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Can a U.S. senator really be this uninformed? Casey on 'fracking'
Washington Examiner ^ | 05/27/10 | Mark Tapscott

Posted on 05/27/2010 2:16:57 PM PDT by neverdem

Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA, is campaigning against hydraulic fracturing in natural gas drilling by introducing a bill to remove the long-standing exemption in the Safe Drinking Water Act that allows energy companies to use the process.

Hydraulic fracturing - or "fracking,' as it is more commonly known in the industry - involves injecting liquids, 95 percent of which are water, into rock formations far below the land surface in order to create access to vast quantities of natural gas. Casey's home state of Pennsylvania has a major portion of one of the country's largest undeveloped natural gas resources, the Marcellus Shale Formation.

The Marcellus Shale Formation covers 34 million acres. in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky. The formation is estimated to hold as much as $7 trillion in recoverable natural gas, "enough to pay off the national debt," according to Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-PA.

But Casey has joined environmental extremists in government and the liberal non-profit activism community in a national campaign to stop the use of fracking. The process has been used more than a million times in the past half century, especially in Texas and Oklahoma where it was first utilized.

Casey says fracking "often occurs near underground sources of drinking water and involves the use of pollutants that may contaminate the water, such as salt, arsenic, and heavy metals.”

The issue is especailly relevant to Pennsylvania, according to Casey, "because we have the second highest number of private wells for drinking water in the nation. My priority is to protect the health and safety of Pennsylvanians as we develop the Marcellus."

So he's introduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act to repeal the long-standing Clean Water Act exemption that allows fracking.

But somebody should explain to the senator that fracking is done thousands of feet below the ground water level, which is probably why there isn't a single proven example of ground water contamination caused by fracking.

As for the presence of salt, arsenic and heavy metals, Casey could easily enough check the list of ingredients commonly used in fracking by going to the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection site, the industry-backed Energy in Depth web site, and the U.S. Department of Energy web site.

At those sites, Casey will learn that none of the three substances he listed are used in fracking.

So why is a U.S. senator pushing legislation based on so clearly mistaken assumptions?

Those are not the only inaccurate assumptions behind Casey's bill. Energy in Depth details the rest of this story here.

Sen. Casey has been asked for a response to this post.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: casey; energy; fracking; marcellusshale

1 posted on 05/27/2010 2:16:58 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: Born Conservative; airborne; smoothsailing; Dr. Scarpetta; martin_fierro; Coop; Tribune7; ...

Ping


2 posted on 05/27/2010 2:18:25 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Be fair. This isn’t limited to one Senator! An overwelming majority of both Houses are loony at best, dishonest for sure.


3 posted on 05/27/2010 2:19:11 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: neverdem

What the frack??? Wasn’t that slang from Battlestar Galactica or someplace??


4 posted on 05/27/2010 2:20:04 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

Little Bobby Casey ping


5 posted on 05/27/2010 2:20:54 PM PDT by Tribune7 (It is immoral to claim the tea parties to be racist)
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To: neverdem

They don’t offer courses in reservoir hydraulics or well completion in law school.


6 posted on 05/27/2010 2:21:00 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: neverdem

I would like to agree, however, the word I got was that a number of people in the affected areas are now having well problems.

That does not mean that the problems did not exist prior to the newer drilling. Groundwater contamination has been a persistant problem in the former mining areas. On my property, the previous owner had a 150’ mine water gusher when he went to drill a new well. Yes, the water was awful.


7 posted on 05/27/2010 2:21:35 PM PDT by firebasecody (Orthodoxy, telling it straight since AD 33)
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To: neverdem

Around these parts, they are using lake water.

Good to see that such well informed folks are representing us. It makes me sleep better at night. -s-


8 posted on 05/27/2010 2:21:39 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: neverdem

9 posted on 05/27/2010 2:21:58 PM PDT by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: Chi-townChief

Smart Senators??? Who


10 posted on 05/27/2010 2:22:44 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: neverdem

He’s been fracked!

CALL A CORPSE MAN!


11 posted on 05/27/2010 2:22:47 PM PDT by jessduntno (If someone calls me a racist I tell them, "you're just saying that because I'm white.")
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To: neverdem
And this article is a prime example of why term limits are a horrible, horrible idea!

Even with an issue that should be a concern due to the industry of his State, Senator Casey is not doing the research, writing his speeches or deciding how to vote.

His UNELECTED staff is doing so.

Term limits would simply give more power to these uninformed, unaccountable bureaucrats.

12 posted on 05/27/2010 2:23:27 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: neverdem

Clearly the Senator is a fracking idiot.


13 posted on 05/27/2010 2:25:34 PM PDT by JIM O
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To: neverdem

Cap and trade fear mongering propaganda.


14 posted on 05/27/2010 2:25:54 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (The new improved version of NUC 1. This version will remember his password.)
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To: firebasecody

They are drilling 8-9K feet to hit the Barnett Shale (natural gas) around here. You can hit the best water at ~800’. I have heard of no problems with contamination.


15 posted on 05/27/2010 2:25:56 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: SpaceBar

And add to it that most of these guys and all journalist-types did everything possible to avoid a science class in school.

I’d love to hear goofy Algore define pH.


16 posted on 05/27/2010 2:26:27 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse ("It is terrible to contemplete how few politicians are hanged." - G.K. Chesterton, 1921)
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To: Vaquero

Fracking a...
17 posted on 05/27/2010 2:26:59 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: neverdem

yankee senator scum need to stay away for the oil biz.


18 posted on 05/27/2010 2:28:02 PM PDT by rrrod
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To: GingisK
Be fair. This isn’t limited to one Senator! An overwelming majority of both Houses are loony at best, dishonest for sure.

Very, very true. Remember a little while back when Rep Hank Johnson from GA said he didn't want to deploy any more troops to Guam because it might tip over?
19 posted on 05/27/2010 2:29:06 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (Counting the days until the US gets to apologize for Obama)
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To: neverdem

Soap by Amway called LOC is used for its low sudsing, low phosphate ability to emulsify water.

That is, it makes water up to 100 times wetter and aids in the displacement of sticky substances like oil...


20 posted on 05/27/2010 2:32:28 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: JIM O

I’m willing to bet that Bob Casey actually has the lowest IQ of any sitting senator.


21 posted on 05/27/2010 2:34:37 PM PDT by Walrus (My congressman is toast in 2010 --- how about yours?)
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To: neverdem
You gotta be frakking kidding me. Casey said that?


22 posted on 05/27/2010 2:37:59 PM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: neverdem

Actually Cabot has been fined and ordered to close 3 wells in Dimock,PA. Although they admitted no wrong doing...


23 posted on 05/27/2010 2:40:30 PM PDT by donozark (Error encountered:Location is ambiguous....)
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To: Chi-townChief

24 posted on 05/27/2010 2:40:57 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: neverdem

Gas and oil production, economics, freedom; there’s all manner of subjects that politicians in general, and democrats in particular, do not understand but have no problem passing laws.


25 posted on 05/27/2010 2:43:06 PM PDT by kenth
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To: SpaceBar
They don’t offer courses in reservoir hydraulics or well completion in law school ... No, but there's a pretty good overview of the whole process right here
26 posted on 05/27/2010 2:46:07 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: neverdem

Probable motivation is the absence of an offer of off shore cash to the Congress Critter.


27 posted on 05/27/2010 2:46:20 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: neverdem
There's another angle to this that hasn't gotten much attention when it comes to Marcellus Shale.

One reason why Pennsylvania has become the primary location for gas extraction for the Marcellus Shale formation is that neighboring New York has prohibited gas extraction in much of the region. This is because of the sensitivity of the protected areas of the Catskill Mountains where the reservoirs that make up New York City's water supply are located.

28 posted on 05/27/2010 2:50:20 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Let the Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.")
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To: neverdem
Fracking Casey.


29 posted on 05/27/2010 2:51:59 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Everyone needs valid ID except illegal aliens and the President - only in America)
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To: neverdem

Casey is an ass. Fracking has been occurring in PA since I was sitting in my Dads’s truck while he blew wells and taught me about demolitions. Casey, and his father, and brothers have never had jobs. He only feeds off information from whatever asshole tells him this crap. By the way, fracking started 52 years ago.


30 posted on 05/27/2010 2:54:55 PM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Vaquero

ROFL!


31 posted on 05/27/2010 2:55:00 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: neverdem
His mind is made up. Stop confusing him with facts.

It's how he *feels* that's important.

Thinking is for right-wing extremists.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

32 posted on 05/27/2010 3:00:07 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: neverdem
Fracking is done thousands of feet below the ground water level

Surely not. Why, it's millions of degrees down there!

33 posted on 05/27/2010 3:10:46 PM PDT by agere_contra
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To: neverdem

He got all his info from wacko eco-nuts


34 posted on 05/27/2010 3:29:18 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: Chi-townChief

Casey is an empty suit. He got where he is today on his father’s name.


35 posted on 05/27/2010 3:47:56 PM PDT by Roklok
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To: neverdem
...which is probably why there isn't a single proven example of ground water contamination caused by fracking.

the flaw in the logic here is that it subsumes that democrats actually give a rip about the truth. A quick review of democrat leaders will easily reveal that is a fallacy.

36 posted on 05/27/2010 3:51:58 PM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to leave in the hands of the government.)
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To: Roklok
Casey is an empty suit. He got where he is today on his father’s name.

True.

But how did Casey's Dad get where he got? He was an empty suit, too.

37 posted on 05/27/2010 5:21:45 PM PDT by FredZarguna ("Thomas Jefferson still survives.")
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To: RandallFlagg

I see an optimal location for drilling there on the right.


38 posted on 05/27/2010 5:22:39 PM PDT by FredZarguna ("Thomas Jefferson still survives.")
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To: neverdem

Casey proves, once again, that ignorance is power...for a liberal.


39 posted on 05/27/2010 5:50:51 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: neverdem

Educated or not, read for yourselves...
A child would tell you not to put water at risk, I’d say starting at 5 or 6 years old.
Why is it that people intelligent enough to invent fracturing aren’t intelligent enough to admit the risks, or when they’ve clearly contaminated wells. What’s in that void of otherwise intelligent capable people, could it be...greed?

The single biggest, most concentrated, irreversible threat to clean water ever created has and exemption to the Clean Air and Water Act.

http://www.propublica.org/article/16-cattle-drop-dead-near-mysterious-fluid-at-gas-drilling-site-430

http://www.journeyoftheforsaken.com/fracpage.htm

Forget your agendas, your politics, your fancy slogans, it’s water, don’t put it at risk.


40 posted on 10/05/2010 9:52:55 PM PDT by itswater77 (Risks and threat of fracturing are real, irreversible.)
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