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5 million gallons injected per well
80 tons of co2 per well
2 thousand big truck trips per well
14 tons of poisons per well
Fracking Gasholes /stele ely c12
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radioactivity, heavy metals, brine hydrogen
lungs get a coffin and a hacking
poison water poison air
1,200 tanker truck trips per frack (transporting clean water, fracking fluids, etc.).
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Longmont is on the edge of the Wattenberg Field the most productive oil and gas field in the DJ Basin. Because of that, underneath our city are deposits of natural gas & oil. Someone other than the surface owner can own the mineral rights underneath a property. In order to drill on a property, the mineral rights owner must either own the surface rights of the property, or lease those surface rights from the owner of the surface rights.
There is growing evidence that earthquakes are caused by fracking. The potential consequences of such earthquakes vary, but if fracking causes earthquakes, it would seem to belie industry claims that it is not possible for fracked wells to contaminate aquifers thousands of feet away. In addition, the cumulative effects of many wells in one area is affecting the air quality. “Drilling of new wells, routine maintenance and gas-field equipment release substances that contribute to ozone pollution, including volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides.”
As additional evidence, publicly owned oil & gas companies must have the following or similar statement in their notice to their own shareholders outlining the risks of the industry:
“Our operations are subject to inherent hazards and risks, such as fire, explosions, blowouts, formations with abnormal pressures, uncontrollable flows of underground gas, oil and formation water and environmental hazards such as gas leaks and oil spills. Any of these events could cause a loss of hydrocarbons, pollution or other environmental damage, clean-up responsibilities, regulatory investigations and penalties, suspension of operations, personal injury claims, loss of life, damage to our properties, or damage to the property of others.” (XTO Energy Inc, 2002 Form 10-K)
A single fracturing operation involves the injection of a ton of sand, mixed with materials that include benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylene. Diesel fuel, commonly used in fracturing
There are currently 10 field inspectors charged with over 40,000 active wells to inspect. This past year they field inspected 10,917 wells. At that rate, each well would be inspected only once every 4 years, not accounting for growth. (Source: COGCC Oil and Gas Staff report)
Operators can be held accountable for destruction after the fact, but this is not protection. It is remediation, and the history in our state shows that it is ineffective. Furthermore, subjects the CURRENT and PAST landholders to liability, and for this reason, banks and mortgage companies are beginning to deny mortgages for purchases of properties where fracking has occurred (see below for more about this).
Natural gas is clean in burning but not clean in its total life cycle. Methane, a greenhouse gas more destructive than carbon dioxide (by a factor of 72-25, depending on how many years its effect is considered), is the major component of natural gas, and it is released in significant quantities during extraction.
When its full life cycle (including the methane released during extraction and the carbon footprint of delivery) is considered, it might very well be worse than coal or oil, as found by a Cornell University study. (
Our group of concerned citizens come from all over Longmont, and from its neighboring rural areas. We share the hope that the City of Longmont will assert its right to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of our urban community. We want to prevent the wasteful destruction of our environment, preserve our economic vitality and our home values, and conserve Longmont’s water, minerals, parks, wildlife, lakes, trails, streams, open space, and recreational areas for future generations.
Oil and Gas Drilling doesn’t belong near our schools, homes, parks and businesses.
Air pollution (carcinogens in the air and ground level smog) from drilling activities and from fugitive/vented emissions (raw gas) and flashing emissions from condensate tanks during the lifetime of the well. The EPA states that these types of pollution are known to cause coughing, throat irritation, pain, burning, or discomfort in the chest, chest tightness, wheezing, or shortness of breath, asthma, cancer and death. More >
Slickwater or slick water fracturing is a method or system of hydro-fracturing which involves adding chemicals to water to increase the fluid flow. Fluid can be pumped down the well-bore as fast as 100 bbl/min. to fracture the shale. Without using slickwater the top speed of pumping is around 60 bbl/min.
The process reportedly involves injecting friction reducers, usually a a polyacrylamide. Biocides, surfactants and scale inhibitors can also be in the fluid. Friction reducers speed the mixture. Biocides such as bromine prevent organisms from clogging the fissures and sliming things up downhole. Surfactants keep the sand suspended. Methanol and naphthalene can be used for biocides. Hydrochloric acid and ethylene glycol may be utilized as scale inhibitors. Butanol and ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (2-BE) are used in surfactants. Slickwater typically uses more water than earlier fracturing methods–between one and five million gallons per fracing operation.
Other chemical compounds sometimes used include benzene, chromium and a host of others. Many of these are known to be toxic and have raised widespread concern about potential water contamination. This is especially true when the wells recieving slickwater hydro-fracturing are located near aquifers that are being tapped into for local drinking water. However, reports of actual drinking water contamination appear either very scarce or else non-existent. Hydro-fracturing activity is heavily regulated by state agencies.
Summary: Horizontal hydrofracking is a form of fossil fuel extraction that turns the earth inside out. It buries a surface resource that is vital to life (fresh water) and brings to the surface subterranean substances–hydrocarbons, radioactivity, heavy metals, brine–that were once locked away in deep geological strata and which now require permanent containment. Before it is sent down the borehole, the fresh water used to fracture bedrock is mixed with inherently toxic materials. These include known and suspected carcinogens, neurological toxicants, and chemicals linked to pregnancy loss.
At least one thousand truck trips are required to frack a single well. These trucks–along with earth-moving equipment, compressors, and condensers–release or create soot, volatile organic compounds, and ozone. Exposures to this kind of air pollution has demonstrable links to asthma, stroke, heart attack, cancers, and preterm birth. As the shale gas boom sweeps eastward into densely populated areas already struggling with air pollution and whose rivers provide drinking water for millions, public health inquiry is desperately needed to explicate the cumulative health impacts of fracking and to quantify their economic costs. This talk explored the human rights dimensions of fracking and the role of public health research within that context. Of particular interest were the ethical questions of conducting such research in communities whose residents may be serving, in effect, as involuntary subjects in an ongoing, uncontrolled experiment.
How does our moral obligation to prevent harm square with attempts to monitor the evidence for harm? What is relationship between mitigation and prevention? When does research serve to sanction and legitimize polluting activities and when does it challenge them? (SOURCE: Physicians Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy Conference Lectures)
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The blockade depicted in this video is the latest in a series of escalating actions against hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale. Last May, residents of Butler County occupied the office of State Representative Brian Ellis, demanding accountability for widespread contamination caused by horizontal drilling.
In June 2012, seven families, along with dozens of supporters, blocked the entrance to the Riverdale Mobile Home Community to prevent their imminent eviction at the hands of Aqua America PVR. On June 17, 1,000 Ohioans stormed the statehouse in Columbus and passed a “people’s resolution” banning hydrofracking.
Most recently, a 31-year-old landowner from Athens County, Ohio chained herself to concrete barrels and shut down operations at one of Ohio’s 170 injection wells, which contain about 95% of the toxic and radioactive fracking waste generated from Pennsylvania drilling.