Alternate title: I told you so. Another alternate title: “Where the frack are all the fracking fracks ?”
FrackFocus has lately gotten the beating it deserves. Today Bloomberg launched a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the fracking FrackFocus failures.
Fracking Hazards Obscured in Failure to Disclose Wells
By Benjamin Haas, Jim Polson, Phil Kuntz and Ben Elgin – Aug 13, 2012 11:01 PM CT
I’m going to tell my favorite parts first.
Favorite part 1:
“FracFocus is just a fig leaf for the industry to be able to say they’re doing something in terms of disclosure,” said U.S. Representative Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat.
I tried to find a Trojan Horse wearing a fig leaf but do you know that on this whole wide web there is no such image.
Favorite part 2:
“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” said Cal Cooper, manager of special projects for Apache. “This is a positive thing. It shows industry can get its act together and make things happen in a short amount of time.”
So, how long did it rake Rome to burn? I ask because I think I saw some smoke coming from the direction of FracFocus.
We will never be able to fully assess the risk fracking poses to our health and the environment until we have full disclosure. (Full means everything including the super secret stuff.) Disclosure needs to come before fracking happens so landowners can get baseline water testing.
We peasants are not allowed to take information from FracFocus for our own use. And we are not allowed access to the database. You can’t search the website by chemical or by date and there is no function to aggregate chemicals by location or operator.
I had to add this…