Findings suggest that benzene exposure can exceed the NIOSH REL and STEL and present an occupational exposure risk during certain flowback work activities. Based on these preliminary studies, primary point sources of worker exposures to hydrocarbon vapor emissions are opening thief hatches and gauging tanks; additional exposures may occur due to fugitive emissions from equipment in other areas in the flowback process (e.g., chokes, separators, piping, and valves), particularly while performing maintenance on these items. The NIOSH research found that airborne concentrations of hydrocarbons, in general, and benzene, specifically, varied considerably during flowback and can be unpredictable, indicating that a conservative approach to protecting workers from exposure is warranted. Hydrocarbon emissions during flowback operations also showed the potential to generate flammable and explosive concentrations depending on time and where measurements were made, and the volume of hydrocarbon emissions produced. Read more.
The denial of a dock permit by the Oregon Department of State Lands leaves just two proposals on the table, the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point north of Bellingham, and the Millennium Terminal at Longview on the Columbia River. Read more.
“For months, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and our partners have been warning that corporate leaders and elected officials were cutting dangerous corners in the permitting process for the proposed fracked gas export facility at Cove Point in southern Maryland. Thankfully this week a Calvert County circuit court judge agreed with a big part of our argument. Judge James Salmon ruled with the AMP Creeks Council that Calvert County commissioners had illegally exempted mega-company Dominion Resources from a host of local zoning ordinances.
“At a minimum, this ruling will likely cause real delay in the ability of Dominion to begin major construction of this controversial $3.8 billion fossil fuel project. The ruling should certainly give pause to the Wall Street investors that Dominion is seeking to recruit to finance this expensive, risky project. As fracked-gas exports grow increasingly controversial nationwide, we believe the court ruling in Calvert County this week is just the opening step in exposing the truth about this unsafe, climate-harming, and economy-damaging facility.
“On behalf of CCAN’s supporters and concerned citizens nationwide, we congratulate the attorneys at the AMP Creeks Council in southern Maryland for their extraordinary—and now successful—legal work in this case.”
Contact: Mike Tidwell, 240-460-5838, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Dascalu-Joffe, 240-396-1984, email@example.com
Concerned Citizens Ohio and CHEJ contend that the Kovach injection well in Shalersville Township, OH has improperly received wastes for years to be injected into rock formations underground. The groups are asking the U.S. EPA to issue an immediate order to stop further injection. and filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency against an injection well in northern Portage County for allegedly accepting millions of gallons of drilling wastes improperly. Read more here.
Some people support fracking for the issue around jobs while others are totally opposed. I’m not going to talk about that debate but rather about the larger issue that gets lost in the overarching debates. One “talking point” that consistently resonates with the American people is they want to be energy independent. The public buys into this position put out by the fracking industry. Yet it’s a lie because you can’t have energy independence if you are exporting the resources. The fact is that the U.S. economy, in order to grow, must have an abundance of low cost energy. To keep our energy prices low it makes no sense for President Obama to approve export terminals for natural gas.
If we allow our resources to be exported overseas to other foreign markets then our domestic costs of gas will increase, there is no debate over that, and instead of attracting new industry both our jobs and economic opportunity will continue to move out of this country. In the Asian market the worker costs are low because they don’t pay a living wage or offer benefits to workers in many of the countries that U.S. gas will be sold. However, their energy costs are high.
If we stop the export of our gas to other nations America might be in a better position to attract new industries or at a minimum keep and expand the industries we have. Exporting is a foolish idea that provides the opportunity for corporations who are selling the gas to make huge profits while keeping America in a less competitive edge. Why does this make any sense to our leaders in Washington?
CHEJ has been very supportive of groups working to prevent fracking harms. Additionally, we have supported the efforts of groups like Chesapeake Climate Action Network who are fighting the export terminal in Maryland. At this time that terminal has received a delay while the Environmental Protection Agency, one of the departments that contributes to assessments of LNG projects, asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a 30-day extension to conduct a review of Dominion Resources Inc’s Cove Point liquefaction project. The additional time “will allow the agency to compile comments from its regional associate internal reviewers and the required need for EPA headquarters’ review,” the EPA said in a June 3rd letter to FERC.
It is time that Americans stand up and speak out louder to the administration about jobs. We want our low costs energy to stay in America to create the economic incentive to attract new industry and to keep and expand our existing industries. Our men and women have fought too many wars over oil and energy let’s to do what the gas industry is saying in their propaganda making America Energy Independent by keeping our gas in America. There is no way we can achieve energy independence when we ship our energy resources out of the country. So get involved and tell the White House no to export, whether you are opposed to fracking or supporting fracking we can likely agree that shipping our energy resources overseas is a bad idea.
From my friend Terry
If I had a dollar for every “dental x-ray” misdirection I’ve heard in nearly 40 years of fighting nukes. Here are a couple answers to that trash talk:
We don’t get dental x-rays daily. Far from it.
Dentists make us wear lead shielding even on the head, exposing only a focused area for zapping.
They and their assistants either wear shielding or step outside the lead-line room when taking radiographs.
Dental x-rays remain the topic of some controversy as to the strength of gamma radiation used – i.e., whether they are excessive levels.
Dental x-rays are not directed at breasts, internal organs, brain cavities, etc. etc.
The radioactive particles used in dental x-ray machines are never going to be allowed to routinely find their way into groundwater or the surrounding air after attaching themselves to windblown microscopic particles.
The radiation in dental x-ray machines is bound up with other elements and not water-soluble. The radium in fracking waste is water-soluble and if it escapes into groundwater and is consumed by human or animal, it lodges in the tissue. Radium is misinterpreted by the human body as being calcium and readily absorbs into bones. The result? Bone cancer.
Everyone associated with use of medical and dental x-rays has to have specialized training and a license to administer such technology – and must understand in the course of training do’s and don’ts which are aimed at protecting human health and minimizing exposure. For radioactive waste which they apparently admit is comparable in dangers to dental x-ray isotope material, there are no permits required whatsoever. And a random sampling of frack driller workers and associated truck drivers will reveal little to no understanding of the dangers. Even the disposition of radioactive material in Ohio dumps is not required to be recorded or disclosed. When they spill it on the roads or there’s a nasty accident, no one knows what is being spilled. Trucks carrying radioactive fracking waste are supposed to have specific signage by state law. It is often not obeyed.
Landfills are not required by ODNR or OEPA to measure radiation in waste about to be dumped, or to keep records if they do. So excuse me if I’m not the slightest bit reassured by someone else’s unexamined, mindless repetition of something that someone with a financial stake in misdirection told them. They have no better idea how radioactive the landfills are becoming than the general public.
Every last isotope of medical and dental radiation must be inventoried, catalogued, measured and a cradle-to-grave paper trail created and maintained to show where it is disposed of (completely the opposite of fracking waste), down to geopositioning coordinates in the landfill. It is disposed of at great expense in specially-designed repositories at a cost 100 times or more the tipping fee at Ohio commercial municipal dumps for a comparable quantity of fracking waste (which likely is as radioactive, or more so).
It will take 5000 years for the radium in fracking waste to decay to harmless levels, which is why dental and medical x-ray wastes are disposed of in facilities believed to have the stability to store for thousands of years. The Thorium-232 which is often found in fracking waste, incidentally (and which is not used in medical x-rays), will take a bit longer to decay to safe levels: 14,500,000,000 years. Yes, billion. Several times longer than the estimated remaining time the Earth is expected to exist.
This is one of the most outrageous bills yet. The North Carolina proposed bill would also prevent local governments from passing any rules on fracking and limit water testing that precedes a new drilling operations. Read more.