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U.S. Proposal to Move Fracking Wastewater By Barge Stirs Debate


Environment  (tags: Fracking, frack is whack, activism, activists, destruction, ecosystems, green, conservation, water, pollution, nature, habitat, habitatdestruction, energy, pollution, wildlife )

Cal
- 381 days ago - uk.reuters.com
The Obama administration is inching ahead with a plan that would allow wastewater from fracking to be shipped on barges, fueling a debate whether it is safer than other transportation modes or risks polluting drinking water.



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Jason S. (57)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 7:01 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Susanne R. (248)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:25 pm
Big Energy and the politicians who reside in their back pockets are being allowed to slowly poison our citizens because "in 2005, Congress—at the behest of then Vice President Dick Cheney​, a former CEO of gas driller Halliburton—exempted fracking from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act." (Same source as cited below.)

Consider this excerpt from the article "Congress Releases Report on Toxic Chemicals Used In Fracking," by Jay Kimball, dated April 17, 2011:

"During the last Congress, the Committee launched an investigation into the practice of hydraulic fracturing in the United States, asking the leading oil and gas service companies to disclose information on the products used in this process between 2005 and 2009.

The Democratic Committee staff analyzed the data provided by the companies about their practices, finding that:

The 14 leading oil and gas service companies used more than 780 million gallons of hydraulic fracturing products, not including water added at the well site. Overall, the companies used more than 2,500 hydraulic fracturing products containing 750 different chemicals and other components.

The components used in the hydraulic fracturing products ranged from generally harmless and common substances, such as salt and citric acid, to extremely toxic substances, such as benzene and lead. Some companies even used instant coffee and walnut hulls in their fracturing fluids.

Between 2005 and 2009, the oil and gas service companies used hydraulic fracturing products containing 29 chemicals that are known or possible human carcinogens, regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for their risks to human health, or listed as hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

The BTEX compounds – benzene, toluene, xylene, and ethylbenzene – are SDWA contaminants and hazardous air pollutants. Benzene also is a known human carcinogen. The hydraulic fracturing companies injected 11.4 million gallons of products containing at least one BTEX chemical over the five-year period.

Methanol, which was used in 342 hydraulic fracturing products, was the most widely used chemical between 2005 and 2009. The substance is a hazardous air pollutant and is on the candidate list for potential regulation under SDWA. Isopropyl alcohol, 2-butoxyethanol, and ethylene glycol were the other most widely used chemicals.

Many of the hydraulic fracturing fluids contain chemical components that are listed as “proprietary” or “trade secret.” The companies used 94 million gallons of 279 products that contained at least one chemical or component that the manufacturers deemed proprietary or a trade secret. In many instances, the oil and gas service companies were unable to identify these “proprietary” chemicals, suggesting that the companies are injecting fluids containing chemicals that they themselves cannot identify."

Why should we allow the waste water to be carried away in barges when we don't know what's in it and what they will do with it? Remember all the toxic waste that was supposedly "properly disposed of" that ended up seeping into people's backyards, basements and water systems? The companies that profit from these procedures don't care about anything but making money. They need to be held accountable!
 

Susan Allen (209)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 11:34 pm
It's a good thing that debate is happening as this is an insane idea. Noted and shared.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:50 am
very scary!!! noted, thanks Cal
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 5:52 am
To where? There is no place it should go. It should not be produced at all! STOP ALL FRACKING!!!
 

ewoud k. (73)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 10:42 am
Transport and then ? what?

This stuff remains toxic, in a barge as well as in a truck.

The consequences of a leaking barge will be far greater than those of a leaking truck, but the best way to limit risks is to stop fracking altogether.
 

Carol D. (98)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 11:00 am
Fracking should just be banned
 

pam w. (187)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 11:58 am
Ewoud's right! Don't do it in the FIRST place!

(I flagged the spam)
 

Jackie Chen (0)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 12:04 pm
nice post
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (171)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 12:15 pm
To powinno być zakazane, szkody dla środowiska mogą być ogromne.
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 1:41 pm
Thx for sharing
 

Patsy Olive (0)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 2:51 pm
signed & noted.these people are nuts.
 

Christeen Anderson (422)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 3:14 pm
This is ridiculous.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 3:56 pm
So the debate is: would you like your poison delivered by land or water?
How about: Not at all!
 

. (0)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 3:56 pm
What in the world are they thinking.......
 

Nimue P. (195)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:18 pm
Noted.
 

Birgit W. (135)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 4:25 pm
No fracking!
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 5:14 pm
Thanks.
 

Janet R. (34)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 6:14 pm
The fact that there is toxic wastewater proves that fracking is dangerous and should be banned. Either the corporations and politicians are crazy and don't realize that they are drinking the same water as the rest of us or they have a secret supply. I think they are simply crazy.
 

Bill and Katie D. (106)
Thursday April 4, 2013, 9:30 pm
Something this toxic should be taken SERIOUSLY! OUR WATER SHOULD BE VALUABLE TO US ESPECIALLY OUR DRINKING WATER! !!What are they doing? A Spill is still possible! Don't even need one!! It's a wonder they don't want to FLY IT OUT!! Let's just DON'T DO THE FRACKING! IT'S DIRTY AND IT WILL NOT BENEFIT ANYTHING IT CAUSES EARTHQUAKES. IT HAS HAPPENED IN NORTHEAST OHIO LAST YEAR AND THEY TELL US IT WILL GO ON FOR YEARS! WAY TOO SCAREY! AT THE FORCE BEING PUMPE WITH CHEMICALS INTO THE GROUND SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN, COMMON SENSE DOES NOT SAY SOMETHING??? THE TOXIC WASTE AND THE EARTHQUAKES! WHAT WILL IT TAKE!THE ONLY ONES IT WILL BENEFIT ARE THE ONES PUSHING IT FOR THE $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ THAT AND THE PIPELINE WILL BE SHIPPED OUT AND BE NO RELIEF AT THE PUMPS!
 

John Gregoire (248)
Friday April 5, 2013, 5:07 am
Someone please tell Obama that the only thing that mnakes sense is to ban fracking! I'm tired of all his attempts at end-arounds.
 
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