Fracking bill moves forward

So far, it appears to be mostly study-related:

...the bill paves the way for a study of fracking and raises some fees associated with natural gas exploration. It also gives the Department of Environment and Natural Resources authority to work with consumer advocates.

I like some of the guidance for the study, especially as related to water resources. Where the water's going to come from and where the tainted water will go afterward are crucial questions that demand hyper-specific answers. But while we're in the early days, I have a question about this:

With over 20,000 acres of mineral rights already leased in the Lee-Chatham basin, he said, it was only a matter of time before companies started pressuring the General Assembly to change laws.

Why is this not considered fraud? These companies that Rep. Gillespie is "warning" us about are out there getting landowners to sign legally binding lease contracts for an activity that is currently illegal in this state.

They might say these are generic mineral rights contracts, but everybody knows what they're for. And because all these thousands of acres have been leased under quasi-legal circumstances, we're supposed to accept as "fait accompli" that a change in the law must needs be follow? Bullshit.

We need more than a committee and the DENR looking into this. The Attorney General's office needs to investigate these leases, and pronto, before more citizens are drawn in.

Comments

Mind numbing

Steve: I was dumbfounded listening to the audio of this committee meeting. In 12 minutes only the staff raised any concerns about the process. The new guy from Lee County rambled on about how critical this was to the state and then another legislator argued that our state's licensing fees should be lower than the national average to attract drilling interests.

Gillespie agrees and then talks about making North Carolina "more attractive" for this type of drilling.

Does Gillespie actually say

that he "hasn't heard any opposition to the idea" of fracking?

Have you been living under a shale formation, Mitch? Do we have to pump a few million gallons of high-pressure, chemically-tainted water down there to set you free, so you can catch up on all the news articles, blogs, videos and op-ed columns?

Let's help Mitch catch up on current affairs. Call his office and tell him what you think about fracking:

919-733-5862

Another Massive Fu@king Fracking Mess In Pennsylvania

Let's help Mitch catch up on current affairs. Call his office and tell him what you think about fracking* Steve

Better yet! Drill under his house in the middle of the night and watch him float to a unknown Tea Party Corporate Fascist Republican Paradise without a life jacket.......

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2010/06/fracking-in-pennsylv...

Porky Pig must have been the Oil Company spokensperson when it came to explaining Fracking frigging to the Masses...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnLAft66bwo&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI4otTziYjk&feature=related

Or maybe it was Bush2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzqPjUpETaQ&feature=related

Some initial documents

Steve: I am going to take the liberty of posting a report I received from EDF in Raleigh. It is very informative regarding the situation in NC.

Your readers should find it useful in getting up to speed on this issue.

Thanks, Jeff

The more we know the better. Good stuff.

Excellent report!

I have been trying to understand the 'fracking' problem, and this report that you posted is very enlightening for me. I recently saw T. Boone Pickens on MSNBC going on about how easily this gas can be accessed, and how it is a safe process because the water supplies are only down the first thousand + feet, and they go down seven to ten thousand feet for the gas. But, by reading this report, I can readily understand why there are big problems with this method. Seems they need to add some steps to recover that water, and treat it for contamination. Anyway, thanks for posting the report, 'Jsykes'.

Uranium another issue with fracking

"We found that the uranium and the hydrocarbons are in the same physical space," says Bank. "We found that they are not just physically -- but also chemically -- bound.

"That led me to believe that uranium in solution could be more of an issue because the process of drilling to extract the hydrocarbons could start mobilizing the metals as well, forcing them into the soluble phase and causing them to move around."

When Bank and her colleagues reacted samples in the lab with surrogate drilling fluids, they found that the uranium was indeed, being solubilized.

In addition, she says, when the millions of gallons of water used in hydraulic fracturing come back to the surface, it could contain uranium contaminants, potentially polluting streams and other ecosystems and generating hazardous waste.

The research required the use of very sophisticated methods of analysis, including one called Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, or ToF-SIMS, in the laboratory of Joseph A. Gardella Jr., Larkin Professor of Chemistry at University of Buffalo.

"Even though at these levels, uranium is not a radioactive risk, it is still a toxic, deadly metal," Bank concludes. "We need a fundamental understanding of how uranium exists in shale. The more we understand about how it exists, the more we can better predict how it will react to 'fracking.'"

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