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Fracker Poisoning
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:54:56 AM »
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Research Shows Frightening Correlation Between Fracking and Rates of Illness

Respiratory and skin issues likely caused by air or groundwater contamination as a result of natural gas drilling, says new study

By Lauren McCauley
Global Research, September 12, 2014
Common Dreams 10 September 2014
Theme: Environment, Oil and Energy

Despite being heralded as a “bridge” to cleaner energy, new reports reveal the grave risks to human health posed by natural gas drilling operations. (Photo: Marcellus Protest)

People who live in close proximity to natural gas drilling sites are significantly more likely to report skin and respiratory problems than those who live further away, according to the largest survey to-date of the reported health effects of people exposed to fracking.

The study, “Proximity to Natural Gas Wells and Reported Health Status,”(pdf) published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives surveyed households with ground-fed water wells located in the Marcellus shale region in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Researchers found that 39 percent of households located less than one kilometer from an active natural gas well reported upper respiratory problems, compared with 18 percent located more than 2 kilometers away. Further, 13 percent of respondents who live within a kilometer of a well said they had rashes and other skin irritations, compared with just 3 percent who live more than 2 kilometers away.

Of the 624 active natural gas wells located in Pennsylvania’s Washington County, 95 percent were fracked — or injected with millions of gallons of water, sand, and a largely-unknown toxic mix of chemicals in order to extract gas from the shale deposits.

Despite assurances by the drilling industry and numerous government officials that fracking chemicals do not pose a risk to nearby populations, scientists and environmentalists have repeatedly voiced concern over the high volume of chemicals used in the process and the potential for both groundwater and airborne contamination. Further, the drilling industry has long-fought efforts to reveal the particular chemicals used in fracking, claiming that the combination of toxins fall under “proprietary information.”

The Yale-based research team notes that they did not collect data on whether individuals were receiving financial compensation for gas well drilling on their property, which they acknowledge “could have affected their willingness to report symptoms.”

Based on the findings of the survey, the researchers conclude that “airborne irritant exposures” related to natural gas extraction activities, including the flaring of gas wells and exhaust from diesel equipment, “could be playing a role” in the increased reporting of respiratory symptoms among people living in close proximity to the wells.

Possible explanations for the increase in reported skin irritations also include exposure to air pollutants, as well as possible well water contamination due to “breaks in the gas well casing or other underground communication between ground water supplies and fracking activities.”

Because of the relative newness of the wells (5-6 years), the researchers were unable to test for a correlation between drilling activities and more long-term health impacts, such as cancer. However, the team says that their findings underscores the need for further research on the possible health impacts of fracking activities, including longitudinal studies on chronically exposed populations.
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Re: Fracker Poisoning
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2014, 09:15:55 AM »
A thread for the Environmental Effects of Fracking.

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Because of the relative newness of the wells (5-6 years), the researchers were unable to test for a correlation between drilling activities and more long-term health impacts, such as cancer.

What perfectly ignorant researchers. I was doing multi-stage slick water fracturing in the late 80's, these folks could have at least spoken with someone who knew this. Accessing the ihs database through ENERDEQ and querying for frac type itself would have provided the same perspective in about 10 seconds.

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Marathon Oil Fracking Animation
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2014, 04:36:16 PM »
H/T to FY on EU

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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2014, 03:39:55 AM »
H/T to FY on EU

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This was pretty funny. They make it sound so... safe.

"Fracking wastewater disposed of safely in accordance with government regulations..." A sidesplitter. I spit out my coffee faster than you could say, "Halliburton exemption."

And note that these wells will continue to yield for 20 to 40 years. (sic)

Glad our "best minds" are on the case.

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Re: Fracker Poisoning
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2014, 03:58:05 AM »
Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California
by Colin Payne, 12/01/14
filed under: News, Water Issues





What’s California’s government doing to help combat the state’s recent record-setting water shortages? According to NBC Bay Area, it’s letting oil and gas companies pump waste water from oil fracking into underground aquifers that could have been used for clean drinking water or irrigation. Such activity is supposed to be off-limits (and the aquifers should be protected by the EPA), but according to the California Department of Conservation it may have been the result of an error in the process.



“In multiple different places of the permitting process an error could have been made, Chief Deputy Director, Jason Marshall told NBC Bay Area. “There have been past issues where permits were issued to operators that they shouldn’t be injecting into those zones and so we’re fixing that.”

The process of fracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, involves injecting large amounts of water into the ground at high pressure to extract oil or natural gas – producing large amounts of waste water that has to go somewhere. According to Marshall companies often re-inject the waste water into the deep underground fractures from whence they took the petroleum, but other times they inject it into another aquifer closer to the surface – into aquifers deemed “exempt” by the EPA because they’re not clean enough for humans to drink. But in a letter from the State of California to the EPA, officials fess up that waste water from at least nine fracking wells was injected into “non-exempt” or clean aquifers containing high quality water.

Related: There’s a 50% Chance the Southwest Will Suffer A 30-Year Megadrought in the Next Century

Hollin Kretzmann of the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco told NBC Bay Area such a mix up is inexcusable. “At (a) time when California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history, we’re allowing oil companies to contaminate what could otherwise be very useful ground water resources for irrigation and for drinking. It’s possible these aquifers are now contaminated irreparably.”

Via NBC Bay Area

Images via Face of Fracking, Flickr Creative Commons



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Re: Fracker Poisoning
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2014, 04:24:36 AM »
Thanks for posting.
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Re: Fracker Poisoning
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2014, 09:27:47 AM »
Bad regulators must be stopped. Anyone want to bet that compared to industry folks, the California regulators lack experience, training and are certainly not paid to understand complex technical issues? It would be no different than if you put some blogger in charge of reading logs and rolling dice to decide where to inject wastewater. Good luck with that.

A state, nor the people in it who have implicitly endorsed the states bad management by allowing it to continue, do not get to complain about the consequences of hiring incompetents, as opposed to paying for the best and brightest just as the oil industry does. A single qualified individual could have prevented this entire issue, but you would have had to pay them what they are worth. Penny wise pound foolish.
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2014, 01:57:48 AM »
Nice share and information

 

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