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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 05:10 AM
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Let's get rid of the EPA! Carcinogens injected into gas wells, report says

Millions of gallons of dangerous chemicals used, three House Democrats say


WASHINGTON Millions of gallons of potentially hazardous chemicals and known carcinogens were injected into wells by leading oil and gas service companies from 2005 to 2009, a report by three House Democrats said Saturday.

The report said 29 of the chemicals injected were known or suspected human carcinogens. They either were regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act as risks to human health or listed as hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

Methanol was the most widely used chemical. The substance is a hazardous air pollutant and is on the candidate list for potential regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The report was issued by Reps. Henry Waxman of California, Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Diana DeGette of Colorado.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42627764/ns/us_news-environment/
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 06:46 AM
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1. Yes, since a REPUBLICAN created the EPA
it's done nothing except DESTROY the economy! :crazy:

Profit now, fix environment later!
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 07:13 AM
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2. As I understand it, after the fracturing the toxic brew is pumped back
out of the hole and hauled off in trucks that then dispose of it (in some states) by dumping in creeks and rivers. Many states closely regulate the disposal and don't allow this - some don't.

I think this is a poorly written article in that it only addresses the front end problem - the drilling process.

It also ignores the responsibility of each state to develop and enforce rules.

If interested in understanding the process just google "diagram of fracturing". There are several good illustrations available.
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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 07:21 AM
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3. Environmental protection is one of the most important differences between Republicans and Democrats.
Without protecting the environment for future generations, we have nothing.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 07:27 AM
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4. Methanol? Are you kidding me? This fit is over methanol?
Edited on Sun Apr-17-11 07:32 AM by Buzz Clik
Idiots.

Anything to get attention.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 08:23 AM
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5. No. Not just methanol.
The report said 29 of the chemicals injected were known or suspected human carcinogens.

I'm not sure why you would characterize this as a "fit".
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