I’ve been so busy with the recent news about the “amazing levels of toxins, carcinogens and neurotoxins in the Barnett Shale air,” that several important items slipped by me.
After Cabot’s contractor, Halliburton, kept spilling fracking fluid all over the place, PA regulators FINALLY ordered them to stop fracking!
In the slight of hand category, Big Gas seemed to throw the frackers under the bus when Chesapeake CEO and Range Resources called for disclosure of fracking chemicals.
Even the biggest users of hydrofracking, like Aubrey McClendon, chief executive of leading shale driller Chesapeake Energy, concede that the industry needs to “demystify” the practice. Speaking at a conference last week, McClendon, according to Reuters, said, “We need to disclose the chemicals that we are using and search for alternatives to the chemicals we are using.”
Be not fooled! Big Gas is not suddenly concerned about our welfare. The want to shift liability to the frackers and they see the handwriting on the wall on the fracking issue. They can only contaminate so much drinking water, pollute so much surface water and kill so many creatures before the public finally wakes up and revolts. So, Big Gas wants to trade the frackers for favors in the climate legislation.
In the latest twist, Schlumberger, the mammoth fracker that takes a fracking back seat only to the main fracker, Halliburton, has called for disclosure of the fracking chemicals. So now they’re hoping we forget all about that nasty old FRAC Act that would remove the fracking exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act and REQUIRE regulation under the Federal level.
We’re not falling for that bull! We cannot depend on state regulators and industry “good will” to keep us fracking safe! We need the feds to intervene and we need the FRAC Act!
Another piece of news tells us that natural gas storage is at capacity so expect prices to fall. Won’t that be convenient? Natural gas is so clean it’s almost green and it’s certainly plentiful and now it’s dirt cheap. Isn’t that amazing? Why don’t we convert all our vehicles to this
clean alternative dirty fossil fuel?