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California Halts Fracking Waste Injections; Fears "Danger To Life, Health, & Natural Resources"

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Seven independent oil companies have been ordered to halt state-approved wastewater injection work this week, according to The Bakersfied Californian, The cessation of fracking is out of concern they may be contaminating Kern County drinking water. As ProPublica reports, The state’s Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) is warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that their waste disposal “poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources.”


As The Bakersfield Californian reports,

Seven independent oil companies have been ordered to halt state-approved wastewater injection work starting noon Monday out of concern they may be contaminating Kern County drinking water.


Emergency orders issued Wednesday by the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources apply to 11 disposal wells east and northeast of Bakersfield. About 100 water wells are located within a mile radius of the disposal wells.


Oil and water officials say the wells may have injected "produced water" -- the toxic and sometimes radioactive liquid that comes up during oil production -- and possibly injected fracking fluid at relatively shallow depths that contain relatively low salinity, oil-free water suitable for drinking and irrigation.


State officials said they have found no evidence the underground injections, some approved by DOGGR as long ago as the 1970s and others very recently, have ever contaminated drinking or irrigation water. Pollution has not been ruled out, however, as regulators conduct site inspections and await test results and other information from the companies.


DOGGR's action has come amid a year-old crackdown on industry practices for disposing of oil field fluids.




"We need to make sure that the water that they're going after, if it's potable now, let's make sure that it stays that way and we're not injecting produced water," said Jason Marshall, chief deputy director of DOGGR's parent agency, the state Department of Conservation.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued orders Wednesday concurrent with DOGGR's action. Its letters to the same seven companies set deadlines for turning over groundwater samples, analytical data and technical reports.

"Our orders are focused on the (geological) formation where the injection happened and looking at the quality of that formation water," said Jonathan Bishop, chief deputy director for the State Water Resources Board.


Fortunately, he said, it appears a "large proportion" of the wells' injection zones are at a much deeper depth than the nearby water wells.


While that's "good news," he said, the state lacks data on many of the surrounding private wells. Inspectors are trying to gather such information now, he added.


But some of the injection wells at issue seem to be within 500 feet of the depth of the water wells.


"That is of more concern to us," he said.

Read more here from ProPublica...

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This comes on the heels of earthquake concerns we reported previously and NY's fracking setback.


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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:27 | 4978290 COSMOS
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Took them long enough, may be too late.

Hope the Ukrainians and Romanians dont destroy their aquifers with this fracking crap (there is actually a large aquifer called Dobrogea Aquifer that goes from Eastern Romania/Bulgaria to southern Ukraine and is the main source of drinking water, that is where Chevron wants to frack).  At least in Eastern Ukraine they are fighting for their freedom from the IMF and Biden's family ties.

Ahhh Nuland cookies and fracking water to drink, a match made in heaven.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:31 | 4978340 ken
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Fracking needs to be stopped.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:59 | 4978415 Stackers
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 State officials said they have found no evidence the underground injections, ....., have ever contaminated drinking or irrigation water

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:11 | 4978449 kurt
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And then what if it does?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:26 | 4978481 yellowsub
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Considering the EPA raised the safety level for radiation from the Fukushima fallout in Cali I expect nothing less than the same treatment.  


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:28 | 4978500 DaveyJones
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but I thought we kill for oil?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:35 | 4978513 Thought Processor
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There are a lot of things we humans can live without.  


Water wouldn't be one of them.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:06 | 4978596 The Alarmist
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Hell, we have the oceans ... why should we care that our fresh-water sources are screwed? /sarc>

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:54 | 4978752 Not Too Important
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And . . .

Reverse osmosis/desalinization does not remove radionuclides. Drinking the Northern Pacific is a non-starter.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:46 | 4978861 mjcOH1
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"Seven independent oil companies have been ordered to halt state-approved wastewater injection work this week, according to The Bakersfied Californian"

I'm all for forcing California to satisfy it's electricity demand with internal production. Let them burn whatever they want for BTUs....unicorns, hipsters...give each 'medical marijuana' user a pocket co-generation Obamaphone. Last man out in 5 years can tell us what burnt best.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:52 | 4978877 COSMOS
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If you move around the map you can see all the aquifers around the globe.  That Siberian one is a BEAST.  Damn those Russians are BIG with everything

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 07:43 | 4979256 zhandax
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Not quite all.  They seem to have missed the one that goes from Lake Okeechobee across a third of the state to the keys.  The Biscayne aquifer. 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:44 | 4978976 dirty belly
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That's that flat earth thinking, isn't it?  Ever see a compost fire?  OH and what about all the inventions from NIKOLA TESLA?  There are FREE ENERGY divices.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Free Energy Revealed  

[We can confirm that the Fix the World Team has produced a working overunity device, called Quantum Energy Generator (QEG). Yes, it works]:


Published on Nov 25, 2013

[I have always wanted to test a radiant energy motor. This little motor is the beginning of my research in that direction. In the near future I will be making larger more powerful motors. The precision required will probably require my 3D printer. Stay tuned for future updates.

Links to books and website:
Video correction: The 2000+ watt device was built by Jules Guillot.]

We don't need to 'burn' things for energy.  Don't be foolish.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:32 | 4979778 WordSmith2013
Sun, 07/20/2014 - 06:42 | 4979215 barre-de-rire
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man, streams are mostly interconected excepted for closed seas, the whole pacific/atlantic water is fukushima contaminated, 3 years now....


.gov raise public acceptable level of security, non the less still shit are in water now.


earth is becoming the most ugly wilkyway's garbage, have you look at the satelite graveyard above your gead ? every day on earth satelite fall down.


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:13 | 4978616 kaiserhoff
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So, you think Californians could live without their cars???

Pulleeze, Honey Chile;)

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:59 | 4979124 All Risk No Reward
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No, the Money Power that controls the oil industry uses others to kill (which is way better than throwing them in volcanoes like back int he day... ROI is higher) in order to eliminate their conpetition so they could jack the price of oil from $1.20 a gallon in boom times to $5 a gallon in a depression.  And that's in the US.  Europe is looking at $10 a gallson instead of $2.50.

We've been punked.  Again.  Over and over.  The fate of Galactic Chumps!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:35 | 4978511 Pool Shark
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Oil companies have been using this exact same technique for over 60 years in central California. The so-called 'waste water' that is being injected back into the ground is recycled from previous injections. In my former life, I used to design the water and oil treating facilities to process the oil/water/sediment that's pumped back out of the ground. It's pretty simple really:  1) You turn water into steam (either with gas-fired steam generators or co-generators), 2) You pump that steam into the ground to break-up the tar-like oil, 3) You pump the resulting slurry out of the ground, 4) You separate the oil from the water, sand and bottom sediment, 5) you treat the oil and send it off for refining, 6) You filter and soften the water and turn it back into steam, 7) Lather, rinse repeat. 

Nothing revolutionary here. It's being done out in areas far away from drinking water supplies. Specifically, in Kern County (i.e., Bakersfield) the ground water table is well-mapped and injection wells are not allowed anywhere near them.

Can't speak for other regions, but in central California, this is a big non-issue...



Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:23 | 4978633 earleflorida
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haliburton holds all patents for injection and fracking from it's inception

cheney's deferred, 'faustian bargain'...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:57 | 4978759 Not Too Important
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It's a good thing Haliburton moved to the ME so they don't have to pay US taxes, and can't be tried in any US courts. But they still qualify for billions in US government contracts.

You'd think the Great False Prophet would say something about that . . .


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 00:03 | 4978995 MasterControl
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"I used to design the water and oil treating facilities to process the oil/water/sediment that's pumped back out of the ground."

Sorry.  Self-anointed enviro-heros know way more than you.*

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:38 | 4978689 Not Too Important
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The EPA has raised the safety level for radiation in the entire US, not just California.

In fact, they've raised it several times since Fukushima blew. Right now it's about 10x higher than even Japan, and Japan has been raising it constantly since 3/11.

Now, we're not testing Japanese food imports either. So be careful. They're still harvesting and exporting rice from Fukushima, for instance.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:26 | 4978493 mrpxsytin
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It's interesting how easily people choose what they believe from 'state officials'. I bet this fool will argue black and blue that state officials lie about all manner of things, yet when it comes to his particular pet interest the state officials are Angels of Truth. 

Please let me know how to sort between the lying state officials and the truth telling state officials. 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:01 | 4978567 Stackers
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Prehaps you can explain to me what they are lying about this time then ?

Are they lying about no contamination ? ... or ... Are they lying about the threat of contamination ? ... because in the article it seems they are contradicting themselves in saying they have never found any contamination in 40 years or permitting these operations, but now all of a sudden with no proof of anything actually happening they have suspended these same permits.


Try pulling your head out of your ass, that way you wont sound like your head is full shit.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:08 | 4979055 Die Weiße Rose
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This morning our bathtub exploded as I turned on the hot water Tab.

Why is there gas coming out of my faucet ?

Why has our water turned green ?

help us please !!!!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:01 | 4978582 Not Too Important
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They're just stopping it because . . .

'Light Your Water On Fire from Gas Drilling, Fracking'


This is what people are drinking.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:21 | 4978936 Seek_Truth
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That has been debunked numerous times.

Water in many parts of the US can be set on fire because methane bubbles up from the aquifers.

Many historical accounts of the first settlers attest to the ability to light ponds and other bodies of water on fire because of natural gases.

Google it, that public school education ain't worth much fracking ain't got nuttin to do with it.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 05:12 | 4979179 Dr. Everett V. Scott
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"Fracking needs to be stopped"??

Why? Are you a Luddite?

You are frightened of a completely harmless way to extract oil and gas that would otherwise go to waste. Do you like high energy bills?

Scientific illiteracy is the bane of modern society, brought on by dumbing down the population — which is caused by the government education industry.

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:42 | 4982360 Magooo
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If fracking stops --- we are done -- because conventional oil production is tanking:

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:36 | 4978354 Monty Burns
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"a match made in heaven" ??

You woudn't want to put a lighted match near  that water.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:38 | 4978365 Son of Loki
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Frigg'n Fuki Fracking Francisco.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:55 | 4978404 _mike123_
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They may or may not find a problem. But even if they do find a problem, fix the problem don't destroy an industry that employs tens of thousands of workers with well paying jobs.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:47 | 4978542 DaveyJones
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i feel the same way about the army


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:43 | 4978597 Not Too Important
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Nuclear power is killing tens of millions, soon to be billions. And we should worry about a few thousand jobs?

Wait till our families come down with RAIDS (Radiogenic Acquired Immunodificiency Syndrome).

Well, we all already have it, it just hasn't kicked in yet. There's no getting the asrosolized Enriched Uranium and Plutonium out of anyone's lungs at this point.

Quitting smoking is a lot less critical now. You're not going to get cancer care anyway:

"The latest innovation in cancer care isn’t a medical breakthrough but an app to ration new drugs. It’ll measure care in terms of what it costs health plans, instead of what it means for patients’ lives.

 That it’s being developed under the auspices of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, the world’s leading oncology association, is a grim warning about the state of organized medicine.

 The app will use an algorithm like those many health plans apply to limit access to innovative treatments. Wellpoint Inc., for one, measures cost-effectiveness by comparing the benefits, side effects and costs of various treatments for specific types of cancer. The ASCO app uses the same benchmarks..."


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:23 | 4978308 Bangin7GramRocks
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Key here is independent oil companies. The big boys would tell the state to suck a dick and keep on fracking until the flow of "campaign contributions" changed the ruling. Don't expect this to last very long. Money trumps safe drinking water.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:23 | 4978309 joego1
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Dick Chaney said that was impossible as he shot his lawyer in the face.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:29 | 4978331 RevRex
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Who is Dick Chaney, one of your bun buddies?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:07 | 4978601 Not Too Important
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Lon's brother.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:01 | 4978429 nmewn
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The Kennedys have killed more people driving cars than Cheney has killed with his gun ;-)

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:18 | 4978467 palmereldritch
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Something about Cheney and a gun just makes me want to dial 911

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:21 | 4978476 nmewn
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Something about Bloomberg makes me want to use one ;-)

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:52 | 4978551 DaveyJones
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I'm sure someday,

Dick and Joe

will play poker

and watch girlie films

in that ultimate backroom

in the ultimate basement  

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:25 | 4978316 I am Jobe
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Must keep fracking. WTF, so hookers, drugs, drugs I said drugs twice isn;t killing enough. WTF dumb fuck Kalifornaians. Must move to TX, love to frack and kill folks. 

PS; Don;t mess with TX. TX is a bigger pussy than one can imagine. All talk. Hookers are good 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:29 | 4978333 ken
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What hookers?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:44 | 4978710 Not Too Important
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You know how to find Texas from California?

Go east till you smell it, then south till you step in it.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:25 | 4978317 buzzsaw99
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I was driving home early Sunday morning through Bakersfield
Listening to gospel music on the colored radio station
And the preacher said, "You know you always have the
Lord by your side"
And I was so pleased to be informed of this that I ran
Twenty red lights in his honor
Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:06 | 4978435 nmewn
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And if you're downright disgusted
And life ain't worth a dime
Get a girl with far away eyes

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:32 | 4978505 knukles
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I asked for a bike.
But Jesus don't work that way.
So I stole a bike.
And asked for forgiveness.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:16 | 4978619 kaiserhoff
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Too modesty.

  Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:25 | 4978318 CrashisOptimistic
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It takes millions, with an M, gallons of water to frack an oil well.  The pressure pump is removed and up flows liquids.  Oil, NGLs and water. Some water is natural brine, some is fracking water with proppant and radioactive markers (that identify what stage of the frack length is producing the oil seen that moment.

It is pretty easy to seperate the water from the oil at the surface.  (It is less easy to seperate the NGLs from the oil because they are hot coming up and then cool down, but that's a different issue).

The water that comes up has to be disposed of.  Disposal wells are drilled and the water is put down into them. 

This is almost always no problem.  The disposal wells are usually a mile deeper than any possible drinking water supply. 

But there are weird exceptions and this may be one.

The answer is easy.  Drill a different disposal well somewhere that has no risk to drinking water.  Done.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:29 | 4978330 ken
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Oh yeah, like the crust of the Earth is consistent?


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:38 | 4978350 COSMOS
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Yeah like I want a ton of shit water under my drinking water, last time I checked water likes to percolate up.  Any seismic action or natural fissures will bring that shit up.  Not to mention studies have shown that the injection wells wall shafts themselves leak and contaminate the water as they go down to deeper levels where they inject the crap.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:00 | 4978424 knukles
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Well, let's look at the bright side.
here in the Happy People's Republic of Unmentionable Wealth that's Supposed to be Somebody Else's Private Property, we have one Bad Ass Water Shortage because of One Bad Ass Drought.
So we have a dearth of water.
And consumption as opposed to flushing toilets, watering lawns, washing cars, wet tee shirt contests (lemme get back to you on that one) and all sorts of other adulterous wasteful misanthropic applications, we shouldn't be putting otherwise good water down a hole.. since that's where good water comes from, if you get my gist.
So, we have to put pollutants in the hole to get the oil out.

Where is Chevorn's HQ?
San Francisco!
Do they treat gays, women, blacks, Latinos, midgets, the mentally retarded well?
Of course, they comply with all the laws!
Campaign Contributions?
At both the Fed and local levels!
So whaddya gonna do?
Fuck the peon hill-jack Okie and Mexican farmers!
Pump away, maties!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:22 | 4978482 nmewn
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The media left me under the impression that Cali had zero water

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:57 | 4978568 pakled
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Leave wet t-shirt contests out of this. It is a well established fact that this is one of the few fracking endeavors that gets more out than is put in.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:18 | 4978628 kaiserhoff
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I can help you with that water shortage for wet tee shirts...,

  oil wresting, it's what's for dessert.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:48 | 4982143 combatsnoopy
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-Oxy (oil company) is located on Wilshire in Los Angeles in the same building as the Gore Group.   This building is on the north side, just a few blocks away from UCLA.

-Chevron is headquartered in San Francisco.  

-Jerry Brown (Govenor of California) gets a fee everytime Perta (oil) Indonesia sells California a barrel of oil.  

-Perta, Indonesia fracks. 

-Janine Garafalo's daddy was an exec at Exxon.  The "evil" OIL company.  



-Natural gas pipelines go through Ukraine to Europe and now China from Russia, Russia was mad becasue Ukraine wouldn't pay them for the gas.  The Russian China deal would increase supply for natural gas and drop the prices:


So the Unusually high number of puts on Texas natural companies were excessively high his week... :


-E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DD)- affiliated with Dupont, 


-Ultra PETROLEUM in Texas (thanks to falling natural gas prices and a shift in management---oh wait, UKRAINE'S PIPELINES CARRY NATURAL GAS INTO CHINA AND EUROPE!)


-iShares SIlver trust

-RSX (Market Vector Russia)

-Freeport-McMoRan Inc. -NATURAL GAS




(other highly traded puts this week)

-emerging markets EEM, iShares Russel IWM, Wells Fargo and Walgreens. 


(btw, I think that Russia was framed with the plane crash).  



follow the money.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:48 | 4978728 Not Too Important
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"A recent study from Cornell University finds a probable link between drilling activity and an increased frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma. Published in the journal Science, the study indicates that the practice of injecting millions of gallons of wastewater underground after a well is hydraulically fractured may increase the occurrence of earthquakes.

Although scientists have yet to identify a concrete link between unconventional drilling and earthquakes, areas that have experienced an increase in oil and gas drilling have also seen an uptick in seismic activity. Oklahoma is currently the state with the highest number of magnitude 3.0 earthquakes for 2014."

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:04 | 4978775 NoWayJose
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The solution to your concern is to stop using water that is supplied using any type of energy. Your use of energy is what is causing the need for fracking. So stop using energy to pump water from your shallow wells. Stop using energy to move the water through your treatment plants and pumping stations. Stop using energy to heat or cool your water. Better yet - give up all energy use, including electricity to access the Internet, and drive the frackers out of business!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:35 | 4978963 Seek_Truth
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I second that motion- not for me, but for all the folks that don't understand that there are risks to all energy, there is no such thing as clean, safe energy, etc:

By all means get off the internet, throw your cell phone away, have the electricity removed from your residence, and stop driving, for starters.

Lead the way.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:31 | 4978337 Duffy Duck
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So, if I follow you, we can drink the NGLs if we aren't pussies?

Is that right?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:08 | 4978440 kurt
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And like Superman you can see the fracturing miles beneath the surface using your x-ray eyes!

Honestly, "a disposal well"? Now you've stepped in it. I suppose that shit just sits there forever.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:49 | 4978731 Not Too Important
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Another question no one asks is what goes into the salt domes around the world after the oil is pulled out?

And once they're done filling it up, does anyone care if it starts to dissolve the salt cap?


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:35 | 4978675 blackbeardz
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NIMBY fuckers


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:57 | 4979123 The Wedge
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Reason and a little reading! Helluva combo!

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:28 | 4978326 ken
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How phucking stupid could these goddam stupid phuckers be?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:34 | 4978332 Hongcha
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For once the mandarins in Sacramento are taken down.  Kernville is likely juuuust about out of water, so that didn't help.

They probably also didn't want their hydraulics torched in the middle of the night.  And 24/7 security is expensive.

They had years, decades in which to build out public trans.  They sell out at every turn.  They want to keep pumping it out until their grandchildren have nothing left.

If they try that shit in my neighborhood I may just Take Up the Molotov and join the ranks myself ... and I don't care if its XOM, whomever.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:51 | 4978735 Pool Shark
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Actually, being at the extreme southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, Kern County operates off of ground water, so it's one of the most water-independent counties in the state. In fact, the California Aqueduct flows right through Kern on its way to LA. If Kern ever really got pissed-off at the bureaucrats, they could simply divert the flow of much of Southern California's water supply...


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:30 | 4978335 kaiserhoff
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Calipornia has none of its own damn water.


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:43 | 4978706 eclectic syncretist
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Maybe they are more concerned about the earthquakes but don't want to admit it for political or legal reasons.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:32 | 4978342 blue gkm
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i would never live on the west coast with bad water and high realestate. sicknes and brokeness

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:49 | 4978474 knukles
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My house is up 1,000,000% every day for just 15 minutes on-line from home in your neighbor's wife's dirty panties you snatched (hah ha) out of their car port washing machine!
Just think of the unmentionable riches getting paid in Bitcon held overseas by MtGox in perfect security.
Sleep well at night with Ambien and Popov.
Happy Kalifonia.

The Bakersfieldian

Deadline July 19, 2014.
Bakersfield California.  Kern County Regional Emergency Room

ER Doc:  Oh my God!  What the fuck happen to you!
Dolt:  My tap water caught on fire!
ERD:  You're local, right?
Dolt:  Yeah, yeah, I knew the natural gas, benzine, propane and oil were in it.
ERD:  Did you light it by mistake?
Dolt:  No, I was just showing my buddy from New York how cool it is!
ERD:  You mean the dead guy?
Dolt:  Yep!
ERD:  Why?
Dolt:  Seemed like a good idea at the time.  This kinda hurts.  Can I have another handful of Vicodin?
ERD:  Sure.  Mind if I join ya'?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:33 | 4978344 ken
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Fire/Sue his ass. " Jonathan Bishop, chief deputy director for the State Water Resources Board.


Fortunately, he said, it appears a "large proportion" of the wells' injection zones are at a much deeper depth than the nearby water wells.


While that's "good news," he said, the state lacks data on many of the surrounding private wells. Inspectors are trying to gather such information now, he added.


But some of the injection wells at issue seem to be within 500 feet of the depth of the water wells.


"That is of more concern to us," he said."

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:50 | 4978379 Yen Cross
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    The Squid might want to re-revise Q3 & Q4 GDP if this spreads to other states... Increased energy production has also contributed greatly to the deficit reductions we've seen over the last few years as well.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:50 | 4978737 Not Too Important
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You mean further downward?


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 19:47 | 4978386 Wahooo
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In other words, time to pay up suckers.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:00 | 4978420 Againstthelie
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Evil government, evil regulations!

The companies and the market knows much better!


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:52 | 4979113 The Wedge
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No, science....geology, verifiable facts, reason. Try it.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:02 | 4978430 El Gordo
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What was in those injection wells before they were depleted and then became injection wells?  Twenty feet deep for water, one mile deep for disposal, what's the difference.  It's all in the ground isn't it?  No one, not even one, shred of evidence that there is a problem, just more fear mongering by the leftists.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:06 | 4978434 kurt
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Bravo! Stop the corrupt monsters everywhere.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:12 | 4978436 potato
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What bullshit. Show me a 10,000 ft deep water well. Pick up a copy of Reservoir Geomechanics before posting.

I am surprised how many on ZH are getting on the MSM-sponsored hate train against fracking. Please call a reservoir engineer and seek his technical advice.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:22 | 4978480 palmereldritch
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Opinions are shallow and facts are deep.

Due diligence is based on effort and drilling down.

Hence the unicorn world we live in....

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:59 | 4978756 blackbeardz
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Facts are shallow and opinions are deep in this unicorn world..

-any fact can be twisted, explain nuclear power, fake sugar and obama peace prize. HFT helps liquidity, warren commission, 911, lusitania sinking, Gulf of Tonkin incident, federal reserve, 30 year drug war, illegalizing hemp.

When Antarctica is prime vacation resort territory, book one.


EDIT -almost forgot flouride.


Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:29 | 4978863 palmereldritch
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So I'm thinking you're going with....reactionary opinion*

*sans research or history

** hint: look at the history of the propaganda du jour, who is in control and why....or alternatively research the work of B.F. Skinner



Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:52 | 4978554 Bangin7GramRocks
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Asbestos! This wonder material was used in everything for 50 years. You would've called me a kook if I expressed concern about that too. Sorry if I don't trust the people who make more money by lying. 

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:02 | 4978587 palmereldritch
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So how do feel about Fluoride in the drinking water?

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:52 | 4978743 Not Too Important
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And people were killed for saying the Earth was round.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:00 | 4978769 blackbeardz
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- sorry I can't help myself

I feel you are not getting enough. Drink more treated water.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:26 | 4978813 palmereldritch
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I try and avoid it as much as I can but based on your response, please help the following link

assuming you have not consumed so much tap water that you can't coherently digest its contents.

Bottoms up!

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 02:27 | 4982474 Aussiekiwi
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Asbestos, great building material for external walls, just wash the panels down every 15 years and apply with roller a new coat of paint, as long as you dont sand it or eat it..

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 02:41 | 4979103 The Wedge
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Okay now, no critical thinking on this subject. Please re-post an anti-fracking piece, we gotta give Prince Alwaleed his moneys worth.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:09 | 4978441 jwoop66
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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:20 | 4978473 yellowsub
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Their water sources just gets less and less...

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:31 | 4978504 Joebloinvestor
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In the meantime Barry decided to fuck all sea life:

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 01:49 | 4979071 litemine
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Just keep paying actors to recite the script about the Keystone XL Pipeline. I'll tell you right now....Canadians will not, years from now support a pipeline "South" that supplies fresh water. Too many memories....bad taste in our mouth over the soft wood, wheat, oil, Buy American and many, many other Items.  A few days ago Baric Obama was heard to call Harper, (the Canadian Prime Minister) a large Lump. Well for a Politician talking about an other, then wanting something after what the general Population of the USA does nothing.... We can't fix your problem, fix it yourself, then we might help....You know ....Help those who help themselves.

As for mr. Obama.....I have choice names for you as well..........When you sell out all the info collected (NSA) paid by your tax payer, to a foreign government, un filtered , also send them Taxes ( 3 extra billions to trample the Gasa women and children, that should be used to help people in your own country, etc. etc. etc.       Has it gone too far to be fixed?  The population could recover but not with the Laws, Leadership and Corruption that presently  exists.   Truthfully, I can't understand how government (cornies) employees can do what they do to fellow Americans .... Just think how far this would have went if E Snowden didn't break rules.

First thing that comes to mind is years ago, no proud American would have to seek safety in Russia, to escape the USA and its many Government Organizations , you know the ones......the ones that are so big they can't be controlled.

A Power Vacume will create Opportunities, just hope that who ever (takes/is given ) the Leadership roll, is better.......Can't see anyone worse. Sorry, I shouldn't comment on your leader, but it does affect me and my Country.     Bon Chance.

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 20:59 | 4978575 WTFUD
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If your willing to eat up all that GMO Monsanto SHIT might as well wash it down with a pint of frack.

Lard asses i have seen in the ussa aplenty and even though you've stolen the food off of the plate of most countries in the world the very large portions wont make you obese alone so has to be all the GMO glow in the dark ( non packet descriptive )merde consumed.
Strangely though few fat fucks can be found in Romania where GMO is in all that green red and blue slime served up at Carrfoure? the French supermarket chain,they pass off as food. The GMO works different on them, seems to just make them stupid and fragile or averse to hard work( even though most of the work involves serving the blue sludge to unsuspecting fools).
Like an african if you befriend a romanian you more or less have to adopt them.

We are agreed that food inflation is +10% year on year, probably much more as portions, sizing is altered or lower quality ingredients; remember just like the bankers the food crime syndicate don't do time despite breaking every fucking law in the food manual; and yet if the small cafe or pub slips up for a day then those government inspectors throw the full force of the hygiene law at them. NICE SCAM

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:19 | 4978809 smithmorra
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Sat, 07/19/2014 - 22:32 | 4978834 El Hosel
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Fracturing the earth, how could that go wrong?

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:00 | 4979481 roadhazard
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North Carolina Government has to be one of the dumbest in the Country. The Repubican Governor signed a bill OKing fracking and makes it illegal to tell what harmful chemicals they are putting in the ground. Anything for a fucking dollar. Our mountain towns are saying fuck you and banning even searching for oil. Thank god someone some has some sense.

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:47 | 4979677 Griffin
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I think that the basic problem we are facing is that the ideology behind our system of politics is terminal.

For example, there are special interest groups pushing for considerably increased exploitation of geothermal energy in Iceland. This is usually done by drilling close to a magma chamber in a active volcano and then fracking fluid is pumped down to expand the hole to get superheated steam flowing from it.

This is linked to ambitions to export power to Europe via undersea cable.

The nature of capitalism is to expand endlessly and increase profit, next quarter must always beat the last and preferably all expectations as well.

If you look at Iceland you might notice that it sits right on top of a very large mantle plume, this is the reason why Iceland was born in the first place some 16-17 million years ago when the Mid Atlantic ridge moved above the plume. resulting in a massive eruption.     Iceland floats on top of this plume like a leaf.

I know of at least 2 occasion where rigs drilling for hot water have hit magma at 1000 meters. The crust thickness is variable and can change on both sides, this is very much alive, so conditions can change in a area that has been exploited for many reasons, not just earthquakes or eruptions.

The center of the mantle plume is now directly under a very large volcano called Bardarbunga, under Vatnajokull glacier.

I am not a great expert on politics or geology, i don't know much about economics or money in general, but i do know that if we start a fight with nature, that fight will be unfair.

The 4 elements are very visible in Iceland, Wind, Water, Earth and Fire. This is something you see all around you.

All those things work closely together like a machine, creating this relatively stable environment we exist in.

you could add the Sun as the 5th element, and the 6th element would be the architecture, or DNA of all things.

If you look at this machine as a whole it seems rather obvious that balance is very important.

So i we were to mess with one or more of those elements we might see this engine, Nature, change. And she might do that permanently

Human beings don't respond well to changes in the environment, they are soft and fragile. The only thing strong about humans is the spirit, but even the spirit has its limits.


Sun, 07/20/2014 - 12:21 | 4979983 Limbs Akimbo
Limbs Akimbo's picture forgot to mention all the other crap they put into that 'water' that they shoot into the ground.

And some of that crap we are not even allowed to know what it is.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:36 | 4982092 combatsnoopy
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instant replay (because the boomer voting majority misses basic facts);
Jerry Brown gets a fee everytime Perta (Indonesian oil) sells California a barrel of oil.


This "anti-fracking" game is an alibi from special interest to block competition to this oil import into California.  During Quantitative Easing, when the idiot boomer elected legislators kind of forgot to hedge our purchasing power with OPEC's basket of currencies.  

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 03:49 | 4982547 Aussiekiwi
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Fracking is one of the stupidest ideas I have ever heard, but it will make a tiny amount of people very rich before the chickens come home to roost in the form of a seriously polluted water supply.

By that time the people who got insanely rich will have moved some where else to live and all that will be left to do is the finger pointing and the usual, 'how could this have happened?'.

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