Polluting Gases from Drilling/Fracking Seen As Unacceptable

by Duane Nichols on January 22, 2020

Forward-Looking Infra-Red Camera (FLIR) detects infrared radiation at $3,000.

No safe way to regulate hydro-fracking gases

Letter from Barbara Daniels, Morgantown Dominion Post, January 20, 2020

Anyone who still believes that natural gas is a clean fuel might be surprised by the Texas Sharon FLIR videos, with commentary, showing cancer-causing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and methane freely exiting from horizontal hydrofracturing (hhf) units.

Now a 2019 Cornell study reveals that eliminating this flood of fracked methane, a greenhouse gas at least 86 times more powerful than CO2, would keep the planet under the 2 degrees Celsius, warming limit.

Moreover, in 2016, a University of Michigan team discovered that hhf further emits significant amounts of warming ethane, which also forms lung- and crop-damaging smog. Most alarming is that cheap ethane provided by fracking feeds cracker-plant plastic production, a process so energy intensive that, cradle to grave, by 2050 plastics will emit 50 times more CO2 than all U.S. coal-fired power plants combined do in a year, according to University of Massachusetts professor, Judith Enck.

Eliminating hhf might be difficult however because, at all times, its damage is being hidden. Hhf was the apparent subject of the early 2000s secret meetings between then Vice President, Dick Cheney, former CEO of Halliburton and the heads of energy companies. These meetings resulted in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which exempted hhf (fracking) and its wastes from the Safe Drinking Water Act, along with six other federal safeguards.

Why were these meetings held in secret, and why does hhf need exemptions from seven major environmental laws? After compiling over 1,600 reports, the Nobel-Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility and others have concluded hhf cannot be regulated to safety.

Besides uncontrollable air pollution, the below-ground effects are unpredictable and it generates unmanageable amounts of toxic, radioactive waste.

For these and other reasons, 11 nations, three U.S. states and Quebec have banned hhf. They petitioned, used media such as Facebook and newspapers and contacted legislators. In view of hhf‘s extraordinary hazards, we might wish to do the same.

Call our state’s Legislature’s switchboard at 304-347-4836, and Congress’ switchboard at 202- 225-3121.

Barbara Daniels, Concerned Citizen, Richwood, WV


See also: The Fracking Industry’s Flaring Problem May Be Worse Than We Thought | DeSmog, Justin Mikulka, January 29, 2019

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Mary Wildfire January 22, 2020 at 8:17 am

Man alive, what a good letter!

There is not a link to the DP and I don’t think I can comment there, not being a subscriber, but I hope someone does.


P.S. Anyone can comment, here or to the Dominion Post at


FrackCheckWV Editor


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