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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:58 PM

Livestock falling ill in fracking regions

In the midst of the domestic energy boom, livestock on farms near oil- and gas-drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying. While scientists have yet to isolate cause and effect, many suspect chemicals used in drilling and hydrofracking (or “fracking”) operations are poisoning animals through the air, water or soil.

Earlier this year, Michelle Bamberger, an Ithaca, N.Y., veterinarian, and Robert Oswald, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, published the first and only peer-reviewed report to suggest a link between fracking and illness in food animals.

The authors compiled 24 case studies of farmers in six shale-gas states whose livestock experienced neurological, reproductive and acute gastrointestinal problems after being exposed — either accidentally or incidentally — to fracking chemicals in the water or air. The article, published in “New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health,” describes how scores of animals died over the course of several years. Fracking industry proponents challenged the study, since the authors neither identified the farmers nor ran controlled experiments to determine how specific fracking compounds might affect livestock.

The death toll is insignificant when measured against the nation’s livestock population (some 97 million beef cattle go to market each year), but environmental advocates believe these animals constitute an early warning.

Exposed livestock “are making their way into the food system, and it’s very worrisome to us,” Bamberger said. “They live in areas that have tested positive for air, water and soil contamination. Some of these chemicals could appear in milk and meat products made from these animals.”

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/29/15547283-livestock-falling-ill-in-fracking-regions?lite


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joeybee12 Nov 2012 OP
sasha031 Nov 2012 #1
gateley Nov 2012 #13
Mnemosyne Nov 2012 #2
felix_numinous Nov 2012 #3
Filibuster Harry Nov 2012 #4
truebrit71 Nov 2012 #5
Blue_In_AK Nov 2012 #6
ProfessionalLeftist Nov 2012 #7
colsohlibgal Nov 2012 #8
2naSalit Nov 2012 #10
femrap Nov 2012 #12
2naSalit Nov 2012 #18
femrap Nov 2012 #22
2naSalit Nov 2012 #23
femrap Nov 2012 #27
orwell Nov 2012 #9
byeya Nov 2012 #11
blackspade Nov 2012 #14
MoonRiver Nov 2012 #15
nc4bo Nov 2012 #21
MoonRiver Nov 2012 #24
nc4bo Nov 2012 #25
beachgirl2365 Nov 2012 #16
2naSalit Nov 2012 #19
allan01 Nov 2012 #17
2naSalit Nov 2012 #20
El Supremo Nov 2012 #26
doc03 Dec 2012 #28
2naSalit Dec 2012 #29

Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:16 PM

1. I'm not surprised by this, we are killing our planet

more here
Why Are Cows Tails Dropping Off?
Fracking a single well requires up to 7 million gallons of water, plus an additional 400,000 gallons of additives, including lubricants, biocides, scale and rust inhibitors, solvents, foaming and defoaming agents, emulsifiers and de-emulsifiers, stabilizers and breakers. About 70 percent of the liquid that goes down a borehole eventually comes up—now further tainted with such deep-earth compounds as sodium, chloride, bromide, arsenic, barium, uranium, radium and radon. (These substances occur naturally, but many of them can cause illness if ingested or inhaled over time.) This super-salty “produced” water, or brine, can be stored on-site for reuse. Depending on state regulations, it can also be held in plastic-lined pits until it evaporates, is injected back into the earth, or gets hauled to municipal wastewater treatment plants, which aren’t designed to neutralize or sequester fracking chemicals (in other words, they’re discharged with effluent into nearby streams).
http://truth-out.org/news/item/13058-why-are-cows-tails-dropping-off

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Response to sasha031 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:40 PM

13. And all living things -- all for profit and convenience.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:31 PM

2. Humans suck. nt

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:49 PM

3. No surprise

--taint the groundwater and all life becomes ill. How sociopathic can corporations get?

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:54 PM

4. sad news for our country.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:54 PM

5. No!! Really???

How can that be? After all, fracking is so safe, i know because the tv commercials say so, and they can't put anything on the teevee if it ain't true....

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:59 PM

6. I just read a longer piece on this from The Nation.

Oil and gas is going to kill us all, eventually, it seems. I hope Dick Cheney is happy.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:11 PM

7. I was JUST reading about that here:



. . .

In Pennsylvania, the oil and gas industry is already on a tear—drilling thousands of feet into ancient seabeds, then repeatedly fracturing (or “fracking”) these wells with millions of gallons of highly pressurized, chemically laced water, which shatters the surrounding shale and releases fossil fuels. New York, meanwhile, is on its own natural-resource tear, with hundreds of newly opened breweries, wineries, organic dairies and pastured livestock operations—all of them capitalizing on the metropolitan area’s hunger to localize its diet.

But there’s growing evidence that these two impulses, toward energy and food independence, may be at odds with each other.
Tonight’s guests have heard about residential drinking wells tainted by fracking fluids in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Colorado. They’ve read about lingering rashes, nosebleeds and respiratory trauma in oil-patch communities, which are mostly rural, undeveloped, and lacking in political influence and economic prospects. The trout nibblers in the winery sympathize with the suffering of those communities. But their main concern tonight is a more insidious matter: the potential for drilling and fracking operations to contaminate our food. The early evidence from heavily fracked regions, especially from ranchers, is not reassuring.

Drilling rig visible from the Schilke ranch in North Dakota. (Photo: Jacki Schilke)
Jacki Schilke and her sixty cattle live in the top left corner of North Dakota, a windswept, golden-hued landscape in the heart of the Bakken Shale. Schilke’s neighbors love her black Angus beef, but she’s no longer sharing or eating it—not since fracking began on thirty-two oil and gas wells within three miles of her 160-acre ranch and five of her cows dropped dead. Schilke herself is in poor health. A handsome 53-year-old with a faded blond ponytail and direct blue eyes, she often feels lightheaded when she ventures outside. She limps and has chronic pain in her lungs, as well as rashes that have lingered for a year. Once, a visit to the barn ended with respiratory distress and a trip to the emergency room. Schilke also has back pain linked with overworked kidneys, and on some mornings she urinates a stream of blood.


MORE...

http://truth-out.org/news/item/13058-why-are-cows-tails-dropping-off

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:18 PM

8. It's Criminal

Watch the documentary "Gasland", it will sicken you, Halliburton and others are trashing our country and killing our citizens. Money buys politicians while the rest of us can go pound sand.

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Response to colsohlibgal (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:28 PM

10. And up here in

SD and MT the democratic pols (in name only) are fighting FOR the Keystone XL pipleline AND looking the other way regarding pollution and high crime rates in the "boom" ares. And then there's no infrastructure to support all the "man camps" that have swarmed the state line area. Soon the Missouri River will be tainted from way up near the source, good luck to all down river.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:26 PM

12. I've read about the

 

'boom' areas on Indian Reservations. It sounds beyond horrible. All so men can make money. I hope they have to eat their f*cking money. And wash it down with a pint of oil.

I'm so sick of short-sighted, stupid men. They ruin everything.

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Response to femrap (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:15 PM

18. The dominant reason

why women aren't allowed to hold high office and/or head organization and corporations... at least in this highly sexisy country.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:33 PM

22. Nor are female posters

 

at DU 'allowed' to stand up to asshat males preaching to us about rape without being judged and deemed to be 'HIDDEN.'

And this is a progressive site?

I will simply avoid all threads about rape. Men have no reason to speak about it...nor abortion unless to support a woman's right to FREEDOM....which is something we don't really have.

I'm in a vile mood this evening. Sorry for the rant. My Ignore List grows....I wish I could put people IRL on Ignore....lol!

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Response to femrap (Reply #22)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:47 PM

23. I've found that

"mansplaining" comes to the fore in discussion topics such as those. I try to avoid them because... you can lead a mind to knowledge but you can't make it think. I think I'll add that to my signature line since I made it up.

Meanwhile take a deep breath and know that you don't have to take on the burden of trying to get the male portion of the population to get it every time one with a serious lack of perspective comes along and makes a point of proving it.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #23)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:59 PM

27. Most

 

definitely add that to your sig line.

And you understand 'mansplaining'....that's unusual around here.

I remember watching 'The Groucho Marx Show' as a small kid....and the little birdie would fly down when the 'WORD' of the day/night was spoken. I thought it was much fun.

Talk with you tomorrow.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:25 PM

9. The media drones on about money...

...(the fiscal cliff) while remaining silent about the environmental cliff.

We can print money.

I guess the Mayans will prove to be right after all...

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:20 PM

11. People are getting very sick too and are finding all sorts of poisonous chemicals

 

in their water wells which they have to give up using.
No way to sue the frackers?
Fresh water is becoming scarce and frackers are using, and abusing, millions of gallons of it.
In the arid west, Republican ranchers are going to be outbid for water allotments. Tough. We don't need them or their cattle but we do need the water.
The situation needs the administration to step in to protect our part of the planet.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:43 PM

14. I'm shocked!!!!!

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:45 PM

15. Another reason to be so glad I am a vegetarian.

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Response to MoonRiver (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:45 PM

21. If animals are what they eat, drink and breathe, so are the plants and fruits of those plants.

It's the entire ecosystem that's been tainted and simply being a vegetarian will not prevent exposure to these toxins.

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Response to nc4bo (Reply #21)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:01 PM

24. I only eat organic veggies.

Supposedly, those are safer.

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Response to MoonRiver (Reply #24)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:46 PM

25. I guess they would be as long as their roots, stems never see the light of day, fed purified H20

purified nutrients, grown in sterilized earth or are grown in a completely sterile environment, like a petri dish .

The most wonderful, healthful organic food can be ruined by one worker taking care of business in the woods then picking your produce without washing hands or some radioactive fallout from a nuclear power plant meltdown thousands of miles away or used fracking water making its way into wells, municipal water systems or aquifers.

All things are interrelated and are all dependent on the exact same things that keep all life on the planet healthy.

The most organic seeds in the world can become contaminated plants if exposed to toxins in the environment. We buy these things with the hopes that this hasn't happened but can we really be sure? Would any one even bother to tell us if it occurs?

Sad to think about it all and more than a little scary.





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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:47 PM

16. just like the canaries in the coal mines

 

.............just on a larger scale!..........

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Response to beachgirl2365 (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:24 PM

19. Actually it's less

of a canary in a coal mine thing regarding the cattle. There used to be a wealth of wildlife there... far more important than cattle by a long shot. the point that cattle are showing signs of distress due to poisoning means that it's gone so far that even the "tended to" species are now at risk. It's getting pretty late in the game.

And then there's the shit that happens on the reservations that nobody hears about...

Loophole Lets Toxic Oil Water Flow Over Indian Land

http://www.npr.org/2012/11/15/164688735/loophole-lets-toxic-oil-water-flow-over-indian-land

for instance...

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:50 PM

17. re: Livestock falling ill in fracking regions


not nice to mess w mother nature . this folk are messing w farmers lively hood and getting away with environmental disaster.

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Response to allan01 (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:30 PM

20. Ranchers were

loosing out anyway, ranching in the west isn't really a profitable business without all the government welfare subsidies propping them up at almost every turn. They are only there because the government ran off all the indigenous peoples, killed all the bison and wolves and bears to make it an antiseptic landscape for the cows and sheep they brought... along with al their diseases like brucellosis that is the excuse for continuing to kill bison and soon elk.

This is more like the torture of an already gang raped victim with or without the corporate ranching interests.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:58 PM

26. BULLSHIT!

More anti-oil paranoia from the people who don't know shit.

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Response to joeybee12 (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:35 AM

28. Lots of fracking around here haven't heard of any

sick farm animals, people or poisoned water wells. Newspaper article about local well
28.5 million CF of natural gas and 2900 barrels of liquid products per day:
http://www.timesleaderonline.com/page/content.detail/id/543019/Egypt-Valley-home-to--monster--w---.html

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Response to doc03 (Reply #28)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:45 AM

29. And in an industry news publication

you're not going to hear anything but what they consider "good" news about their industry...

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