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Clean up the fracking waste

Published: Wed, January 18, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Clean up the fracking waste

With valid reason our community is voicing concern about injection well ramifications, specifically with regard to seismic activity. I commend our area leaders for clarifying the difference between extremely high pressure injection well drilling, and the much safer shale formation frack well drilling which releases pressures underground.

On one hand, any earthquake is at the least unnerving, at worst possibly devastating. The only upside to the small earthquakes would be that many small ones may relieve pressure that could have eventually become ‘The Big One’.

Given the relative safe history of injection wells at shallower depths, perhaps the best compromise would be twofold: First, limit the injection well depth to less than 6,000 feet. Second, insist on green solutions. SteriFrac is totally benign, yet performs as well as the acid laced brine solutions. If it were the only brine waste accepted to be injected in our area, it would eliminate toxic waste brine altogether.

An added benefit would be greener deep-well fracking, with no more acid laced brine waste coming from that process.

Larry Schuler, Canfield


1VINDYAK(1803 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I am not familiar with the Sterifrac process, but I am sure the reason why it is not being used is due to its cost.

We here in the Valley have come a long way in educating ourselves about fracking and fracking waste solutions. This is good for our neighborhoods and communities. But, what we must understand is, these oil and gas companies run into the same issues and public outcrys all across America, yet they insist on devious and subversive policy. They will never learn, becasue their goal is getting the oil and gas at the lowest possible cost to them. Get in...get out...be gone before they discover and let the attorneys clean up the mess.

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2Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The last earthquake caused such a BOOM that I thought part of the house collapsed ! We had some damage, a mile away from the epicenter. The last big one before (last summer) the earthquake caused a gas pipe leak in the basement. Both earthquakes followed a diagonal route through the ground. Since we've supposedly got old abandoned coal mines here, I worry the quakes are jarring insafe structures in the old mines---which did not have safety measures in the past when coal companies withdrew from mines. The above concerns are in addition to the waste well issues. Just stop the frakking--- there HAS to be a better way AND increased accountability on these companies!

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