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Hydrogen Cyanide Found in 100 Montco Homes

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posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 09:54 PM
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American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania workers arrived in Skippack Township Sunday evening to assist with evacuations after hydrogen cyanide was found present in 100 homes.
Neighbors along North Gorski Lane began leaving their homes voluntarily after a noticing a smelly odor around 7 p.m.

The Center for Disease Control calls hydrogen cyanide a systemic chemical asphyxiant and says the "exposure to hydrogen cyanide (AC) can be rapidly fatal."



Hydrogen Cyanide Found in 100 Montco Homes

This just came across breaking news feed and I'm posting it so you all can educate me. The word cyanide is pretty scary and the idea that exposure is "rapidly fatal" is even scarier. What could be the source of this?

Residents are being asked to stand outside their homes so it's inside - strange.

As I do more digging (see post below) - seems it may be in ground / water - fracking Chemicals?
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posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 10:03 PM
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Homes are attached according to this report -



Firefighters found high readings of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in that home, as well as numerous other residences in the attached-home development. However, Marriott said the HCN is most likely masking another chemical, which is the true source of the smell.


Also, this report says # of homes affected is 10.

www.thereporteronline.com...

Initial reports were for a suspected gas leak, which lead to response which found the elevated levels of hydrogen cyanide.



It seemed to be coming in through sump pumps, Marriott said

So, it's in the ground/water? Fracking area? I'm going to guess yes.
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posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 10:10 PM
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Any fracking in the area?

URGENT: 1285 POUNDS PER DAY OF HYDROGEN CYANIDE leaking in Texas

From what I gather, it's a waste product of the gas scrubber? Wouldn't surprise me if this is the case.

ETA: I think there is a LOT of fracking going on in PA. Oops, I only saw your first post.
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posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 10:14 PM
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Well, Skippack, PA seems pretty rural to me.

Link.

Might be one on these guys:



Palmer International wouldn't be a surprise. The N Gorski Ln. area of homes is only about 2 miles away from their facility.


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posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 10:17 PM
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a reply to: ~Lucidity

Thanks for that - but, as the proponents will tell us - just a coincidence - awesome! Fracking - the gift that keeps on giving....


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posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 10:49 PM
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originally posted by: Maluhia


American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania workers arrived in Skippack Township Sunday evening to assist with evacuations after hydrogen cyanide was found present in 100 homes.
Neighbors along North Gorski Lane began leaving their homes voluntarily after a noticing a smelly odor around 7 p.m.

The Center for Disease Control calls hydrogen cyanide a systemic chemical asphyxiant and says the "exposure to hydrogen cyanide (AC) can be rapidly fatal."



Hydrogen Cyanide Found in 100 Montco Homes

This just came across breaking news feed and I'm posting it so you all can educate me. The word cyanide is pretty scary and the idea that exposure is "rapidly fatal" is even scarier. What could be the source of this?

Residents are being asked to stand outside their homes so it's inside - strange.

As I do more digging (see post below) - seems it may be in ground / water - fracking Chemicals?


hydrogen cyanide is just the chemical formula HCN (Hydrogen, Carbon, Nitrogen). Individually, there aren't any toxic elements. But it dissolves in water to form an acid.

Perhaps someone used it as a rodenticide, or to electroplate gold or silver. Or even burning tobacco or plastics.

en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 05:38 AM
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a reply to: stormcell

Thanks for that info - I guess that's possible. But, it seems the volume of the acid is pretty high so someone would have to be trying to kill a lot of rodents!



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 07:49 AM
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From what I can find, there is no fracking going on in Montgomery County, PA.
In fact there is a moratorium on fracking there until at possibly 2018, according to what I am reading here....


Shortly after that report was issued in June 2012, Bucks County lawmakers, led by Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, tucked a measure into the state budget that places a moratorium on natural gas drilling within the South Newark Basin. The moratorium says the state Department of Environmental Protection cannot issue permits to drill in the South Newark Basin until the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources can study the area or until Jan. 1, 2018.

www.phillyburbs.com
I live in a neighboring county. From what else I have been able to gather, the study will not be completed until 2015, so no fracking in Montco until after that.
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posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 10:39 AM
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a reply to: Maluhia

Hydrogen Cyanide is nasty stuff...
I remember that back when they still executed prisoners in the gas chamber they used Hydrogen Cyanide.

I saw pictures of it... Kind of a dry white cake about the size of a bar of soap. they would drop it in a bucket of ordinary water and it would turn into a gas that killed ya.

Back in my college days I dated a biology major and she used the same stuff in their kill jars when they went bug collecting.

Oddly enough you can order it from most Chemistry/Chemical supply places...
with that said it's possible this was not a natural occurrence, but an attack of some kind...?


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posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 05:33 PM
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a reply to: butcherguy

Very interesting about the fracking - I guess someone truly may have gone overboard on the rodent kill issue. Or maybe someone had some stored in a basement that got wet? They said issue seemed to be related to sump pump use.



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 05:44 PM
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Well, here's the latest update:




Officials Say Gasoline Fumes Caused Scare in Skippack Neighborhood

SKIPPACK, Pa. (CBS) — Montgomery County officials say they have identified the substance that caused a stench in a number of homes in a Skippack Township housing developement on Sunday, forcing widespread evacuations (see previous story).
The source of the substance in the basements — now known to be gasoline — remains a mystery.



The odd thing is what does hydrogen cyanide have to do with gasoline???



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 07:54 PM
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a reply to: loam

That was my question after I read your post. Also, why is there gasoline in their basements?



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 08:06 PM
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a reply to: Maluhia

Makes no sense. Now this has more of my attention.



posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 10:18 PM
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a reply to: Maluhia
I wonder if a high reading is dangerous? Could be apple seeds on the floor or tobacco residue.
chemistry.about.com...



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 08:40 AM
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Could it come from natural gas? A leaking gas line might be the culprit. I've heard that water and gas lines leak a lot more often than we know about.



posted on Jul, 15 2014 @ 06:28 PM
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Latest info I could find. Still no real answers.


Officials say gasoline got into the sump pumps of three of the homes at the Fairlawn Court development in Skippack Township. The gas flowed into the pumps through runoff water, according to investigators




An Army National Guard base located just across Bridge Road is almost certainly not the source because that property is lower than the houses where the spill was detected, Marriott said - “it’s not to say it’s impossible, but it would be ... miraculous.”



www.phoenixvillenews.com...

Also, still no explanation for the high readings for hydrogen cyanide.




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