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DEP: Drilling Rules Sound

Proper amount of regulation is in force, state secretary says

September 13, 2013

WHEELING — His office receives daily complaints about Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling activity, but West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman said state......

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Sep-14-13 7:27 PM

Well so far the frackers admit to salt and sand..they have not explained the resin added to sand is carcinogenic. they also have not explained the trucks and depots of CHEMICALS. Why is this? because anyone can look up chemicals and read that they are classified as carcinogens. Found in a Wetzel County water well by 3 separate labs benzene, toluene, xylene. stryrene and on and on for several pages. this was the deepest well on Rt 89 so we feel that the water drinking public has a right to know.Cancer is spreading in the areas where these operations are injecting CARCINOGENS into millions of gallons of water per well. You can be like an ostrich and hide your head in the SAND or protect your family like a man. The government is not going to fix the problem until the demand by citizens for justice is loud and clear. A very good man died in Rhea, PA and his daughter has put her story on YouTube(Carol Jean Moten)

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Sep-14-13 1:32 PM

RE: "It's salt"

September 4, 2012 - The Marcellus shale absorbs uranium from ancient saltwater trapped within the rock layer. The decaying uranium then leaks radium into the water. As the wells continue to produce oil and gas, the brine becomes saltier and more radioactive.

For its study, the Geological Survey examined 52 samples of Marcellus shale brine collected from wells in New York and Pennsylvania from 2009 through 2011. In 37 of the samples, radioactivity from radium-226 and radium-228 was at least 242 times higher than the drinking-water standard and at least 20 times higher than the industrial standard. That included a sample collected Dec. 21, 2009, in Tioga County, Pa., that was 3,609 times higher than the drinking water standard and 300 times higher than the industrial.


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Sep-14-13 1:00 PM

If it wasn't for the serious problems of dealing with the idiots, this would be amusing.

Do you know what the main contaminant is frack water is? It's salt. Same stuff that we dump on the roads every winter, that washes into the Ohio every spring. And those "toxic" chemicals in there? Same stuff you put in a swimming pool, and for the same reason. You do not want bugs growing in the well, because they will plug it.

And that radioactive stuff some of you bleat about? Well, just think for a moment (I know it's hard for some of you). What is shale? It's fossilized MUD. Mud is broken up granite, mostly. Igneous rock is all radioactive to a small degree, so for any thinking person it should be obvious there will be SOME radioactive stuff there. In case no one told you, YOU are radioactive, since there is some carbon 14 in everything organic you eat.

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Sep-13-13 12:01 PM

Thats funny mikeyd, I can't seem to find information on that anywhere. Mind pointing me to your source?

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Sep-13-13 11:49 AM

the DEP was lost in all this fracking from day one.the fracking fluid was continuously dumped into the ohio river in wellsburg and nothing said about it to this day.the start of the money trail.when we saw this happening and continuing for two months we knew that something was wrong.of course we had no clue what was in this stuff that was being drawn into the water supply.we just knew that dumping stuff into the river was against the law.we were taught this at an early age.

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Sep-13-13 9:40 AM

"The hardest part is keeping these positions filled," Huffman said. "It takes a lot of time to get people trained."

I'm sure it has nothing to do with the pittance of a salary the state pays.

"I think the WV DEP need more education and training in the long and short range affects of Natural gas drilling,(fracking) on our WV population..."

Mind backing that up? Not really sure how you came to that conclusion. When I worked for the state, we were very well trained.

Or is it just that you won't be happy until drilling is deemed completely unsafe and banned...

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Sep-13-13 12:42 AM

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, (DEP) Secretary Randy Huffman said state regulations are sound.

I think the WV DEP need more education and training in the long and short range affects of Natural gas drilling,(fracking) on our WV population...

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