Friday, April 19, 2013

4/19/13 Frack Mess /Is fracking safe?





I picked a few pieces from this article that really stood out to me .This is a Good article to share with folks that still dont Really know about fracking yet and there are a lot!
 Is Fracking Safe? The Top 10 Myths About Natural Gas Drilling - Popular Mechanics 
Claim #2 Water use for fracking
The amount of water required to drill all 2916 of the Marcellus wells permitted in Pennsylvania in the first 11 months of 2010 would equal the amount of drinking water used by just one city, Pittsburgh, during the same period, says environmental engineering professor Jeanne VanBriesen, the study's lead author. Plus, she notes, water withdrawals of this new industry are taking the place of water once used by industries, like steel manufacturing, that the state has lost.
Hydrogeologist David Yoxtheimer of Penn State's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research gives the withdrawals more context: Of the 9.5 billion gallons of water used daily in Pennsylvania, natural gas development consumes 1.9 million gallons a day (mgd); livestock use 62 mgd; mining, 96 mgd; and industry, 770 mgd.
Claim No. 4
"[THERE'S] NEVER BEEN ONE CASE—DOCUMENTED CASE—OF GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING [WELLS]"

SEN. JAMES INHOFE, R-OKLA., APRIL 2011

The senator is incorrect. In the past two years alone, a series of surface spills, including two blowouts at wells operated by Chesapeake Energy and EOG Resources and a spill of 8000 gallons of fracking fluid at a site in Dimock, Pa., have contaminated groundwater in the Marcellus Shale region.

 Claim #7
 In May, Pennsylvania officials fined Chesapeake Energy $1 million for contaminating the water supplies of 16 families in Bradford County. Because the company had not properly cemented its boreholes, gas migrated up along the outside of the well, between the rock and steel casing, into aquifers.

Claim No. 8

"AS NEW YORK GEARS UP FOR A MASSIVE EXPANSION OF GAS DRILLING IN THE MARCELLUS SHALE, STATE OFFICIALS HAVE MADE A POTENTIALLY TROUBLING DISCOVERY ABOUT THE WASTEWATER CREATED BY THE PROCESS: IT'S RADIOACTIVE."

 

Surface Operations

At the blender, fracking chemicals and proppant—particulates like sand that hold open fractures in the shale—are added to pure or recycled water from fluid storage tanks. This slurry is transferred through the manifold to pumpers, which boost the pressure. The manifold then directs it into a high-pressure line leading to the well. When the liquid returns to the surface after fracking, it’s stored in a lined wastewater pond for treatment or recycling.
 

 
 
NY town rescinds fracking ‘gag order’ after sued
The town board in Sanford, in Broome County, passed a resolution in September saying no further discussion of gas drilling and fracking would be allowed because the emotional debate was disruptive and repetitive.
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/04/18/ny-town-rescinds-fracking-gag-order-after-sued/

flash fire in one of the refinery’s processing units that was closed for maintenance. Twelve contract workers were injured in the fire.
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/04/18/victims-remain-in-critical-condition-after-exxon-refinery-flash-fire/

Voters 3 to 1 say fracking will cause environmental damage

NY town rescinds fracking ‘gag order’ after sued
The town board in Sanford, in Broome County, passed a resolution in September saying no further discussion of gas drilling and fracking would be allowed because the emotional debate was disruptive and repetitive.
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/04/18/ny-town-rescinds-fracking-gag-order-after-sued/

flash fire in one of the refinery’s processing units that was closed for maintenance. Twelve contract workers were injured in the fire.
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/04/18/victims-remain-in-critical-condition-after-exxon-refinery-flash-fire/

Voters 3 to 1 say fracking will cause environmental damage

 



 

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