d US officials to step up their policing of shale gas operations and to consider stronger regulations to reduce environmental and health risks at the facilities.
The scientists called on regulators to revisit, and in many cases beef up, their guidelines to avoid surface spills at shale gas works, and to ensure the safe storage and disposal of toxic fluids used in controversial hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations.
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g from the report where we can agree is the importance of disclosing the composition of fluids used in the hydraulic fracturing process.
“Fracking” fluid is pumped down the well under controlled conditions during the hydraulic fracturing process (watch our hydraulic fracturing animation to learn more). These fluids consist of about 99 percent water and sand and about 1 percent chemical additives. They are essential to the process of releasing gas trapped in shale rock and other deep underground formations.
Earlier this year, we joined with other companies in voluntarily disclosing the components of fracking fluids on FracFocus.org, a site developed and operated by the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Both organizations are composed of state regulatory officials.
Several states and organizations are supporting disclosure via the FracFocus website so that the public can find out more information about the composition of fluids used in wells in their areas. In fact, Texas – one of the country’s largest producers of natural gas – adopted a law earlier this summer mandating disclosure of fracking fluid contents on the FracFocus website. We support such efforts.
Even though chemicals represent a very small portion of hydraulic fracturing fluids, they serve several important purposes. Such additives help to eliminate bacterial growth in the well, similar to the way that chlorine helps eliminate bacterial growth in a pool or our drinking water. Bacteria can cause corrosion, which, unless treated by chemicals in the fracking fluid, could impact the safety and integrity of the well. Other additives are designed to prevent scale build-up in the well and reduce friction to help manage well pressure.
While the composition of fracking fluids may be different from one well to another – depending on the depth and characteristics of the rock – the basic components of fracking fluids are fairly standard. In fact, many are used in a wide variety of consumer products. This chart shows the common ingredients in hydraulic fracturing fluids, as well as how they’re used in everyday life – in everything from detergents to cosmetics to food.
While it’s important to understand what’s in fracking fluids, I think it’s just as important to understand the mechanisms in place that prevent the fluids from reaching groundwater supplies.
When drilling a well, we must pay attention to how we set the steel casing and cement the casing in place. When this is done properly, the actual process of hydraulic fracturing does not pose a threat to groundwater supplies because it typically takes place more than a mile below groundwater supplies. We were pleased that the recent DOE panel recognized this in its report.
As in all types of natural gas production, it’s essential to use responsible operational practices when designing, drilling and maintaining the well to ensure that fluids and the produced gas are properly handled in the well and on the surface.
This is where state laws and regulations have a vital role to play. State regulators have a unique understanding of the local geology and environment that allow them to evaluate the safety and integrity of the wells drilled in their regions. Additionally, oil and gas companies – in conjunction with regulators, accreditation organizations and the like – have developed and disseminated guidelines for responsible operational practices to uphold safe natural gas development around the country.
You can learn more about the components of well integrity by watching our hydraulic fracturing animation on YouTube, or read more about the process on our natural gas website.
I also recommend a visit to the FracFocus.org website to learn more about hydraulic fracturing, fracking fluid contents, and how water supplies are being protected.
t for violating free speech rights.
Those opposed to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” have been unable to discuss their environmental concerns since the ban was implemented in September. To justify barring the environmental talk, the town board alleges that there had already been hours of discussion against gas drilling and that no more was needed.
Herbert Kline, an attorney representing Sanford’s decision, told the Associated Press that the board was becoming overwhelmed with residents’ concerns about natural gas drilling, which has been a major political issue in New York state in wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s impending decision about lifting a four and a half year suspension of the practice.
“People who were against fracking had, in the minds of the town board, monopolized discussion in the public participation portion of prior meetings to the extent that very little other business could be accomplished,” Kline said.
But the fracking discussions have been a hot topic because of the likelihood for drilling to occur throughout New York state – including Sanford. The lucrative practice would forever change the small town by introducing heavy industrial activity that generates toxic waste, while providing a flood of income for landowners and gas companies. The process requires the clearing of land to build access roads to fracking sites. There would be heavy drilling and transportation of heavy equipment and waste – all of which would pollute the air and water and risk downgrading property values.
Fear of fracking, which many consider unsafe, has prompted residents to argue with the town board, which has aggressively favored natural gas drilling in Sanford – especially at the Marcellus Shale rock formation, which is rich in natural gas. Sanford Supervisor Dewey Decker in September signed a letter asking Cuomo to allow fracking “on behalf of [his] constituents”. That same month, the town board banned any further discussion of the topic, thereby silencing the constituents from arguing against Decker’s request.
“If people are silenced by their own elected representatives, how can they trust them to act in their best interest?”Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) attorney Kate Sinding told AP.
Together with the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, the NRDC filed a lawsuit against the city of Sanford for violating the First Amendment right to free speech. Although the town board has the right to adopt “reasonable rules” about discussion topics, Sinding believes this “does not mean completely banning speech on a particular topic, especially one of the most important and timely topics in the state.”
It is not required for the town board to allow residents to speak at meetings, but the people of Sanford say they want their voices heard – especially about an issue as drastic as fracking.
“They shut down public speaking,” Sanford resident Susan Bishop told AP. “I feel it is an absolute violation of our rights. It can’t be allowed to stand.”
The town continues to remain divided about the issue, with both supporters and opponents wishing they could speak up about the practice. But for months, no one has been able to publicly comment about fracking – a ban that the environmental groups hope to lift with their lawsuit.
“We are literally days away from a potential decision by Governor Cuomo as to whether to proceed with new fracking in New York,” Sinding wrote in a blog for the Huffington Post. “Take action now to ask the governor not to make any final decision without first opening the review of fracking health impacts to the public and New York State-based health professionals.”
Such a review could not occur in the town of Sanford unless the board opens up the discussion of hydraulic fracturing. Unless the lawsuit forces the town board to lift the ban, the fate of Sanford’s industries lies in the hands of the legislators who claim to represent the constituents while silencing their input.
Another great post from RT.com…
nd Part II” is that while the battles over the investigation and regulation of fracking wax and wane — with the anti-regulatory forces currently on top — thousands of additional wells that use this controversial natural-gas drilling technique are being sunk.
“Gasland Part II,” which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and is being shown on Monday by HBO, paints a convincing picture: homeowners at the mercy of the oil and gas industry wait while government agencies make tentative moves toward regulation that eventually come to nothing or are reversed.
And this was before the Environmental Protection Agency last month walked away from its promise to investigate water contamination in Pavillion, Wyo., which is shown in the film as one of the most significant victories for aggrieved homeowners.
tment responded to HWY 62 and 39, about six miles east of Chickasha after the reported fire. Upon arrival, crews reported numerous trucks on fire.
According to a diagram News 9 received from the University of Kansas, the frack pumps caught fire and all of the trucks connected by metal piping are on fire. All 22 trucks are said to costs about $1 million each.
Crews are reporting explosions as the fire fuels but it is contained in the area.
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