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Re: “Disclosing frack fluids

Evidentally, there are some of you that have no idea how high tech the Oil & Gas Industry has become. I worked for Halliburton & and Independent back in the 70's before my present career in the Environmental Services Industry. I am not surprised by the lack of knowledge that alot of these comments show concerning these frac fluids and how the Oil & Gas Industry Operates.

*There are strick regulations on drilling pads, that require fluids to be captured....I know because My Company has picked up these fluids for processing at our Centralized Waste Treatment Plant in Texas.

*It is good that the frac fluids are being looked at to determine if their could be a problem injecting the left over fluids into a saltwater disposal well after a stimulation Job. Has the disposal well been properly completed? Are these left over chemicals going to cause any problems in the event that they migrate to a fresh water supply....probably not. Most of the problems I saw in Oklahoma were from very old wells that were not properly plugged or completed. I know the Texas Railroad Commission was very hard nosed about plugging a well to the point of having a representative present during the plugging operation. I even remember having to straighten out a RRC representative, because he was wrong about the plugging procedure. He finally admitted it.

*This notion that the drilling site or production site is going to effect the wildlife doesn't have any merit. I worked around the West Texas Oil & Gas fields and hunted different game. I did not see any problems. Even back then, the Oil & Gas producers were real hard nosed about taking care of the cotton fields around Snyder, Texas.

*The Sierra Club has done more to harm the environment by sticking their noses into the building of coal fired plants in Arkansas; to probably not letting the US Forestry Department manage our precious forests like they should be, which has resulted in some very serious forest fires in California.

*Bottom line is I believe that it is our duty to take care of what God has created, that it is our duty to work with the Oil & Gas Industry to formulate better and improved standards with their input, so they will be encouraged to be better stewards of the enviornment.

Posted by vanderhocke on 12/03/2010 at 8:51 AM


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