Saturday, December 1, 2012

North Dakota Is Fracked... Poisoning Farm Animals And People

Read about it in Elizabeth Royte's article at The Nation. Here's what happened at one ranch near a fracking site:

Ambient air testing by a certified environmental consultant detected elevated levels of benzene, methane, chloroform, butane, propane, toluene and xylene—compounds associated with drilling and fracking, and also with cancers, birth defects and organ damage. [Rancher Jacki Schilke's] well tested high for sulfates, chromium, chloride and strontium; her blood tested positive for acetone, plus the heavy metals arsenic (linked with skin lesions, cancers and cardiovascular disease) and germanium (linked with muscle weakness and skin rashes). Both she and her husband, who works in oilfield services, have recently lost crowns and fillings from their teeth; tooth loss is associated with radiation poisoning and high selenium levels, also found in the Schilkes’ water.

State health and agriculture officials acknowledged Schilke’s air and water tests but told her she had nothing to worry about. Her doctors, however, diagnosed her with neurotoxic damage and constricted airways. “I realized that this place is killing me and my cattle,” Schilke says. She began using inhalers and a nebulizer, switched to bottled water, and quit eating her own beef and the vegetables from her garden. (Schilke sells her cattle only to buyers who will finish raising them outside the shale area, where she presumes that any chemical contamination will clear after a few months.) “My health improved,” Schilke says, “but I thought, ‘Oh my God, what are we doing to this land?’”
What, indeed. So is it just in North Dakota?

Healthy Cows
In Louisiana, seventeen cows died after an hour’s exposure to spilled fracking fluid. (Most likely cause of death: respiratory failure.) In north central Pennsylvania, 140 cattle were exposed to fracking wastewater when an impoundment was breached. Approximately seventy cows died; the remainder produced eleven calves, of which only three survived. In western Pennsylvania, an overflowing waste pit sent fracking chemicals into a pond and a pasture where pregnant cows grazed: half their calves were born dead. The following year’s animal births were sexually skewed, with ten females and two males, instead of the usual 50-50 or 60-40 split.

And in Ohio, which is IMHO full of good people, they're raising holy Hell about fracking.

So how much fracking fluid does it take, per well? And what do they do with it when it's done the job?

Fracking Waste Pond,
Wise Co., TX
Fracking a single well requires up to 7 million gallons of water, plus an additional 400,000 gallons of additives, including lubricants, biocides, scale and rust inhibitors, solvents, foaming and defoaming agents, emulsifiers and de-emulsifiers, stabilizers and breakers. About 70 percent of the liquid that goes down a borehole eventually comes up—now further tainted with such deep-earth compounds as sodium, chloride, bromide, arsenic, barium, uranium, radium and radon. (These substances occur naturally, but many of them can cause illness if ingested or inhaled over time.) This super-salty “produced” water, or brine, can be stored on-site for reuse. Depending on state regulations, it can also be held in plastic-lined pits until it evaporates, is injected back into the earth, or gets hauled to municipal wastewater treatment plants, which aren’t designed to neutralize or sequester fracking chemicals (in other words, they’re discharged with effluent into nearby streams).

I don't know how many ways I can say this: recovery of ever more challenging deposits of fossil fuels, in this case oil and gas, is killing the biosphere. We can have the remaining petroleum to burn in our inefficient cars, or we can have air safe to breathe, water safe to drink, and... yes... food safe to eat. We can't have both. Fracking has got to stop. Just say NO... frack NO!

1 comment:

  1. So, here are some questions and comments:

    Water is a precious resource. Humans, animals, plants cannot live without clean water.

    Does the water become more contaminated each time it is used for fracking?

    If the holding tanks leak contaminated water goes into humans and animals supplies. Then what?

    Is there any way to remove the chemicals from a person or animal?

    The amount of water being used for fracking is unbelievable.

    I believe we can live without natural gas.

    I think they will find fracking will cause sinkholes, fires, air pollution, water pollution, etc.

    Makes me wonder if the effects of fracking are some causes of some cancers, illnesses and diseases.

    I feel the whole process was kept from the public and it has been ramped up now.

    I am certain the low frequency sound from 2 AM to 4 AM that awakens me is from friggin' fracking.



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