To the people who said that the ethylbenzene, xylenes, and styrenes in our bodies “could be caused by anything” I say – um, yeah, like DIESEL.
Oil and gas companies illegally injected 9,173 gallons of diesel while fracking wells in Colorado, and 32,950 gallons nationwide, according to a report unveiled Wednesday by an attorneys’ environmental group.
Fracking with diesel without a permit has been illegal since at least 1997, and industry groups have said companies no longer do it.
Colorado ranked second to Texas (12,808 gallons) in total volume of diesel injected between 2010 and 2014, the Environmental Integrity Project found. Based in Washington, D.C., the group was founded by and includes former EPA enforcement attorneys.
“This is a dangerous practice. It needs to stop. It is illegal without a permit,” Mary Greene, EIP’s senior managing attorney who conducted the study, said Wednesday in a teleconference. “The EPA may not be able to make fracking as safe as it should be, but at least EPA has the authority to make use of diesel more safe.”
Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, charged with regulating the industry, declined to comment. “We cannot comment without more time to assess the report,” state spokesman Todd Hartman said.
While EIP’s investigation, which relied on FracFocus data, did not document harm from injected diesel, the attorneys emphasized risk to people because diesel contains benzene and other chemicals that spread rapidly in groundwater and can cause health problems, including cancer…
And WPX claims it was just a clerical error —
… One of four companies identified for unpermitted injections in Colorado, WPX Energy, did not inject either diesel or kerosene, spokesman Lou Hayden said.
A WPX fracking contractor made an error in filing a state-required disclosure to the FracFocus registry, Hayden said.
From now on, Hayden said, WPX will require fracking contractors “to provide us with FracFocus entry sheets filed with every frack job so that we can avoid future incorrect entries.”
Said Greene: “I’m sure there are a few legitimate oversights or things entered incorrectly” …
Read the study —
FRACKING BEYOND THE LAW
Despite Industry Denials, Investigation Reveals Continued Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing
From Earthworks 2/13/14: EPA Issues Guidance on Fracking with Diesel: An Oversight Step in the Right Direction