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Study Praised on Both Sides

But EPA’s current research into fracking process will leave some issues unaddressed

January 7, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An ongoing U.S....

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Jan-07-13 6:40 AM

At the PITT health conference on November 9, 2012 Dr. Paulson described this EPA study in a 49-minute video: "Keynote: Unconventional Oil and Gas: Health-Related Activities of the U.S. Government" presented by Glenn Paulson, PhD, Scd (Hon), Science Advisor to the Administrator, US Enviromental Protection Agency. **** ://

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Jan-07-13 8:38 AM

why can't the epa find a drilling site to test the groundwater?do they think that these companies will voluntarily let them in to check?not until we get that mess cleaned up.

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Jan-07-13 8:41 AM

and someone on here had said that they have been fracking for 50 years.nobody ever did a study on this before?day late and a dollar short.who all trust the epa?

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Jan-07-13 1:21 PM

Other news reports of this issue phrase the details somewhat differently. One says that "the EPA doesn't plan to address one contentious issue: how often drinking water contamination might occur". And, we ask, then, what's the point of the exercise? It's also reported that, not only can the EPA not, as herein, find "a drilling company to partner with to test groundwater around a drilling site", it has, as excerpted from another article on the issue, not been able "to find a single company willing to test water quality before and after drilling and fracking". They are, in other words, being stonewalled by labs and drillers that are beholden to, or maybe feel threatened by, the gas industry. Did someone here order a truckload of whitewash? Hope so. Sounds like you're going to get one.

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Jan-07-13 1:25 PM

Fracturing HAS been done for over 50 years. We simply never had the environmental nut jobs we have now. No company is going to volunteer rig time. A super 90 walking rig (marcellus typical) costs around $70,000 a day just to sit there. That isn't including everything else like the workers who make it run. Why sould a private company foot an astronomical bill for a regulatory agency hellbent on shutting them down?

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Jan-07-13 1:43 PM

Further: A report released just this past December 18 by Penn State University shows that fracking "flow back" is bringing a lot of radium back up from the Marcellus. Really ancient rock, like the Marcellus, has high concentrations of Uranium that degrade into Radium - which degrades into Radon. Search for: "Analysis of Marcellus Flowback Finds High Levels of Ancient Brines". They downplay the dangers of the radium a bit, but it's not a good thing. It will collect and settle in your bones. And, they are getting ready, at least in southern WV, to start shipping frack flowback wastes in barges on the rivers.

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Jan-07-13 8:20 PM

get water samples from behind the barges.we all know what'll happen here.we've learned a lot about these companies just from watching them.

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