Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:10 PM
ellisonz (27,172 posts)
Inglewood Oil Field fracking study finds no harm from the method
Yearlong study, conducted by firms chosen by the oil field owner and L.A. County, was meant to address fears about potential groundwater contamination, air pollution and increased seismic activity.
By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2012, 5:30 a.m.
A long-awaited study released Wednesday says the controversial oil extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, would not harm the environment if used at the Inglewood Oil Field in the Baldwin Hills area.
The yearlong study included several issues raised by residents living around the field, such as the potential risks for groundwater contamination, air pollution and increased seismic activity.
For months, water wells on the 1,200-acre field were monitored. Data from ground and air monitors were collected and analyzed, but no effects were recorded before or after the technique was used, the study says.
Plains Exploration and Production Co., the owner and operator of the oil field, paid for the review as part of a settlement agreement with Culver City and environmental and community groups. The report was reviewed by two independent firms selected by the company and Los Angeles County.
This study is a joke on the face of it - "no effects were recorded before or after the technique was used" - moreover, this area is on a fault in the middle of dozens of other faults!
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