The Germans are finding cancer clusters near pipelines that carry flowback and produced water. I strongly suggest you watch this video.
For those who can’t watch videos on their computers, here are the Cliff Notes.
- In the middle of the largest area of drilling and fracking in Germany, there is a cancer cluster.
- Small town, with cancer in one-third of homes – 27 homes with 10 cancer cases in 9 homes.
- They’ve been fracking since the nineties. (Sound familiar?)
- They pipe the flowback and produced water for disposal through pipelines. (Sound familiar?)
- Testing the soil around these pipelines found 4000 micrograms of benzene. Five micrograms is hazardous to health.
- Toxicologist says benzene is among the most “alarming chemicals we can imagine.”
- The German Big Gas Mafia does not see the connection. (Sound familiar?)
- There is a spiderweb of pipelines all over the place and the contamination found is widespread. (Sound familiar?)
- The pipe looks like this: (Look familiar?)
- A plastic and chemistry expert admits benzene will leak through. She says weeks–it can “someday” leak through within weeks.
- They have known about this since the 60s. (Sound familiar?)
- Benzene leaked through PE pipelines requiring a 4 year remediation and disposal of 2500 tons of soil.
- ExxonMobil claims it only became known in 2007. (Interesting admission considering they are still using the pipe.)
- A Google search reveals that manufacturers admit the pipe is unsuitable for materials containing benzene.
- Squirming by regulatory agency that allowed pipe and so forth. (Sound familiar?)
I see pipe that looks similar to what is shown in the video all over the Barnett Shale and it’s on top of the ground and still in use. In some areas, the Big Gas Mafia doesn’t even bother to pick it up. You can see this pipe lying around for years. There are several sections of it near Runner Susan’s home in the fields were children play.
Does anyone know what kind of pipe Hillwood and Quicksilver have buried all over Fort Worth to carry their flowback and produced water to the planned disposal wells? I looked at all the presentations on the city of Fort Worth website and I found no mention of pipeline materials. Someone might want to check that out SOONER rather than later. Oh, BTW, very nice presentations by Hillwood and Quicksilver showing the lovely pipelines surrounding the beautiful homes and development area.
QUESTION FOR INDUSTRY: How many ways can you screw this up?