Water Polluted by Frackers: New Evidence
|December 23, 2013||Posted by Staff under Environmental, Health|
Hormone-disrupting chemicals found in water at fracking sites, substances that have been linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer.
This 2013 excerpt of the Los Angeles Times, Dece 16, is by Neela Banerjee.
Water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic fracturing was used to extract natural gas show the presence of chemicals that have been linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer.
The study also found elevated levels of the hormone-disrupting chemicals in the Colorado River, where wastewater released during accidental spills at nearby wells could wind up.
Tests of water from sites with no fracking activity also revealed the activity of so-called endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. But the levels from these control sites were lower than in places with direct links to fracking.
Fracking involves injecting millions of gallons of chemical-laced water and sand deep underground to crack shale formations and unlock oil and gas. The process is exempt from some regulations that are part of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and energy companies do not have to disclose the chemicals they use if they consider that information a trade secret.
The fact that the domestic boom in oil and gas is driven by fracking has made discussions of its impact extremely fraught.
Independent scientists who reviewed the study countered that the researchers were cautious with their conclusions. The study does not state that fracking spills contaminated surface and groundwater. Rather, it shows a correlation between the Garfield County spill sites and greater activity of EDCs in the water.
The human endocrine system and that of wildlife is guided by very small fluctuations of hormones. Even low levels of anti-estrogenic or anti-androgenic activity could potentially alter development.
Ed. Notes: So whose side is the government on? Why exempt business instead of protect public health? You know why. Politicians get money from frackers who get to keep the share that belongs to the public and use some of that excess profit to contribute to the campaigns of politicians — i.e., to be brutally frank, bribe lawmakers.
To chop this misdeed off at its root, society would have to recover what is already ours — the worth of Mother Earth, our common natural heritage. That we can do by a strategy of land taxes or land dues and rent shares or Citizen’s Dividends, sort of like Alaska’s oil dividend. Then, if people got natural “rents” instead of business, then government could become independent enough to not cater to contributors but actually hold them accountable instead and protect both people and the planet.
Then what would the academics study?