Hydraulic Fracture Fluid Kills 18 Cattle Near Chesapeake Well in LA
The drilling crew at a Chesapeake well site in Louisiana was "injecting fluids at high pressure to break down the shale and release natural gas," when some cattle ingested the fluid and died. 19 of the cattle died. An animal lies near the drilling site where at least 18 cows died Tuesday evening in a pasture next to a Chesapeake Energy Corp. drilling site in Caddo Parish. (Jim Hudelson/The Times) That sure sounds a lot like hydraulic fracturing. In 2005, at the urging of Dick Cheney, former Halliburton CEO, Congress exempt fracing from the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It's way past time to repeal that exemption! Have your group, municipality, county, etc. adopt a resolution asking our legislature to remove the exemption. But, there's no need to worry because the industry tells us that hydraulic fracturing is perfectly safe and never, ever contaminates any water and... it's really precise except for when it's imprecise. From Halliburton’s Manual for the Independent Operator:
“An improperly designed or poorly performed stimulation treatment can allow a hydraulic fracture to enter a water zone.”
The problem is, however, that fracture stimulation isn’t a precise science, and doesn’t always crack the shale in equal portions. In some ways, cracking the shale evenly could be thought of as trying to hammer a dinner plate into equal pieces – it’s not easy. You may plan a fracture that will go 1,000 feet, and it might go 2,000 feet or 400 feet, said John S. Lowe, a professor of energy law at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. ... But knowing what has happened thousands of feet below isn’t easy. How do you prove any fracing was correct or incorrect in an area that is not precise to begin with? asked Holden, who has practiced natural resources and energy law for more than 30 years. Either side has to prove what’s going down below, and that’s hard for both sides.
When faced with charges of water contamination, industry claims hydraulic fracture is precise. When faced with paying royalties, industry claims hydraulic fracture is imprecise. Which is it? More industry double speak on fracking HERE First person account of the dying cattleHERE. DEQ: 'Nobody is owning up to it'
DuBose said he and Canady captured on video a yellowish-green substance that was spewing into the air and falling onto the ground. Caddo deputies also said a yellowish-green substance was covering the ground and a Chesapeake employee said it was a chemical used in the fracing process.
...investigators found white, milky puddles here and there both on the well site and in a 400 square-yard area just inside the pasture. ... The livestock died Tuesday near rain puddles in their pasture, said a Caddo Parish sheriff's spokeswoman, Cindy Chadwick. Local residents reported the cattle were foaming at the mouth, bellowing and had bleeding tongues. ... "The cows' tongues hanging, bleeding off front and back, foaming at the mouth and bellowing" she said. William Dubose said he captured video of yellowish-green fumes that smelled like a combination of antifreeze and petrochemical.
News video available HERE Antifreeze just happens to be one of the chemicals in frack fluid. Frac Water Chemicals Chemical Components (From MSDS) This is not an isolated case. One of the Wise County Commissioners lost a calf because it got in a spill on his land, in Freestone County several cattle died so the gas company paid the owner and hushed him up. There are many such cases if you dig around a little bit. If it does that to cattle, imagine what will happen to people. Oh, HERE's what.
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