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hybridaholic

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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 12:52:39 PM

You can't make beer without clean water, but now some breweries are afraid that fracking will threaten the very water supplies they depend upon.
"It's all about the quality of the water," Simon Thorpe, CEO of the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, N.Y., told NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" this week.
The brewers say their equipment can filter sediment from water and adjust pH levels, but they do not have the equipment to filter out some of the potential toxic chemicals that could enter the water supply via fracking, including benzene, methane and even diesel fuel. If the water becomes polluted, the company may need to truck in water, move or shut down the brewery altogether.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:05:10 AM


If 'Truth really Matters'...you must not be a Beer drinker. Water makes a huge difference in taste. It is not difficult to tell the difference between the same brand brewed in the US or Mexico (the land of brand origin). The Mexican brew is by far better! If you have done any traveling, you will agree there is a difference.

I would imagine that the micro brewers in many parts of this country are concerned too about a change in taste!
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:28:00 PM

Ridiculous!
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JLSindy
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:35:42 PM

Glad I am a wine drinker!
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:31:54 PM

Don't mess with the beer supply.
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endymion
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 12:40:03 PM

Fresh water is critical to beer production. That's why they are concerned, as we all should be.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 12:04:23 PM

Looks like we have to add some beer breweries to the list of which hunters!

AND THE WITCH HUNTS CONTINUE:

Regulation of oil and gas activity should remain squarely under individual state supervision. There is no reason the Feds should be involved in issues the states have already stringently set. All the information is available at the site www.fracfocus.org.

As more and more SCIENTIFIC studies are added to a growing list of studies showing the safety of hydraulic fracturing, the science denial crowd will overlook the science and continue to promote fear. Yelling "the water's on fire etc.".

They'll continue to chant the thoroughly debunked claims of Josh Fox "Gasland" propaganda.

No disclosure of fracturing fluid?? WRONG again... Just take at look around the site www.fracfocus.org, it's ALL right there for the world to see.

And the latest from the purveyors of fear? Insurance!!! Aha, this will be the nail in the trackers coffin! Oh wait...."Fracking-related losses have never been a covered loss under personal or commercial lines policies." - Nationwide Insurance Co.

So now it's water use eh? As each aspect of the witch hunt against oil and gas production is knocked down by science these yahoos will come up with something else out of the blue. Show me one state where oil and gas comapanies use more than a tiny fraction (far less than 1%) of the total water usage. While your at it show me a state that doesn't allow golf courses to use hundreds of times more water than drilling. You cannot, case closed.

You see, there is a huge amount of deceiving information spouted out to the public about hydraulic fracturing, a decades-old technology. Those who spread this misinformation are mostly preying on the public's fears, with an ultimate goal of forcing state governments to succumb to that fear and prevent or even ban hydraulic fracturing. We need to make sure that the discussion is productive, and that any rules are legitimately conceived. Fact must be sEPArated from fiction.

The most common claim talking point is that hydraulic fracturing contaminates ground water. This is baseless. Have you ever noticed that the critics who make that claim never provide concrete evidence? The reason for their omission? It is obvious why. After being used more than 1.2 million times there have been no confirmed cases of hydraulic fracturing contaminating water. None. Never. Ever.

As EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in April of 2012, "In no case have we made a definitive determination that the fracking process has caused chemicals to enter groundwater."

The three "smoking gun" cases that the anti-shale zealots were sinking their teeth into have proven false or based on very poor science. See Pavillion WY, Dimoch, PA, and Parker County, TX.

The latest fear mongering is "climate change" thru methane emission from hydraulic fracturing. Once again SCIENTIFIC investigation has shown the EPA using numbers that are overblown by 50%.

Oh and the "evil Halliburton Loophole" talking point! LOL, what a joke. This is the errant claim born out of the yellow journalism of "gasland", a proven fraudulent film by Josh Fox, that hydraulic fracturing is "exempt" from the Safe Drinking Water Act, thanks to an energy bill passed by Congress in 2005. The truth??? SDWA has been the law of the land for nearly 40 years, and at no point has it ever covered hydraulic fracturing. Why??? States already tightly and effectively regulate the process.

How can an industry be exempt from something that never covered you in the first place? But you hear this falsehood talking point most every time the subject comes up.

It is important to rely on facts and the science, not fear-mongering talking points. The shale gas and oil boom is the result of U.S. business innovation and risk-taking. If we let the fear of undocumented pollution kill this boom, we will deserve our fate as a second-class industrial power.
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hybridaholic
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:35:05 AM

Most of Wisconsin breweries use well water, including Leinenkugel's (Chippewa Falls)and Point Brewery (Stevens Point). Clear, cold, pure, and refreshing.
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quasar502
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 2:19:38 AM

I believe it's a real concern.
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DrGasPain
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 12:32:33 AM

Seriously? You gotta ge kidding me!
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TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:16:58 PM

if it is bad for beer, one can only hope all the fracking water is drunk by our professional politicians.
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drobbbb
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 8:24:23 PM

interesting
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dbellie
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 8:05:54 PM

holy barley malt, batman
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Pramodsharma
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 6:46:02 PM

Let them explore oil and bring down gas prices, we will send flood of beers from other placed.
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md11capt
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 6:41:03 PM

Will the beer ignite when you open a can?
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ktbaeohana
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:50:41 PM

watch and see/
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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:47:00 PM

I still think fracking is a big gamble and that we don't have enough data yet to declare it safe.
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mike56MI
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 5:28:19 PM

Say it's not so.
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:39:07 PM

Fracking Pale Ale.
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hrtdi
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:22:03 PM

I've never think that breweries use water from wells. I know some that treat water already treated by their municipality. Some other have their own water treatment facilities and they pump their water directly from a river.
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CocoPaz
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:01:36 PM

"...shut down the brewery" That would be, burp, terrible.

We are praying for the safe capture of the cop killer in Calif. Am I the only one who smells a movie deal out of this?
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BUSMAN1105
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 3:21:20 PM

YES, BECAUSE IT USE UP OUR WATER RESOURCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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qwerty17
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 2:40:59 PM

get the gas. keep the water clean. if you can't do both, don't do it. (now beer is riding on it. time for extra-vigilance.)
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 2:39:37 PM

"If you actually get water from a well sign below"

1)drpeppertx - from 4 water wells
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[Edited by: drpepperTX at 2/8/2013 2:40:07 PM EST]
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 2:31:24 PM

I seriously doubt that any brewery has a well drilled where they get all their water from. Just like all the bad water freaks on gasbuddy likely don't have wells. We live in the country yet even we have county water.

If you actually get water from a well sign below

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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 2:08:27 PM

NHLiveFree " No industry deserves or needs a paid exemption to our Clean Water Act."

Actually NHLiveFree, the shame is the complete misinformation you just spread.

The Clean Water Act? Oh dear, what a tangled web we weave...

The entire process, every step, of hydraulic fracturing is absolutely regulated under the CWA. You really should go back and read your talking points memos more closely!

Furthermore, every step in the process of drilling and fraccing is covered at some point by the following Acts:
CWA: Clean Water Act • OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration • SDWA: Safe Drinking Water Act • EPRCA: Community “Right to Know” Act

And seriously, the mother nature network??? LOL.


[Edited by: drpepperTX at 2/8/2013 2:10:59 PM EST]
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whatif81
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 1:50:44 PM

ok
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 1:48:17 PM


This is a real blow right to the gut of the drilling industry!

Brewers and distillers are validly concerned and worried about the threat to everyone's right to pure clean water. No industry deserves or needs a paid exemption to our Clean Water Act. It is a shame our Congress is so easily swayed by the oil and drilling industry lobbyists. It is time to level the playing field and eliminate exemptions for any company or industry no matter how much they contribute to Congressional coffers, meals, trips, and vacations. Oh, did I forget the high paying jobs for relatives and friends of our legislators?
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HorizonChaser
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 1:44:09 PM

Oh no! Not beer! It's liquid bread. Think of the children!
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DrivingFool2
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 1:34:17 PM

Is nothing sacred? This is barbarism beyond human limitations. The lights are dimming as we go silently into the night, dying of dehydration and lack of human dignity. I would do anything for beer, but I won't do that.

[Edited by: DrivingFool2 at 2/8/2013 1:38:21 PM EST]
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mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 1:04:58 PM

The brewers will be hauled out in front to howl until fracking isdefeated. Then MADD will give them the works.
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 12:58:14 PM

Fracking killed animals and plants and caused tap water to ignite and no response. Now it's threatening BEER!! Have they no decency? Have they no mercy? Don't threaten our beer too!
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