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    Arlington officials report on fracking fluid blowout

    It's just a few toxic substances.

    Arlington officials report on fracking fluid blowout

    Two months ago, 100 homes in Arlington had to be evacuated as fracking fluid spilled out of a drilling site onto the city streets. Now we know officially what happened, why it happened, and why Arlington officials are blaming the drilling company for "unacceptable behavior." A series of video recordings obtained by News 8 shows the scene behind the walls of a fracking site 600 feet from a cluster of homes in the state's seventh largest city. In the incident, 42,800 gallons of fracking fluid boiling up from thousands of feet underground spewed into the streets and into Arlington storm sewers and streams. Four attempts and 24 hours later, experts were finally able to plug the natural gas well.

    Nearby residents and Arlington officials feared the worst. Now, two months later, fire officials have concluded their investigation. "Clearly there was a release of unpermitted materials into the stormwater system," said Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson as he addressed Arlington City Council members on Tuesday. The good news, according to Crowson: Despite numerous toxic substances being released into the environment, tests show it was not in amounts that did significant damage to the environment. The bad news? He said the drilling company mishandled the spill. "For my concerns, the main issue I articulated to you a few months ago was the delayed notification of 911," Crowson said. "It's not acceptable." According to the report, Vantage Energy first contacted 911 nearly two hours after fracking water first started to spill. What's more, the call to 911 came not from the site, but from corporate headquarters in Pennsylvania. "This is unacceptable behavior," said City Council member Robert Rivera. "The citizens of Arlington do not appreciate the lack of ability to control the site."

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    Re: Arlington officials report on fracking fluid blowout

    They absolutely must be held accountable for mishandling the fluids.

    It's good news that there is no real damage, but there are rules in place to prevent this kind of thing. Any company that handles chemicals must do so responsibly.
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    Governor Abbott has signed a bill into law to make sure that the good citizens of Arlington cannot vote to ban fracking from their city limits.

    Of course there isn't any harm done by those two spills. Sort of like the BP Gulf of Mexico spill a few years back. All of the oil was just eaten by the ocean water.

    Simply amazing.

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    Re: Arlington officials report on fracking fluid blowout

    Quote Originally Posted by d0gbreath View Post
    Governor Abbott has signed a bill into law to make sure that the good citizens of Arlington cannot vote to ban fracking from their city limits.

    Of course there isn't any harm done by those two spills. Sort of like the BP Gulf of Mexico spill a few years back. All of the oil was just eaten by the ocean water.
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    Well, to be honest, it wasn't the fracking that caused the problem, it was a misuse of the chemicals. The water tables are much more likely to be polluted from chemicals used by farmers that leach downward. Farmers (and I am one) get a pass in this nation because they produce food. But look at the results from water quality tests in farming states. Not good. Fracking, itself, is much less likely to pollute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardBThiname View Post
    Well, to be honest, it wasn't the fracking that caused the problem, it was a misuse of the chemicals. The water tables are much more likely to be polluted from chemicals used by farmers that leach downward. Farmers (and I am one) get a pass in this nation because they produce food. But look at the results from water quality tests in farming states. Not good. Fracking, itself, is much less likely to pollute.
    That's true about farming practices. Scientists are currently trying to figure out why our bees are dying in large groups. Which chemical is it do you suppose?
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    Re: Arlington officials report on fracking fluid blowout

    Quote Originally Posted by d0gbreath View Post
    That's true about farming practices. Scientists are currently trying to figure out why our bees are dying in large groups. Which chemical is it do you suppose?
    I've heard that Neonicotinoids are responsible, but they claim more research is needed.
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