We ended the first installment of “Spill Baby Spill the Year in Frackastophes” way back in May. It’s been a big year for Fraccidents and Frackastrophes since then, and Fractavist Extraordinaire Richard Averett has brought the list up to date, one fracking mess at a time.
Fracking has become America’s deadliest form of energy, a bigger body count in a month than coal in a year. Fracking produces more radioactive HAZMAT material in a few days than the US nuclear industry does in a year.
Sandra Steingraber’s group published a compendium of fracking health risks and the Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy did a statistical analysis of health studies, which were released simultaneously the week before Governor Cuomo’s announcement to ban fracking in New York.
We here at No Fracking Way, The Dory, The Bill, The Wendy, Sheik Yerbouti – aka “Richard Averett” and Joe Tex, wish you and yours a very Happy unFracked New Year !
The next time some gashole says that fracking:
1. Is safe
2. Never hurt anybody’s water/air/lungs/epidermis
3. Won’t contaminate the water/ air/ you/ your cat
Show them this list.
And remember the Chevron Promise: “If the fracking well explodes, the pizza’s on us !”
Nov. 21 – Two men were critically injured in an explosion at the DCP Straight Compressor station near Guymon, Oklahoma…Crews quickly located a worker on site who could give firefighters account of the incident. According to that worker, four DCP workers were at the site when the building that housed drying operations suddenly exploded. Two of the workers were in the building at the time of the explosion and escaped out an exit.
Dec 1: A Regency Energy compressor station explodes around 4 am in Susquehanna County, PA
Dec 3: Trimont Energy is cited by the DEP for 78.85 – Inadequate, insufficient, and/or improperly installed cement at a well in Venango County, PA.
Dec 3: The DEP fines Cabot $120,00 for an explosion at a well site in Susquehanna County, PA that caused around 2,835 gallons of wastewater to spill, some escaping containment and reaching nearby soil, according to the DEP. One worker suffered burns.
Dec 4: Markwest is caught operating a compressor station in Westmoreland County, PA without the proper permits.
Dec 4: Chesapeake is cited by the DEP for 78.85 – Inadequate, insufficient, and/or improperly installed cement, 78.73B – Excessive casing seat pressure, and OGA 3217(B) – Failure to prevent migration of gas or fluids into sources of fresh water causing pollution or diminution. Failure to properly case and cement well through a fresh water-bearing strata in regulated manner or depth in Bradford County, PA.
Dec 5: Wpx Energy Appalachia is cited by the DEP for OGA 3218(A) – Failure to restore or replace a public or private water supply affected by a well operator in Westmoreland County, PA<
Dec 11: Contractors working in the Marcellus Shale are forced to pay nearly $4.5 million in back pay to 5,310 workers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia after an investigation that found violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Dec 11: David Nesbitt, 51, of Wilkes-Barre, was killed after his water tanker slid on ice in Susquehanna County, PA.
Dec 11: XTO is ordered by the DEP to cease and desist in well construction on the Cratty Unit, in Butler County PA, after they were found to operating without the proper permits.
Dec 11: A large gas leak at a Comstock Resources well in Burleson County, TX causes theevacuation of 25-30 homes within a 2-mile radius. It leaked gas at the rate of 2,700 cubic feet per hour
Dec 14: 30 homes are evacuated within a mile and an half after a gas leak at the Triad Hunter pad in Monroe County, OH.
Dec 15: Rex Energy (Re Gas Dev) is cited by the PA DEP for SWMA301 – Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste at a site in Butler County, PA.
Dec 17: A crew called in from TX is unable to control the gas leak at the Triad Hunter well pad in Monroe County, OH. Families are told to expect to be out of their homes for at least another 7 days.
Dec 22: XTO is fined $2.3 million for violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and will spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations in WV.
Dec 22: Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company is fined around $800,000 for violations in Pike, Potter, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties in PA. The violations include discharge of sediment into protected waterways.
Dec 23: Colorado-based Vantage Energy is forced to pay nearly $1 million in fines for damage to streams that was caused by a landslide and wastewater spill at a well pad in Greene County, PA
Dec. 24 – Crews regained control of a blown-out well in eastern Ohio yesterday, 10 days after the well shot a plume of natural gas into the atmosphere and caused about 30 homes to be evacuated.
Dec. 25 – Water testing by Duke University reveals that contaminants associated with oil and gas wastewater have migrated into Wolf Creek, a tributary of the New River, above a drinking water intake.
Dec. 30 – The U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed that an earthquake did hit near Irving this morning. According to the USGS, the quake was a registered at 2.8 magnitude and hit just after 8:00 this morning. Officials say it happened about two and a half miles northeast of Irving.
Dec. 30 – The country’s biggest methane “hot spot,” verified by NASA and University of Michigan scientists in October, is only the most dramatic example of what scientists describe as a $2 billion leak problem: the loss of methane from energy production sites across the country.
|Shale oil facility in North Dakota catches fire; damage unclear
WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) – An Enbridge Inc crude shale oil storage and pipeline facility has exploded into a fireball . . .
But we won’t get fooled again.