First water … then air

First water …

Frackers Outbid Farmers for Water in Colorado Drought

Colorado is facing drought not seen since 2002, following the fourth-warmest and third-least-snowy winter in US history. Colorado State University scientists report that 98 percent of the state is facing these drought conditions. Colorado’s hydrofracking boom – a technology that heavily relies on water – only adds additional strain as farmers and drillers bid for a scarce resource …

Drought conditions expand in north-central Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY — The mid-April snowfall helped reduce the immediate fire danger, but didn’t do much to alleviate the season-long moisture deficit. In fact, the region as a whole is drier now than it was at the beginning of March, according to the Western Water Assessment’s April report …

Four dollars for a gallon of water? The dream of Monsanto and other corporations wanting to privatize water

… The United States is by no means immune to these plots. Royal Dutch Shell owns groundwater rights in Colorado and oil tycoon Pickens is buying up all he can in Texas. He owns more water than any other person in the U.S. His plan is to sell the water owns, around 65 billion gallons annually, to Dallas and other major cities affected by droughts …

Then air …

EPA Fracking Regulations To Be Implemented Soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday set the first-ever national standards to control air pollution from gas wells that are drilled using a method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but not without making concessions to the oil and gas industry …

The EPA’s First Fracking Rules — Limited and Delayed

The Environmental Protection Agency issued the first-ever national air pollution regulations for fracking on Wednesday. First proposed in July 2011, the final rules have been welcomed by environmental groups as a much-needed initial move in reducing pollution and protecting public health from the toxic chemicals involved in the oil and natural gas drilling process. But many cautioned it was just a first step …

To the above criticisms I would add we have not even begun to address reclamation and clean-up of areas severely impacted by fracking, like Pavillion, Wyoming and Dimock, Pennsylvania. Locally we have East Mamm Creek and West Divide Creek, tributaries of the Colorado River. Studies have shown groundwater contamination from drilling operations and those studies have been covered up.

Which leads me to the point of all this. If the EPA and the Obama Administration really want to clear the air, let’s begin at the beginning and clear the air about groundwater contamination caused by fracking.

West Divide Creek Seep 2008
Photo courtesy of Journey of the Forsaken

Watch for the compelling new series by Lisa Bracken and Peggy Tibbetts, West Divide Creek Seep. This eight-years-long developing story is about to blow sky-high – in more ways than one – and Lisa and I will bring the new to you at From the Styx and Journey of the Forsaken.

This just in from Lisa Bracken:

Very compelling evidence has come to my attention which shows that fracking has impacted groundwater. It directly contradicts the industry’s long-held argument that it is a safe and benign practice which has never impacted groundwater. And disturbingly, it also reveals a situation wherein a state agency acted to suppress public health information and misinform a congressional inquiry.

Those of you who know me know I do not overstate things and base everything I say on both science and evidence.

This information is in the hands of those with the authority and expertise to corroborate it, and the story will be forthcoming soon. There is no way to predict how this information will be spun by the industry or oversight agencies acting as agents of industry, but enough scientists have begun to speak up and stand up, so that a balanced perspective should quickly emerge strengthening opportunities for discussion and debate while revealing very hard truths and advancing global momentum toward desperately needed reform.

Do not miss this! More to come …

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