It’s not a good idea to frack your mother. Unpleasant consequences could follow.
Yesterday a dear reader reminded me that not everyone is on Twitter and Facebook, which is where I put a lot of the fracking news these days. Here is a compilation of the latest fracking news so those not on Twitter and Facebook will know how we are fracking our mother.
Industry, their PR guys and the SMU scientists HATE it when we use the term frackquake. I can remember how they HATEd when we used the term fracking. But we were persistent, we put a k in fracking and it stuck. Now they, too, say fracking and they even spell it with a k.
Industry and their PR guys say it’s not fracking but the disposal of the waste from fracking that causes the earthquakes. Gun nuts say it’s not the guns that kill people, it’s the bullets. Ahm, frackquakes!
This evening there was a M4.0 frackquake in Venus and Mansfield. Event Page . That follows the SMU seicntist’s statement Monday at the frackquake hearing that frackquakes in this area are trending up in magnitude.
It’s a 4-hour hearing but well worth the time, especially to see how Phil King is disrespectful toward his constituents. But they keep reelecting him so I guess they like it.
M4.0 is the magic number at which even the naysayers admit that structural damage can occur.
Don’t eat fish with tumors.
A smallmouth bass was caught in the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania that had a huge cancerous tumor on its mouth. See a video on CNN.
What else has been in the Susquehanna River?
- Drilling waste that XTO Energy a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil spilled there.
- Drilling waste intentionally discharged.
- Fish with abnormal black splotches.
- Runoff from drilling waste.
From the Department of DUH:
…people should avoid eating “fish that have visible signs of sores and lesions.” CNN
Never trust frackers.
Denmark learned this the hard way and the frackers may not get to resume fracking there.
Denmark has suspended the first exploratory drilling for shale gas which lasted only one day after it discovered that French gas-giant Total, in charge of the project, had used “unauthorized” chemicals. RT
The United States can’t seem to figure it out.
Our bi-monthly oil train explosion & other explosions.
The six tank cars that exploded into flames were a model slated to be phased out or retrofitted by 2020 under a federal rule announced last week.
It’s the fifth fiery accident since February involving that type of tank car, and industry critics responded to the latest with calls for them to be taken off the tracks immediately to prevent further fires. ABC News
A Denton gas wells exploded tonight when struck with lightning. Photo from resident that was uploaded to DFW Scanner. From the location, it could be one of Range Resources’ wells at/near the airport. I have lots of blog posts about lightning striking wells.
Updates on the lightning strike HERE.
Fracking our food.
21 million gallons of oil field wastewater is sold DAILY to farmers to irrigate food crops in Kern County California.
Until now, government authorities have only required limited testing of recycled irrigation water, checking for naturally occurring toxins such as salts and arsenic, using decades-old monitoring standards. They haven’t screened for the range of chemicals used in modern oil production. LA Times
I took a FLIR video of wastewater pits when I was in Kern County. I had to wear a respirator. This is what they are putting on our food.
Don’t frack your mother.
Dear President Obama: