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Study of fracking risks used to bolster temporary drilling ban 

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:00 am

An assessment released Wednesday by an environmental group concluded natural gas drilling in Western Maryland comes with a high risk of contaminating groundwater and surface water, causing air pollution and consuming land.

The study, commissioned by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Citizen Shale, examined 10 potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” For critics of the drilling process, the findings provide backing for Sen. Ron Young’s proposal to place a temporary stay on fracking until lawmakers understand the potential hazards.

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  • wotcher1 posted at 1:07 am on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    wotcher1 Posts: 2

    Ricardo AEA was commissioned by the European Union to do its risk assessment of fracking. Smart countries like France then banned it.

    What agency would you have report to us about fracking safety, the American Petroleum Institute?

  • wotcher1 posted at 1:05 am on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    wotcher1 Posts: 2

    The good people of Garrett County can—and do—work for the fracking industry already, in PA and WV, fidler. Just go put in your application at Beitzel Corp. Do you think Chevron is going to lay off their experienced crews working across the borders (majority of whom are from Texas and Oklahoma) just to hire new crews of inexperienced workers if MD gives fracking the green light?

    The number of gas rigs available in an area is finite. Please do a little research before you believe gas industry promises about employment. The Uniontown Herald-Standard (county seat of heavily-drilled Fayette County, which adjoins Garrett Co to the north) ran a poll last summer: Are Marcellus industry jobs available to locals? 10% of respondents weren't sure. 58% said "NO." You can do the math on the rest.

  • backroomfrederick posted at 6:57 pm on Fri, Feb 14, 2014.

    backroomfrederick Posts: 1287

    really? temp eployment and sick workerd with little to no say. short term fix with devastating results. short term thinking...again. cost much more later...again.

  • pilot25 posted at 8:18 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    pilot25 Posts: 144

    Fracking is what is keeping this economy a float and beating back Obama's job killing policies.

  • darththevader posted at 8:01 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    darththevader Posts: 1866

    Yes, the Global Warming debate is settled. That's why Al Gore bought an ocean front mansion in California. He knows the oceans really aren't going to rise

  • Solarrays247 posted at 7:21 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Solarrays247 Posts: 96

    I'd appreciate it is you would stop lying about my comments. I grew up on the western edge of coal country in Pennsylvania. That land remains destroyed and it has been left up to the tax payers to pay for the reclamation of the land and water, because the corporations who raped that land are long gone...along with their profits.

    On that same note:

    "More gunk spills in West Virginia, turning creek black"

    By David Zucchino
    February 11, 2014, 2:27 p.m.

    "State officials in West Virginia were trying Tuesday to contain a coal slurry spill into a creek in the same general area where a toxic chemical spill last month tainted drinking water for 300,000 people in and around the state capital of Charleston.",0,6257083.story#axzz2t4quNitH

  • backroomfrederick posted at 7:19 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    backroomfrederick Posts: 1287

    Doesn't matter the subject, the environment hating freaks never miss a beat. They get off on it. Pollute and profit is too easy. Takes courage and brains to see all sides.

  • baxka1 posted at 5:31 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    baxka1 Posts: 85

    Denial syndrome Libby

  • darththevader posted at 4:08 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    darththevader Posts: 1866

    Everybody used the word "could" instead of "will", "is", or "would".

    Environmental damage because it "could" put more trucks on the road??? What a reach

  • democratdave posted at 3:37 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    democratdave Posts: 169

    Oh --let's do poison the water table!!!

  • banff99 posted at 2:56 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    banff99 Posts: 85

    Hydrocarbons are the best energy source available today that's reality. Getting the hydrocarbons out the ground does some damage to the environment that's also reality. Despite the two feet of snow i just shoveled (forgot to buy more gas for the snow blower) global warming and climate change are scientific fact. Sorry deniers you are just plain wrong on this, the debate is over it's a done deal. However, we have to deal the short term reality as well as the long term reality. Imagine what the USA would look like without the using hydrocarbons as an energy source. Wind, hydroelectric and solar are going to cut it. Right now the only viable fuel energy source is from hydrocarbons. We will have to build the keystone pipeline, and we will have to use fracking to get at the natural gas in the short term (50 years) In the long term we should look to new technologies meet our energy needs and stop carbon emissions. So if you really want to save the environment become and engineer and build something that will clean the atmosphere, provide safer hydrocarbon extraction, or provide clean energy. Until that happens will have to adapt the the global changes going on, because we are no giving up our energy.

  • darththevader posted at 2:26 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    darththevader Posts: 1866

    So a group whose mission is to stop fracking is an unbiased scientific authority??

  • joelp77440 posted at 2:00 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    joelp77440 Posts: 509

    I agree, let's go back to coal and forget this fracking no sense. Coal is our energy past, present and future. Thanks for Solarray for making it clear for everyone. It's good to see that you support coal.

  • fidler8 posted at 1:33 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    fidler8 Posts: 2

    Yeah, thanks for nothing. The good people of Garrett County---whom you supposedly represent--- are dying for good jobs but you don't want that. Jobs in the energy industry are real, high-paying jobs not like those lowly jobs at the Rocky Gap Casino. Oh wait, Sen. Young is a Democrat. What did we expect?

  • fidler8 posted at 1:25 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    fidler8 Posts: 2

    Look who sponsored the study. The report's conclusions were written even before the study began. Is this what passes for scientific inquiry?

  • dejaview55 posted at 11:56 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    dejaview55 Posts: 1051

    The truth is we are less crude oil dependent then we have been for years. 60% is domestic crude 19% is imported from Canada(#1 crude oil importer to USA), less then 15% from the Middleast and the rest from the Western Hemisphere. This is just crude oil NOT natural gas. We are less dependent on foreign imports,thanks to the present Administrations policies,and "W"s policies,as well. So, domestic oil protection is UP,even allowing for sensible environmental restrictions. Automobile fuel efficiency and conservation has made a big difference. So this argument for "drill baby drill" is based on Plutocratic Right Wing Propaganda.

  • Dwasserba posted at 11:56 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Dwasserba Posts: 2389

    Thank you, Sen. Young!!!!!!!!

  • dejaview55 posted at 11:44 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    dejaview55 Posts: 1051

    false equivalency deflection straw man syndrome baxka

  • Solarrays247 posted at 11:30 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Solarrays247 Posts: 96

    Excellent post, sodalite3! [thumbup]

  • OFMV posted at 11:29 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    OFMV Posts: 315

    FNP, Please post the assessment you are assessing. :0)

  • Solarrays247 posted at 11:27 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Solarrays247 Posts: 96

    "Time to End the Cheney/Halliburton Loophole"
    Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:38

    "We live in a fracked up country, but thanks to Dick Cheney, there’s pretty much nothing we can do about it."

    Over the past decade, the extraction of natural gas through a technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has emerged as one of the fossil fuel industry’s biggest money makers.
    In fact, according to Bloomberg, fracking was the biggest reason American oil output hit a 25-year high in 2013.
    The boom in fracking is, quite literally, hitting close to home.
    A recent Wall Street Journal report looked at 11 of the country’s biggest energy-producing states and found that - “At least 15.3 million Americans lived within a mile of a well that has been drilled since 2000. That is more people than live in Michigan or New York City.”
    That report also found that in Johnson County, Texas alone “…more than 3,900 wells dot the county and some 99.5% of its 150,000 residents live within a mile of a well.”
    Like many places across the U.S., Johnson County is now basically one big drill site.
    Not surprisingly, the fossil fuel industry is pushing fracking hard. Big oil has even found a friend in President Obama, who touted natural gas as a “bridge fuel” in his most recent State of the Union address.
    All due respect to the president, but fracking is not safe. Numerous studies have shown that it contaminates drinking water, threatens public health, and, in some cases, even causes earthquakes.
    If any industry in the country needs regulation it’s the fracking industry, but thanks in large part to Dick Cheney, it’s exempt from having to follow most important environmental laws on the books.
    Let me explain: Back in 2005. President - excuse me Vice President - Cheney was hard at work doing what he did best: using his power as the second most powerful man in the country to protect his cronies in the oil business.
    His former employer, Halliburton, wanted to get more involved in the emerging American fracking industry, but it faced a potential major roadblock in the form of a 1974 law called the Safe Water Drinking Act.
    That act, signed into law by Republican President Gerald Ford, requires the Environmental Protection Agency to keep toxic chemicals from getting into Americans’ drinking water.
    Cheney didn’t care about public safety but he did care about Halliburton’s bottom-line - after all, he was a big Halliburton stockholder when he became vice president - and so he joined the lobbying efforts to get Congress to carve out an exemption for fracking in the Safe Water Drinking Act.
    Thanks to that carve-out - let’s call it the “Halliburton loophole” - the EPA can’t regulate fracking poisons even when they get into our water supply.
    But Cheney and his oil industry buddies didn’t stop there. In 2005, Congress also gave the natural gas industry an exemption from having to write up reports on its activities under the National Environmental Policy Act and expanded its exemption from having to follow Clean Water Act regulations on what kind of chemicals it can dump in storm water runoff.
    Coupled with existing exemptions to a variety of pollution laws like the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Superfund Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, the 2005 carve-outs gave the fracking industry seven total exemptions from important environmental regulations.
    Nine years later, it’s clear that Dick Cheney and Halliburton got what they wanted. Free from having to follow even the most basic environmental regulations, the fracking industry is bigger than ever and will likely continue to grow well into the future.
    While other countries like France and Bulgaria with rich reserves of natural gas have banned fracking altogether, we here in the United States have done the exact opposite.
    Thanks to Dick Cheney’s Halliburton loophole, anyone who lives near a fracking site is one of the oil industry’s guinea pigs in a giant multi-decade fracking experiment.
    But we don’t have to sit back and take it while big gas pollutes our water, our bodies, and our environment.
    We need to take action now to close the Halliburton loophole and all the rest of the fracking industry’s exemptions before more people’s water supplies and lives are ruined.
    Call your local member of Congress right now and tell them that it’s time to say goodbye to the Bush years once and for all and close the Halliburton loopholes.
    This article was first published on Truthout and any reprint or reproduction on any other website must acknowledge Truthout as the original site of publication.

  • dejaview55 posted at 11:26 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    dejaview55 Posts: 1051

    Yeah,Sodalite, 1063 also forgot the advantages of combustible tap water,which could be used to heat the house and fuel the car,NOT! Who needs drinking water,right.

  • baxka1 posted at 11:25 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    baxka1 Posts: 85

    Oh the Irony as Maryland dumps massive amounts of salt and whatever else on the roadways when theres even the slightest chance of snow....I guess its ok when the Govt poisons you!!

  • Wayo44Mag posted at 10:23 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Wayo44Mag Posts: 1116

    So be real clear then , where IS our energy to come from ? the middle east ? our "leaders" will not even allow an oil pipeline from our friend Canada to be built ! YOU people are delusional ! Do you complain when the power is out ? Do you drive a car ? Do you eat at a restaurant or shop at a store ? WHERE does THIS energy come from ? Wind ? Solar? ..Solyndra and the rest of your "experiments" are proof enough that your ideas are not feasible . Natural gas is environmentally friendly and plentiful in America so why not extract it ? If you believe that fracking is not environmentally safe you obviously have been mis-lead .. aka.. LIED TO !!!!

  • sodalite3 posted at 9:56 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    sodalite3 Posts: 1064

    Unfortunately your understanding of fracking glosses over the horizontal injection of chemically laden high pressure water that is of course NOT in grouted well casings. But you knew that didn't you but just forgot to mention it. The chemicals do seem to wind up in well systems and do travel to water sources used for public water supply. But you knew that and chose not to mention that "small" factoid. By any chance do you work for the API and are you paid to be a shill, well trained in releasing "information" to the American public that only tells one (small) side of the discussion avoiding mentioning any possible downside or Public Health risk. Enjoy your next glass of "fracked" water...but be sure to hold your nose while drinking it!

  • Solarrays247 posted at 9:43 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Solarrays247 Posts: 96

    Just to be clear, my response was in agreement with chrisma1.

    If only PA residents could have had the opportunity to enforce a ban to allot more study on the repercussions of fracking...perhaps the residents of Dimock and other communities who have seen their potable water supplies contaminated as a result of fracking would have a different story to tell today. Unfortunately, PA residents were the victims of rough shod tactics by corrupt politicians.

  • Solarrays247 posted at 9:28 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Solarrays247 Posts: 96

    Exactly. And even someone with only a high school level background in ecology or a basic understanding of underground water chemistry understands the great danger that fracking affords to not only our potable water quality, but also to air quality. In addition, let us not forget that the oil & gas industry has a miserable record of maintaining their equipment, both in transporting and in storing liquids and chemicals.

    Kudos to the residents of Maryland who are demanding more studies at this time. At least they will be able to claim to their children and grandchildren in the future that they did all that they could to protect our water and air quality. For examples of what can happen when this cautious approach is not undertaken...we have only to look to Pennsylvania for a study on what NOT to do.

  • Wayo44Mag posted at 9:15 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Wayo44Mag Posts: 1116

    No Chrisma... YOU are desperate and delusional ! This is why America is still dependent on foreign counties for our energy because of people like yourself that have the best intentions but are mis-lead by these radical environmental groups that would rather us get our energy from .. well .. they don't KNOW where, just NOT from here !

  • soule1061 posted at 8:54 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    soule1061 Posts: 916

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Fracking is old technology that the oil industry has used for many years. When wells are properly grouted and sealed, they don't leak. Leakage is lost money. When the drilling is done and the pipelines are laid, the construction mess goes away and the petroleum infrastructure becomes almost invisible. Oil industry people have been drilling wells for over a hundred years and they are quite aware of the hazards.

  • chrisma1 posted at 8:48 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    chrisma1 Posts: 1

    The sixth natural gas export project was just approved this past week - see

    We are poisoning our water and land to send natural gas to Asia while raising prices for US consumers.

    Fracked wells rapidly decline in production over their first two years.

    Those advocating for fossil fuel fracking in the US are desparate and delusional.

  • Wayo44Mag posted at 7:56 am on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Wayo44Mag Posts: 1116

    An "assessment" by a crackpot environmental group is being considered as fact ? Is this one of the same groups that predicted the earth to burn up by "global warming" during one of the worst winters in over a hundred years ? .. and then change the name to "climate change" to convince the sheep that it is REAL? I ask you this , if this weather is any indication of "climate change" and it is "proof" that it is real then why are we comparing it to weather that occurred over a hundred years ago ?? It is time to run these crackpots back to Disneyland where they belong !


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