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Senators Question Safety of Water Used in Gas Drilling
NY Times ^ | April 12, 2011 | ROBBIE BROWN

Posted on 04/14/2011 6:26:15 PM PDT by neverdem

Several Democratic senators said Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency should step up regulation of the natural gas industry because they are concerned that toxic chemicals used in drilling could enter the public water supply.

In a Senate hearing, Democrats pressed the agency about the consequences of a fast-growing drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, that involves pumping chemicals and water deep underground to release gas deposits.

“The industry has failed to meet minimal acceptable performance levels for protecting human health and the environment,” said Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland and chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the environment committee. “The question is, What is E.P.A. doing about this?”

A recent article by The New York Times reported that these drilling fluids, which are often processed at sewage treatment plants, contain radioactivity at levels far higher than federal regulators say is safe for these plants to handle.

Robert Perciasepe, the environmental agency’s deputy administrator, testified that state and federal regulators were collaborating to ensure that no contaminants from fracking entered drinking water.

Mr. Perciasepe said that the E.P.A. had commissioned an independent study of hydrofracking and that drilling companies had been asked for new details about the chemicals in the water delivered to treatment plants.

“Our primary role here is oversight on the state programs,” he said, “but they are running the programs. Where we see some imminent endangerment, we may take our own action.”

Republicans at the hearing expressed concern about increasing the E.P.A.’s regulatory responsibilities. Current state regulations are adequate, said Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, adding that there are no cases of contaminated drinking water being linked directly to hydrofracking.

“These people have been doing a good job,” Mr. Inhofe said. “But the mentality in Washington is, nothing is done...”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: New York; US: Oklahoma; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: energy; hydraulicfracturing; hydrofracking; naturalgas

1 posted on 04/14/2011 6:26:21 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

What do these Senators know about anything?


2 posted on 04/14/2011 6:27:45 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: neverdem

I think several democrat senators should sod off and die.


3 posted on 04/14/2011 6:30:35 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: jospehm20

What do these Senators know about anything?

I guess Senator Rockefeller knows how to cash a Oil Company dividend check.


4 posted on 04/14/2011 6:36:17 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: neverdem
“The industry has failed to meet minimal acceptable performance levels for protecting human health and the environment,” said Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland and chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the environment committee. “The question is, What is E.P.A. doing about this?”

Preventing treatment plants from being built

5 posted on 04/14/2011 6:37:18 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: jospehm20

There are several that come to mind that I would like to personally frac!


6 posted on 04/14/2011 6:37:52 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: pnh102
They know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we must not allow America to become engery independent.

There is not one, not a single GD engery technology that the left approves of. And when the "new" tech that they have nagged about for years finally comes on-line they find a reason to stop that too. God forgive me, I hate these people with a burning passion.

7 posted on 04/14/2011 6:38:19 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (I can haz CW2 now?)
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To: neverdem

As the old saw goes, “pollution is a resource out of place.”

Maybe these radioactive elements could be useful for something (like the new proposed thorium nuclear power plants), and could be purified out of the water used to “frack” with. And in the meantime there shouldn’t be any reason the “fracking” water can’t be re-used for more “fracking.”


8 posted on 04/14/2011 6:39:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Drill Thrawl

Liberals goal is the destruction of the USA. If the USA becomes energy independent liberals lose.


9 posted on 04/14/2011 6:41:40 PM PDT by comps4spice (Liberalism is a threat to life and liberty in the USA.)
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To: neverdem

Toxic chemicals? I belive that it is 99% water and sand!


10 posted on 04/14/2011 6:48:09 PM PDT by 95B30 ( The Professional Left: "Their morals are crooked, their take logic is flawed, their honor is stolen)
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To: neverdem

Here’s a novel idea from a former geologist who could not work in the industry anymore due to over regulation:

Go for the easy old school stuff! Then you won’t have to wrap your ignorant minds around the new. Drill proven reserves.


11 posted on 04/14/2011 6:52:37 PM PDT by doodad
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To: neverdem

Democrats don’t seem to know much about the oil/gas industry except they appear to be under orders to shut it down as much as possible.

Sick!


12 posted on 04/14/2011 6:57:07 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Ole Okie

Here in MD (Freak state) the question remains: who is more ignorant, uninformed and mentally deficient...cardin or mikulski? Sheesh!


13 posted on 04/14/2011 7:08:07 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: neverdem
The next Democrat shakedown, no doubt.
14 posted on 04/14/2011 7:12:50 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (Redistribution = theft.)
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To: 95B30
Toxic chemicals? I belive that it is 99% water and sand!

Some frackers have used some benzene in their suspensions/solutions. Many have said their stuff is proprietary, and they won't disclose what's in it. A lot of states want to make revealing the composition mandatory.

15 posted on 04/14/2011 7:14:23 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

A company called FTK has a solution that is mostly citrus based..It is injected in wells that are way below the water table..the bigger problem is spillage at ground level


16 posted on 04/14/2011 7:24:27 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: neverdem

Democrat senators.

Science.

The two do not exist in the same universe.


17 posted on 04/14/2011 7:36:23 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: pnh102
fast-growing drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, that involves pumping chemicals and water deep underground to release gas deposits

I know of more than 42 years that we have been doing this. IT "AINT" NEW.

The envirowacko Marxist are trying to destroy our nation. This is not about pollution, it is about power and degrading our great nation to a 2nd rate power.

18 posted on 04/14/2011 7:44:28 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist, Iconoclast: THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR.)
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To: neverdem

Anytime there is a way for Americans to get energy sources here rather than paying foreign enemies for it, the leftist, environut Democrats make up a lie to keep us from accessing it. They really hate our free and individualist way of life.


19 posted on 04/14/2011 8:48:00 PM PDT by RicocheT
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To: neverdem
The EPA has wielded power over people with their Clean Water scares for years. I believe the recently passed budget bill took some of their money away for this.

And, BTW, turns out that the town in CA that Erin Brokovitch targeted as being a victim of PG&E turns out to have had LESS cancer than the average.

All this stuff is SUCH a scam.

20 posted on 04/14/2011 9:41:35 PM PDT by what's up
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To: neverdem

Hey DemonRats: FRAC YOU!


21 posted on 04/14/2011 9:56:54 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Liberals: drooling buffoons (politicians/media/ bureaucrats) backed by satanic goons (union thugs).)
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To: Hojczyk

Thanks for the info. It’s 52wk Range: $1.01 - $9.72. If it’s a citrus based aqueous solution, what’s the problem with ground spillage? Is it too acidic?


22 posted on 04/14/2011 10:12:58 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Benzene is used, as I understand it, to track the progress and recovery of the liguids and sands.


23 posted on 04/15/2011 12:06:39 PM PDT by 95B30 ( The Professional Left: "Their morals are crooked, their take logic is flawed, their honor is stolen)
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To: neverdem; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...
Angry Ben's just gotta go running his mouth...

Maryland "Freak State" PING!

24 posted on 04/15/2011 12:52:09 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: cpdiii

Hydrofracking in the tight shales is relatively new and fast-growing.


25 posted on 04/18/2011 2:21:20 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: what's up

The study that was done in Hinckley to measure the cancer rate was some 25 years after PG&E was said to have been polluting the water. So it’s not an accurate sample since many people may have either left of died young in that period.


26 posted on 05/23/2011 8:50:44 PM PDT by Borges
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