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Monster Wells: Despite Drought, Hundreds of Fracking Sites Used More Than 10 Million Gallons of Water

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Monster Wells

Despite Drought, Hundreds of Fracking Sites Used More Than 10 Million Gallons of Water

By Soren Rundquist, Landscape and Remote Sensing Analyst & Bill Walker, Consultant
Former EWG Staff Attorney Briana Dema and former EWG Stanbeck Intern Elizabeth Kerpon contributed to this report.


When it’s confronted with the growing concern about the vast volumes of water used in hydraulic fracturing of gas and oil wells, industry tries to dodge the question.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) points out that drilling wells with hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technology, commonly called “fracking,” consumes far less water than other commonplace activities such as raising livestock, irrigating crops or even watering golf courses. According to the Institute, the amount of water used to frack one natural gas well “typically is the equivalent of three to six Olympic swimming pools.”1

That amounts to 2-to-4 million gallons per well of a precious and, in many parts of the country, increasingly scarce resource.2 For its part, the Environmental Protection Agency says it takes “fifty thousand to 350,000 gallons to frack one well in a coal bed formation, while two-to-five million gallons of water may be necessary to fracture one horizontal well in a shale formation.”3

But data reported and verified by the industry itself reveal that those “typical” amounts are hardly the upper limit. An analysis by Environmental Working Group reveals that hundreds of fracked gas and oil wells across the country are monster wells that required 10 million to almost 25 million gallons of water each. More

General Moly’s Mt. Hope mine: let’s hope the “Eureka moment” doesn’t spell disaster

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 Debbie Coffey   Copyright 2011  All rights reserved

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“Mining at the Mt. Hope Project will involve various types of risks and hazards, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, metallurgical and other processing problems, unusual or unexpected rock formations, structure cave-in or slides, flooding, fires and interruption due to inclement or hazardous weather conditions.” More

Rainforest Destruction in Indonesia Starts with Cargill

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Right now in Minneapolis, a group of activists has locked down inside one of the world’s largest privately owned corporations, Cargill, occupying their executive office building and shutting down their business. Cargill is the largest importer of palm oil into the U.S. and its palm oil plantations are responsible for massive rainforest destruction in Indonesia. More

AMERICAN FARMERS COPE WITH ROUNDUP-RESISTANT WEEDS (GM CROPS AND SUPERWEEDS)

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By WILLIAM NEUMAN and ANDREW POLLACK   Published: May 3, 2010

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DYERSBURG, Tenn. — For 15 years, Eddie Anderson, a farmer, has been a strict adherent of no-till agriculture, an environmentally friendly technique that all but eliminates plowing to curb erosion and the harmful runoff of fertilizers and pesticides.

But not this year.

On a recent afternoon here, Mr. Anderson watched as tractors crisscrossed a rolling field — plowing and mixing herbicides into the soil to kill weeds where soybeans will soon be planted.

Just as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms, American farmers’ near-ubiquitous use of the weedkiller Roundup has led to the rapid growth of tenacious new superweeds.

To fight them, Mr. Anderson and farmers throughout the East, Midwest and South are being forced to spray fields with more toxic herbicides, pull weeds by hand and return to more labor-intensive methods like regular plowing.

“We’re back to where we were 20 years ago,” said Mr. Anderson, who will plow about one-third of his 3,000 acres of soybean fields this spring, more than he has in years. “We’re trying to find out what works.” More

The Great Swine Flu Cover-Up

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2009-09-25

 
 
 
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Defending the Factory Farm

Experts have long warned that “industrial farm animal production” (IFAP) leads to potentially serious human health impacts. A tragically prophetic study done by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production of 2008 concludes, “… one of the most serious unintended consequences of industrial food animal production is the growing public health threat of these types of facilities. In addition to the contribution of IFAP to the major threat of antimicrobial resistance, IFAP facilities can be harmful to workers, neighbors, and even those living far from the facilities through air and water pollution, and via the spread of disease.”

The study continues, “Workers in and neighbors of IFAP facilities experience high levels of respiratory problems, including asthma. In addition, workers can serve as a bridging population, transmitting animal-borne diseases to a wider population.”

As residents of La Gloria protested the stench and pointed to the hog farm as the source of their sickness, Mexican authorities went out of their way to divert suspicions that Smithfield’s Carroll Farms had anything to do with the unusual illnesses being reported. Although state health officials sprayed the village of La Gloria to kill off swarms of flies coming from the company’s nearby open-pit manure lagoons, explanations lit on anything but the hog farm.

A Carroll Farms representative called the fact that the first swine flu case was located within a few miles of the pig farm “an unfortunate coincidence.” Reportedly, Carroll Farms sent samples from its herd for testing at some point soon after the outbreak and both the company itself and the Mexican government absolved Smithfield pigs from any role in the epidemic.

To reinforce the “coincidence” thesis, international health authorities began a concerted effort to hide the pig. In fact, there is no dispute in the scientific evidence that the virus got its start on a hog farm.

Citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Scientific American points out a starting point that the politicians preferred to ignore: “What is clear thanks to the hard work of virologists is that this particular strain of flu got its genetic start on U.S. hog farms back in the 1990s.” READ MORE

www.landrights.org…The fight against control over YOUR property.

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This is a must read.   April 30 Deadline for Testimony.

—–The Real Goal of HR 2421, the Clean Water Restoration Act Is to give Corps and EPA Control Of All Watersheds Which Means National Land Use Control.   It will give the Corps and EPA control over your property.


—–Besides private property, HR 2421 threatens businesses, agriculture, small communities, grazing, forestry, mining and many other uses on private and Federal land.  It will affect many kinds of manufacturing companies and businesses.


—–Congress is considering expanding the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act of 1972 to include all waters of the United States and all “activities affecting these waters.” not limit it to “navigable waters” as is currently the law under two Supreme Court Decisions, the Rapanos and SWANCC Supreme Court Decisions of 2006 and 2001.


—–An example is that the Federal bureaucracies will gain control over all the watersheds in the United States.  That includes dry land inside or adjacent to watersheds.  That means everything.  Because all land is in a watershed.


—–HR 2421 is the biggest threat to private property since CARA and
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CAFTA provisions cannot be fully implemented with regards to the privatization of all water from any source unless the Federal government can claim authority and control over all water systems.  The intent of this water confiscation act is to enable the governemnt to sell off our water supplies, and our rights to them to multi national corporations.  IF this act is passed, privatization will begin immediately. 

OF course it will be preceded by national news reporting saying that our water infrastructure is failing and there are no funds to repair it followed by reports of the cost saving benefits of privatizing this human necessity….the truth is that water will become unaffordable. 

Please go to the site listed above and fill out the survey.  Also, send them an email and let them know you are supporting their efforts. 

The United States and Canada are the only two countries who have refused to sign the declaration of the UN stating that water is a HUMAN RIGHT.

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