Being In It for the Species The Kolbrin Bible Complete Danjeon Breathing System 
Surviving the Planet X Tribulation

Author Topic: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US  (Read 31033 times)

R.R. Book

  • Global Moderator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5924
  • Karma: +19/-0
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #105 on: April 30, 2018, 11:57:22 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB0RGaEKbJk

U.S. fracking map posted in 2nd half of video:


Yowbarb

  • Administrator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32267
  • Karma: +26/-0
  • Reaching For Survival
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #106 on: June 04, 2018, 02:58:43 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing_in_the_United_States

Hydraulic fracturing in the United States

Hydraulic fracturing in the United States began in 1949. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), by 2013 at least two million oil and gas wells in the US had been hydraulically fractured, and that of new wells being drilled, up to 95% are hydraulically fractured. The output from these wells makes up 43% of the oil production and 67% of the natural gas production in the United States. Environmental safety and health concerns about hydraulic fracturing emerged in the 1980s, and are still being debated at the state and federal levels.

New York banned massive hydraulic fracturing by executive order in 2012. Vermont, which has no known frackable gas reserves, banned fracking preventatively in May 2012. In March 2017, Maryland became the first state in the US with proven gas reserves to pass a law banning fracking.

continued:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing_in_the_United_States


ilinda

  • Global Moderator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3040
  • Karma: +32/-0
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #107 on: June 04, 2018, 07:49:23 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing_in_the_United_States

Hydraulic fracturing in the United States

Hydraulic fracturing in the United States began in 1949. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), by 2013 at least two million oil and gas wells in the US had been hydraulically fractured, and that of new wells being drilled, up to 95% are hydraulically fractured. The output from these wells makes up 43% of the oil production and 67% of the natural gas production in the United States. Environmental safety and health concerns about hydraulic fracturing emerged in the 1980s, and are still being debated at the state and federal levels.

New York banned massive hydraulic fracturing by executive order in 2012. Vermont, which has no known frackable gas reserves, banned fracking preventatively in May 2012. In March 2017, Maryland became the first state in the US with proven gas reserves to pass a law banning fracking.

continued:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing_in_the_United_States


Thanks for bringing to our attention how old the process it.  Am guessing it was not economically feasible back then when oil and gas were relatively plentiful and cheap.

One can only hope the other states will wise up and realize the enviro. consequences of fracking anywhere.

Yowbarb

  • Administrator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32267
  • Karma: +26/-0
  • Reaching For Survival
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #108 on: June 11, 2018, 11:19:53 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing_in_the_United_States

Hydraulic fracturing in the United States

Hydraulic fracturing in the United States began in 1949. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), by 2013 at least two million oil and gas wells in the US had been hydraulically fractured, and that of new wells being drilled, up to 95% are hydraulically fractured. The output from these wells makes up 43% of the oil production and 67% of the natural gas production in the United States. Environmental safety and health concerns about hydraulic fracturing emerged in the 1980s, and are still being debated at the state and federal levels.

New York banned massive hydraulic fracturing by executive order in 2012. Vermont, which has no known frackable gas reserves, banned fracking preventatively in May 2012. In March 2017, Maryland became the first state in the US with proven gas reserves to pass a law banning fracking.

continued:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing_in_the_United_States


Thanks for bringing to our attention how old the process it.  Am guessing it was not economically feasible back then when oil and gas were relatively plentiful and cheap.

One can only hope the other states will wise up and realize the enviro. consequences of fracking anywhere.

ilinda, it is totally shocking to see how much fracking has taken over the US.
One of the areas, I was interested in settling in, was near Athens, Ohio. They have been fighting to keep fracking out of their wonderful area, and they have been losing the battle.
...

https://www.athensnews.com/news/local/odnr-was-earthquake-connected-to-fracking/article_583d0304-1a24-11e7-8b35-8f8a28d57995.html

Earthquake struck in Wayne Nat'l Forest where drilling is proposed

Several dozen protesters assembled Saturday morning at the headquarters of the Wayne National Forest southeast of Nelsonville to again register their opposition to the granting of oil and gas leases on the forest’s Marietta Unit. Among the protesters were some Native-American “water protectors.”
...
http://www.acfan.org/

ilinda

  • Global Moderator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3040
  • Karma: +32/-0
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #109 on: June 12, 2018, 07:39:57 PM »
Isn't it pathetic to "auction the state's only national forest to fracking"?   So, is it a forest or a mine?

That probably will affect your decision about whether to locate in/near Athens, OH, Barb.

Yowbarb

  • Administrator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32267
  • Karma: +26/-0
  • Reaching For Survival
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #110 on: June 12, 2018, 07:44:05 PM »
Photo, courtesy: Denise Turk

https://www.baileyjavinscarter.com/fatal-doddridge-county-explosion-highlights-the-dangers-of-aboveground-storage-tanks/

Fatal Doddridge County Explosion Highlights the Dangers of Aboveground Storage Tanks

On Friday, May 25, an explosion in Doddridge County, WV claimed the life of one worker and severely injured three others. The four men were disassembling three aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) near West Union. The ASTs are believed to be owned by Hydrocarbon Well Services, an oil and gas company based in Buckhannon that has serviced oil and gas wells in the Appalachian region for over 30 years.

After the explosion, the four men were flown to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh to treat their injuries. Larry Battea, a 51-year-old employee of Hydrocarbon, later died of thermal and inhalation injuries. The other three men are employees of Waste Management. Their condition is currently unknown.

The cause of the fatal explosion is still under investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is working closely with OSHA and local emergency officials to uncover additional details about the incident.

Initial reports indicate that the three aboveground storage tanks were taken to a site on Whitehair Lane just south of U.S. Highway 50 to be disassembled. Two of the three tanks had already been decommissioned for several years, while the third one was part of an active oil and gas well.

It is believed that the explosion occurred when the active tank was being disassembled in order to be replaced. During the process, the workers were using a torch to cut up the tank, so it could be used for scrap. The torch apparently caused the tank to ignite, resulting in the explosion.

In the aftermath of the explosion, it appears that some oil spilled into Cabin Run, a small stream located near the explosion site. The amount of oil that was spilled is currently unknown, and steps have been taken to prevent the oil from spreading beyond the site.

Enviroclean was hired immediately after the accident to conduct environmental remediation at the scene. Absorbent booms were placed in the stream at the point where the initial spill occurred, and additional booms were placed roughly 700 feet downstream. In addition, they installed an overflow dam approximately 100 feet downstream of the spill.

Petroleum Mishaps from Aboveground Storage Tanks
Unfortunately, the recent Doddridge County explosion is not an isolated incident. The Steel Tank Institute published an extensive list of fuel tank-related accidents that have occurred in the past decade. These accidents have resulted in countless workplace injuries and wrongful deaths, and oil and gas companies have paid millions in fines and lawsuit settlements.

The impact on workers and their families from these accidents is impossible to quantify. When a loved one is killed or suffers a debilitating injury that robs them of their livelihood, it exacts an enormous physical, emotional, and financial toll on everyone involved. But despite the obvious dangers, energy companies are not doing nearly enough to protect their employees and subcontractors.

The environmental impact of spills from the aboveground tanks is another major concern. The lack of adequate spill-prevention measures has caused widespread damage to fish, wildlife, and public drinking water systems. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Regulation sets forth the requirements for preventing, preparing for, and responding to oil spills from aboveground tanks and other facilities. In many cases, however, energy companies have cut corners and failed to properly adhere to these regulations.

Hazards Caused by Aboveground Storage Tanks
Use of aboveground storage tanks by energy companies has become more widespread in recent years. Oil and gas companies prefer ASTs because they are less costly to install and easier to monitor than tanks located below ground. But as the Doddridge County explosion and countless similar incidents show, the hazards associated with ASTs can be extremely harmful to both workers and the environment.

Accidents and spills from aboveground storage tanks happen for a number of reasons. Some of the most common include:

Vandalism: If the ASTs are not properly secured, vandals can get in and damage the tanks, in some cases resulting in leaks, fires, and other hazards. Companies must take appropriate measures to ensure that their tanks are protected from outside intruders.
Incidental Leakage: Over time, ASTs can become corroded and attached pipes can start to disconnect. This can cause hazardous substances to leak slowly out of the tank, exposing them to workers and the environment. To prevent this from happening, it is important to perform frequent inspections and to follow proper cleaning procedures.
Lack of Proper Protection: Those who work on ASTs need to wear the proper safety gear; e.g., masks, respirators, safety goggles, gloves, body clothing, etc. When companies do not ensure that their workers are wearing the appropriate gear, it can be potentially hazardous to their health and safety.
Poor Work Environment: Sloppy and careless procedures set forth by AST owners, putting workers in dangerous work environments. AST owners routinely cut corners on safety measures in order to maintain high production rates, valuing speed over worker safety. Employers also often ignore Federal and State AST safety regulations because these restrictions impede productivity. As a result of these reckless actions taken by employers, workers often suffer serious injuries or are killed. An example of this unsafe behavior is performing “hot” work on an active AST (such as using a torch to disassemble an active tank) could result in an explosion and potentially lead to serious injury.
Safety First
The use of aboveground storage tanks is a reality in the oil and gas industry. While this practice may be advantageous for energy companies, the fatal explosion that just occurred in Doddridge County underscores the need for these companies to do more to protect their workers. Hopefully, this horrible tragedy will bring more attention to this issue and prompt energy companies to redouble their efforts to follow requirements and ensure that their employees and subcontractors have a safe and secure work environment.






Yowbarb

  • Administrator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32267
  • Karma: +26/-0
  • Reaching For Survival
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #111 on: June 12, 2018, 07:51:26 PM »
Isn't it pathetic to "auction the state's only national forest to fracking"?   So, is it a forest or a mine?

That probably will affect your decision about whether to locate in/near Athens, OH, Barb.

That is so completely, obviously wrong yet they are getting away with it.
The most newly appointed head of the EPA, in the new Administration is a joke.
By the time I could relocate there, who knows how manyw ells would have sprung up already...

R.R. Book

  • Global Moderator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5924
  • Karma: +19/-0
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #112 on: June 13, 2018, 06:04:53 AM »
And Dutchsinse so often spots frack wells all around the vicinity of quake swarms... :-X

R.R. Book

  • Global Moderator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5924
  • Karma: +19/-0
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #113 on: June 13, 2018, 06:09:47 AM »
This happened back around 1990 near here - a young man was asked to take a welding torch inside an empty fuel tanker, but the fumes were still present, and he was blown to bits. 

Moral: If anyone has a loved one who welds for a living, advise him to "Just Say No" to any job assignment on the interior of a fuel tank.  If the tank becomes leaky, it simply should be replaced, no matter what the cost to the owner.

Yowbarb

  • Administrator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32267
  • Karma: +26/-0
  • Reaching For Survival
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #114 on: June 19, 2018, 10:16:35 AM »
This happened back around 1990 near here - a young man was asked to take a welding torch inside an empty fuel tanker, but the fumes were still present, and he was blown to bits. 

Moral: If anyone has a loved one who welds for a living, advise him to "Just Say No" to any job assignment on the interior of a fuel tank.  If the tank becomes leaky, it simply should be replaced, no matter what the cost to the owner.

That is really tragic...
One thing to remember, in general, we needn't expect enlightened, progressive treatment of workers in fracking operations. Nor can we much concern for workers safety unless forced to do so...

Yowbarb

  • Administrator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32267
  • Karma: +26/-0
  • Reaching For Survival
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #115 on: June 19, 2018, 10:32:07 AM »
Recent quakes 2.6 -3.3 range, Perry Oklahoma
...
Feb 2018: Looks like some progress


https://newsok.com/article/5584993/regulators-tighten-rules-to-control-fracking-related-earthquakes-in-central-northwest-and-south-central-oklahoma

Regulators tighten rules to control fracking-related earthquakes in central, northwest and south-central Oklahoma

Oklahoma geologists and oil and gas regulators said they are on solid footing with revised rules they issued Tuesday to control fracking-related earthquakes in central, northwest and south-central Oklahoma.

The new protocol, issued by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Oil and Gas Conservation Division and the Oklahoma Geological Survey, requires oil and gas well operators hydraulically fracturing a well to more quickly act to limit earthquakes associated with the process...

[ continued:  https://newsok.com/article/5584993/regulators-tighten-rules-to-control-fracking-related-earthquakes-in-central-northwest-and-south-central-oklahoma  ]

Yowbarb

  • Administrator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32267
  • Karma: +26/-0
  • Reaching For Survival
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #116 on: June 24, 2018, 04:06:51 AM »
Yowbarb Note - Vermont banned fracking clear back in 2012, yet when I google it I see plenty of evidence there has been a fight about fracking ever since. Big corporations trying very hard to override the will of the people in the state.

These are the most recent articles I could find, from April 2018 and February 2018. I (don't know what happened after the meeting of the Permanent People's Tribunal on human rights, fracking and climate change, in May
...

April 2018:

Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal to address human rights, fracking and climate change, May 14
By Press Release

 
https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/19/permanent-peoples-tribunal-address-human-rights-fracking-climate-change-may-14/

News Release — 350Vermont
April 16, 2018

Contact:
Attorney Vanessa Brown  802-229-0087  vlbrown81@gmail.com

Bethel — The historic Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change will take place this May 14th – 18th, co-hosted by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University, Corvallis, and live-streaming online.

For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, this session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will have an international focus and will include arguments about the rights of Nature in addition to the rights of people. Among those participating are 350 VT and the Green Mountain Druid Order.

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal is a highly respected international forum that grew from the Russell-Sartre Tribunal to investigate whether breaches of human rights norms occurred during the Vietnam War. The Tribunal was constituted in November 1966, and was conducted in two sessions in 1967, in Stockholm, Sweden and Roskilde Denmark. Since then it has conducted a series of high-profile hearings to determine whether human rights standards were abridged in Bhopal, Chernobyl, and other sites worldwide. The Tribunal’s most recent session was on Myanmar’s (Burma’s) crimes against the Rohingya and Kachin refugees.

The upcoming session will focus on the potential human rights violations of unconventional hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and climate change. The Tribunal judges will also be asked to consider the rights of Nature, because the protection of a healthy environment may be a fundamental prerequisite for the protection of human rights.

Local Attorney Vanessa Brown, a 2012 graduate of the Vermont Law School, home of the nation’s top environmental law program, will present witness testimony and oral and written arguments addressing the session’s central questions. A team of human rights attorneys will present witness testimony and reports from preliminary tribunals held in areas where fracking is used in oil and gas extraction. Amicus briefs have been submitted by attorneys and others representing nongovernmental organizations, including 350 VT and the Green Mountain Druid Order, for which representatives will present evidence and arguments orally.

After examining evidence and hearing testimony, judges selected by the impartial PPT board will be asked to provide an advisory opinion on four central questions:
1. Under what circumstances do fracking and other unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques breach human rights protected by international law as a matter of treaty or custom?
2. Under what circumstances do fracking and other unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques warrant the issuance of either provisional measures, a judgment enjoining further activity, remediation relief or damages for causing environmental harm? 3. What is the extent of responsibility and liability of States and non-State actors for violations of human rights and for environmental and climate harm caused by these oil and gas extraction techniques? 4. What is the extent of responsibility and liability of States and non-State actors, both legal and moral, for violations of the rights of nature related to environmental and climate harm caused by these unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques?

The judges will likely spend several months reviewing the evidence and deliberating before issuing their opinion.

During the week of the Tribunal, attorneys, witnesses, and judges will convene via Zoom web conferencing software each day to hear evidence and testimony. The proceedings will be streamed on the Spring Creek Project Facebook page. A full schedule of daily Tribunal proceedings will be posted on the Spring Creek Project website and on tribunalonfracking.org in advance of the Tribunal for those who wish to follow along.

Leading up to this session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, the Spring Creek Project is sharing the Bedrock Lectures on Human Rights and Climate Change, an online lecture series that invites artists, lawyers, scientists, writers, and activists to engage audiences in imagining how we can build communities in a world where environmental crises quickly become recognized as human rights crises. A new lecture is released each Wednesday by noon on YouTube. Fracking engineer Anthony Ingraffea, PhD, of Cornell University, was the most recent presenter.

On May 14th, on the opening evening of the Tribunal, writer and ecologist Sandra Steingraber, PhD, will deliver a keynote address. Steingraber will share her personal experience with fracking along with scientific data to illustrate how environmental injustices are related to social injustices.
...
February 2018:
"You can bet that the fossil fuel lobbyists aren't going to like this legislation one bit. They'll say it's unconstitutional, just as they did with the ban on fracking. But guess what, Vermont's ban on fracking still stands! ... Vermont also has a goal of generating 90% of our total energy from renewable sources by 2050."   Feb 8, 2018

Stop New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in Vermont « Green Energy Times
www.greenenergytimes.org/2018/02/08/stop-new-fossil-fuel-infrastructure-in-vermont/

http://www.greenenergytimes.org/2018/02/08/stop-new-fossil-fuel-infrastructure-in-vermont/

R.R. Book

  • Global Moderator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5924
  • Karma: +19/-0
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #117 on: June 25, 2018, 05:15:21 AM »
This is long overdue Barb, and hopefully a legal precedent will be established in favor of human rights in this very important trial.

ilinda

  • Global Moderator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3040
  • Karma: +32/-0
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #118 on: June 25, 2018, 04:38:35 PM »
Wonder what it is about Vermont and Maine, whereby they often are more forward-thinking than those in other states?  Thanks for posting, Barb, and maybe the idea will spread by osmosis!

ilinda

  • Global Moderator
  • Prolific Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3040
  • Karma: +32/-0
Re: Fracking. Leaking and exploding pipeline disasters in the US
« Reply #119 on: June 25, 2018, 04:53:08 PM »

(Editor's note:  not sure if this one is "leaking" yet, but as deep as it is, hard to believe the shaft would/could be totally intact.   They are supposedly not injecting any substance into the hole--we certainly hope not.)
http://scribol.com/a/environment/deepest-man-made-hole-ever-abandoned-due-to-astonishing-event/?utm_source=Yahoo-AdRizer&utm_campaign=87724&utm_term=HOMEPAGE_US~c&utm_medium=CPC&utm_content=


The Deepest Man-Made Hole Ever Created Was Sealed Up And Abandoned – Due To An Astonishing Event

By Suzi Marsh
April 17, 2018

Image: via The Earth Chronicles of Life
On a remote peninsula in north-west Russia, scientists have spent decades drilling down towards the center of the earth. At over 40,000 feet, their borehole is the deepest that man has ever gone. Then, however, something unexpected happens, and the researchers are forced to seal up their experiment for good.

 

Surviving the Planet X Tribulation: A Faith-Based Leadership Guide

Radio Free Earth: Community Preparedness and Two Way Radios

 

BUY SMART AND DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME

This book needs to be on your survival checklist because it offers a simple path for visioning, leading, and supervising the creation of an effective survival communications strategy.

Learn more...