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Tue Oct 22, 2013, 02:41 PM

 

Fracking Unfolds

Surfrider, along with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC), recently broke the news that fracking has be used off California’s coast for decades. EDC obtained internal documents from the federal government clearly showing fracking was conducted more than a dozen times in the Santa Barbara channel and some frack-fluids were directly discharged into the ocean. As we struggled to understand how fracking could occur without regulators knowing, we decided to write a letter to the California Coastal Commission (CCC) asking for an investigation. As we were putting the final touches on that letter, our friends at CBD discovered fracking was also happening in states waters.

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http://www.surfrider.org/coastal-blog/entry/california-flips-over-fracking

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Response to antiquie (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 03:23 PM

1. How did this happen?

I'm sure it was the usual methods, payoffs, lies and extortion...

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Response to antiquie (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 03:37 PM

2. It's been legal?

 

I invite you to follow the links in the above linked story, for more information like this:

In a statement to the AP, the EPA defended its oversight of offshore fracking, saying its system ensures the practice does not pollute the environment in a way that would endanger human health. Oil companies must obtain permits for wastewater and storm water discharges from production platforms that "ensure all fluids used in the drilling and production process will not adversely impact water quality," the statement said.

Oil companies also maintain that much of the fracking fluid is treated before being discharged into the sea. Tupper Hull, spokesman for the Western States Petroleum Association, said fracking in general is safe and has "never been associated with any risk or harm to the environment" in over six decades in California.

California coastal regulators said they were unaware until recently that offshore fracking was even occurring, and are now asking oil companies proposing new offshore drilling projects if they will be fracking.

Because the area of concern is located more than three miles off the state's shoreline, federal regulators have jurisdiction over these offshore exploration efforts. However, the state can reject a permit in federal waters if the work endangers water quality.

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Response to antiquie (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 03:58 PM

3. How can it be safe? They use fracking to dispose of TOXIC waste form oil refining. OTOH if is is

So safe why not provide a list of all the known carcinogens, radioactive products and admit what they are doing to OUR environment? Why exactly do they need the Cheney loophole?

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Response to Vincardog (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 04:06 PM

5. I answered you in post 4.

 

I keep replying to myself.

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Response to antiquie (Original post)

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 04:05 PM

4. My answer is your sig line.

 

Surfrider is pressing the California Coastal Commission to investigate and I believe that will happen.

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