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Fellow sportsman. I am not an activist of any kind but I do love what Florida has to offer to all of us
The following event will happen very soon and it needs your support. Article taken from facebook
Please help Stop the Fracking before it is allowed
Golden Gate Community Center Auditorium, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34116
The EPA Hearing is scheduled for MARCH 11. SAVE THE DATE! 4:00-8:30PM. We need you and all of Florida to join us to create critical mass; how many show up will determine what the EPA does. Save our water and our Everglades from dirty drilling. To speak or submit comments, email [email protected]

Oil drilling is more than an environmental issue. It is a human rights issue. Extreme extraction violates the most basic of all human rights – access to clean water and clean air.

The drilling we’re trying to stop is only 1000 feet from homes in the Big Cypress Swamp watershed, a critical recharge area in the western Everglades. Each well is permitted to use 5 million gallons of water per month. Unlike agricultural water, the drilling water cannot be recycled or reused; it is toxic and must be injected into the boulder zone. Given the worldwide water scarcity and annual water restrictions in South Florida, it is criminal to permit the oil industry to destroy so much fresh water. Imagine thousands of wells on this 115,000-acre parcel, and even more, since Collier Resources just leased another 350,000 acres of mineral rights for seismic testing. Just as the pumping of aquifers in Florida has dried up natural springs, and in Texas, entire cities, so too, the oil industry’s pumping of our aquifer threatens to dry up nearby wells and wetlands, including the Fakahatchee, Picayune, and Corkscrew.

This new type of drilling that includes acid fracking could easily destroy the entire 30-year, 13-billion dollar Everglades Restoration Project. Drilling is thus a major threat to our water: our drinking water, beaches, estuaries, rivers, wetlands, Gulf, Everglades, Florida Bay, and Keys—all of which are vital to our economy, wildlife, and to the people who call Florida home.

Florida is still suffering from the worst oil disaster on record. We know that accidents happen. Over time, pipes leak. Injected fluids, surface. And, as the BP disaster shows, even cement casings fail. Because it only takes one incident to taint or even ruin a community’s aquifer, drilling is not in the public interest.

Our water and our Everglades are far more valuable than even a major oil play. They're our life-blood, fueling everything from agriculture to our multi-billion dollar tourist industry. The Everglades is also a national treasure, on par with the Grand Canyon. Extreme extraction isn’t safe. Not here. Not anywhere. Ask Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia.

Now is the time to preserve our air and our water that keeps us alive. Now is the time to create a sustainable future.

So join us, March 11, in Naples and bring as many people as you can. This is an URGENT REQUEST. The federal EPA is flying in for a hearing that could decide the fate of Florida water and open the door to Everglades drilling. We need to act fast and get big. It’s time to show just how strong and far reaching opposition is to Everglades drilling. We need you at the hearing to say “NO” to the injection well. March 11. Clean water not dirty drilling. See you in Naples!

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  • charlemagnecharlemagne Posts: 191 Officer
    Yes, this is very important.. if you want clean drinking water as well, we have to stop this!!!! All the guides should be behind this as well!
  • dtobiasdtobias Posts: 733 Officer
    Letter written to EPA/Fred McManus. I can't believe they are even thinking about such activity here in our Everglades. I can't make the meeting, but I hope some folks can atleast write some emails.
  • FishinMcNutFishinMcNut Posts: 536 Officer
    Why is this not in "Politics" section? You're "not an activist" so why have you plastered it all over FS Forum with chicken little and the usual well drilled anti-progress comments. The sky is not falling. Fracking is not the nightmare your group has it purported to be and there are currently wells in the Glades pumping oil.

    Why can't we just leave this fishing forum to talking about fishing, etc?
  • BonesmugglerBonesmuggler Posts: 133 Officer
    No offense but raising awareness about the atrocities of fracking is a a great thing and should be posted as much as possible. If we allow those in power to strip, **** and pollute our land there will be no forums like this to discuss fishing. However I'm sure there will be forums about this forum and how good the fishing use to be until we destroyed the environment. The almighty dollar at work to turn a head or two away is all it takes. Time to wake up people make changes for the good of all fish and humanity not to mention the quality of life for our children and our children's children. Good job hope people read and raise the awareness...
  • Gary S. ColecchioGary S. Colecchio Posts: 24,905 AG
    No offense but raising awareness about the atrocities of fracking..

    Can you please post the atrocities experienced to populations, potable water sources, and environmentally sensitive eco- systems similar to the Golden gate area and western Everglades from fracking (which is not proposed) so that we may become properly aware?
    "If I can't win, I won't play." - Doris Colecchio.

    "Well Gary, the easiest way to look tall is to stand in a room full of short people." - Curtis Bostick

    "All these forums, with barely any activity, are like a neglected old cemetery that no one visits anymore."- anonymouse
  • blewitupsirblewitupsir Posts: 774 Officer
    I've been reading this for a few days and pondering on giving my thoughts, and divulging a little personal take on the subject. Most know I am a guide down here and have been very blessed to find success in a very tough business. I have travelled all over the world and our great nation and there is no place that I hold more revered then the ENP, Big Cypress and the 10,000 islands. That being said what many of you don't know is my name on here is from my entire adult life being involved in explosives and the industries around them. I still hold all my license and permits currently to do anything that can be imagined and is legal in the state of Florida. Starting as an EOD tech for our military to a civilian career in the commercial blasting business where I have personally blasted and overseen everything from beaver dams, building drops, bridge removal, quarry blasting, heck even shooting concrete in cement mixers (pay no attention to myth buster, it's a routine practice) and also working with the oil and natural gas industry. I have personally been involved in various parts of this industry that involve explosives. Fracking is one of those. When I first was involved with this practice I was not sure how I felt about it after reading all the horror stories, but it didn't take long to see the truth. And that was this is not the big deal that folks that have an agenda against petroleum and are more interested in promoting their personal investments in the "green" trend would like you to believe. A traditional oil well is actually a very inefficient device in that to there is a very limited "pay" zone for the well to try and extract petroleum products. It takes a great many wells to equal one modern well. With the advances in drilling techniques now a well can drill down to the pay zone, then turn and run in the zone for an extended length which all becomes the straw that can channel the oil to be extracted. All the fracking is doing is simply using water under high pressure to expand cracks which is then filled with silica which is much easier for oil to travel thru to reach the pipe and be extracted. Now I did a quick check and the average depth of the aquifer our water comes from ranges from 50' deep to 400'deep and 3000' is the deepest aquifer in the southeast. The well I worked on this year in our area that was being fracked was about 15,000' deep. I'm not a college educated man, but do find it very hard to believe that something happening about 3 miles below the earth is going to have an impact on my well. My neighbors septic system is much more likely to cause me a problem than anything these folks are doing. Also another thing I have seen is the level of care and regulation involved with every item that is done. From the drill pad all the way to the well being plugged and abandoned, it is done with a very very big involvement by the government regulators and also by the companies doing the work themselves. Also the guys who are doing the work, tend to be more often then not sportsman, hunters, farmers, and folks that are very in tune with the outdoors, the environment because they care about it just as much as we do. The oil industry coming to our area will result in good paying jobs for our residents, in an area with very little to choose from other than tourist based jobs, agriculture or building. I personally and speaking only for myself support the practice and the folks that are doing it. I find it much harder to swallow watching all the urban sprawl going on again down here with massive areas of trees, and land being cleared to make more room to plant concrete then anything the oil industry is going to bring to town, but that's just me.


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  • Gary S. ColecchioGary S. Colecchio Posts: 24,905 AG
    Well said. And thank you.
    "If I can't win, I won't play." - Doris Colecchio.

    "Well Gary, the easiest way to look tall is to stand in a room full of short people." - Curtis Bostick

    "All these forums, with barely any activity, are like a neglected old cemetery that no one visits anymore."- anonymouse
  • BonesmugglerBonesmuggler Posts: 133 Officer
    I humbly disagree. It's a sad truth that we cannot all agree that it has a huge negative impact we will not be able to comprehend for years to come. Kind of like what they did in flamingo years ago that destroyed bird population. Or better yet when it was common practice to drink turpentine to cure coughs. Ignorance is the best policy. Clean energy there is no excuse and should be at the forefront of everyone's mind. Again I worked for the industry and anyone who says it's not harmful to the environment I welcome them to drink a glass of that delicious water after being fracked. Wake up people this is our world and if we do not change the thoughts and ideas of the archaic past I can only hope your children do.
  • Gary S. ColecchioGary S. Colecchio Posts: 24,905 AG
    It's a sad truth that we cannot all agree that it has a huge negative impact we will not be able to comprehend for years to come... Ignorance is the best policy...I worked for the industry and anyone who says it's not harmful to the environment I welcome them to drink a glass of that delicious water after being fracked. Wake up people this is our world and if we do not change the thoughts and ideas of the archaic past I can only hope your children do.

    Again...
    Can you please post the atrocities experienced to populations, potable water sources, and environmentally sensitive eco- systems similar to the Golden gate area and western Everglades from fracking (which is not proposed) so that we may become properly aware?
    "If I can't win, I won't play." - Doris Colecchio.

    "Well Gary, the easiest way to look tall is to stand in a room full of short people." - Curtis Bostick

    "All these forums, with barely any activity, are like a neglected old cemetery that no one visits anymore."- anonymouse
  • BonesmugglerBonesmuggler Posts: 133 Officer
    And again, I'll fight this battle to the end if it wakes one person up. Hopefully that person will be you some day
  • FishinMcNutFishinMcNut Posts: 536 Officer
    And again, I'll fight this battle to the end if it wakes one person up. Hopefully that person will be you some day
    I quote: "I'm not an activist"
  • Gary S. ColecchioGary S. Colecchio Posts: 24,905 AG
    And again, I'll fight this battle to the end if it wakes one person up. Hopefully that person will be you some day

    yawn.gif When you produce a cogent argument based in evidence through study or direct experience with petroleum exploration, hydrogeology, hydraulics, water quality and state and federal environmental regulations as many of us have, you may give us something to arise to, other than your senseless speculation and fear.
    "If I can't win, I won't play." - Doris Colecchio.

    "Well Gary, the easiest way to look tall is to stand in a room full of short people." - Curtis Bostick

    "All these forums, with barely any activity, are like a neglected old cemetery that no one visits anymore."- anonymouse
  • blewitupsirblewitupsir Posts: 774 Officer
    I am always curious as to the background of folks agenda. We all have one, mine in this issue is simple. I use oil and gas products every day of my life. Be it taking folks fishing using my gas powered outboards, pulling my boat to the ramp using my diesel truck. My wife driving her car to get to work, mowing my yard etcetera. So therefore at this point I require oil and gas products. Now as far as I know they do not make trucks, trains, ships, or cars that run on barrels of sunshine and happiness that will still allow me to run my business. So that means that until they do I need to keep using and having a easily available supply of oil and the products derived from oil in order to pay my bills and be a viable part of society. (A person paying taxes to fund alternative energy research) I also am not a car, boat, truck train or plane building engineer that can design one to run off those barrels of sunshine and happiness,so until those folks make one, these are my options.

    I also have an agenda in seeing my community flourish and want to see my fellow citizens prosper. We have our house just outside of Labelle, and Hendry county has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. What the oil industry brings to town (and as you keep saying you were in the industry you should know) is a lot of new faces to our communities, to eat in our restaurants, stay in our hotels, buy gas from our stations, etc etc etc. it also brings a lot of great opportunities for those willing to work hard to earn a good living. So in addition to my agenda being I personally need oil for my life, I also have a need to see my community and the citizens of it,my neighbors, family and friends prosper.

    That's my agenda. Now I wonder about yours, you have stated you worked in the industry but clearly the capacity you worked in the industry and what I do in the industry are two different places, as we must of seen totally separate things. I see folks that have a job to do and do it responsibly and safe every time. I see people of our community being contracted to perform task, like provide the water for the frack jobs, build pads for the rework jobs, cater lunches to the crews out there, haul fuel in for the trucks and equipment. These folks live in these same communities some for generations. You can bet they along with me would have no problem raising sand if we thought this was bad for our communities. But that's not the case, there are two oil areas in Florida the Jay fields (up by Pensacola) and the sunniland trend which of course is down here. The sunniland trend has produced around 120 million barrels since it's start in 1943. 1943 to now is 71 years with no ill effects.

    Again I ask what is your agenda? I hope your at least over here and are a resident of the community that you are trying to influence. I live here, I make the primary bulk of my income off taking the visitors to our great state fishing in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the east coast. It would be far easier for me to say, ban drilling, ban fracking, not in my backyard.....but keep the gas at the stations and the oil on the shelves as I need it for my daily life. But I really try not be a hypocrite in life. If I believe its good and safe enough for somebody else's backyard, then it's good enough for mine.


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  • BonesmugglerBonesmuggler Posts: 133 Officer
    I suggest you read before you reply and spew out such nonsense. I've worked as a foreman for 15 yrs up in pa and ny for one of these petroleum giants I've seen first hand the effects it has on the environment. Blew it up I've lived over in Naples for the last 10 yrs before I moved to Hawaii then back to the keys. As one professional to another I truly believe you are aware of the negative impact this will have on the environment. You say you want your community to flourish, how will they do that when they can't drink the water or take a shower or have to take their, your sick kids to the hospital because they have stage 4 lymp cancer. That will have a great impact on the community. And what kind of community are you building? One that destroys the earth for future generations so a few can make a quick buck and a few get rich c'mon now.You can't ignore the signs and the truth, my agenda is simple. It's to raise awareness of the truth behind "fracking".


    QUOTE=Gary S. Colecchio;1863996]yawn.gif When you produce a cogent argument based in evidence through study or direct experience with petroleum exploration, hydrogeology, hydraulics, water quality and state and federal environmental regulations as many of us have, you may give us something to arise to, other than your senseless speculation and fear.[/QUOTE]
  • BonesmugglerBonesmuggler Posts: 133 Officer
    Potential Health and Environmental Effects of Hydrofracking in the Williston Basin, Montana

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    Author: Joe Hoffman

    This case study is part of a collection of pages developed by students in the 2012 introductory-level Geology and Human Health course in the Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University. Learn more about this project.

    Hydrofracking is a controversial oil and gas extraction technique developed in the late 1940s to gain access to fossil energy deposits previously inaccessible to drilling operations. The process, "hydraulic fracturing", literally involves the smashing of rock with millions of gallons of water--along with sand and a undisclosed assortment of chemicals in order to bring gas to the surface.

    The 2005 Energy Policy Act exempted fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act--this regulatory exclusion is often referred to as the "Halliburton Loophole."

    Montana fracking is still in the early stages of development compared to other states and has been described by a Texas oil company as "the best kept secret in oil and gas."



    How Fracking Works

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    Vertical well bores are drilled thousands of feet into the earth, through sediment layers, the water table, and shale rock formations in order to reach the oil and gas. The drilling is then angled horizontally, where a cement casing is installed and will serve as a conduit for the massive volume of water, fracking fluid, chemicals and sand needed to fracture the rock and shale. In some cases, prior to the injection of fluids, small explosives are used to open up the bedrock. The fractures allow the gas and oil to be removed from the formerly impervious rock formations.

    Although fracking has technically been in existence for decades, the scale and type of drilling now taking place, deep fracking, is a new form of drilling and was first used in the Barnett shale of Texas in 1999.

    Risks and Concerns of Fracking

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    Contamination of groundwater
    Methane pollution and its impact on climate change
    Air pollution impacts
    Exposure to toxic chemicals
    Blowouts due to gas explosion
    Waste disposal
    Large volume water use in water-deficient regions
    Fracking-induced earthquakes
    Workplace safety
    Infrastructure degradation
    Source of Fracking Contamination
    Due to the multitude of potential health and environmental impacts of hydrofracking source contamination can be complicated. The well location where drilling takes place is only one piece of the frack puzzle. Since each well can require up to 8 million gallons of water, and up to 40,000 gallons of chemicals, a well site may need up to 2000 tanker truck trips, per frack. A well can be fracked up to 20 times.

    Storage for the waste water can take place either on site, in an injection well, or in open air ponds in the surrounding areas. Transport of the waste poses a contamination risk outside the actual well location. Air pollution also extends beyond the immediate drilling site and transportation route, since a by-product of natural gas drilling is methane gas, one of the worst greenhouse gas pollutants contributing to climate change.

    Impacts of Fracking
    Air Pollution


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    Methane is a main component of natural gas and is 25 times more potent in trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. A recent study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) monitoring gas wells in Weld County, Colorado,</a> estimated that 4 percent of the methane produced by these wells is escaping into the atmosphere. NOAA scientists found the Weld County gas wells to be equal to the carbon emissions of 1-3 million cars.

    A number of other air contaminants are released through the various drilling procedures, including construction and operation of the well site, transport of the materials and equipment, and disposal of the waste. Some of the pollutants released by drilling include: benzene, toluene, xylene and ethyl benzene (BTEX), particulate matter and dust, ground level ozone, or smog, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and metals contained in diesel fuel combustion---with exposure to these pollutants known to cause short-term illness, cancer, organ damage, nervous system disorders and birth defects or even death .

    The Associated press recently reported that Wyoming's air quality near rural drilling sites is worse than Los Angeles'--with Wyoming ozone levels recorded at 124 parts per billion compared to the worst air day of the year for Los Angeles, at 114 parts per billion. The Environmental Protection Agency's maximum healthy limit is 75 parts per billion.


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    A 2007 report prepared for the Western Governor's Association, that inventoried present and future nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions from oil and gas drilling in the west, projects Montana to experience a 310% increase in nitrogen oxide pollution (smog).

    Crystalline silica, in the form of sand, can cause silicosis (an incurable but preventable lung disease) when inhaled by workers. Sand is a main ingredient used in the fracking process. The National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) collected air samples from 11 fracking sites around the country. All 11 sites exceeded relevant occupational health criteria for exposure to respirable crystalline silica. In 31% of the samples, silica concentrations exceeded the NIOSH exposure limit by a factor of 10, which means that even if workers were wearing proper respiratory equipment, they would not be adequately protected.

    Water Pollution:

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    Chemical additives are used in the drilling mud, slurries and fluids required for the fracking process. Each well produces millions of gallons of toxic fluid containing not only the added chemicals, but other naturally occurring radioactive material, liquid hydrocarbons, brine water and heavy metals. Fissures created by the fracking process can also create underground pathways for gases, chemicals and radioactive material.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Geological Survey (USGS) have recently confirmed what residents of Pavillion, Wyoming had been claiming--that hydrofracking had contaminated their groundwater.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initially under an emergency administrative order forced three oil production companies operating on the Fort Peck Reservation, to reimburse the city of Poplar, MT for water infrastructure expenditures incurred as a result of drilling contamination. The oil companies appealed the EPA order, but were forced to rectify their violations by a federal judge.

    Another scenario for contamination to occur is by faulty design or construction of the cement well casings--something that happened in the BP Gulf blowout disaster. Storage of the waste water is currently under the regulatory jurisdiction of states, many of whom have weak to nonexistent policies protecting the environment.


    Soil and Oil Spill Contamination:


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    According to journalists at Pro Publica, oil companies reported over 1,000 oil spills in North Dakota, 2011, with many more going unreported, state officials admit. The Associated Press also recently reported that the amount of chemically tainted soil from drilling waste increased nearly 5,100 percent over the past decade, to more than 512,000 tons last year. Steve Tillotson, assistant director of the North Dakota Health Department's waste management division, told reporters that trucks are hauling oilfield waste to facilities "24 hours a day, seven days a week."

    An ExxonMobil pipeline rupture spilled 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, near Billings, MT. In the aftermath of the spill, ExxonMobil has disclosed that the pipeline has been transporting tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, which is a low grade, more toxic and corrosive type of oil. Regulators had not been informed that the pipeline was carrying tar sands oil and the disclosure was a result of the spill. Tar sands oil was not in the pipeline at the time of the spill, though regulators are investigating whether or not it played a role in causing the pipeline to corrode.

    Earthquakes

    Earthquakes constitute another problem associated with deep-well oil and gas drilling. Scientists refer to the earthquakes caused by the injection of fracking wastewater underground as "induced seismic events." Although most of the earthquakes are small in magnitude (the strongest measured 5.2), their relationship with the storage of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater does little to ease the fears over fossil energy's long list of externalities.

    Health Effects of Fracking:

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    A 2011 article in the journal, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, examined the potential health impacts of oil and gas drilling in relation to the chemicals used during drilling, fracking, processing,and delivery of natural gas. The paper compiled a list of 632 chemicals (an incomplete list due to trade secrecy exemptions) identified from drilling operations throughout the U.S. Their research found that 75% of the chemicals could affect the skin, eyes,and other sensory organs, and the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Approximately 40–50% could affect the brain/nervous system, immune and cardiovascular systems, and the kidneys; 37% could affect the endocrine system; and 25% could cause cancer and mutations.

    Health impacts from fracking are only now being examined by health experts, since such large-scale drilling is a recent phenomenon. Exposure to toxic chemicals even at low levels can cause tremendous harm to humans; the endocrine system is sensitive to chemical exposures measuring in parts-per-billions, or less. Nevertheless, many of the health risks from the toxins used during the fracking process do not express themselves immediately, and require studies looking into long-term health effects.


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    Despite the complexities of the on-site mixtures of chemicals and their specific contributions to health and environmental problems involved in fracking--conventional drilling practices are more old school and do have known health consequences. Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, analyzed existing research of exposure to conventional petroleum hydrocarbons in occupational settings, and residences near refineries, in conjunction with known pollutants associated with fracking (nonconventional), in order to assess health risks to those residents living near fracking operations. Their basic conclusions were: the closer you live to drilling operations, the greater your health risk. Sounds obvious, but if you were to sue an oil company for the suspected killing a loved one via cancer, you would need a little more legal ammunition than "it just makes common sense" against an army of corporate lawyers.

    Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has yet to investigate the potential impacts of fracking, the director of CDC's National Center for Environmental Health and the agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Christopher J. Portier, PhD, has called for health studies to be published.

    A 2012 paper was published in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, examining the composition of state and federal advisory committees tasked to consider the potential environmental and health effects of fracking in the Marcellus shale region. The researchers found that there was not one health expert among the 52 people comprising the various state and federal commissions and boards, even though public health was specified in the executive orders creating the committees.

    Prevention or Mitigation
    While many state agencies function more as facilitators of fossil energy development than regulators, federal guardians of public health are also vulnerable to 'getting into bed' with big business, literally. One need only recall the former federal agency in charge of collecting oil and gas royalties on public lands, the Minerals Management Service. Employees from the Bush administration working for that regulatory agency were caught using cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relations with oil and gas company representatives.

    Many people concerned by nonconventional oil and gas drilling would prefer the US adopt the so-called precautionary principle, which places the burden of proof on industries implementing new technologies and introducing new chemicals into our neighborhoods and environment. If your actions do not poison the water, accelerate climate change, cause cancer to those living near drilling and refineries, etc.—prove it. Current policy inverts such logic, instead forcing the victim (or their surviving relatives) to get into a legal fight with some of the richest and most politically powerful companies.

    At a minimum, more stringent regulations should be passed at the national level, including repeal of oil and gas exemptions from the Safe Drinking Water Act. Violators of clean water and air laws should be prohibited from obtaining federal and state land drilling leases. Flaring of natural gas should be more strictly regulated. If a carbon tax were to be passed, energy companies would no longer get away with passing their so-called externalities (pollution) on to the community, tax payer, or environment.

    Another approach would be the adoption of a legitimate national energy policy that is comprehensive in scope and science-based, as opposed to the current singular focus on short-term profits. Something more in line with what is occurring in Germany--where they have increased clean energy use from 6% in 2002, to 26% in 2012. A clean energy policy propelled by sophisticated technologies that require skilled workers could replace the third world fossil energy model en vogue these days. The spector of climate change makes the acclerated pursuit of carbon based fuel an irrational policy predicted to be far more expensive than the initial costs required to switch to clean energy technologies.

    Recommended Readings
    Bamberger, M., Oswald, R. (2012).Impacts of Gas Drilling on Animal and Human Health. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health, 22(1): 51-77.

    The researchers conducted interviews with animal owners in six states--Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas--affected by gas drilling. They also interviewed the owners' veterinarians, and examined the results of water, soil, and air testing as well as the results of laboratory tests on affected animals and their owners. The study highlights the possible links between gas drilling and negative health effects, along with the difficulties associated with conducting careful studies of such a link.

    Colborn T, Kwiatkowski C, Schultz K, Bachran M. 2012.Natural Gas Operations from a Public Health Perspective,Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: an International Journal 17(5):1039-1056.

    The authors examined the chemicals known to be used in natural gas fracking procedures. Researchers were able to compile a list of 632 chemicals, though this list is incomplete due to trade secret ememptions given to the energy companies by Congressional allies. Many of the chemicals are toxic and represent the 'bad boys' of health concerns--causing everthything from skin and eye irritation to cancer and mutuations. They also highlight the "side effect" of air pollution and the resulting irriversable damage to lung tissue, along with damage to vegetation in the surrounding area.

    Finewood, M. H. and Stroup, L. J. (2012), Fracking and the Neoliberalization of the Hydro-Social Cycle in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, 147: 72–79. doi: 10.1111/j.1936-704X.2012.03104.x

    This article paper discusses how institutional forces from the energy industry, the media, and government obfuscate the impacts of fracking on communities and the environment. The narrative framing of natural gas as a 'green energy', or the fetishism of 'national energy independence' legitimizes and normalizes the harm to local water resources and local communities. Impacts to local health and ecology are pitted against the national agenda to retain dependence on fossil energy.

    Horton, S. Disposal of hydrofracking waste fluid by injection into subsurface aquifers triggers earthquake swarm in central Arkansas with potential for damaging earthquake
    Seismological Research Letters(April 2012), 83(2):250-260Environ Health Perspect120(4).http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1104594

    This paper discusses waste fluid induced earthquakes related to fracking in Arkansas. The authors propose careful geologic study of those areas where wastewater injection occurs, since it is believed by geologists that the millions of gallons of fluids forced underground at high pressure can trigger earthquakes.

    Howarth RW et al (2011). Methane and greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations. Climatic Change Letters. DOI 10.1007/s10584-011-0061-5

    The greenhouse gas footprint is now known to have been significantly underestimated. This research assesses the role of methane being released by natural gas wells and its impact on climate change. Although natural gas was thought to be a cleaner form of energy than coal and oil, its relationship with methane actually makes it dirtier than the other two, in regards to their impact on climate change.

    McKenzie L, Witter RZ, Newman LS, Adgate JL, 2012,Human Health Risk Assessment of Air Emissions from Development of Unconventional Natural Gas Resources, Science of the Total Environment,424:79-87.

    Researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health used EPA guidance to estimate chronic and subchronic non-cancer hazard indices and cancer risks from exposure to hydrocarbons for two populations: (1) residents living > ½ mile from wells and (2) residents living ≤ ½ mile from wells. Risks were higher for those living less than a 1/2 mile from wells than those living further from drilling sites.

    Stephen G. Osborn, Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner, and Robert B. Jackson Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing PNAS 2011 108: 8172-8176.

    Scientists found methane contamination of drinking water associated with shale-gas extraction. Average and maximum methane concentrations in drinking-water wells increased with proximity to the nearest gas well. Researchers also found a potential explosion hazard with the related concentrations of methane.

    Related Links
    To view oil and natural gas air pollution standards from the EPA.

    Worker Exposure to Silica during Hydraulic Fracturing, NIOSH, OSHA.

    For a pro-fracking--Fracking is crucial to global economic stability; the economic benefits outweigh the environmental risks, says Terry Engeldervs. not-very-pro-fracking--Natural gas extracted from shale comes at too great a cost to the environment, say Robert W. Howarth and Anthony Ingraffea, visit the site posted by Nature.

    To view and in-depth analysis of the concerns about fracking. This site is run by DeSmogBlog, whose work is covered by The New York Times, The UK Guardian,BBC , The Globe and Mail, Associated Press and CBC.

    A website run by scientists concerned about the health and environmental impacts of low-dose exposures to chemicals.

    Environment Texas, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, released a September 20, 2012 report documenting the cost of fracking not figured into our utility bills. One example from the report states that the truck traffic to just one well site causes as much damage to roads as 3.5 million cars.
  • BonesmugglerBonesmuggler Posts: 133 Officer
    Enjoy the read boys. Change starts with you!
  • Reel MullarkeyReel Mullarkey Posts: 1,873 Captain
    I'm all for drilling for oil but this fracking is to risky and I do not support it. Read up on Agenda 21, it's the take over of the world by the UN and big business. These companies use fear of global warming to introduce new and risky methods of producing "clean" energy. The side effect is we will all be buying clean water and eventually clean air from companies like GE, while they destroy our natural resources in the name of "saving the planet".
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  • Gary S. ColecchioGary S. Colecchio Posts: 24,905 AG
    I suggest you read before you reply and spew out such nonsense.
    yawn.gif When you produce a cogent argument based in evidence through study or direct experience with petroleum exploration, hydrogeology, hydraulics, water quality and state and federal environmental regulations as many of us have, you may give us something to arise to, other than your senseless speculation and fear.

    I see. So you have no experience or qualifications in any of those fields.

    Potential Health and Environmental Effects

    Citation please.
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  • testerman28testerman28 Posts: 1,329 Officer
    you really don't care much about nothing do ya Gary.. but a 'fight / rebuttal'.. sad creature..

    we sit right here spinning around watching the footprint by man change things and you don't even get it that the start up gallons alone is 5 million.. right when people are seeing our water quality go downhill some fat cat needs to take and you like others applaud it on the highest level no matter what evidence you see. the fact is taking something and using crap methods to do it sucks.
    show us all on your positive side who makes the $, who is responsible? does this mean cheaper fuel?
    also I for one would rather be able to fish a shoreline and oyster bar that did not have a oil rig set up every 2 miles.. do you?
  • Gary S. ColecchioGary S. Colecchio Posts: 24,905 AG
    I care very much about defensible, evidence based decision making in regulatory issues in lieu of hysteria.

    I see none of the former and an over abundance of the latter presented here.
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  • Triple Threat 33TTriple Threat 33T Port CanaveralPosts: 18,668 AG
    Please focus on the original topic and not the posters.

    Any further personal attacks or threats, veiled or otherwise, will result in the loss of your ability to participate here on Florida Sportsman.
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  • snooknomoresnooknomore Posts: 708 Officer
    my question whould be is why would we be doing anything near the everglades, are we gaining that much that we would take a chance.
  • troutman57troutman57 Posts: 3,691 Captain
    Please focus on the original topic and not the posters.

    Any further personal attacks or threats, veiled or otherwise, will result in the loss of your ability to participate here on Florida Sportsman.
    Really?
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  • JSTickumJSTickum Posts: 412 Deckhand
    Wow , what a discussion ! Truth being said , I see no problem with taking oil from the Earth , we have now been doing it for over a 100 years . We have new technology that some people fear and some praise , all and all it is a lot safer than were we where 60 years ago . I do see problems with the Federal Gov. not regulating safety on well sites , this is were America has had all of its problems in the last 10 years on older sites . The sites in question are on private lands and are away from our shore lines, and in fact they are off of a very well named road called Oil Well Rd , where wells have been present for over 50 years and have had no problems .

    For those who want to change our energy programs in America I stand with you , but we need to work with each other to resolve these issue's between ourselves . I was a Horticulture Grower until October 2010 , the Depression we are now pulling our selves out of helped to close my farm . One of the crops that I was starting to grow before I shut down was a plant named Jatropha , it was to be harvested for it's oil and enriched into Bio Diesel , the plant where it was to be enriched was off of SR 80 , it was shut down . Why was it , some no why and some are still scratching their heads , I was told that they had no way to tax and regulate the Bio Diesel . The reason I bring this to the conversation is because we have bigger problems with energy in America , their are those out there that want to see us dependent .

    We all need to get along and focus on real time issues , not bicker with each other on simple fixes .


    Oh and for those that like to shout about climate change and environmental weather change do to our foot print on the Earth , please read the farmers almanac and the recorded history of weather in the Americas before speaking any further.
  • JSTickumJSTickum Posts: 412 Deckhand
    I'm all for drilling for oil but this fracking is to risky and I do not support it. Read up on Agenda 21, it's the take over of the world by the UN and big business. These companies use fear of global warming to introduce new and risky methods of producing "clean" energy. The side effect is we will all be buying clean water and eventually clean air from companies like GE, while they destroy our natural resources in the name of "saving the planet".
    Agreed , Agenda 21 is putting a boot down on America
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