Long ‘strings’ of a black oily substance flowed from his tap. A strong sulphur smell emanated from the hot shower head.
Despite these examples occurring in his own backyard, Sessions pointed to LEAF ‘s case as a “baseless lawsuit” as he introduced S.724 on the Senate floor. He went on to say that fracking “has never been attributed to causing even a single case of contamination to an underground drinking water source.”
EA News Comment: While on the surface this discovery seems like good news in terms of US energy supply, it represents a huge environmental and health risk if developed.
- This type of shale formation requires extensive fracking to extract the subsurface petroleum.
- The practice of fracking, other than being expensive for the petroleum developers, is a risky and destructive practice.
- Hazardous fracking fluids returned to the surface are a threat to the health of the local ecosystem and to humans.
- Fracking causese structural damage to subsurface rock formations, resulting in increased earthquake activity.
- If a significant fraction of the projected 20 billion barrels of oil are produced and used as fuel, the release of associated greenhouse gasses will further exacerbate the climate change disaster we are currently experiencing.
U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) officials did not provide comment to TruthOut. But BSEE officials did tell WWL that the chemicals, undisclosed because the list may contain “proprietary information,” would be dumped into the Gulf of Mexico regardless – a jaw-dropping revelation itself.
“This explanation by BSEE presents a whole other set of environmental issues that the public should be outraged about when it comes to fracking in the Gulf of Mexico,” Jonathan Henderson, who runs Vanishing Earth, told WWL. “One of those being that after those fracking chemicals were cycled back to Shell’s rig, Shell eventually dumped those chemicals right back overboard into the Gulf…”
President Barack Obama’s administration “is once again putting California’s beautiful coast in the oil industry’s crosshairs,” Miyoko Sakashita, the director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Oceans (CBDO) program, the group that brought the lawsuit, said in a statement. “Our beaches and wildlife face a renewed threat from fracking chemicals and oil spills. New legal action may be the only way to get federal officials to do their jobs and protect our ocean from offshore fracking.”