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Experts: Formaldehyde is spewing from massive LA gas leak — “Very dangerous for public”… methane turning into embalming fluid — Can make your body “start digesting itself” — Company knows this is happening and should warn us… Obviously they don’t want you to know about it (VIDEO)


Published: February 8th, 2016 at 10:21 am ET
By ENENews

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jan 22, 2016 (emphasis added): “One thing I happen to know about — and I can’t make any claim about it now — but I know this. Methane, when it’s exposed to sunlight, can produce as a by-product formaldehyde… Southern California gas knows that too… it transforms — when it’s subjected to sunlight — to formaldehyde. SoCalGas knows that, and they ought to be straight about it. They ought to be telling us… but they’re not.”

Gas Well Blowout May Endanger Your Pet

Report by the law firms of Morgan & Morgan, Panish Shea & Boyle, Kennedy & Madonna, and R. Rex Parris, Dec 16, 2015: Experts have stated that the gas emitted in the blowout contains mostly methane [which] can oxidize in the atmosphere [and] turn into formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can cause hypothermia, asphyxiation, and acidosis… Acidosis is a condition in which your body starts to digest itself.

Joseph Pfeifer*, Dec 30, 2015: “When all that methane is exposed to California sunshine it gets converted to formaldehyde. The nosebleeds, headaches etc. aren’t from the “odorant”… they are signs of formaldehyde exposure… These same symptoms are seen in people living near gas compressor stations due to leaking methane being converted… Obviously, this is something SoCal doesn’t want to talk about or you to know about.”

* The user comment above was almost certainly written by Dr. Joseph L. Pfeifer, M.D. (director of trauma and surgical critical care at Berkshire Medical Center), who recently authored a column mentioning formaldehyde, methane, and gas compressor stations.

NPR, Oct 30, 2014: A peer reviewed study… reveals dangerous levels of air toxins near fracking operations… The research was led by David Carpenter, a physician… he’s most concerned about the high levels of benzene and formaldehyde… He says the formaldehyde is formed… as a byproduct of methane leaks, when exposed to the sun.

Environmental Health (Journal), Oct 2014: Formaldehyde is also formed from methane in the presence of sunlight… It can affect nearly every tissue in the human body, leading to acute (dermal allergies, asthma) and chronic (neuro-, reproductive, hematopoietic, genetic and pulmonary toxicity and cellular damage) health effects:

Environ Health. 2014 Oct 30;13:82. doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-13-82.
Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: a community-based exploratory study.
Macey GP, Breech R, Chernaik M, Cox C, Larson D, Thomas D, Carpenter DO1.
Author information
1Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany, Rensselaer, New York, USA. dcarpenter@albany.edu.
Horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, and other drilling and well stimulation technologies are now used widely in the United States and increasingly in other countries. They enable increases in oil and gas production, but there has been inadequate attention to human health impacts. Air quality near oil and gas operations is an underexplored human health concern for five reasons: (1) prior focus on threats to water quality; (2) an evolving understanding of contributions of certain oil and gas production processes to air quality; (3) limited state air quality monitoring networks; (4) significant variability in air emissions and concentrations; and (5) air quality research that misses impacts important to residents. Preliminary research suggests that volatile compounds, including hazardous air pollutants, are of potential concern. This study differs from prior research in its use of a community-based process to identify sampling locations. Through this approach, we determine concentrations of volatile compounds in air near operations that reflect community concerns and point to the need for more fine-grained and frequent monitoring at points along the production life cycle.
Grab and passive air samples were collected by trained volunteers at locations identified through systematic observation of industrial operations and air impacts over the course of resident daily routines. A total of 75 volatile organics were measured using EPA Method TO-15 or TO-3 by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Formaldehyde levels were determined using UMEx 100 Passive Samplers.

Levels of eight volatile chemicals exceeded federal guidelines under several operational circumstances. Benzene, formaldehyde, and hydrogen sulfide were the most common compounds to exceed acute and other health-based risk levels.
Air concentrations of potentially dangerous compounds and chemical mixtures are frequently present near oil and gas production sites. Community-based research can provide an important supplement to state air quality monitoring programs.

PMID: 25355625 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] PMCID: PMC4216869 Free PMC Article

Dr. David Carpenter, physician & director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at Univ. at Albany, Oct 31, 2014: “We focused a lot in our report on… benzene and formaldehyde… these are very dangerous for public health… Cancer isn’t going to occur tomorrow, it is going to occur 10-20-30 years from now in people that are exposed… What we are seeing right now are respiratory infections and nose bleeds. Think about formaldehyde, that’s basically an embalming fluid, if you breathe it in 24 hours a day… you are going to pickle epithelium in your nose. Many of the people living around these sites have nose bleeds.”
American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 2013: Formaldehyde is a very dangerous chemical in human health; It gives negative effect to respiration channel, liver and kidney function…

Click to access WhatYouShouldKnowaboutFormaldehyde.pdf

CDC (pdf): What happens when someone breathes too much formaldehyde?… People can have symptoms such as: sore throat, cough, scratchy eyes, nosebleeds… [T]he longer the exposure, the greater the chance of getting cancer. Exposure to formaldehyde might increase the chance of getting cancer even at levels too low to cause symptoms.

See also: Very unusual infections seen around LA gas leak… Dog’s stomach “flipped on itself” — “If you’re able to leave do it now, it’s really critical” — Official: Plume spreading far away

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From ENENews: Former Japan Official: “Unstoppable contamination of Pacific Ocean… is seriously menacing US West Coast” — “Fukushima now undeniably a global security issue… can’t be brought under control by single state” —

Reuters: Contamination is spreading off U.S. shores — Radioactive cesium reaches 11 Bq/m3 at multiple locations (MAP) “Very significant” explosion at dam next to U.S. nuclear site — ‘Plasma’ created due to tremendous amount of heat — Same type of phenomenon as lightning — Nuclear site’s fire department responds to blast (VIDEO) http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/explosion-washington-state-dam-injures-multiple-employees-n441456 »

Former Japan Official: “Unstoppable contamination of Pacific Ocean… is seriously menacing US West Coast” — “Fukushima now undeniably a global security issue… can’t be brought under control by single state” — Experts: Wave of radiation will be 10 times more than entire world’s nuclear tests combined
Published: December 2nd, 2015 at 7:05 am ET
By ENENews

Mitsuhei Murata, former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland, Nov 1, 2015 (emphasis added):

The lack of the sense of crisis over Fukushima is in stark contrast to the gravity of the crisis. Fukushima is now undeniably a global security issue. The unstoppable contamination of the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere with ionizing radiation from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactors is seriously menacing the West Coast of the United States. Japan should make utmost efforts to cope with the Fukushima crisis by retreating from the Tokyo Olympic Games that disseminate the false impression that Fukushima is under control.

Deteriorating situation in Fukushima — Japan is laboring under the consequences of the Accident never before experienced by humanity, including the simultaneous destruction and meltdown of three commercial nuclear reactors. Four and half years after the 3.11 disaster, it has been shown that a severe nuclear accident cannot be brought under control by a single state… It is questioned if Japan is in possession of the governability and the capacity needed to cope with the impending crisis. The melted cores of the reactors from Units 1, 2 and 3 remain inaccessible… If the molten nuclear fuel rods are exposed through cracks to the atmosphere due to a mega earthquake or the liquidization of soils on the site that could cause the collapse and breach of Fukushima’s spent fuel pools, Japan’s landmass would become uninhabitable to a large extent… The whole of Japan is threatened by the worsening situation emanating from the molten fuel rods, which continue to widely disseminate large amounts of dangerous radionuclides into the sea and atmosphere. Limitless steam observed evokes the possibility of re-criticality at the site. The undeniable necessity for international verification of the suspected re-criticality at the site should bring about the indispensable international cooperation to cope effectively with the Accident. The ongoing radioactive contamination of the sea with no prospect for a solution is dishonoring Japan, causing it to be criticized for harming the global environment. In spite of all this, attempts are shamefully being made to hide Fukushima…

World is menaced by the spreading contamination… The consequences of the radioactive contamination of the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the West Coast of the United States are drawing increased attention. Some experts now estimate that the wave of radiation from Fukushima will be 10-times bigger than all of the radiation from the entire world’s nuclear tests throughout history combined…

The Tokyo Olympic Games belittle the Fukushima crisis — It is undeniable that the Tokyo Olympic Games constitute serious impediments for coping with the consequences of the March 11 Disaster… My interview article was published in the magazine “Monthly Japan” (September 2015). It is entitled “An honorable retreat from the Tokyo Olympic Games” and is given a central place. Reactions are noteworthy and expanding… The Tokyo Olympic Games diverts attention from Fukushima and gives the false impression to the world that Fukushima no longer poses a threat. The advancement of the Tokyo Olympic Games comes at the expense of the funds needed to address the host of environmental disasters created by the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactors… The future of the Olympic Games is at stake. It is as a believer in the spirit of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement that I am pleading for an honorable retreat, and this, in order for Japan to devote maximum efforts to controlling the Fukushima crisis.

From last month: Former Japan Ambassador: Uncontrolled nuclear chain reactions could be underway at Fukushima — “Troubling indications of recurring criticality” as Tellurium-132 detected over 100 miles from plant — ‘Recriticality’ discussed by Japan’s top nuclear official

Published: December 2nd, 2015 at 7:05 am ET
By ENENews

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Yemen War: No Evacuations For Stranded Americans
April 11, 2015

On April 7, 2015, AlertsUSA issued the following
related Flash message to subscriber mobile devices:
4/7 – OVERNIGHT: India to evacuate US citizens from Yemen via sea/air as security situation deteriorates. No USGOV-sponsored evac options for citizens in the country.

What You Need To Know
One Tues of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding a stunning decision by the U.S. government to not carry out emergency evacuations of American citizens from the war-torn country. While Pentagon spokesman U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren says that United States has “assets in place” to carry out the evacuation, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf declared there are “no plans for U.S. assets to be used” as the security situation was too precarious.

“Given the situation in Yemen, it’s quite dangerous and unpredictable. Doing something like sending in military assets, even for an evacuation, could put U.S. citizen lives at greater risk.”

Instead, the State Department posted two messages to the website of the now abandoned U.S. Embassy telling Americans to call the Embassy of India or the International Organization for Migration for assistance.

And so there is no mistake as to who pulls the strings in such matters, while news reports all focus on the State Department and the Pentagon, any such orders begin with the National Command Authority. The chain of command runs from the President to the Secretary of Defense to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then to the Specified Commands. In short, it is the Office of the President of the United States which ultimately makes the command decision to use military forces to execute an evacuation.

AlertsUSA’s Pentagon sources say there is significant anger and frustration within the DoD over this decision by the White House, particularly in light of the fact that there are two aircraft carrier battle groups in the region as well as a big deck amphibious warship with thousands of Marines and dozens of helicopters and V22s just offshore. One of our sources indicated that this situation “carries the essence of Benghazi about it,” in reference to the failure to provide military assistance to the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya when it came under attack in 2012.

India’s foreign ministry reports they received a request from the U.S. for assistance in evacuating citizens. As of the time of this report’s preparation on Friday, several Americans have been assisted in leaving the country by India and Pakistan though solid numbers have been difficult to obtain. ABC’s San Francisco affiliate is reporting on a local resident who was able to get to the coast, then rode on a boat with a fisherman across the Red Sea into Africa, ultimately traveling to Amsterdam before taking a flight back to California. Other countries carrying out mass evacuations of their citizens this week with few troubles include Canada, France, Russia, China and Somalia.

With hundreds of Americans left stranded, on Thursday of this week three human rights groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (or CAIR), filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC seeking the court’s relief by ordering the Department of State and Department of Defense to evacuate U.S. citizens. While it is obvious that the judicial branch of the U.S. government has no influence in this area, the move calls further attention to the matter, particularly in light of the fact that the US is, at a minimum, supporting Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states with logistics and intelligence assistance in the conflict.


US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter acknowledged on Wednesday that the conflict in Yemen has allowed Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror organizations most active arm, to make significant gains in their threat to U.S. national security. According to Secretary Carter,

“It’s always easier to conduct counterterrorism operations when there is a stable government willing to cooperate in place; that circumstance now obviously doesn’t exist in Yemen. The terrorism threat to the West, including the United States, from AQAP is a longstanding and serious one.”


In addition to a significant U.S., Egyptian, Saudi, Pakistani and French naval presence in the region, tensions increased this week when Iran dispatched their own warships to the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait. Readers are reminded that Iran is the principle source of support and arms for the Houti rebels whom are responsible for bringing down the government in Yemen. Pentagon sources indicate a close eye is being kept on the vessels as, while small in number, there is a very real potential for the deployment of sea mines if the tensions increase.


On Thursday of this week, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani indirectly threatened Saudi Arabia, stating, “You will learn, not later but soon, that you are making a mistake in Yemen, too. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, was far less diplomatic and warned of dire repercussions. During a public address in Tehran on Thursday, Khamenei declared that “the Saudis will definitely be struck back in this issue and their nose will be rubbed against the ground,” using a Middle Eastern colloquialism meaning they will be defeated.


Perhaps most outspoken this week was Secretary of State John Kerry, who warned Iran over its increased involvement in Yemen’s civil war. In an interview with PBS News Hour, Secretary Kerry stated the following:

“There are obviously supplies that have been coming from Iran. There are a number of flights every single week that have been flying in. Iran needs to recognize that the US is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized.”

His statements highlight, yet again, the dangerous situation within which the Obama Administration finds itself. On one hand, there is Iran’s direct involvement with the Houti overthrow of Yemen which the U.S. is indirectly fighting against. On the other hand is the U.S. collaboration with Iran on fighting the Islamic State in Iraq. And on a third side, there is the laughable outcome of negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program.


Late this week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei made his first public comments on the supposed “framework” the Obama administration has been hyping as the basis for a nuclear accord. In his comments, Khamenei accused the Obama administration of blatantly “lying” about most of the proposed terms, saying he is being “deceptive,” and has “devilish” intentions. (Also see this, this and this.)

For those keeping track, it is important to note that this week the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group passed South through the Suez Canal and into the Red Sea. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf and the Big Deck Amphibious Assault Ship USS Iwo Jima is somewhere off the coast of Yemen and overall, tensions are high. (See regional map here.)

AlertsUSA continues to monitor developments in this region, as well as its impact on the domestic terrorism threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers of changes in the overall threat picture for U.S. citizens and interests as events warrant.



4/10 – US Embassy Bangkok warns Americans of need for caution and vigilance flwg car bombing @ shopping ctr on tourist island Koh Samui. Islamist militants suspected.

4/8 – Law enf in urban areas nationwide on alert for backlash / protests flwg police shooting of fleeing black suspect in SC. Caution and increased awareness urged.

4/7 – White House on lockdown. Multiple federal facilities increasing security in DC area following explosion at MD power station. DHS investigating incident.

4/7 – AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing power outages throughout the Nat’l Capital Region (DC). White House, Capital Hill, State Dept, DOJ, DOE, Metro lines all impacted.

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When Things Go Sideways While Traveling
You Better Have a Backup Plan in Place
April 11, 2015
What You Need To Know
Given the situation unfolding in Yemen and the unbelievable decision of the U.S. government to NOT provide a means of evacuating American citizens, this should be a serious wake-up call that you can no longer depend on the U.S. government to render assistance in critical, life threatening situations. As such, it is imperative that international travelers have their own safety net in place PRIOR TO LEAVING, even if you are simply heading off for vacation in the Caribbean, Mexico or Europe.

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In addition to medical evacuations back to the hospital of your choice in your home country, Global Rescue also provides security services under which members can be evacuated in the event of crises that threaten their personal security when traveling, such as war, civil unrest, coup d’état (ala Yemen) or natural disasters. While we have (thankfully) had no need to call upon their services in an emergency, knowing we have a reliable partner during our travel abroad provides considerable peace of mind. This is particularly true in times where the assistance of your own government is in question.

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If you, members of your family or employees travel outside of the U.S., even for simple vacations to the Caribbean, Mexico or Europe, AlertsUSA strongly urges you to consider securing their coverage.

Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.
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