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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists. Fracking into underground drinking water sources is not prohibited by the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which exempted the practice from key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. But the industry has long held that it does not hydraulically fracture into underground sources of drinking water because oil and gas deposits sit far deeper than aquifers.

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The study, however, found that energy companies used acid stimulation, a production method, and hydraulic fracturing in the Wind River and Fort Union geological formations that make up the Pavillion gas field and that contain both natural gas and sources of drinking water.

"Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel and millions of gallons of fluids containing numerous inorganic and organic additives were injected directly into these two formations during hundreds of stimulation events," concluded Dominic DiGiulio and Robert Jackson of Stanford's School of Earth Sciences in a presentation Tuesday at the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco.

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Yep, time for heads to roll.

Most of the fracking is being done by small outfits. These small companies don't have the leverage of the oil majors, so I expect to see some jail time for environmental infractions.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-08-14 03:34 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

Of course they are. Short term thinking to maximize profits overrules everything else. Everything.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2014-08-14 04:52 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Profits before people. It's the American way.

#3 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-14 05:39 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

These small companies don't have the leverage of the oil majors, so I expect to see some jail time for environmental infractions.
#1 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2014-08-14 03:34 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

You do realize that this is America, Inc. where people's rights to clean water and air take a back seat to donors with money?

"The EPA launched three investigations over the last six years into possible drinking water contamination by oil and gas activity in Dimock, Pa.; Parker County, Texas; and Pavillion, Wyo. After initially finding evidence of contamination at the three sites, the EPA shelved the investigations amid allegations by environmentalists and local residents that the regulator succumbed to political pressure."

There now, that is the America, Inc. we are talking about.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2014-08-14 07:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

"But the industry has long held that it does not hydraulically fracture into underground sources of drinking water because oil and gas deposits sit far deeper than aquifers."

This was always a meaningless point anyway. You can't get your chemicals below the aquifers without first have them travel through the aquifers. And of course some of it comes back up to the surface anyway.

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2014-08-14 09:44 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

it's surreal watching us destroy the planet.

#6 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-14 11:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

The argument that "fracking" doesn't also "fracture" rock next to an aquifer is as idiotic an argument as claiming that spraying "dispersant" is the best way for oil companies to "clean up" spills.
One really need to be retarded to discard the definition of these simple words

#7 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-14 12:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

People are so friggin desperate for the return of $1.29 per gallon gas they are willing to trade clean water for it.

You can't drink gasoline.

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2014-08-14 01:49 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"People are so friggin desperate for the return of $1.29"

That's the rub.
There is no such thing as "$1.29" gas ---- all that easy to get to stuff is long gone.
If gas cost $1.29, there would be incentive for tar sands or offshore drilling. It's only when gas costs upward of $3 bucks does it even become lucrative enough for these ------- to consider.
In other words, prices have to stay high, otherwise going after these difficult pockets will no longer be a money maker for oil companies. So you could drill millions of freakin' holes but the price will never go down, (because it's more costly to get and they aren't going to just "give" you cheap fuel)

#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-14 03:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

"People are so friggin desperate for the return of $1.29 per gallon gas they are willing to trade clean water for it.
You can't drink gasoline.
#8 | POSTED BY 726 AT 2014-08-14 01:49 PM"

BUT, you could burn (some) water!

Only slightly kidding...

#10 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2014-08-14 04:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

so I expect to see some jail time for environmental infractions.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat

lol

#11 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-14 05:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

Man Oh Man--"Road Warrior" is starting to look less like fiction and more like history...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-14 05:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

The EPA said the water in Dimmock is fine.

#13 | Posted by rearendhat at 2014-08-14 06:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

Every natural resource company in the world has contaminated the environment of the host countries while they bribe the corrupt politicians. No difference from the USA or Africa. They screw us for eternity while they and their political shills profit short term.

I think it was in PA where Gov Rendell hired an Israeli security firm to monitor for any potential civil disobedience by citizens who are angry about being screwed. This problem is about elites looking for money and power and willing to sacrifice the irreplaceable for most.

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#14 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-14 08:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

"People are so friggin desperate for the return of $1.29"
That's the rub.
There is no such thing as "$1.29" gas ---- all that easy to get to stuff is long gone.
If gas cost $1.29, there would be incentive for tar sands or offshore drilling. It's only when gas costs upward of $3 bucks does it even become lucrative enough for these ------- to consider.
In other words, prices have to stay high, otherwise going after these difficult pockets will no longer be a money maker for oil companies. So you could drill millions of freakin' holes but the price will never go down, (because it's more costly to get and they aren't going to just "give" you cheap fuel)
#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-14 03:18 PM

And with Russia limiting it's EU imports as well as it's fuels to EU we are seeing these corporations run nations into the ground. Time and again. Socialize, not monopolize - is there anything truer than the irony in those words? Take these resources away from privatized profiteering - every being is a 'shareholder'.

The EPA is the corporate exploiters whipping boy - publicly admonishing while in fact passing studies that "legitimize" corporate parasitism. I can absolutely believe that Big Oil threatens regulators lives directly. It's no different from all of those inventors throughout the decades who magically disappear after "discovering" a super-efficient carburetor.

The Earth is being scourged of all life by administrative mismanagement. Because of their threatening, secretive nature and non-regulated practices these corporate parasite have us locked in a cycle of death.

Cease their activities above ground - like wish them all a non-lethal tactical influenza outbreak. There has got to be a way to sue these corporations shareholders out from existence, or force them to collude as a corrective entity.

#15 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-08-15 04:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

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