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Gas Well Inspections to Be Required After Fracking, Salazar Says

Bloomberg -- Natural-gas drillers will be required by U.S. rules to inspect their wells after hydraulic fracturing on public land to ensure the safety of drinking-water supplies, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

The agency in coming weeks will propose standards under which companies such as Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. must disclose the chemicals in the mixture injected underground to free trapped gas, demonstrate the well isn’t leaking and check the work after fracking, Salazar said in a speech to the City Club of Cleveland.

“To me, those rules are common sense,” Salazar said. “You have some people say that this will kill the natural gas- industry -- that’s very far from the truth.”

Republicans in Congress and energy trade groups such as the American Petroleum Institute


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Submitted Feb 20, 2012 By: Martinman
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teafortwo
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2012 10:33:20 PM

Excellent comments PDQBlues.

Thank you for sharing your unique insight JamesCalvin.

Chem60 from Tallahassee hit the nail square on the head.

These companies are fighting regulation and refusing chemical disclosure to delay.

These BIG GREED companies know their actions will not stand up to light of day scrutiny.

Same reasons BIG TOBACCO lied for so many years.

While BILLIONS in profits continued to roll in.

And just like BIG TOBACCO, these guys will do anything to suppress the truth.

BIG OIL & GAS love us
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 8:04:50 PM

JamesCalvin: Results of inspections should be a matter of public record and published in newspapers!

James, I like your sound reasoning and intelligence. It's about time to bring all the fracking information to light. What do they have to hide if their claims of risk-free fracking is true?

Chem60: Or will the delay allow for more profits while screwing the environment?

All too true, Chem60!
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JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 10:23:32 AM

Results of inspections should be a matter of public record and published in newspapers!

Like this one below from a friend in Pennsylvania!

"We have two wells on the farm (190 acres). We had a detailed baseline water testing done on both before any of the gas activity happened in our area. We subsequently have had another 6 or so tests done on these wells. It is crucial to have certified baseline testing done prior to any activity by gas companies or they will claim there is no proof they are the cause and argue it was a pre-existing condition. We also retained a very competent hydrologist (who has the gas company clients) who was the plaintiffs hydrologist in the Dimock, PA contamination (highlighted in the movie Gasland). The well for the barn/and original farmhouse was so contaminated with methane they thought it would explode so the well pump was disconnected for six months and water was trucked in by the gas companies for the animals, and spring water for the humans!"

[Edited by: JamesCalvin at 2/20/2012 11:24:39 AM EST]
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investmentdr
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 8:11:12 AM

here's an idea; do some research BEFORE drilling
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 7:41:19 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 7:10:01 AM

Environmentalists would also be satisfied if drilling and gas companies would impose tougher controls on their own operations, and if regulators would stiffen safety rules and crack down on violators who break them.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 7:03:34 AM

Poor pitifull oil companies.
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grandpadon28110
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 6:55:42 AM

Drill drill drill.
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Chem60
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 6:50:50 AM

Is this quote true?
"Republicans in Congress and energy trade groups such as the American Petroleum Institute oppose the agency’s rules, saying compliance will increase production costs and slow the development of the resources."

Or will the delay allow for more profits while screwing the environment?
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bandannaman
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 6:36:04 AM

Inspecting after but not before is not scientific.
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 6:24:22 AM

wow... bambi killer is correct.. I read this before.....

to think that these inspections are not required.....

in Nj.. state legislators are working on a bill to tax all companies that could possibly leave behind so called 'brownfields' and establish a fund so that all these operations are cleaned up without tax payer funds as they have been in the past...

one of the biggest subsidies of all to these polluting corporations ....
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 5:58:06 AM

Old news, a repost.
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cdrrod
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 5:54:34 AM

How about before, during, and after?
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 3:28:41 AM

THERE IS NO WAY TO INSPECT SAFETY INTO NATURAL GAS. NG HAS ALWAYS BEEN UNSAFE !!!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 1:50:16 AM

ok
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