FRACK FREE NEVADA


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PETITION: NEVADA'S PUBLIC HEALTH IS AT RISK: WE WANT A MORATORIUM ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING




A second interview that has incorrect information and misquotes.  In case anyone reads the article, I will correct some of the information here: 

http://nevadasagebrush.com/blog/2013/04/15/what-the-frack-are-you-talking-about/

1. Hydraulic fracturing is a method of natural gas and oil extraction and the issue in Nevada pertains to gas. References to oil in the article as quoted by me should say gas.
2. I did not say chemicals of lead, mercury and uranium are used in the fracking process. Benzene has been found in aquifers and strontium has been found in wastewater (many others have been found). Radium (a radioactive compound) is released from fracturing shale.
3. I did not say it's like comparing apples to oranges in her sentence about jobs. I discussed two methods of fracking, traditional and modern, and that comparing the two is not reliable.
4. I did not say anything about cutting off oil ties with foreign companies
5. I did not say I hope they run test drills. I said it is very important we have pre drill samples of air, water, and soil so we have baseline data.
6. Although not really that critical, I do not live in the gated community near Lake Stanley. I do, however, have a small pond behind my apartment, which is what I was referring to in my interview.
7. Her description of the fracking process is not very clear.  This is the process:

Hydraulic fracturing is a method of natural gas extraction that drills deep into the earth, typically 8,000-10,000 feet.  This method drills both vertically and horizontally.  After the well is drilled, a pipe is inserted and cement is injected around the pipe to prevent gas and fluids from seeping outside of the pipe and contaminating surrounding soil and water.  Explosives are then set off deep within the earth in order to fracture the shale to release the gas.  Fracking fluid is pumped into the well at extreme pressure to hold open the fissures created from the explosion and for various other reasons.  The fracking fluid is 99.5% water and sand. The other .495% is a mixture of chemicals.  Some of this fluid comes back up the well, but the majority stays in the ground.  Once the well is drilled and the fracturing process has taken place, the well is then ready to produce gas.  I will not go further into the process, as it is not the nature of this response to delve too far into the technical process of extracting natural gas.


I was interviewed, check it out!



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The eastern part of Nevada is being targeted for hydraulic fracturing:
 

What it is like now (http://1001arabian.net/tourist/Ruby%20M ountains,%20Nevada.html)
 

What it will look like after hydraulic fracturing
(http://www.theoec.org/campaign/fracking-waste-disposal)


HIGH-VOLUME HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS FRACKING:

A method of oil and gas extraction that injects millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals and sand at high pressure deep underground, pivoting horizontally for up to one mile, to break apart shale formations.

It takes between 2 and 5 million gallons of water to fracture a single well one time, and each well may be fractured multiple times. Between 15% and 35% of the fluids stay underground in the well itself, while the remainder returns to the surface and must be either re-used or disposed of.  This means billions of gallons of this fluid is left underground, while tens of billions more must be either re-used or injected in deep disposal wells (called Class II injection wells).

Flammable tap water in Colorado

Methane explosions in West Virginia

Poisoned water in Pennsylvania

Communities have seen a corresponding increase in harmful air emissions, water contamination, and serious problems associated with the disposal of horizontal fracking waste fluids.

The fluids used during fracturing contain many hazardous chemicals and heavy metals, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, diesel methanol, chlorinated formaldehyde, and benzene.

Currently, no agency regulates where drillers send their fracking waste, how they transport the waste to a disposal site, or how it is handled once at the site.

Ohio State officials actually closed disposal wells after a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit Youngstown, Ohio, on December 31, 2011. This was the eleventh earthquake to strike the area in 2011, an area that was not previously considered seismically active.

The only security that would be enjoyed is the security of the industry’s profits.

Shockingly, this dangerous practice remains virtually unregulated at the federal level, where Dick Cheney and Halliburton managed to pass sweeping loopholes exempting fracking from most major environmental laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act. As a result, the burden of regulating fracking has fallen on states, which have, without exception, badly failed to protect their citizens.

WHAT WE WANT:

1. Repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act and require disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids

2. Study of the full lifespan of water in hydraulic fracturing, from acquisition of the water, through the mixing of chemicals and actual fracturing, to the post-fracturing stage, including the management of flowback and produced water and its ultimate treatment and disposal.

3. An increased number of inspectors, strengthened penalties, an impact fee on drillers to cover externalities or damage associated with drilling, and by passing a citizen rights amendment which would allow for citizens to have the right to know about, comment on, and appeal shale gas permits. 

4. Pass more stringent health and safety regulations for Class II injection wells.

5. Reduce the amount of waste produced.

6. Prohibit spraying of fracking waste fluids on roads—or anywhere else—without first testing the fluid to ensure its safety.

7. Pass protective regulations of solid waste products, including testing drill cuttings, to ensure that no radioactive materials go to regular landfills.


WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Support Nevada SB390, and the Federal BREATHE Act and the FRESHER Act

Tell everyone you know about fracking and ask them to do the same. Refer them to Frack Free Nevada (https://sites.google.com/site/frackfreenevada/home) for information

Sign the petition to Ban fracking in Nevada: http://org.credoaction.com/petitions/ban-fracing-in-nevada


RESOURCES:
All information in this document is from the following websites
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/factsheet/fracking-the-new-global-water-crisis-europe/
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/us-energy-insecurity-europe/
http://www.theoec.org/Fracking
http://www.theoec.org/campaign/fracking-waste-disposal
http://www.theoec.org/publications/fact-sheet-fracking-disposal-waste-fluids
http://dontfrackwithny.com/what-is-fracking/












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