BAY DAILY EMAIL SIGN-UP

Receive this blog via Email

Awards


Voted 'best news blog' by readers of The Baltimore Sun in the 2010 Maryland's Outstanding Blog (or Mobbies) awards.

Bios

Tom Pelton and Chuck Epes

DISCLAIMER

  • PLEASE READ OUR TERMS OF USE
    The views and opinions expressed in the media, articles or comments on this site are those of the speakers or authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by CBF and the inclusion of such information does not imply endorsement by CBF. CBF is not responsible for the contents of any linked Web, or any link contained in a linked Web site, or any changes or updates to such Web sites. The inclusion of any link or comment is provided only for information purposes. CBF reserves the right to edit or remove any comments and material posted to this website and to ban users from the site without notice. Partisan, pornographic or other inappropriate content, product or service promotion, foul language or bad behavior is expressly forbidden and will be removed.

Mobile Auto-Detection: Bay Daily

Tracking Code - Bay Daily

« Here They Go Again: Drill, Baby, Drill | Main | Anti-Environmental Fervor on Rise in State Houses »

05/09/2011

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Its a disservice to indicate methane (as awful as it is) as the sole contaminator of drinking water.

Its critical to note the Safe Drinking Water Act loophole frees frackers from reporting specific toxic chemicals used in fracking.

Resultingly, its a bit difficult for researchers to determine the presense of a highly toxic chemical when their inclusion in the fracking process is unknown.

In Pennsylvania, the state Department of Environmental Protection has publicly released a list of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, including hydrochloric acid.

It is available here:

http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/oilgas/new_forms/marcellus/Reports/Frac%20list%206-30-2010.pdf

Good point Tom. After much pushing and prodding, PA's DEP was able to compile a list of chemicals used in fracking.

...except those used by Halliburton.

http://solveclimate.com/news/20101118/halliburton-winning-battle-pennsylvania-keep-its-fracking-secrets

http://www.propublica.org/article/halliburtons-stonewalling-works-in-pa-but-sparks-subpoena-at-epa

"But MSDSs exist only for substances that are known to the public and have been tested to determine their toxicity. If a company claims that a chemical or some other material is a trade secret, it can withhold the name and the "specific identification" of the chemical as long as the chemical's general effects are listed on the MSDS, according to an OSHA spokeswoman.

Halliburton tried to persuade the EPA to accept MSDSs in lieu of the more detailed list of ingredients the agency requested -- but the EPA said that information was insufficient."

"Scott Perry, director of Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Bureau, said he doesn't know how many drilling chemicals don't have an MSDS or have an MSDS that contains only limited information. When asked how he would determine the number of chemicals that will remain undisclosed under the new regulations, he said he did not know.

Pennsylvania law also gives drillers another way to avoid disclosure: They can designate any information they provide to regulators as a trade secret, which means it would not be available to the public. Under the state's Right-to-Know Act, any information that a company says allows it to create "independent economic value" because it isn't generally known can be labeled a trade secret and made exempt from public disclosure requirements."

I did not know that, JG. Thanks very much for providing that information.

Those with money rule. Energy companies spend more money in Washington than any other lobby. No question they're getting their money's worth. For the little people like us, our only protection is filtering our drinking water one gallon at a time.

Representatives of the drilling industry have long argued that the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas has not caused a single confirmed case of contamination of drinking water.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment