Toxic Saturday

Contaminated Well Water

Fracking companies used 770 percent more water per well in 2016 than in 2011 across all the United States’ major gas- and oil-producing regions, according to a new study.

The number of new fracking wells decreased as gas prices fell, but the amount of water used per well skyrocketed, with up to 1,440 percent more toxic wastewater generated in the first year of each new well’s production period by 2016.

The research, published Wednesday afternoon in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances, raises new concerns that hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling technique used to extract oil and gas trapped deep in bedrock, imperils vital drinking water reserves.

In regions where the warming climate is drying sources of fresh water, fracking intensifies pressure on an already-strained system while increasing the availability of fuels that cause emissions, speeding up the rise in temperatures.

Fracking also produces huge volumes of wastewater laced with cancer-causing chemicals, salts and naturally-occurring radioactive material that can cause earthquakes and contaminate aquifers when pumped underground.



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17 Responses to Toxic Saturday

  1. Micki says:

    Where is Gerald’s bucket?

    John Cassidy, in The New Yorker…

    Donald Trump’s Grip on he Republican Just Got Tighter


  2. Den says:

    I wonder sometimes if the Press doesn’t hype stuff that is rather minuscule in importance and excessively report the salacious and gory to the hungry public.

    My main pet peeve today is the reporting on the absolutely tragic murders by a psychopathic thug in CO. All fucking gory details spilled out on the TeeVee despite there being “no specific details released by authorities”, they fill the time with the sick sordid details over and over until you reach for the bucket. Just when you think murder can not get more grizzly it does, making me physically ill.

    There is a sickness on the Earth and it is taking a toll on everyone. How soon will it be until the fighting in the streets of America begins? Anger and psychosis are both on the rise endangering us all.

    White people killed 60 million Native Americans.
    White people killed millions in the Middle East.
    White people have started wars without end.
    White people have profited handsomely from their plunders of the Earth.
    White people are intent on trampling and pillaging the Universe as soon as possible.
    White people are problematic planetary parasites indeed.


  3. Den says:

    Something pleasant for a change:


  4. David B. Benson says:

    “naturally occurring radioactive materials” The HuffPo reporter is a fear monger.


  5. °¿º Carol says:

    Just finished mowing. Swept floor and vacuumed this morning, made Jill’s Marinara, too. Tomorrow, DUST. THIS. HOUSE.

    Can’t stop the fracking.
    Can’t stop Trump.
    Can’t trust our voting systems.
    Can’t trust our food, air, water.

    Let’s face it, we’re on the road to hell and it’s pell mell.

    Kind of depressed today. I miss my Bob.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    A slow 17 minutes to the Hillside Cafe. So much for so-called shortcuts.


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