Tue Sep 17, 2013, 11:45 AM
peoli (2,716 posts)
Colorado flood raises fears of fracking chemical spill – new photos
"Our concern is that all of these sites contain various amounts of hazardous industrial wastes that are now capable of spilling into the waterways and onto the agricultural land. Many of these chemicals are carcinogenic, neurotoxic, and known disruptors of the human endocrine system. As of today there is no testing taking place, industrial, independent or otherwise to determine the extent of the contamination, nor any talk of it. And one can guarantee that this week the COGCC will be issuing more drilling permits even as the hydrocarbons flow into the rivers."
Oil drums, tanks and other industrial debris mixed into the swollen river flowing northeast. County officials did not give locations of where the pipeline broke and where other pipelines were compromised.
Willmeng partly blames a lack of regulatory oversight for the situation he and his fellow landowners find themselves in. “There are over 20,000 oil and gas wells in Weld County alone,” Willmeng told The Common Sense Canadian via email. “By comparison there are only 17 inspectors for the entire state of Colorado.
“Prior to the floods we knew that the oil and gas industry was left to police itself. Now the rivers, agricultural zones and residences get to bear that decision.”
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Tue Sep 17, 2013, 11:51 AM
hlthe2b (54,963 posts)
1. Industry spokespeople are hitting back hard, claiming they shut off all the active sites prior....
Given, the extent and speed of flooding across Weld County caught so many off guard that livestock have sadly been left to drown, I seriously doubt such statements.