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My, my, my, isn't this [sic] article written poorly?

Does is say Diesel is a fracking fluid, no.

Does it say how much Diesel was used?

Does it say, Diesel is used to run erery piece of machinery and there is some spillage on the ground and that probally causes transfer to other surfaces.

 

Of course it doesn't say that stuff. Diesel can be made to seem like the most horid substance on the planet, it one 'words it right.'

 

View PostThe industry has been saying they stopped injecting toxic diesel fuel into wells. But our investigation showed this practice has been continuing in secret and in apparent violation" of the Safe Drinking Water Act, said Waxman,How can anyone believe what this congressinal laughing stock says a former chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and currently the panel's ranking Democrat.

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC, February 4, 2011 (ENS) - Oil and gas service companies have injected over 32 million gallons of diesel fuel or hydraulic fracturing fluids containing diesel fuel into wells in 19 states between 2005 and 2009, without permits, a congressional investigation has revealed.This statement could be true with a consintration of one part per trillion. Begun by three Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in February 2010, the investigation looked at the potential impact on water quality of using diesel fuel injected at extremely high pressure to crack rock seams, releasing the natural gas and oil trapped within. Again here, no ammount is stated, it could be 1part per trillion.

Under the 2005 Energy Policy Act, any company that performs hydraulic fracturing using diesel fuel must receive a permit to be in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. Heck yeah they would need a permit. Have there been any permits applied for stating Diesel is going to be the fracking liquid? I highly doubt it.

In the course of their investigation, Representatives Henry Waxman of California, Edward Markey of Massachusetts, and Diana DeGette of Colorado sent letters to 14 oil and gas service companies requesting information about the type and volume of chemicals they used in hydraulic fracturing fluids between 2005 and 2009.

All the companies voluntarily provided the committee with data on the volume of diesel fuel and other hydraulic fracturing fluids they used during the five year period. Twelve of the 14 companies acknowledged using diesel in their fracking operations. But of course, if they state here Diesel is just contamination, it would riun a good smear-job of the gas industry.

In a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson dated January 31, the legislators wrote, "We learned that no oil and gas service companies have sought - and no state and federal regulators have issued - permits for diesel fuel use in hydraulic fracturing."

"This appears to be a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act," they wrote. "It also means that the companies injecting diesel fuel have not performed the environmental reviews required by the law." It also means the companys are not stupid enough to inject Diesel as a frack liquid.

20110204_fracking.jpgHorizontal fracking operation in Dimrock, Pennsylvania (Photo by Helen Slottje courtesy ShaleShock)

 

The EPA's Office of Research and Development also is currently conducting a scientific study to examine the possible relationships between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and drinking water quality.

"A key unanswered question is whether the unregulated injection of diesel fuel or fluids containing diesel is adversely affecting drinking water supplies," the legislators wrote to Jackson. The unanswered question is why are they using data that says cross-contamination amounts of Diesel are used as a weapon, to try and give the gas companys a bad name.

None of the hydraulic fracturing service companies track the nearness of the wells they fracture to underground sources of drinking water, which they said is the responsibility of the oil and gas well operators.

For this reason, the legislators told Jackson they have been "unable to draw definitive conclusions about the potential impact of these injections on public health or the environment."

Analysis of data provided by the companies shows that BJ Services used the most diesel fuel and fluids containing diesel, more than 11.5 million gallons, Again, what ammount of Diesel followed by Halliburton, which used 7.2 million gallons. I wonder how many drops of fuel these terrorists purposly scattered about their sites?

Four other companies, RPC (4.3 million gallons), Sanjel (3.6 million gallons), Weatherford (2.1 million gallons), and Key Energy Services (1.6 million gallons), used more than one million gallons of diesel fuel and fluids containing diesel. Again what %?

Of the 19 states where diesel-containing fluids were injected, Texas accounted for half of the total volume injected, 16 million gallons.

The companies injected at least one million gallons of diesel-containing fluids in Oklahoma, North Dakota, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

In total, the companies used 10.2 million gallons of straight diesel fuel and 21.8 million gallons of products containing at least 30 percent diesel fuel.

But in January 2010, Energy In Depth, a group representing most of America's oil and gas producers, wrote that "diesel fuel is simply not used in fracturing operations."

"The industry has been saying they stopped injecting toxic diesel fuel into wells. But our investigation showed this practice has been continuing in secret and in apparent violation" of the Safe Drinking Water Act, said Waxman, a former chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and currently the panel's ranking Democrat.

Diesel fuel contains toxics, including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes. The Department of Health and Human Services, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have determined that benzene is a human carcinogen.

Chronic exposure to toluene, ethylbenzene, or xylenes has been shown to cause damage to the central nervous system, liver, and kidneys.

While fracking is used in more than 90 percent of natural gas and oil wells, not all fracking operations use diesel fuel. Other fracking fluids are water-based, but some formations cannot be cracked by these fluids because clay or other substances in the rock absorb water.

Last August, more than 25 conservation organizations wrote to Waxman and Markey and separately to the EPA, urging probes into the use of diesel in fracking operations and its effect on drinking water quality.

The Environmental Working Group is pleased that their prompts have yielded information.

"Companies are increasingly drilling in populated areas and using ever more intensive hydraulic fracturing in shale formations," said EWG Senior Counsel Dusty Horwitt. "Reps. Waxman, Markey and DeGette deserve credit for pursuing this important investigation and working to ensure that drilling is conducted carefully and in compliance with our laws."

 

 

 

Wow, not one fact at all as to the amount of Diesel, just that fracking liquid has a measureable amount in it. If they told you the amount, the reaction would be; "what the hell?"

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View PostMy, my, my, isn't this [sic] article written poorly?

Does is say Diesel is a fracking fluid, no.

Does it say how much Diesel was used?

Does it say, Diesel is used to run erery piece of machinery and there is some spillage on the ground and that probally causes transfer to other surfaces.

 

Of course it doesn't say that stuff. Diesel can be made to seem like the most horid substance on the planet, it one 'words it right.'

 

 

 

Wow, not one fact at all as to the amount of Diesel, just that fracking liquid has a measureable amount in it. If they told you the amount, the reaction would be; "what the hell?"

 

"In total, the companies used 10.2 million gallons of straight diesel fuel and 21.8 million gallons of products containing at least 30 percent diesel fuel. "

 

21.8 million gallons @ 30% or more ( I WOULD SAY 30% IS A MEASURABLE AMOUNT )

 

"Of the 19 states where diesel-containing fluids were injected, Texas accounted for half of the total volume injected, 16 million gallons.

The companies injected at least one million gallons of diesel-containing fluids in Oklahoma, North Dakota, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

In total, the companies used 10.2 million gallons of straight diesel fuel and 21.8 million gallons of products containing at least 30 percent diesel fuel. "

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"Drilling companies injected more than 32 million gallons of fluids containing diesel into the ground during hydraulic fracturing operations from 2005 to 2009, according to federal lawmakers. About a third of the 32 million gallons was straight diesel fuel, with 49.8% of the 32.2 million gallons of fluid containing diesel injected into Texas wells. Texas lead the 19 states using diesel as a fracking fluid, followed by Oklahoma at 10% of the 32.2 million gallons.

Hydraulic fracturing is a drilling technique that involves pumping millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals into underground formations to release greater quantities of gas and oil. The technique dates back several decades, but it has drawn new scrutiny from the public and regulators as its use has grown in recent years.

Concerns include the potential for the chemicals to get into drinking water or for natural gas to migrate into water wells. While the industry says that such an incident rarely happens and can easily be avoided, some homeowners near Fort Worth would probably wouldn't buy that claim.

Most hydraulic fracturing fluid uses water as its primary component, but in formations where water is absorbed too easily, such as in certain kinds of clay, diesel is used as an additive.

The EPA and industry agreed in 2003 that diesel wouldn't be used in hydraulic fracturing jobs in coal bed methane formations, because drilling in those formations tends to be closer to drinking water sources. At this time, none of the companies that used diesel as a fracking fluid could provide data on whether they performed hydraulic fracturing in or near underground sources of drinking water.

Lawmakers are asking the EPA to look at diesel use in its study into the safety of hydraulic fracturing."

 

 

"About a third of the 32 million gallons was straight diesel fuel, with 49.8% of the 32.2 million gallons of fluid containing diesel injected into Texas wells. "

 

1/3 OF 32 MILLION GALLONS WAS STRAIGHT DIESEL.

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i think it is safe to say that the average oil company executive is not as tuned into environmental degradation as your average joe

 

there appears to be the potenial for widespread groundwater contamination-

 

maybe they need to come up with a more benign formula for their frakking solutions

 

i think it is great that they were able to figure out how to get at a great amount of natural gas that was previously unavailable

 

i read somewhere that the biggest source of petroleum based ground water contamination was people dumping used motor oil on the ground

 

maybe now they have been relegated to second place

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Drillers used diesel in 'fracking,' report says

 

 

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A drilling rig stands on a Chesapeake Energy Corp. drill site in Bradford County, Pa., in the Marcellus shale natural gas play. Bloomberg file

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By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press

Published: 2/1/2011 2:28 AM

Last Modified: 2/1/2011 3:49 AM

 

Oil and gas companies have injected more than 32 million gallons of fluids containing diesel fuel underground without first getting government approval, a report by congressional Democrats said Monday.

 

 

Oklahoma was second on a list of states where the most diesel was injected from 2005 to 2009, according to the investigation. Of the total amount used, 3.3 million gallons was injected in Oklahoma, the report claimed.

 

The investigation found that 12 of 14 companies hired to perform hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," used diesel alone or in a mixture during the five-year period.

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