If this were baseball, Cabot and Halliburton would be O-U-T!
Third natural gas chemical spill reported
This is the 3rd “substantial” frack fluid spill in less than a week! Halliburton is the fracking company that was hired by Cabot to frack up the environment for citizens in the tiny town of Dimock.
The chemical that illegally entered the environment, off Troy Road, is a “liquid gel concentrate,” a “potential carcinogen” that is combustible.
For some background see:
Hydraulic Fracture: Fish Kill From Halliburton Frack Fluid Spill
Hydraulic Fracture Eureka! IOGA Press Release on the Halliburton Spill
Oh Oops! We Spilled Some! TWICE! Deadly Hydraulic Fracture
The chemical spilled is a fracturing fluid, according to interviews with DEP staff.
It can cause headache, dizziness, or other central nervous system effects, according to the material safety data sheet obtained by The Wayne Independent. Inhalation may “cause respiratory irritation … chemical pneumonia … slurred speech, giddiness and unconsciousness.”
The material safety data sheet, a document that details general chemical information and human-health hazards, lists Halliburton, a company often used by the industry to develop natural gas wells.
Hat tip to SPLASHDOWN for the Red Alert!
This would be an excellent time for a Congressional Member from Texas to step up and co-sponsor the FRAC Act.
H.R. 2766:Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009 already has support from 160 organizations despite industry claims that the bill has a “Death Panel” and despite large infusions of industry cash at all levels. We still need a Texas co-sponsor. Please look at this list of Texas Congressional Members and their SCORECARD on key environmental and energy votes. Please write your representative or find a more reasonable one and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2766 today! It should be glaringly obvious that we can expect no help from our state regulatory agency so please act before it’s too late.
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Susan Wallace says
The story from Encana and Halliburton in Parachute, CO is that frac fluid is made of the same ingredients as a Snickers candy bar. No kidding, these are their exact words. When I asked why it took people in HazMat suits to clean up spills and if we who eat Snickers should also be wearing HazMat suits, all I ever received was their blank stares. I wonder how many training hours gas/oil talking heads have to take to master that stupefied look?