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Sanpoil

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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:00:57 AM

An EPA staff report suggests methane from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, contaminated wells near Dimock, Pa., but the agency says the water's safe to drink.

WASHINGTON — One year ago, the Environmental Protection Agency finished testing drinking water in Dimock, Pa., after years of complaints by residents who suspected that nearby natural gas production had fouled their wells. The EPA said that for nearly all the 64 homes whose wells it sampled, the water was safe to drink.

Yet as the regulator moved to close its investigation, the staff at the mid-Atlantic EPA office in Philadelphia, which had been sampling the Dimock water, argued for continuing the assessment.

In an internal EPA PowerPoint presentation obtained by the Tribune/Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau, staff members war
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2013 5:22:21 PM

"We are not going to agree on this discussion."
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True, when one refuses to follow the scientific findings and geologic realities, it's impossible to find agreement.

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CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 10:49:30 PM

C'mon drpepper, I know you must be a very happy guy with all that laughing gas you must be sniffing1 (no pun intended; well maybe!)
Far too much methane is escaping into the upper atmosphere; and the horizontal fracking, which in contrast to the vertical fracking has only been around since the late 1990's.
We are not going to agree on this discussion.
Your assertions on that strengths in the unity of States as individual entities goes against reality. One large organization is stronger then a loose alignment of individual states with their own goals/agendas. If your logic was to hold any credence then there would be no United States military as a centralized command structure etc.
If America does not support itself as a country but rather supports individual fiefdoms or states then the strength within that unity will begin to deteriorate and eventually cease to exist as a single and united country.
This has been a very quick response as I have retn'd to work as opposed to retirement and no longer have the luxury of engaging in extended dialogues.
Americas power is in its unity, the UNITED STATES; not a loose gaggle of states with their own agendas! I firmly believe the EPA and other national organizations really do care for its nations citizens. It's too bad that too many individuals are chastened with and by rhetoric and false beliefs of that very nation that has nurtured them for so long.
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bston
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 6:10:23 PM

No EPA
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sljbc475
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 11:00:52 AM

Fracking affects all of us.
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jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 8:25:52 AM

No end to this debate.
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BlueOnyx
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 7:45:40 AM

New link to this article:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-epa-dimock-20130728,0,4847442.story

How can this be changed on the original post?
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skippypa
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 6:15:24 AM

Ok what's new
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Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 5:59:56 AM

moenkopi23 nice to know a skeptic...
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moenkopi23
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 5:35:59 AM

Let all you naysayers take the first drink. If the aquifers and ground water supplies get fouled by fracking by-products, the outrageous price at the pumps we now pay will pale next to what we will pay for water and there will be no recourse forever after.
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Luckylindy
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 5:15:32 AM

Just keep looking until you find something or find a way to make up something.
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whitebear1883
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:57:53 AM

Sorry, but I do trust the EPA more than BP et. al. Haven't you all learned anything?
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OHMS
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:52:30 AM

where white is black
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:51:57 AM

The EPA is worried about one thing, justifying its existence.
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Samo1961
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:13:11 AM

The evil EPA.
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2b0b
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 2:21:33 AM

The link to the article does not work. The newspaper site says "Page not found"
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pricewar
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 2:15:27 AM

they need to do an independent study
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iFueler
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 2:04:55 AM


     time for an UNBIASED FACTUAL look at fracking
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 1:57:44 AM

Like it or not, the EPA is charged with looking out for OUR environment.
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USMCturtlehead
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 1:27:11 AM

Oh Well.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 1:13:37 AM

Sorry CdnLynx, your theory holds no water, pun intended.

If fissures were present the methane would not have been contained for millennia to be tapped by drilling. And if you think that fracced fissures are long enough to go through a mile or more of the rock that has contained that methane for millennia you are greatly mistaken. You see, fracced fissures have been studied quite heavily, with most no more than 150' in length.

As for the US EPA, their agenda has changed from the original intent. A great example of what our founders tried to keep from happening by giving too much power to a Federal entity. That is why the US is made up of individual states, united based on freedom and states rights, not federal rights.

[Edited by: drpepperTX at 7/28/2013 1:14:09 AM EST]
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jrschl
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:57:16 AM

This is the part that scares me & I don't know what is believable and what is fictitious.
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VanIsleRover
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:55:48 AM

drink bottled water...
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CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:43:57 AM

It's far better to have a national entity that looks out for the entire country, as opposed to smaller state fiefdoms that are not cohesive, or in other words, for others that can comprehend, fractured entities. Smaller state entities are far more easily, coerced, manipulated and subsequently corrupted! This is what some here count on!
Nothing is perfect, however in the case of the EPA, there is more smear and rhetoric.

drpepper, you disappoint me, you know very well methane is a lighter then air gas which rises up through fissures as opposed to liquids that will settle.

teenitup - It's not hard to find, just got to know how to look!!
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Hi1
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:33:54 AM

Ok.
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:33:17 AM

you drink it
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bowler360
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:31:44 AM

blah. blah, blah.
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CDMAuto
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:30:55 AM

I do not believe the EPA
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:30:08 AM

LOL, 'environmentalists' daunting their savior EPA!

I'll ask again, if methane is migrating from the frac zone how is it possible that no brine or frac fluids have not done the same??? Recent scientific study using tracers has proven that this has not happened.
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jerej829
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:30:05 AM

ok
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bobdec
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:29:51 AM

The EPA cannot be trusted as they will say whatever the powers to be want them to say
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Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:29:46 AM

Will all those that want to abolish the EPA, please tell us how they think our air, land, and water will remain safe. The honor system?
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Isea11
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:28:10 AM

This is a problem that if we continue with fracking and get it wrong we are screwed. Better to take the time and get it right.
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jethro5000
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:28:08 AM

???
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Burger09
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:27:50 AM

Very uninteresting...
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rawdog1313
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:27:39 AM

Big Surprise...
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csblesson
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:27:30 AM

There will always be reports and discords
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naspa
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:26:54 AM

Ya think? Where fracking, well weather is useless. Come, I'll show you! A million bucks nobody can even smell it, let alone use it.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:25:28 AM

"Over time our wells will fill up with undrinkable water.

Then we will be importing bottled water from China."

I hope not :).
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oldred11
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:25:22 AM

I really don't think an EPA report was necessary. . .
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:24:14 AM

Goodbye EPA
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:23:59 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:23:17 AM

The environmentalist will never quit. Move on!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:23:12 AM

political agenda tug o war
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:22:55 AM

Ok
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Tsunamiron
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:22:39 AM

Over time our wells will fill up with undrinkable water.

Then we will be importing bottled water from China.
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jcdakota
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:20:39 AM

So they aren't polluted yet - wait, repeat testing, and hope it stays that way ! !
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:18:50 AM

of course they do!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:18:31 AM

Abolish and defund the EPA.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:17:07 AM

could be
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:16:56 AM

The EPA willing to argue with anything.
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