What price do you place on quality of life?
By Terry Lyn Grange –
We have something valuable in Morrow County. Aesthetics. I would hate to lose it. I’ve been doing a lot of driving through our back roads lately and I’ve found the quaint and the quirky. I’ve seen someone mowing a large yard with an old timey push mower. I’ve seen a garden fenced and staked with branches. And I’ve seen injection wells. How many do we have? How many are we going to allow? Pennsylvania won’t allow the hazardous waste to be stored there. The whole state of Vermont has banned fracking. Belgium has banned it.
There is some concern that the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing may harm human health and the environment. Some of these chemicals are extremely toxic, such as benzene and lead. Is it possible to carry out an operation without using the hazardous air pollutants and know carcinogens?
Once a well has been fracked, a substantial amount of the fluid used remains underground and its migration is unpredictable. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) does not protect ground water from these chemicals as of 2005. This is what is known as the Halliburton loophole. The liquid that flows back must be stored in an UIC (Underground Injection Control Program). The UIC is subject to the SDWA and is monitored by the ODNR. A big controversy exists right now about what to allow in a UIC. Federal law contains no public disclosure requirements and state disclosure requirements vary greatly. There is some talk of requiring the industry to place a radio isotope in the mix which would be traceable. Methanol was the most widely used chemical as reported to the House of Representatives, Committee on Energy & Commerce between 2005 and 2009. Methanol is a hazardous air pollutant and subject to regulation under SDWA, unless it falls under the Halliburton loophole. Following methanol is isopropanol, crystalline silica, Ethylene glycol (2-butoxyethanol) 2BE, Ethylene glycol (1,2-ethanediol), Hydrotreated light petroleum distallates, Sodium hydroxide (caustic soda). 2BE can cause damage to the spleen, liver and bone marrow. I certainly hope we’re not calling this brine and spreading it on roads, whether they are public or private.
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