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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:11 AM

In North Carolina’s Government’s Rush to Allow Fracking and Drilling, What is Missing?

We think a proper full Public Health Assessment.


One of the most obvious things missing from both the Governor’s mansion and the Legislature building is anything remotely related to the public interest. Of course, setting up a pay to play system, one must first clear the runway (purging and modifying regulatory boards and commissions-SB 10), proceed with take off through legislation benefitting the players (SB 76), and of course nullifying the opposition and consequences (stacking the courts). And what is missing in the subsequent rush to frack for natural gas is anything relating to insuring public and environmental health studies in a formal sense.

Anyone elected to public office should readily welcome a proper assessment of any action as it relates to the health and general welfare of the public they are elected to serve. In other states where fracking is becoming an issue to be decided such as New York, assessments and studies have been underway since there is plenty of available data where these extraction processes have been underway. Such studies show there are plenty of issues that need to be determined regarding public health such as revealed in “Chemical and Biological Risk Assessment for Natural Gas Extraction in New York” conducted by the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. Drawing from that study, there are plenty of things people of North Carolina who will be affected from the hydrofracking process should be told beforehand. Some of the things include but are not limited to the following:


Serious regulatory violations will occur at more than one of every ten new shale gas projects.

More than one in every six shale gas wells will leak fluids to surrounding rocks and to the surface over the next century.

Each gas well pad, with its associated access road and pipeline, will generate a sediment discharge of approximately eight tons a year.

Some chemicals used for shale gas exploration and production, or consistently present in process waste at even low concentrations produce potential exposure effect for humans including poisoning of susceptable tissues, endocrine disruption syndromes and elevated risks for certain cancers.

Exposure to gas field workers and neighbors to toxic chemicals and noxious bacteria is exacerbated by common practices associated with the hydrofracking process and use of impoundments for flowback fluids.

And besides the impact of water aquifers and water wells contaminated by natural gas released into them through the fracking process, what should North Carolinians know about the health threats posed to them, their families and living environment from the chemical and biological hazards posed by the drilling fluid cocktail, flowback fluids, and released naturally occuring radioactive materials?


Drilling Additives:

Friction Reducer-heavy naphtha, polymer microemulsion-lubricate drill head

Biocide-glutaraldehyde, DBNPA, dibromoacetonitrile-prevent fissures, prevent biofilm formation

Scale Inhibitor-ethylene glycol, EDTA, citric acid-prevent scale buildup

Corrosion Inhibitor-propargyl alcohol, N,N-dimethylformamide-prevent corrosion of metal parts

Clay Stabilizer-tetramethylammonium chloride-prevent clay swelling

Gelling Agent-bentonite, guar gum, “gemini quat” anime-prevent slumping of solids

Conditioner-ammonium chloride, potassium carbonate, isopropyl alcohol-adjust pH, adjust additive solubility

Surfactant-2-butoxyethanol, ethoxylated octylphenol-promote fracture penetration

Cross-Linker-sodium perborate, acetic anhydride-promote gelling

Breaker-hemicellulase, ammonium persulfate, quebracho-breaks gel to promote flow-back

Cleaner-hydrochloric acid-of fluid dissolve debris

Processor-ethylene glycol, propylene glycol-strip impurities from produced gas

The chemicals in widespread use including exploratory wells which pose significant hazards to humans and other organisms because they remain dangerous even at concentrations at or below their chemical detection limits include the biocides glutaraldehyde, 2,2-dibromo-3-nitrilopropionamide (DBNPA), and 2,2-dibromoacetonitrile (DBAN), the corrosion inhibitor propargyl alcohol, the surfactant 2-butoxyethanol, and lubricants containing heavy naphtha.

Flowback Fluids:

Barium, Lead, Arsenic, Chromium, and Benzene.

Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM):

Uranium-238, radium-226, radon-222, 4-nitroquinoline-1-oxide-(4-NQO).


As studies have shown in all states that have engaged in this process, the thousands of wells involved, the thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals per well, the thousands of gallons of flowback fluids per well, the thousands of gallons of waste containing radioactive materials, no regulatory processes so far has prevented the thousands of violations and mishaps nor covered the fail rate of the casings. Therefore, there isn’t anything that alleviates the threat to human health.

If you live in North Carolina or have relatives in North Carolina, we call on you to sign this petition requesting the General Assembly to conduct a full Public Health Assessment before allowing this process. For a look at the studies conducted for New York, follow this link.

For working links, access my website here.

or sign my petition here at DU. Thanks all.

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mmonk Feb 2013 OP
leftyohiolib Feb 2013 #1
Berlum Feb 2013 #2
april Feb 2013 #13
mmonk Feb 2013 #3
leftyohiolib Feb 2013 #4
carolinayellowdog Feb 2013 #16
leftyohiolib Feb 2013 #18
maindawg Feb 2013 #5
mmonk Feb 2013 #8
zazen Feb 2013 #6
mmonk Feb 2013 #7
zazen Feb 2013 #10
mnhtnbb Feb 2013 #9
tabbycat31 Feb 2013 #12
mmonk Feb 2013 #15
MynameisBlarney Feb 2013 #11
tarheelsunc Feb 2013 #14
FarCenter Feb 2013 #17
mmonk Feb 2013 #19

Response to mmonk (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:59 AM

1. petititions dont work - demostrations dont work. the people who want this to happen have the backing

 

of the corporations(our government)and the courts - they just laugh at this stuff - peaceful protests have become passe - im not advocating violence that's against the tos -

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:01 AM

2. The darkside origins of fracking (R)

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Response to Berlum (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:45 AM

13. He is Evil in its purest form

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:03 AM

3. I'm currently contacting someone in the NC Senate

about a formal approach to do it. Protest has pressure value if done correctly.

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Response to mmonk (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:16 AM

4. yes perhaps if it's massive enough to shut down city commerce and overwhelm the police

 

the may moblize the national guard but if the mass is massive enough to overwhelm the guard. you'll need a million man march and sit in.

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:46 AM

16. People vs. corporations worked to stop uranium mining in Virginia

Not petitions, not demonstrations, but steady pressure from local governments as well as grassroots organizations. Living on the NC line, I'm equally concerned about fracking and less optimistic. But don't count out the voice of the people!

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Response to carolinayellowdog (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:39 PM

18. im not counting out the voice of the people but the people in charge arent beholden to you

 

the people in charge wont be on a ballot - they dont care what you say or what is stated on your petition. they control the government (at this moment ) they provide the money and they will be the ones our reps listen to. until that changes say hello to fracking.
it may have worked against uranium in virginia, but this isnt about uranium or virginia.

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Response to mmonk (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:37 AM

5. its too late

http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/conservationist/2013/01/burned-oil-fields-are-wasting-enough-natural-gas-daily-heat-half-milli

When you read tis article, you will learn that the fracking companies are simply burning the gas at such a rate that you can see it from space. Destroying our environment and wasting more than half the gas before it gets to market in order to keep the price high enough to also destroy our economy. Some day the hate filled rednecks will also wake up to learn that their way of life no longer exists. Who will they blame? Because they will have to blame some one other than themselves. It is their nature. Yet they are the reason we allow these corporations to run our govt. They are the reason we cannot protect our citizens and children from a heavily armed paranoid nation of desperate people. 320 million people swarming a small patch of land surrounded by 7 billion souls who are more desperate is a recipe for disaster.

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Response to maindawg (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:07 AM

8. Thanks for the link.

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Response to mmonk (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:59 AM

6. until the DINOs in this state are willing to stand up

We have a bunch of inside the beltline (Raleigh, that is) multimillionaire neoliberal Dems who've let this happen too. I bet any one of them would be upset about any 3 of the 10 monstrous pieces of legislation underway (but not all 10), but would they ever dirty themselves at a protest? Why, that's so 20th century. And no one who wants to be taken seriously does that. They just pay congratulatory lip service to those who did it in the past, because it's safe to say you would have taken to the streets from a vantage point of 40 years, when you know the outcome.

They're busy with their wingspread seminars and smoked salmon post-seminar buffets and that neoliberal celebration of academic capitalism called the Emerging Issues Forum to rehash the same stale pro-corporate crap about "making NC competitive for the 21st century!" They have no idea the level of evil they're dealing with, nor of the environmental/energy shit storm coming our way. It's hard to be too worried when you haven't yet fallen out of the middle class.

Sorry to be so cynical. I have my reasons.

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Response to zazen (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:06 AM

7. You are correct. But that is no reason not to fight.

It is the reason to fight.

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Response to mmonk (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:47 AM

10. You're right. I know you're right. n/t

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Response to mmonk (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:15 AM

9. NC is one of 12 states that has NO recall process. Fracking is going to happen.

I fear for the damage that McCrory and his puppetmaster Pope are bringing to the
state of NC before we can get rid of the Republican Legislature/Governor via
the next election cycle.

They won't give a hoot about petitions or protests. They are on a mission
to stuff the pockets of their buddies with whatever they can get
as fast as they can without regard to the long term consequences on
either the environment or citizens of NC.

It's going to be very difficult to watch the damage they will do.

I did sign your petition on your website.


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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:04 AM

12. Hopefully their overreach will backfire

And the Democrats can overcome their gerrymandering.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:51 AM

15. Thanks so much.

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Response to mmonk (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:47 AM

11. They're gonna kill my home state!

Buncha greedy bastards!

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Response to mmonk (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:49 AM

14. Pat McCrory doesn't care about public health and safety, Pat McCrory cares about big money.

I know Easley and Perdue were corrupt governors, but I think McCrory will make the state miss both of them by the end of his term. And I truly hope that the singular form "term" is correct.

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Response to mmonk (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:52 AM

17. There are 125 oil and gas well in NC, but none of them are producing

It's unclear whether there are commercially significant reserves.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:58 PM

19. I doubt it is really enough either. Certainly not enough reason to pollute the state

in the process of finding out how much. But damage will be done.

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