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(The Fracking Stench, The Fracking Ground Spillage, and Fracking Death to the Wild Life and Crops)

May 31, 2010

[Update] I found some information on a SPILL that happened a little over a year ago, at the Cross Creek Park killing fish, and other aquatic life. I dont think I would be eating any of the fish caught out of the lake. Below is a snipit from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The source is a great site, Seeps, Leaks and Spills. Although I dont feel everything is there.


June 5, 2009
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A leaking waste water pipe from a Range Resources Marcellus shale gas well drilled in Washington County’s Cross Creek Park has polluted an unnamed tributary of Cross Creek Lake, killing fish, salamanders, crayfish and aquatic insect life in approximately three-quarters of a mile of the stream.

The state Department of Environmental Protection said Range Resources reported the May 26 waste water discharge from a coupling on a 6-inch pipe running from a recently drilled well to a waste water impoundment.

I will keep the info coming as I find it. Lets not let what happen in Texas and many other areas happen here. All for the love of money.

The Stench

Ah, Friday and Saturday mornings were ….. well really stinky to be honest. I got up both mornings and drove my wife to work in Claysville. As we started up Painters Hill, I began to smell an unpleasant odder. This was an odder I had only run into one other time, that was when I worked at St. Joe Lead in Monaca Pa. The smell was that of CO2 being burnt off. If you have never had the unfortunate honor of smelling this process you are lucky. The smell was giving my wife a headache. (Granted, the reason it was so strong these two days was due to the fog holding it down to the ground.) It wasn’t until I had driven about one mile away, the smell had started to dissipate. The other thing about these burn offs is that they light the sky as if it were day. Imagine having that in your backyard. Or worse yet surrounding you.

The Spill

In March of this year (2010) The Texas based, Range Resources Corp, and Atlas Resources were fined $23,500 for spillage from a brine pipeline. The liquid that was leaking on to the ground was a production fluid. The leaks were taking place in Green, Fayette, and Washington Counties. The spill that was to close for comfort was at Cross Creek Park, right outside of Avella Pa.

Cross Creek park is a beautiful lake set between Avella and Hickory Pa. The lake is ranked in the top ten of man made lakes. It also is ranked high for its dense Bass population. Cross Creek Park is a nice place to spend a day with the family. However, these small spills can pollute many acres, and make ground water toxic.

The Death

I started searching for what these production fluids are, and basically came up with a blank. It seems that the companies don’t have to disclose the chemicals that are used in the fracking process. (Ancient Chinese Secret) It is my understanding that a Material Safety Data Sheet, (MSDS) is to be on every jobsite. The EPA is saying that the chemicals are safe. Let’s take a look at an incident that happened in Colorado in 2008.

Cathy Behr, an emergency room nurse in Durango, Colo., had almost died after treating a wildcatter who had been splashed in a fracking fluid spill at a BP natural gas rig. Behr stripped the man and stuffed his clothes into plastic bags while the hospital sounded alarms and locked down the ER. The worker was released. But a few days later Behr lay in critical condition facing multiple organ failure.

Her doctors searched for details that could save their patient. The substance was a drill stimulation fluid called ZetaFlow, but the only information the rig workers provided was a vague Material Safety Data Sheet, a form required by OSHA. Doctors wanted to know precisely what chemicals make up ZetaFlow and in what concentration. But the MSDS listed that information as proprietary. Behr’s doctor learned, weeks later, after Behr had begun to recuperate, what ZetaFlow was made of, but he was sworn to secrecy by the chemical’s manufacturer and couldn’t even share the information with his patient.

It seems that ZetaFlow is nothing to worry about, or so says the EPA after Halliburton (Dick Cheney) managed to get it, and most fracking fluids removed from the Safe Water Act.

EPA says not to worry.
It’s difficult or nearly impossible to get information about what companies pump into the ground. The federal government, however, says the risk chemicals like ZetaFlow pose to water wells is minimal.
ZetaFlow is used for hydraulic fracturing, or fracing, which entails pumping large amounts of liquid and sand into a well to break the rocks and let the gas flow out.
The Environmental Protection Agency abandoned a study in 2004 on frac-fluid use in coal-bed methane wells, saying its investigation showed no risk.
“EPA has concluded that the injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids into CBM wells poses little or no threat to (underground sources of drinking water) and does not justify additional study at this time,” the agency wrote in June 2004.
The next year, Congress exempted frac fluids from the Safe Drinking Water Act as part of the 2005 energy bill.

This is a link to The Sierra Club site, at the bottom of the page you will find the MSDS for drilling in New York, I think it will be the same as one used at any site.

Below is a testimonial from a lady in Texas who lost her husband to the ground pollution that happens from Fracking.

Deadly Environmental Devastation

In the 1980’s, your Haliburton Company participated in drilling an illegal oil well on my farm in Texas on the 4th of July, so no courts or agencies were open. My husband and I did everything we could to protect our pristine 70 acres with remnants of an ancient hardwood forest, springs, spring-fed pond, wells, creek, wetlands, orchards, gardens and prime farm land.

Days after the well was drilled, all the fish in my spring-fed pond died. The water in my house well was poisoned and my husband and I could never drink from it again.

My husband was the first to drink the well water after the drilling & got horribly ill. Fifteen years after he drank the poisoned water, my husband died from acute myelogenous leukemia. How do I know his death wasn’t caused by the unregulated chemicals used in drilling the illegal well? How do I know the oil industry doesn’t just use oil drilling as an excuse to avoid paying to dispose of hazardous chemicals? How do you sleep?

I took parts of her response because of the length. You can go Here to read it.

These are stories that are being covered up in the name of profit. I also see it happening here and in other small towns. People are selling their futures and the futures of their children for a dollar. You know that is fine, it is their land and their lives. However, you have to ask yourself, is it ok their actions are harming you and your loved ones?


Ps. I will continue to inform of the dangers of Fracking, and I hope it will sink in, before we have no town left to live.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2011 11:17 am

    Diggler, Its all well and good that you feel that way, however evryone that has posted these feelings on the blogs about Fracking on my site never give any facts to counter my facts. This does make it hard to debate. Always remember that without facts its just bullshit.


  2. Diggler permalink
    October 16, 2011 8:50 am

    you guys are all idiots.


  3. December 1, 2010 4:32 am

    Hey can I copy and paste this post on my web site? What references must I give? You might give this info for other people too.


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