Printed letters, January 28, 2014

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Using crude and diesel in frack jobs is not good, and being covered in fracking fluid is bad practice for a worker in the patch.  If not, perhaps Halliburton can clarify and issue a company statement that being covered in fracking fluid is OK for their workers and using diesel and crude in fracks is no problem.

I don’t think the Halliburton workers intentionally set out to cover themselves in frack fluids. Incidental contact is going to happen sometimes in the course of an operation.

By the way, didn’t several chief state politicians actually drink some of the newer fracking fluids awhile back? As far as I know, they’re still alive and well.

The fracking fluid consumed by Gov. Frackenlooper is a Halliburton product called CleanStim. It is sourced from food products, and is mandated in off-shore drilling. There is no mandate that CleanStim be used in Colorado wells, nor is it used because it is way more expensive than other, more toxic products. It is interesting that a Halliburton employee would say that they used diesel in fracking, since the company has assured the EPA that they do not use diesel fuel, which is prohibited by federal regulation.

Can someone furnish us with hard facts that counters Mr.Smith’s final comment that no confirmed/documented cases of surface water contamination have ever been verified by the EPA?

Yes, ingesting sand and water, especially in the quantities that is used in well fracking certainly would be toxic.

“A 2004 EPA study concluded fracking did not pose a risk to drinking water, helping lead to its exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act through the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The study was later criticized as limited and compromised by oil/gas industry influence. A 2009 ProPublica investigation found that contamination was far more prevalent than indicated in the report, citing more than 1,000 cases tied to drilling and fracking that had been documented by courts and state and local governments” From SourceWatch

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