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What the Frack is Happening: Pizza Apologies, Hypocritical Millionaire and Park Propaganda

What the Frack is Happening: Pizza Apologies, Hypocritical Millionaire and Park Propaganda

You’ve got to be fracking kidding me! Three environmental news stories from the past week have brought us fracking headlines that are so outrageous that I’m not sure whether to chuckle at the absurdity or shake my head in disgust. I’m sure you’ll find yourself doing some of both when you see what the fracking industry is up to as of late:

1. A Gas Company President Turns Against Fracking… Well, Sort Of

In his position as CEO at ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson not only oversees fracking across the United States, he also lobbies to protect the activity despite evidence that it is environmentally destructive. However, Tillerson is willing to draw the line on fracking under one condition: when it’s set to occur too closely to his own home!

Tillerson has joined a Texas class action lawsuit to attempt to block fracking construction adjacent to his $5 million home. According to his lawyer, Tillerson still considers fracking to be perfectly safe, but he is concerned that the nearby fracking will harm his property value.

Funny, declining property value is one of the many logical results of destroying land, tainting the water supply and increasing local cancer rates. The fact that Tillerson is fine advocating for – and profiting massively from — fracking when it happens in other people’s towns yet complains when it affects him is the height of hypocrisy.

 

2. A Propaganda Plan for Fracking in State Parks is Exposed

You’d think that in a state where more than 100 earthquakes have been linked to fracking, politicians would take a more aggressive stance against the activity, but money talks in Ohio, apparently. As newly leaked documents demonstrate, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources put together a secret marketing scheme to convince the public that fracking in state parks is a good idea, despite all evidence to the contrary.

If there’s a silver lining to the situation, the revelation of this shady plan achieved the opposite result. Caught with their pants down, politicians are changing their stances in order to avoid being complicit with a propaganda campaign. Governor John Kasich, who signed legislation allowing for park fracking not too long ago, has now reversed his position and says he no longer supports the idea while simultaneously claiming the leaked memo had no impact on this switch.

 

3. Sorry We Blew Up Your Town; Here’s a Pizza

Dunkard Township, Pennsylvania suffered a huge disaster recently after a fracking well exploded. The blast shook the community like an earthquake and seemingly killed one man whose body has not yet been recovered. What’s worse, the fatal accident had lasting effects. The fire was so intense that rescue crews were unable to put it out for five days.

How did Chevron, the company fracking in Dunkard Township, apologize for the mishap? With a coupon for a free pizza and a two liter soda. (What, no cheesy bread?) Some of the residents closest to the explosion received a gift certificate in lieu of an actual apology.

If a large pepperoni and mushroom seems like literally the least Chevron could do after unleashing a deadly ecological disaster on a community, that’s probably because it is. Certainly a company that nets more than $20 billion annually could afford to do better than some pizzas… perhaps starting with some increased safety precautions.

 

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3:20PM PST on Mar 3, 2014

It is stupid to contaminate the most necessary thing on the planet, without knowing how to decontaminate it. We citizens are careful not to use too much water because our bill will go up, and corporations can use millions of gallons and contaminate them with chemicals that are poisonous and they are not held responsible, nor are they held to task for cleaning up their mess. Children are held to a higher standard.

12:45PM PST on Mar 3, 2014

tks

10:14PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

WE all know what water Towers do David. The complaint is all the things I mentioned were reported by the Wall street journal to have been the reason for the lawsuit. If you have a problem with it take it up with the WSJ. Care 2 is a news aggregator. THey print what other news souces print. There are few if any investigative reporters in Care 2. So if anyone is bamboozling anyone it isnt care 2 its the WSJ.

8:56PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Giggles, ho-hum, again you demonstrate a basic knowledge of industry. You say: “The water tower is being built SPECIFICALLY for the purpose of tracking.” Unquote. (I know you meant fracking) a little education for you: Water storage tanks on a 160 foot tower are enormously more expensive then a ground tank. Ground tanks will fill a truck just as well as a tower tank. The tower tanks are for community water distribution so that pressure pumps do not have to run 24-7. The height determines the pressure. As always, every thing I say stands.

6:24PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reports the tower would supply water to a nearby fracking site, and the plaintiffs argue the project would cause too much noise and traffic from hauling the water from the tower to the drilling site. The water tower, owned by Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation, “will sell water to oil and gas explorers for fracing [sic] shale formations leading to traffic with heavy trucks on FM 407, creating a noise nuisance and traffic hazards,” the suit says.


The water tower is being built SPECIFICALLY for the purpose of tracking. It is a byproduct of tracking. Now you can parse words if you like…….but the activities of fracking which include the tall water tower and the noise and the traffic are all very real. Whether he considers fracking itself dangerous is irrelevant. He doesn’t want the process of fracking to lower his property values. That DOES make him a hypocrite becasue he LOUDLY screams that poorer landowners surrounding the sites bitch about the same thing. They are impeding progress.

There are MANY problems with fracking some dangerous some simply cosmetic. ALLLLLL the farms or ranches around these sites suffer with lost land values. Most simply dodnt have the money to fight Exxon in court. All you are doing is parsing words David.

2:54PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Ron G don’t embarrass yourself any more, you clearly said: “They knew fracking would cause earthquakes that destroy the shelters, but they go their campaign funds.” Unquote. LOL.

Then you went off and claimed sink holes in Florida and coal mines collapsing. The only collapsing of coal mines is stock values due to the replacement of coal (27% less) with much cleaner and less expensive natural gas. Thank you Exxon for fracking.

1:57PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Continued:
How silly is that? Earthquakes occur along further distances than that. I don't expect to convert your opinion since the GOP only operates off script and you've proven you lack of reading skills, but this reaches many more people than you. They can make up their own mind with the gathering of undeniable facts like large increases of earthquakes in fracking areas or increases in sinkholes, etc.. I see two choices for Tillerson. Suck it up and realize elite people are only spoiled by their riches which they think allows them special favor which it doesn't, or stop the fracking all together.

1:47PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

David F:
I did not say there was no sense in Oklahoma spending money on shelters. My reference was to the Governor of Oklahoma and their Representation voted against funding for shelters after walking the devastation on TV saying that was their priority. If you remember, school children were killed in that explosion of summer tornadoes. Wen the cameras were off, they voted down funding for them. Maybe you should try reading articles and blaming people when you won't or can't read. That's why I quit using the word Republican since GOP is easier for them to read if they can. BTW, if Tillerson is included in the neighborhood law suit, he as then expressed personal "worries" in a strong way. I say also that if it is noise pollution for his elitist neighborhood, it is pollution in any neighborhood and that's too bad for him. It is more so the ignorance of facts that keep money flowing to oil when it could better be put toward renewable energy. In truth the oil companies run this country and the world, and they don't want to lose their cash cow. Thus the ignorance of facts, withholding of them more like it. I'm sure that in your world there is no climate change crisis either, and that is what I mean about the effects of fracking on our lands. We are polluting and damaging our lands from the below surface destruction that fracking creates. I also feel that it is alright with you as long it's not your neighborhood, or as you put it, 50 miles down the road. How silly is that. Earth

10:47AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

It’s far more likely that your son or grandchildren will die in a worthless, un-solvable war in the middle East over energy, then a single glass of water being contaminated by Fracking. Drill and frack for survival.
No John C. I do not work for Exxon, but I do use natural gas and gasoline. From 2003-08, shortly before the fracking revolution took hold, the price of natural gas averaged about $7.20 per million BTUs. By 2012 after new drilling operations exploded across the U.S.—from West Texas to Pennsylvania to North Dakota—the increase in natural gas production had slashed the price to $2.80 per million BTUs.
Thanks to the lower price for natural gas, families saved roughly $32.5 billion in 2012. (That's 7.4 billion MMBTUs of residential use of natural gas times the $4.40 reduction in price.) The windfall to all U.S. natural gas consumers—industrial and residential—was closer to $110 billion. This is greater than the annual income of all of the residents in 14 states in 2011. The poor thank big oil, even though they don’t have a clue why.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323734304578543613292394192.html

10:46AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

John C. Just like Kevin, you add assumptions that are not there. The only concern by Mr. Tillerson's attorneys’ statement was the property value from a 160 foot water towed near his home. We don’t know where the fracking occurs, it might be 50 miles away. Just read the all the comments, clearly the propaganda had a dramatic effect on the people that did not scrutinize the other side of the story.
Just like the last post by Ellie, the so called explosion injured no one and caused “0” property damage, yet there are those like her that believe the town was blown up. I think the $20 gift certificate was stupid, but they had no obligation to do anything.

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