Industry leaders, state oil and gas regulators, and environmentalists aired fracking concerns or enthusiasm in Golden, Colorado during a U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “public forum” Monday. The meeting followed a similar forum Friday in Little Rock, Arkansas that angered many locals and almost resulted in one police arrest.
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is studying fracking environmental and health impacts of fracking that many fear could involve cancer-causing chemicals pumped deep into the ground, among other health and safety issue fears, BLM is holding a series of fracking “public forums.”
When oil and gas wells are drilled, fracking fluid is injected more than a mile underground to fracture rock formations to release oil and natural gas but the industry refuses to disclose what those products are that it is injecting.
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission director, David Neslin said his agency has studied thousands of Colorado’s but never found evidence that fracking fluid has contaminated groundwater in the state reported Coloradoan.com.
“Wilderness Society economist Michelle Haefele of Fort Collins, however, said that the state should require public disclosure of fracking fluid chemicals, regardless of how harmless they are.’
“Communities and residents living near these drilling sites deserve to know what’s being injected into the ground, driven across their property and stored near their homes,” she said. “If there’s nothing in there other than chamomile tea, then we don’t need to send out the haz mat team (when contamination is suspected).” (Coloradoan.com)
Halliburton technical professional manager in Denver said at the Denver forum that “many” of the products injected are disclosed.
32,000 new wells planned
Oil and gas companies are planning 32,000 new wells a year by 2020. It was reported this week that 1,730 new fractured gas wells are projected for the Ozark National Forest.
Some communities across the country are finding ways to fight back against fracking, some of these ways resulting in police action against “fracktivists.”
Residents of Arkansas, a state that has experienced an unprecedented 1100 plus earthquakes said to be fracking related, are among those standing up to Big Oil and Gas frackers.
This week, natural gas has been pouring from a water well in Quitman, Arkansas. Greers Ferry Lake Natural Gas Watch says about this water contamination where fracking is rampant:
They don’t know where its coming from.
They don’t know how its getting in there.
They don’t know how to stop it.
Stop Arkansas Fracking states that, Arkansas could be left with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cleanup efforts and health issues due to the fracking industry with a death rate 8 times the national average:
To consider the economic impacts of the industry you must consider all impacts whether directly or indirectly related to the industry and the impacts that may be felt long after the companies responsible are gone, sold out, or bankrupt. These don’t only include costs for repairs and cleanup of land, water and roads, but things like health care costs due to side effects of pollution and other unconsidered, unmeasureable costs. What will happen to all the industry workers when all the work is done? Will our farming and tourism industries still be able to carry us? Without any industry bonds or funds in place for cleanup and repair, who is left to pay for any problems in the future? Each individual on their own property or through our taxes? Probably both.
To ensure the public is aware of BLM’s Arkansas “public forum” statements, Cindy Feinberg created the following Youtube video series:
Earth Justice recently created family edutainment about fracking. “Things always find a way to happen,” says the organization in its “Fracking: Things Find a Way” Youtube video embedded on this page to the left of this text.
The oil and gas fracking Industry is also finding its way, with help of police protection. Friday, police officers threatened to arrest Diane Brandmiller, Sharon Golgan and Cindy Feinberg at Little Rock Arkansas Convention Center, venue of BLM’s first of three “public forums” on fracking. Cause for the threats against them? They quietly and peacefully stood near their signs, and by showing black contaminated water from a home on a property where fracking was being conducted.
The sign with the water read, “If Fracking is ‘Safe’, then Drink this Water.”