Officials Suggest Gas Drilling Technique is Safe, Then Acknowledge Lack of Evidence

NY State Admits Ignoring Threat to City’s Drinking Water

Well Duh! Like I said: If hydraulic fracturing is so damn safe, why does Big Oil need exemptions?

In two documents released last October and earlier this month, the Department of Environmental Conservation declared that it “does not…find a significant environmental impact associated with [hydraulic fracturing], which has been in use in New York State for at least 50 years.”

Yet when EWG sent a FOIL request asking the DEC to disclose details of tests of surface and underground waters for contamination by hydraulic fracturing chemicals, department officials responded that “the division of Mineral Resources does not maintain any records which are responsive to your request.” EWG senior analyst Dusty Horwitt placed a follow-up telephone call to a state official, who confirmed that the state had done no testing and had no test results.

“The Department of Environmental Conservation violates the public’s trust when it says that hydrofracing is safe for the environment,” Horwitt said. “New York’s taxpayers and property owners have a right to know exactly what happens when tons of water laced with carcinogens and other toxics are blasted into the earth near their water supplies. Whether out of ignorance or deceit, the DEC’s policy amounts to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’.”

 

How could it be safe to pump these chemicals into the ground with the possibility that they could find their way into our drinking water

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EWG recommends that New York state authorities reject applications for hydrofracing permits until natural gas companies have publicly disclosed the chemicals they plan to use and until the state has conducted tests on whether past instances of hydraulic fracturing have contaminated New York water supplies. The state should also obtain reliable tests from hydrofracing operations similar to those contemplated for New York, to determine whether those operations contaminated water supplies.

H.R. 7231 will reinstate basic federal standards for hydraulic fracturing under the SDWA and enable the EPA to protect our drinking water from oil and gas pollution

Please contact your representatives and ask that they support this bill!

 

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Information on wells is exempt from disclosure under the FOIA under various statutes citing National Security. The wording from the letter is a clue: “the division of Mineral Resources does not maintain any records which are responsive to your request.” 

Check with other agencies for the test results. EPA? States have their own FOIA laws that don't necessarily fall under federal rules.

I've spent an enormous amount of time researching the FOIA recently for an appeal I am in the process of preparing. One of the things I've learned is that the wording above is a dodge. The agency can't disclose the information but they also can't deny access to the information so they just try and blow you off. Whoever filed the original FOIA letter needs to file an appeal or narrow the request so as to get a response. 

these drilling permits............ federal or state?  Anyone have a copy of this regulation/law/bill?  The powers that be always seem to find a way to push their agenda no matter what.........but company secrets is an unacceptable excuse regarding chemical use.  The EPA doesn't even know if these chemicals are banned in the U.S.   Keep hammering..........

 

So was this part of Cheney's energy policy and BLM selling leases out West?

http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_11757677

 COLUMBUS, Ohio — With one eye cast toward home, giant European energy companies are investing billions in U.S. natural-gas and oil fields where huge, hard-to-get reserves have been unlocked with new drilling technology.

That technology is the prize in Europe, where gas production has declined and where an international utility dispute recently left people in more than a dozen countries shivering in unheated homes. .....