On June 4 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on how fracking impacts America’s drinking water. Contrary to industry claims, the EPA admits there have been incidents of water contamination and water being withdrawn from areas where there was little water available. The authors stated the number of incidents was small, but also admitted they had limited information from which to draw that conclusion. I reached out for expert opinions from two experts. Neither was impressed by the EPA’s report on how fracking impact’s America’s water supply.
Despite the problems, Dr Allan Hoffman (a retired senior executive from the US Department of Energy) believes there is simply too much money invested in the fracking revolution to stop it. With proper regulation and enforcement, he believes it is possible to reduce the number of incidents to an acceptable level. If this statement seems jarring, remember everyone who drives a car is taking an acceptable risk whenever they get behind the wheel. So how are BC’s Requirements For Disclosing Fracking Chemicals?
A The ECOreport reviews “Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing: Framing the Water Issue” – Fracking’s threat to Water Quality
By Roy L Hales
Dr Allan Hoffman recently compared the fracking boom to the market for illegal drugs. Regardless of the problems, there is simply too much money to be made. He expects the boom to continue for several decades. Together with Professor EM Gustav Olsson, of Lund University, and Andreas Lindström, of Stockholm International Water Institute, Hoffman has just written a report entitled, “Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing: Framing the Water Issue.” As the title suggests, the focus is fracking’s threat to water quality.
Alarming as the map above appears, there probably are not any immediate plans to frack the waters off San Diego’s coast. Shell abandoned its Point Loma “core hole” in 1967 and aborted plans to drill similar holes off the coast of Encinitas and La Jolla in 1970. There are also numerous “idle wells” (no longer in use) on the land between Oceanside and the Mexican border. According to statistics obtained from the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, there are more than 52,000 abandoned sites in California. The existence of these sites is primarily a historical footnote, though one has to wonder why they considered in the past and if there is any possibility that an oil company could become interested in the future. So what has fracking got to do with San Diego? Continue reading What Has Fracking Got To Do With San Diego?→