Obama Administration Turns Blind Eye to Toxic Fracking Pollution


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  1. 1. JavaScript Is Recommended Your browser has JavaScript disabled. JavaScript is required for most features of this site and we recommend turning it on before continuing. More info? Obama administration turns blind eye to toxic fracking pollution | Jun 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM PDTPavillion : WY : USA BY XX XX VIEWS: PENDING The Obama administration caved to pressure from the oil and gas industry Thursday and had the EPA abandon an investigation that directly linked contaminated groundwater to deadly fracking pollution. Had the Environmental Protection Agency been allowed to pursue their evidence to its ultimate conclusion, the Obama administration would likely have been forced to take steps to end to the explosive expansion of hydro- fracking throughout America. What the oil and gas industry bought by objecting to the EPA findings is time to squeeze as much profit as they can out of an environmentally unsustainable endeavor. The preliminary Environmental Protection Agency report on fracking fluid water contamination was released in 2011 and “sent shockwaves through the oil and gas sector, by finding that hydraulic fracturing fluids used in shale gas drilling had likely contaminated groundwater in Pavillion, Wyoming,” .Reuters reported Local residents “complained for more than seven years that their water began to reek of chemicals since fracking occurred in their neighborhood,” according to a Fox News report. In response, the state of Wyoming has had to supply clean drinking water cisterns to nearly two dozen families in the rural town of Pavillion. But that could be just the beginning of what is likely to be a growing problem. Wyoming’s solution to fracking fluid pollution does not address the fact that underground aquifers are not isolated. Not only can they flow into more distant ground water sources, the natural cycles of evaporation, rain, and natural weather events like floods and drought can spread the fracking pollution everywhere. What happens when fracking fluid contaminates the drinking water supply of more populated areas and effects thousands, or millions of people? Will individual states be able to pay for and ship clean water to entire cities? Or will the federal government have to step in with funding for widespread drinking water disasters? With so many parts of the country already facing drought, water shortages and their own hydro-fracking pollution, where will local governments find enough clean drinking water for their populations? If you thought you were safe from fracking fluid contamination because drilling has been banned in your state, think again. Crops grown with poisoned water becomes food for humans, wildlife and livestock destined for dinner tables. Even those living hundreds of miles from fracking operations are not immune to its effects. Contaminated water has already made its way into the food chain. Cows and farmers are getting sick in areas where oil and gas companies are polluting the water supply with hydro-fracking. are dropping dead MORE FROM ALLVOICES RELATED PEOPLE Dick Cheney Got a similar story? Add it to the network! Or add related content to this report | | | |News Stories Blogs Images Videos Comments MOST VIEWED REPORTS FBI increases surveillance of Syrians living in the US | 6 hours ago By: JTHOMASDIDYMUS AP College Football Poll 2013: Complete Week 1 standings, winners ... | 8 hours agoBy: richwebnews The American Pundit writing assignment, Sept. 1-15: US foreign policy ... | 19 hours agoBy: Punditty New Mexico, IRS make small steps toward giant leap for equality | 18 hours agoBy: msarzo New Mexico Republicans plan legal challenge against same-sex marriage | 24 hours agoBy: RenoBerkeley Contributor Report News Stories: 6 Blog Posts: 2 Videos: 2 Images: 2 Comments: 0 itobin53
  2. 2. Why is fracking so bad for people and the environment? The process of hydraulic fracturing is a natural resource hog and creates pollution. For each well, as much as with up to 600 chemicals to make fracking fluid. That fluid, which , is then forced into horizontal underground pipes under such high pressure it has been known to 3 million gallons of clean water is contaminated contains known carcinogens cause earthquakes. About 50 percent of fracking pipes leak, in some cases almost immediately. When they leak, they not only pollute drinking water supplies, they release methane gas, which is more toxic than carbon dioxide. Fracking contamination to the water supply is especially deadly because of a special pollution exception to the Clean Water Act reserved for the oil and gas industry. It’s called the Halliburton Loophole. As notes:The New York Times “Among the many dubious provisions in the 2005 energy bill was one dubbed the Halliburton loophole, which was inserted at the behest of — you guessed it — then- Vice President , a former chief executive of Halliburton.Dick Cheney It stripped the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to regulate a drilling process called hydraulic fracturing. Invented by Halliburton in the 1940s, it involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals, some of them toxic, into underground rock formations to blast them open and release natural gas.” Why the fracking stakes are so high The reason scientists spend so much time looking for water on other planets is because water is the source of all life. In their quest for profits, oil and gas companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing are irreparably damaging the source of all life on earth. Unlike the financial market meltdown in 2008 that led to a bankers, there is no way to recover from or otherwise clean up the contamination fracking fluids pour into our drinking water supply. The damage is permanent. multi-trillion dollar taxpayer handout to Wall Street The fact that the oil and gas industry won this battle with the Obama administration and the EPA does not mean this war is over. Fracking is simply too deadly to be allowed to continue, no matter what oil industry lobbyists claim. Nothing is more important to the survival of life on this planet than protecting our water supply, because all the money in the world will be useless if there is no clean water left to buy. Author’s note: This report includes opinions and commentary based on independent analysis of official documents and public information. Recommended: Bank of America employees admit they lied to foreclosure victims BILL MAHER: Republican obstruction crosses line into 'treason' Food and Water Watch: U.S. Energy Insecurity: Why Fracking for Oil and Natural Gas Is a False Solution 1 of 2 Kerry says blood tests showed Sarin gas used in Syria | 4 hours agoBy: robertweller North Korea blames US for collapse of Kenneth Bae talks | 9 hours ago By: JTHOMASDIDYMUS Will this turn you into a vegetarian? Stunning look at 21st century ... | 21 hours agoBy: VeronicaS Fired bus drivers crucify themselves in bizarre labor protest | 6 hours agoBy: barryellsworth UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis live updates, result and highlights | 22 hours agoBy: richwebnews Allvoices Writers Like 23,311 people like Allvoices Writers. Facebook social plugin MOST COMMENTED REPORTS Sleep My Maiden Fair (poem) | 16 hours agoBy: mhatter99 Quarterback Brady Quinn released by the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday | 18 hours agoBy: Deepizzaguy With world's attention focused on Syria, Fukushima's radioactive water ... | 16 hours agoBy: Punditty Ginsburg first US Supreme Court justice to officiate gay wedding | 6 hours agoBy: NinaRai Who Is Cheating On Who (limerick) | 17 hours agoBy: mhatter99
  3. 3. Image: Food and Water Watch itobin53 is based in Tampa, Florida, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices. Report Credibility Credibility Reach , , , , , , , , , READ MORE: EPA contaminated w ater fracking fluid food chain hydro fracking Obama Administration Toxic pollution Halliburton Loophole Oil and gas industry Clean Water act MORE NEWS FROM: PAVILLION : WY : USA Advertisement ADVERTISEMENT NEWS STORIES Methane found in drinking water near natural gas wells: study The Globe & Mail 22 PM EDT A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County, Pennsylvania, Jan. 9, 2012. Elevated levels of methane, ethane and propane gases were found in drinking water wells in Pennsylvania, close to operations that shake natural gas... Fracking can increase methane in drinking water, study finds Los Angeles Times Scientists have found that methane and other gases pose a significant risk of contaminating drinking-water wells near natural gas drilling, raising new questions about possible health and safety risks from the production technique known as fracking. Environmentalists urge Mass. ban on "fracking" Boston.com Environmentalists are pressing Beacon Hill lawmakers to back a bill that would ban the practice of fracking in Massachusetts. Fracking refers to the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing that pumps pressurized water mixed with... Obama climate plan touts gas fracking as ‘transition fuel,' doubling down ... War In Context Obama climate plan touts gas fracking as transition fuel,' doubling down on methane risk by News Sources on June 26, 2013 Steve Horn writes : Today, President Barack Obama announced his administration's Climate Action Plan cutting carbon pollution in... API reviews fracking standards United Press International The energy industry in the United States is leading the way in ensuring the safe development of domestic oil and natural gas reserves, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute said it gathered more than 600 experts in Washington to review... Drinking-water contamination found near 'fracked' gas wells Kerry says blood tests showed Sarin gas used in Syria | 4 hours agoBy: robertweller FBI increases surveillance of Syrians living in the US | 6 hours ago By: JTHOMASDIDYMUS Fired bus drivers crucify themselves in bizarre labor protest | 6 hours agoBy: barryellsworth 14 people were killed, due to the recovery of Egypt revolution. | 18 hours agoBy: TaschTaufan Starbucks take note: this drink is 350 years old (Thank you, Earl of ... | 7 hours agoBy: barryellsworth SHARE: Tweet
  4. 4. Baltimore Sun Tim Wheeler A new study finds residential wells more likely to be contaminated when near drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing. Researchers led by Duke University 's Robert Jackson report that although the vast majority of wells checked... MORE RELATED STORIES BLOGS > Should frackers investigate themselves? - Bluedaze www.texassharon.com Tell the Obama Administration: don't put fracking advocates in charge of a fracking pollution investigation The state of Wyoming is taking over a U.S. EPA investigation into the possible contamination of Pavillion, WY area groundwater by fracking. As Trenton Rallies To Over-Ride Gov. Christie's Veto of a Fracking ... www.wolfenotes.com As much as 1/3 or more of that toxic drilling fluid water returns to the surface, leaching naturally occurring radioactive compounds from rocks and soil along the way, resulting in an extremely hazardous and toxic wastewater sludge stew. There is no . IMAGES > Obama administration turns ... People protest against ... MORE RELATED IMAGES Use of this site is governed by our and . © Allvoices, Inc 2008-2013. All rights reserved. Term s of Use A greem ent Priv acy Policy