of the city limits.
Larry Schwab MD and Martha Schwab