Donovan Schafer: A Blessing In Disguise For Fracking Advocates
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#1 Jan 4, 2012
What is the Independence Institute anyway? I could not find much on their funding sources, but did find that Mr. Schafer used to be a petroleum engineer for Energy Corporation of America (no potential bias there).
I read the report on the EPA website. Mr. Schafer concludes “data in the EPA report make it clear that fracking is safe.” The report findings do not show hydrofackiing is safe (show some independence and read the report yourself). EPA's press release states “EPA found low levels of petroleum compounds in 17 of 19 drinking water wells sampled” and adds that residents are being assisted in identifying alternate sources of water. Can Mr. Donavan really hear a resounding “no” to anyone's health being at risk?
Mr. Donavan states that the EPA limit for benzene, a known carcinogen, is extreme, and compares it to the OSHA “more reasonable limit on benzene”.(Independence Institute using “reasonable” and “OSHA” in the same sentence?) The OSHA limit is an air exposure limit designed to protect workers over an 8-hour period. Comparing an 8-hour air exposure limit for workers to a drinking water limit and saying the OSHA limit is effectively 200 times higher, is inherently flawed and grossly misleading.
Mr. Donavan says “EPA seems eager to increase its own power by scaring Americans.” Would you want to drink water in Pavillion, Wyo.? Colorado homeowners next to fracking operations can light their water on fire with butane lighters. In Colorado, we all want jobs — ones that protect our beautiful environment, the water we drink and our health. EPA is doing its job; Maybe Congress should do theirs (laughter)? Eliminate the Safe Drinking Water Act hydrofracking exemptions.
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