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WISER: Frack attack — reports question science used by fracking critics

Washington Times -- It's been a rough couple of weeks for environmental groups and activists opposed to natural gas drilling.

The latest blow came last week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would take no "additional action" to address contaminants in the private drinking water wells of residents in Dimock, Pa. Dimock is the town infamous for a scene in "Gasland," an anti-drilling documentary made by filmmaker Josh Fox, in which a homeowner ignites his tap water.

The EPA conducted the study in Dimock because of its proximity to the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation that drillers inject with a pressurized mixture of water, sand and chemicals (more than 99.5 percent of the mixture consists of water and sand) to release natural gas — a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fra


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Submitted Aug 04, 2012 By: drpepperTX
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 9:27:45 AM

As more and more SCIENTIFIC studies are added to a growing list of studies showing the safety of hydraulic fracturing, the science DENIAL crowd will overlook the FACTS and continue to promote fear. Yelling "the water's on fire etc.".

They'll continue to chant the thoroughly DEBUNKED claims of Josh Fox "Gasland" propaganda.

Let's see...some of the latest:

INSURANCE!!! Aha, this will be the nail in those frackers coffin! Oh wait...."Fracking-related losses have never been a covered loss under personal or commercial lines policies." - Nationwide Insurance Co.

WATER USE!!! Water use eh? As each aspect of the witch hunt against oil and gas production is knocked down by science these yahoos will come up with something else out of the blue. Show me one state where oil and gas comapanies use more than a tiny fraction (far less than 1%) of the total water usage. While your at it show me a state that doesn't allow golf courses to use hundreds of times more water than drilling. You cannot, case closed. Period.

You see, there is a huge amount of deceiving information spouted out to the public about hydraulic fracturing, a decades-old technology. Those who spread this misinformation are mostly preying on the public's fears, with an ultimate goal of forcing state governments to succumb to that fear and prevent or even ban hydraulic fracturing. We need to make sure that the discussion is productive, and that any rules are legitimately conceived. Fact must be sEPArated from fiction.

Previously and still the most common despite the numerous scientific studies that has shown it safe, is the fear and paranoia talking point that hydraulic fracturing contaminates ground water. This is baseless. Have you ever noticed that the critics who make that claim never provide concrete evidence? The reason for their omission? It is obvious why. After being used more than 1.2 million times there have been no confirmed cases of hydraulic fracturing contaminating water. None. Never. Ever.

As EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in April of 2012, "In no case have we made a definitive determination that the fracking process has caused chemicals to enter groundwater."

The three "smoking gun" cases that the anti-shale zealots were sinking their teeth into have proven false or based on very poor science. See Pavillion WY, Dimoch, PA, and Parker County, TX.

The latest fear mongering is "climate change" thru methane emission from hydraulic fracturing. Once again SCIENTIFIC investigation has shown the EPA using numbers that are overblown by 50%.

Oh, and the one fear and paranoia pushers love the bestest, that "evil Halliburton Loophole" talking point! LOL, what a joke. This is the errant claim born out of the yellow journalism of "gasland", a proven fraudulent film by Josh Fox, that hydraulic fracturing is "exempt" from the Safe Drinking Water Act, thanks to an energy bill passed by Congress in 2005. The truth??? SDWA has been the law of the land for nearly 40 years, and at no point has it ever covered hydraulic fracturing. Why??? States already tightly and effectively regulate the process.?

How can an industry be exempt from something that never covered you in the first place? But you hear this falsehood talking point most every time the subject comes up.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO RELY ON FACTS AND THE SCIENCE, NOT FEAR AND PARANOIA.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 4:50:57 AM

what's a little clean drinking water anyways?
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:38:24 PM

It's about time the truth surfaces.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 11:00:08 PM

FuelOilOH, actually extensive research has been done and reported in the journal Marine and Petroleum Goelogy found "the chance of a fracture extending more than 600 metres upwards was exceptionally low, and the probability of fractures of more than 350 metres was 1%." Hydraulic Fracturing is very controlled.

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FuelOilOH
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:16:50 PM

There's no such thing as controlled fracking because no one can be sure of the way the rock will break apart. Even though they are far beneath the water table, pressure shifts underground (read earthquakes) mix things up pretty good. Here in Ohio we feel tremors that are injection well induced.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 10:08:59 PM

knot2swift, Nice!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:45:21 PM

Some day we will know.
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jimedB
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:43:21 PM

What is called science these days sure dosen't seem to be what it used to be. Now it's all about what will make our sides point.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:39:54 PM

Ok
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DABEE1073
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:39:22 PM

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CRITICS ON ONE THING OR ANOTHER. I GUESS THEY HAVE NOTHING MORE WORTHWHILE TO DO.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:37:06 PM

both sides will question the others information
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:30:50 PM

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:27:27 PM

So a film maker can make a film and argue with facts from organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation?
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:23:36 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:23:25 PM

hmm
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:16:48 PM

Frickin Frackers
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:15:52 PM

Fracking will contaminate our water supply.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:15:44 PM

It seems like both sides are not being truthful.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:15:16 PM

The EPA only backed off because Obama reminded them it's an election year.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:14:21 PM

These gas deposits are thousands of feet underground while most wells run a few hundred.

I think the government is trying to wash it's hands of a$$holes looking to make a buck while major energy issues for the entire US are at stake.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:09:56 PM

first time I've heard this "frack attack" -
kinda like it
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:05:31 PM

hmm
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:04:06 PM

just do it
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 9:02:08 PM

Frack attacks reports question science used by fracking critics and the EPA should be investigated they are likely taking some kickbacks from the natural gas industry.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:58:44 PM

Frack baby frack
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:58:20 PM

What the frack?
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:58:06 PM

The EPA should be investigated they are likely taking kickbacks from the natural gas idustry,
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:53:47 PM

ooookaaayyy
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:52:55 PM

hmmm
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:52:38 PM

Sure
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:50:17 PM

Again?
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:49:09 PM

I'm still convenced that fracking causes earthquakes around here. We did not hear of all these quakes before all the natural gas drilling started a few years ago. I don't care what the so called experts say.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:46:39 PM

We know for a FACT that fracking can be done safely sometimes.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:42:43 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:40:39 PM

Those opposed to fracking aren't going to let a little thing like "facts" get in their way.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:39:13 PM

Oh! The poor greenies!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:38:12 PM

So what is next.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:36:50 PM

Most water and sand!
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:36:36 PM

Congress does not understand their own legislation, how are they to understand science.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:31:20 PM

Frick frack a Big Mac.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:31:15 PM

oh my...
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:30:22 PM

hmmmm
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Fracking Is Dangerous, But They Must Take Safety Precautions First...
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:25:15 PM

More junk science by the enviro-nazis,,,,
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:23:27 PM

Not good
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:21:56 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:19:53 PM

Each side will use the science that supports their position. What else is new?
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:19:21 PM

ok.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:19:01 PM

would that affect gas prices?
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Homito
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2012 8:18:40 PM

ok.
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