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Fracking Accident Leaks Benzene Into Colorado Stream


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

Cal
- 479 days ago - grist.org
A plant for fracked natural gas processor Williams Energy, near Parachute, Colo., spilled an estimated 241 barrels of mixed natural gas liquid into the ground, some of which eventually washed as benzene into Parachute Creek



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Sue H. (7)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 9:15 am
Wow, an upfront instead of slow poisoning ! :(
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 10:05 am
Awful for these people and animals, everything!
 

Sheila D. (25)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 10:22 am
Another accident; when will they learn? I hope the State and Federal governments take note and do something to correct this ongoing problem. Thanks for the article, Cal.
 

lee e. (114)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:55 am
I wish this actually was a surprise, or an anomaly that happened so rarely that we could just stop and correct the problem, but at the rate of about a spill every other day for the past decade (and I think I'm understating the problem) is unacceptable, and we don't know yet what long term exposure to these leaks truly are, since once symptoms occur the people are paid hush money, and are expected not to talk!
We cannot accept this - and to think I read a previous article about how we should share our vast experience with China so they don't make technical mistakes with their fracking exploits - what insanity!
Obama needs to ban this in the USA - a moratorium until such time (never) that it can be guaranteed to have no adverse health or environmental effects! These studies and clean-ups must be operated by confirmed "independent" scientists and contractors, and each spill must carry a sizable fine, that squeezes the purse-strings of the oppressors!
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 2:17 pm
Thank you for shedding light on this mess. Why isn't it in the prime time news programs? There is no such thing as clean coal or safe fracking. I agree with Lee. Obama should do something for the sake of his daughters, our children, and future generations. However, he has done nothing. In fact, he has been drinking the Koolaid because he has talked about clean coal technology which is an oxymoron. Sadly, I have lost all faith in the man. I believed him when he spoke of real change, but that is not what he has created. I know he can't do much with the Republicans, but when he refuses to pursue the banksters, end the war, shut down Guantanimo, and talks of clean coal, he reveals the truth about his values. He is not the man I voted for, and it breaks my heart to say it. I must stop this and retire to the growlery. (n, p, t)
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 4:53 pm
Noted with continued anger, frustration and dedication to continue doing all I can in the fight against fracking. The homeowners in these areas must stand up against these greedy corporations....and know they have a vast army of devoted people beside and behind them.
 

Homer E. (309)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 7:41 pm
It will happen again and again. It is impossible to avoid contaminating ground and surface waters when fracking.
 

Lisa Zilli (17)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 7:41 pm
Yet another pollution accident, when will they learn?
 

Ryan Yehling (49)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 8:38 pm
Thanks for sharing!
 

Bill and Katie D. (90)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 9:28 pm
They don't want to learn anything they just want the $$$$$$$ no regards to anything else!
This should never happen!
Causes Earthquakes too and that has been proven! Scarey and Dirty!!
Thank You
 

Cathe Franklin-Romano (52)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:23 pm
Well, it was just an accident. ;-,
 

Pogle S. (88)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 12:16 am
It always was going to happen and keep on happening if this response is anything to go by. Why are we being so dumb?
 

Dave C. (214)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 2:42 am
yuck! killing the world for a buck and because humanity is too lazy or slow to make changes.
 

Robin T. (14)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:10 am
So according to the Pro-fracking anti environmentalists this isn't a fracking accident as it happened at the gas processing plant. My question to them is would the gas processing plant have been there if the weren't fracking in the area? So anyway I look at it, fracking was responsible, indirectly or directly.
I have another concern. Apart from the water contamination and other problems we know about, what will be the long term effect of those chemicals pumped into the earth in say 20 or even 50 years time?
We have mines in South Africa that have been closed for decades that have slowly filled up with water and are now contaminating streams with acid water. Who expected that? There are many other examples of mines that have been closed and even some that had to be closed, causing problems on the surface. None of this was expected but it happened none the less.
Again I ask the question what will the long term effect of fracking be on our environment?
We simply have no idea, we do however know beyond any doubt, that there will be spills, accidents or whatever you want to call them, that will cause pollution, so the only sane and sensible action is to
STOP ALL FRACKING.
 

Sonali G. (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 4:45 am
When will they ever learn?? What's that song again? 'Where have all the flowers gone?'
 

Carol H. (229)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 4:50 am
noted with disgust!!!!
 

Lis T. (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:15 am
Very sad...
 

John Gregoire (255)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:19 am
allow fracking and this is only the beginning!
 

John S. (303)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:26 am
And this from the expertise the Chinese do not have, what a wonderful world we live in.
 

lee e. (114)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:29 am
I made a gross understatement when I mentioned a spill every other day, I looked it up - it is an average of 2 spill a day for the last 37 years -- I'm so sorry!!!!
 

pam w. (191)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 6:29 am
DAMMIT!
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 6:42 am
And people say that fracking is harmless!
 

Gloria picchetti (290)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:24 am
We must stop fracking.
 

Julie E. (345)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:26 am
I worked at a power plant in 1981-82 as an apprentice electrician. We were contractors for shell oil. The plant was an experiment to make jet fuel. Millions of dollars spent (blown). Elevation 7800 on top of a mountain, crushing rock. Besides this place, CO is/was very beautiful in most towns. I saw this little town sadly, go to hell. I use to see beautiful waterfalls, wildlife, mountains and green everywhere...
 

Frances Darcy (218)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:37 am
Just one of many accidents which will happen again and again.
 

Alicia K. (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 9:22 am
Sadly, this will continue to happen unless we do something to stop it.
 

Lisa sick Windsor (154)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 9:53 am
Horrible, fracking must stop!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 11:11 am
That's terrible! Yet another example of why fracking needs to be stopped.
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 11:57 am
Sadly noted! STOP FRACKING!
 

Lisa Zarafonetis (177)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:17 pm
Shared on FB.
 

Paulett Simunich (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 4:09 pm
An accident is an accident, is an accident , is an accident......therefore everyone is blameless.
Disgusting!!!!!!
 

lee e. (114)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 4:44 pm
Paulett you are SO Wrong! Hate to say - that's like telling a 20 year old who's perfectly healthy that wetting or pooping the bed is an accident - NOT!! The damn science is there - and although the scientists that are hired by gas and oil companies would have us believe THEIR science is accurate ent scieentists have proven for years that there is no such thing as safe fracking - so no -- an accident is an accident --- you can tell that to your spouse when he shits your bed!
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:05 pm
Sadly noted.
 

Philip Heinlein (472)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:40 pm
welcome to the wonderful world of fracking. it's perfectly safe, not to worry.

oops.
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 6:37 pm
This was bound to happen.
 

Joy McR (131)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:13 pm
Noted.. very sad..
 

Debbie Bell (73)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:19 pm
sad,but true. the oil companies will always win these cases!! money talks!
 

Marie Russell-Barker (13)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:27 pm
I am very angry with our government we elected them to do what is best for us and time and again they have turn their heads to Big Gas, oil and electric companies. I have sign petition after petition but it seems nobody in government are listing I am really angry because I votedwith the expectation that my elected official would look out for the massive and not Companies.
 

Inge Bjorkman (142)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 11:22 pm
as expected,
 

Ryan Yehling (49)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 2:15 am
Spreading the news for ya!
 
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