One more video to disgust you. Sorry I ruined your wednesday.*–ENJOY>>>>>>NOT

Water. That’s what it comes down to.

A natural gas well is shown in a rural field near Canton in Bradford County, Pa. Those who seek to pursue fracking should do so carefully, Stuebi writes, knowing that the industry can’t afford many bad black-eyes.

Les Stone/Reuters/File

On February 13, the Cleveland office of the law firm McDonald Hopkins hosted a panel to discuss the pivotal water issues facing producers of oil/gas from shale via fracking.  In addition to three MH attorneys, the panel also included Jeff Dick (Director of the Natural Gas and Water Resource Institute at Youngstown State University), Samuel Johnson (Director of Water Asset Development for CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX)), John Lucey (EVP of Business Development and Engineering for Heckmann Corporation (NYSE: HEK)) and Sudarshan Sathe (President of Water and Wastewater Equipment Co.)

I took away three main observations from the panel discussion.

First, it’s important to keep in mind the distinction between produced water and flowback water.

Second, as significant as the challenges are for treating the water resulting from fracking operations, sourcing the quantity of water from fracking operations may be even more challenging.  Simply, fracking operations require enormous quantities of water.  While the voluminous Great Lakes would seem a natural supply basin, the Great Lakes Basin Compact signed a few years ago by the jurisdictions within the Great Lakes Basin precludes transporting Great Lakes water outside the basin — and while the Marcellus and Utica shale plays are not far at all from Lake Erie as the crow flies, it nevertheless so happens that they generally lay outside that basin.  Thus, fracking operators in the Marcellus and the Utica have to get their water from somewhere else.Lastly, for a company that is historically rooted in the coal industry, CONSOL comes across as highly progressive.  Among other eyebrow-arching comments, Mr. Johnson argued that environmental regulations associated with fracking operations needed to be tighter than they currently were simply to drive further technological advancement — existing practices just weren’t good enough.

The panel was timely:  just a week prior, in an appallingly flagrant disregard of environmental law, a renegade operator in Youngstown called Hard Rock Excavating was caught by regulators dumping untold tens of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater into the Mahoning River (which drains into the Ohio River).  The principal of the operation, a Mr. Ben Lupo, is subject to up to three years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines if convicted of violating the Clean Water Act.

(Oh, by the way, even though he was only just recently caught red-handed, this event doesn’t appear to have been the first for Mr. Lupo, who seems to have a long history of illegal water dumping, according to this article by the Vindicator.  Not to mention, Mr. Lupo also owns and operates another company, D&L Energy, which was responsible for the injection wells thought to have triggered the seismic activity in Youngstown in late 2011.  It’s almost as if Mr. Lupo is waging a one-man public relations demolition derby for the industry.)

My guess is that everyone on the panel, and presumably in the audience, would be in favor of strict punishment for Mr. Lupo, assuming that his guilt is confirmed.  Not only are the environmentalists up in arms, the panelists and others who seek to pursue fracking in the Marcellus and Utica shale know that they can’t afford many bad black-eyes like the one(s) wrought by Mr. Lupo’s apparent disregard for good practice. Water’s just too important for the fracking business not to handle wisely.

 ——————–This is the type of story that we as  fractivist/bloggers stumble onto days,weeks or even a month after the fact. The story here originally is buried in a magazine. It may have aired at 09:00 GMT and was never published. The essential facts are scattered about and the true heart of the story, although well written, is lost in a sea of commercials and internet spam. I feel honored to be able to clean it up and make it accessible to you , being the average person is stuck often with 2 jobs in this economy or just plain tired.—————








Good evening readers, a few posts back I asked you to be patient with the EPA site. I take that back. It has no patience for you so why should you??? I can simply say that we as Pennsylvanians have noone to blame but ourselves for not stopping the mess that has bestaken us. I listed for you a page. When you go to that page, as is many Government pages , it is “File Not Found”, Discouraging to say the least. But if you navigate through the barbaric stumbles and stops they try to put upon you, you will eventually come to a page, from what I can see it will allow you to scavange through the horrific chemicals your own state has bestowed upon you. PA alone over 2,000,000 incidents of on site disposal or “other” I Cannot explain to you what makes me cringe as much as the word “other” when it comes to Industrial,Cooperate “otherness” please search the link I provide for you and make your own decision.—Peace



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