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PA: Your “natural” gas well exploded? Please wait for the crew of specialists to fly from Texas…

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No need to rush on natural gas

There are still many questions about the possibility of irreparable environmental damage associated with the extraction process. To get this gas, you blast a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals, some of them highly toxic, down a well a kilometre or two deep. This compound fractures the shale, and gas is freed to flow upward.
There are big problems with this process, the most alarming one being the danger that underground aquifers can become contaminated. Further, it emits considerable greenhouse gases. And up to 40 per cent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing make their way back to the earth’s surface. There, they must be treated, and disposed of in some cases as hazardous waste.
Companies involved in shale-gas production insist that these problems have been overestimated, and that contaminated water is the result of surface spillage only. But U.S. research suggests otherwise. In 2009, the investigative journalists of ProPublica published studies on the effect of shale drilling on water supply in Colorado and Pennsylvania. The organization reported that “houses, water wells, and pipelines have exploded and people have found methane levels in their water so high that they could light it with a match.” ProPublica also found 1,000 U.S. cases where the extraction process affected water supplies.
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“Natural” gas accidents pose great challenges for emergency responders

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Why Pennsylvania Needs Clean Energy, Part I: Fracking Out of Control

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The Lessons of BP Apply to Fracking

In states like New Mexico and Colorado, hydrofracking is contaminating the drinking water. The film, Gasland, shows numerous cases of homeowners who sold drilling rights to their land only to find that after the drilling their water became unusable — harming their own living circumstances and totally trashing future land values. Some households displayed black or brownish water from their taps, a few demonstrated that the water contained so much benzene that the homeowner was able to ignite the water as it came out of the tap.

Despite these safeguards, the oil and gas industries successfully lobbied Congress during the Bush administration for exemptions for hydrofracking. (As it happens, hydrofracking is a process used profitably by Halliburton where former vice president Dick Cheney was once CEO.) Hydrofracking was established as permissible with no need to comply with federal environmental safeguards. As a result, Americans must rely on state regulations.

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The Sad State of Dimock, PA, post-Cabot

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE52C07920090313

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One Family’s Story of a Poisoned Well in Dimock, PA

Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation had just begun hydraulic fracturing gas drilling in their area. It was August of 2008.

Soon the The Sautner family began to suffer from dizziness, hives, and gastrointestinal pain. Their 19 year-old daughter had to lie on the floor after taking a shower in discomfort.

Three surface spills have already occurred in the vicinity, and Julie said that she and her family live in fear of another spill every day.

Testing by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed high concentrations of iron, magnesium, sodium chloride, and highly saturated methane gas in Sautner’s water. The family has received a letter confirming the toxicity, according to Craig.

The Sautner family says they have lost not only their water, but also their dignity and privacy, as they now must receive daily water deliveries from a large tank located in their driveway.

Cabot Oil and Gas has been forced to make reparations. The DEP reported in November 2009 that Cabot paid a $120,000 civil penalty for the violations.

Documented violations against Cabot have been numerous, indicating much of what can go wrong with hydraulic fracturing. In September of 2009, the DEP temporarily banned Cabot from fracking after three polluted waste-water spills occurred in the Dimock area, polluting wetlands and reportedly poisoning the fish. The prohibition was removed after the company complied with a remedial action.
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