Skip to comments.EPA Administrator confirms no water contamination from fracking
Posted on 05/26/2011 8:59:47 AM PDT by Nachum
It is close to an article of faith on the left that any hydrocarbon-based source of energy must cause severe pollution problems. The extraordinary benefits to America from cheap natural gas released by the fracking technique have been fought with ginned-up propaganda about purported water pollution.
But yesterday, under oath, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson admitted that there have been no (as in zero) instances of ground water contamination from fracking, despite the propaganda that has convinced many progressives that fracking is a devil's bargain. Watch the video in which Jackson states: "I'm not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water, although there are investigations ongoing."
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Well, that’s just fracking great!....................
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Aw, those leftists are fracking numbskulls!
WHAT’S FRACKING - Gasland: A film by Josh FoxHow deep do natural gas wells go? The average well is up to 8000 feet deep. The depth of drinking water aquifers is about 1000 feet. ...
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In all wells that I know of in the US that would put the point of “fracking” BELOW SEA LEVEL!
Fracking foes put industry on the defensive
The past few months alone have seen an onslaught of high-profile inquiries and critiques. A New York Times investigation in March found lax regulation in Pennsylvania that allows toxic wastewater from hydraulic fracturing to enter public waterways.
In April, a paper by scientists at Cornell University argued that shale gas touted as a cleaner alternative to coal could actually be a worse contributor to climate change because of methane that leaks into the air during hydraulic fracturing.
Legislation before Congress, known as the FRAC Act, would require more disclosures by oil companies on fluids used in hydraulic fracturing and bring the process under federal environmental laws, rather than leaving it to the states to regulate. After debuting in 2009, it was reintroduced in March, but it still faces an uncertain future.
For those who want to learn more about hydraulic fracturing
Hydraulic Fracturing 101
I bet Lisa Jackson will lose her job soon. She just went off the reservation by disagreeing with one of the sacred pronouncement of the Gaia worshippers.
You can include this in your reference list.
Headline should read - EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to Environmentalists “Frack Off “
"Frack" is used in the TV show Battlestar Galactica as a replacement for a four letter word that we use that begins with an F...
New York State has literally walked away from billions of dollars of revenue and thousands of jobs over this phony non-issue...the morons!
“EPA Administrator confirms no water contamination from fracking”
...and yet the Leftists be they media, or concerned individual bloggers/journalists (alleged) always write, or discuss the topic as pollution is a given.
As usual without an iota of evidence to support their wild imaginings.
Liberals should be a controlled substance. Leash, harness, Lib Walkers, most certainly cages.
What about the folks near the well’s who can now light their tap water on fire?
We could do that in my neck of the woods forever.
If the water well taps or passes through a water saturated coal seam, it can occur. The process that occurs is this:
The naturally occurring methane is trapped in the pores by the water or is saturated in the water (similar to CO2 in a soda bottle). Pumping the water reduces the pressure and allows methane to be released, and methane and water come to the surface. Whole new natural gas fields have been developed in CO and NM by dewatering coal seams and pumping the gas to the surface.
However, there are cases where improper oil/gas well construction can cause migration into drinking water. I know because I investigated and wrote a professional paper on it in another lifetime. Most of the cases occurred because old, deeper oil/gas wells drilled to deeper formations passed through the gas-containing coal seams and the cement was either porous or not present allowing the coal seam gas to pass upwards along the pipe into the drinking water zone above. This is due to poor well construction back 40-50 years ago and would not be allowed today. It can be resolved by working over the old well or plugging it which may not solve the problem if the gas is already in the drinking water. Then a gas/water separation system must be installed at the well head to remove the methane. Hydraulic fracturing itself is not to blame for these occurrences.