Monday, May 20, 2013

frack news

Big news today in NC ... Proposed bill to prohibit local governments from setting restrictions that exceed state or federal regulations passed the Senate Commerce Committee this morning, and will apply to the Mining and Energy Commission if passed into law.

Fracking: another contaminant surfaces
Brine, however, cannot be boiled out of our drinking water, because it is so high in salt.
Brine, brought up by fracking, could potentially pollute our water supply if not deposited correctly. Penn State Extension Water Resource Specialist Bryan Swistock, one of the writers of a Penn State study titled, “The Impact of Marcellus Gas Drilling on Rural Drinking Water Supplies,” said to think of brine “as old ocean water.”

DOE Approves Second Fracked Gas LNG Export Terminal – EcoWatch: Cutting Edge Environmen​tal News Service

The Obama administration just released its first major fracking policy--the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed rules for fracking on 600 million acres of public land. And it’s even worse than we feared.1
In a major concession to the fracking industry and its lobbying efforts, the proposed rules are even weaker than previous drafts of the rules.2 3 And they do nothing to close Dick Cheney’s infamous “Halliburton loophole,” which exempts fracking from key parts of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act.4
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