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Pierce begins: "One of the things that's going on in the country is that people don't believe energy companies when they talk about how safe their operations are. This is because energy companies are profit-hungry monsters who would poison their own grandchildren for two points on the Dow."

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) joined with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to pressure the EPA to soften its report on fracking contamination. (photo: INNReport)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) joined with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to pressure the EPA to soften its report on fracking contamination. (photo: INNReport)

Why Democrats Fracking Suck

By Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Magazine

07 February 12


n moments that pass almost immediately, I get optimistic about the Democratic party in Congress. At times, they almost seem to get what's going on in the country. One of the things that's going on in the country is that people don't believe energy companies when they talk about how safe their operations are. This is because energy companies are profit-hungry monsters who would poison their own grandchildren for two points on the Dow. This is because, 22 months ago, an energy company almost blew up the Gulf of Mexico. So, when the energy companies come to people and tell them not to worry about the fact that the companies will be "fracking" for natural gas in and around their neighborhoods, the people reflexively say, "Frack, no," and start talking about groundwater. This is because what will happen after the inevitable contamination will be a quick-and-dirty settlement of all major claims and a government "investigation" conducted by members of Congress who are wholly owned subsidiaries of the same energy companies. Better to slow things down now than to pay for it later. That is why we have the EPA. There was a point where I thought Democrats understood this.

Then there is Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, sweetheart of the deepwater rigs.

Landrieu and a Republican senator from Ohio named Rob Portman have joined their oily hands to jack around with an upcoming EPA report on fracking-related groundwater contamination in Wyoming. The EPA already has made it known that the report will be both specific and damning as regards the reckless way the fracking procedures have been used in Wyoming and the terrible consequences that may result:

The EPA found that compounds likely associated with fracking chemicals had been detected in the groundwater beneath Pavillion, a small community in central Wyoming where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals. Health officials last year advised them not to drink their water after the EPA found low levels hydrocarbons in their wells.

Now why should a senator from Ohio and another one from Louisiana want to slow-walk an EPA report about groundwater contamination in Wyoming? Because they're both a couple of 'ho's, that's why. Landrieu's been in the pocket of the extraction industries for so long that she probably has dryer lint in her ears, and Portman wants to be re-elected and so needs some of that sweet-sweet crude cash to do so. So the two of them draft a letter to Cass (Middle Ground) Sunstein complaining that the EPA might go too harshly on the frackers in Wyoming:

A false-positive link between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination could form the basis for costly new regulation.... Unwarranted regulation of hydraulic fracturing could have substantial economic impact on the natural gas industry, the consumers and businesses that rely on it, and the millions of jobs that it directly or indirectly supports. There is little doubt that the regulatory response that this report could generate may exceed the $500 million threshold.

This is a threat, pure and simple. Get the EPA to soft-pedal its report or there will be hell to pay over this during an election year. And to hell with what might be going on right now with the water people are drinking in Wyoming. That a Democratic senator has signed onto this dangerous nonsense should give us all pause, but no real surprise. I'm sure there's some common ground to be found between the needs of energy companies to make every buck they can and the needs of the people whose tapwater explodes. your social media marketing partner


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+106 # fredboy 2012-02-07 14:22
Science denial promotes ignorance and darkness. In the scheme of history, we seem to be in reverse.
+27 # bugbuster 2012-02-07 15:17
I'm beginning to think that there isn't any such thing as "history" if that term implies some kind of progression. We don't progress. We fiddle around making laws and sort of following them for a while, but nothing and nobody really changes.

Civil rights were supposedly made into a fait accompli, but now we see its original opponents nibbling away at the edges. They will keep it up until there is nothing left.

Same with environmental law. Same with every "liberal" and "conservative" value you can name. Sexuality, reproduction, equality, education, justice, law--all of it is up for grabs.

The human war had no beginning, and it will have no end.
+15 # RLF 2012-02-08 07:30
Science denial is made possible by the junk/corporate science we see so much of that is not policed at all by the science community at large. When professors start getting fired for putting forth a pro-business study supported by junk science...that is when science will regain some credibility. All of the good scientists and researchers are being taken down along with the big pharma fakers, etc. Clean up science and it will once again be respected.
+3 # Rita Walpole Ague 2012-02-10 10:31
And civil rights denial (i.e. brutalizing and torturing of Occupy Wall Street activists for change) promotes slavery for all, and total, police state control for the evil, greed and power addicted 1%.

Not long after the non-election of Bush in 2000, the head litigator for the EPA was pulling her hair out in frustration and despair over being forbidden to enforce EPA regulations. '

What the hell, kill the 99%ers and their kids, they are merely slaves to we the 1%. That the mantra of our evil, greed and power addicted villainaire rulers Frack and pollute us, both in the environment and at the polls, they do and will continue to do, with no real damage to their egregious and untaxed profits and total control over all.

Lots and lots to do to.....UNDO THE COUP!
+64 # jlohman 2012-02-07 14:46
I wouldn't care what decision they made, as long as campaign cash were not a part of it. NOTHING will get fixed with our corrupt political system.
+29 # Observer 47 2012-02-07 15:22
Ah, but the survival of life as we know it on this planet depends on such decisions, so they aren't to be dismissed lightly. In short, you NEED to care, aside from any question of the question of campaign finance. As bad as the corruption is, it's a moot point if we cease to exist.
+5 # RLF 2012-02-08 07:31
Are you that sure that the cancer called 'human' is so very valuable? Look at the mess we have made with our greed.
+31 # howard1912 2012-02-07 15:24
A wrong decision is a terrible idea to even contemplate because of the devastation of people's well water. Once contaminated, you can not live there. It's impossible. Your home will be worthless, and your land too. We have to keep a viligant watch on this process.
+21 # 2012-02-07 15:08
Well said Fredboy: Fracking can lead to neurodegenerati ve diseases due to pipes leaking chemicals into the water supply. Toxic exposure, such as this can result in Parkinsonian Syndromes and Related Movement Disorders
+41 # Observer 47 2012-02-07 15:16
"Unwarranted regulation of hydraulic fracturing could have substantial economic impact on the natural gas industry, the consumers and businesses that rely on it, and the millions of jobs that it directly or indirectly supports."

Yes, this is ALWAYS the whine when the regulation of something evil would take money out of the pockets of the criminals who perpetrate that evil. The reason for Portman's position is quite transparent. A few weeks ago, an earthquake near Youngstown, Ohio (the state which Portman "represents"), was immediately and unequivocally judged by the U.S. Geological Survey to be a result of fracking. See this:

Until last year, Youngstown had never experienced an earthquake. But in less than 12 months, it has recorded 11, some within about 300 yards of a well, none more than 5 miles away from one. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has ordered some of the drilling operations to stop.

Of COURSE Portman is trying to get the EPA report stifled---other wise, there goes his re-election sponsor.
+11 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-07 20:45
They are all trying...Believ e me Pa is as deep in this on both sides of the walkway.
During governor elections we get the donations and believe me Corbett's and Republicans were worse but the Democrats did not go out poor.
Now my wonder was Eerie went all Media frenzy about three years ago when Jet Fuel was being used as an injection fluid. EPA got involved as Jet Fuel is illegal to use. Then Media black out...but donations to Campaign ...large.

200 FDA illegal in USA chemicals are being injected. Explain that? Knowing a bit of hydrology, I know that everything shows up somewhere, sometime, History has facts to prove it.
+32 # Bruce Gruber 2012-02-07 15:24
"Unwarranted regulation of hydraulic fracturing could have substantial economic impact on the natural gas industry, the consumers and businesses that rely on it, and the millions of jobs that it directly or indirectly supports....." so say the esteemed Senators.

How does one define "unwarranted" regulation? Was removing lead from gasoline and paint 'unwarranted' regulation? If you've viewed pictures of mountaintop removal and sludge pond 'facilities' at 'clean' coal mining operations in West Virginia, one can hardly be reassured by industry 'spokesmen' at how safe local residents may be. We still don't have a clue what we are going to do with spent fuel rods and miscellaneous nuclear waste from EVEN OUR FIRST atomic experiments, let alone more than 100 nuclear power plants. All this will be taxpayer expense while the 1% continue to profit wonderfully in their FREE enterprise system. They get a free ride on our public taxes. "Millions of jobs" ?!? Come on! Get serious! Even Senators should be able to see thru such smoke... unless you have gotten $millions for your campaign funds...
Mary & Rob: Hey there! Why don't you just get the perps pushing this 'fracking' and the oil sands (that's a pretty picture to imagine) pipeline to provide an insurance LIABILITY BOND against ANY and ALL damages - environmental, personal, and economic - that might result ... probably only about $500 trillion.
+15 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-07 20:48
Pa governor Corbett has not put any protection for the Communities, Municipalities, Roads no less families. He has cut all wildlife programs by 70% for any research of what these chemicals can do.
Killers, he should be put on death row and given a lethal injection of these 200 Illegal chemicals A man with a gun kills several to hundred, man with bomb hundred to thousand...Gove rnor Corbett and Fracking will kill everything Talk about a terrorist!
+26 # Billy Bob 2012-02-07 15:24
And let's not forget MSNBC and its constant pro-natural gas commercials. At least most of the psycho right is morally consistent.
+10 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-07 20:48
They are getting to all stations, so time to turn them off.
+33 # Pete 2012-02-07 15:30
"Millions" of jobs? "Unwarranted" regulation? The recipients who are expected to agree with this kind of "argument" and to pass it on with a wink and a nod, are doing their country a grave disservice.
+25 # tedrey 2012-02-07 15:40
You know how media always put the "R" or "D" after the politician's name to show their party. It just struck me that it might be useful to show their net wealth as well. I'm starting this now myself. This article refers to Senators Mary Landrieu, D, LA, $1,470,000, and Rob Portman, R, OH, est. $9,000,000. It might help us understand where their priorities lie.

Figures from last year can be found at:
+4 # amos365 2012-02-08 06:25
Love it!
+9 # Billy Bob 2012-02-08 12:39
Good idea. Another one would be to make them wear decals for all of their sponsors like in NASCAR.
+28 # BradFromSalem 2012-02-07 15:44
Here we have another example of a Right Winger's idea of a jobs plan. It doesn't matter which political denomination they belong to, as long as they side with Right Wing policy.

A jobs plan that potentially could destroy large parts of the nation from below. That is just what we need. And never mind taking away all the tax breaks the energy corporations get. If the breaks were removed, the carbon and nuclear fuel industries wouldn't be able to fund their favorite candidates.

Jimmy Carter started us on a path towards energy independence. Here is what may have occurred if the sainted Ronald Reagan was not elected and he didn't go around creating a phony morning sunrise by burning more carbon.
1) It is very likely that 911 may not have happened especially if Carter was allowed to continue his Middle East policy
2) The tax code would not have gotten all messed up.
3) No Clintons!
4) No Savings & Loan crash
5) No Patriot Act
6) No Citizen's United
7) An expansion of clean air and water policies.

But, alas we do not have a working time machine and all we are left with is a bunch of Republican Right Wingers and their Blue (lap) dog enablers.
+19 # Billy Bob 2012-02-07 19:09
I remember Democrats. They were the opposition party, right? I wonder what ever happened to them.

Seriously, the Democratic Party should add a "k" at the end of Democratic or something ("Democratick") , just to distinguish itself from its last representatives who actually stood for something.

We haven't had a Democrat in the White House since President Carter, and I MISS HIM.
+2 # dquandle 2012-02-07 20:09
Perhaps after adding the "k" to their name, they should also drop the "democra" and simply go as the Tick party . Very apropos for a party of parasites.
+18 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-07 20:52
Nice to see someone who actually saw his value.
I never saw him push his faith down out throats only his modest way to follow the better path. His wife was an angel. I have never heard a bad word about them, many I know knew them, worked by their side on homes, in communities.
They showed no hatred or bigotry...guess that was what went wrong. They didnot feed the fire of Hate.

We need another Carter
-26 # 2012-02-07 21:59
Carter was not a good President!
+10 # Bruce Gruber 2012-02-08 10:55
President Carter was a REAL President. Naive perhaps. A politician? Hardly. But a leader with a vision and perception of a FUTURE with hard choices before us and a commitment to contribute his best efforts to thoughtfully lead us to the water without the determination to make us drink it. He continues to inspire Americans with efforts that prove what a true public servant REALLY is.
+1 # Cambridgemac 2012-02-09 19:41
Carter supported Somoza (in Nicaragua) as the dictator was bombing poor neighborhoods in Managua; pushed for the Pershing missile and the neutron bomb, boosted "defense" spending, and gave credence to window-of-vulne rability hype. The only good things I remember about his administration are 1) CETA program for jobs creation and 2) targetting new federal office buildings for downtown areas at a time when corporations were still divesting from center cities. He made a much better EX-president than he did a President.
+24 # Oddjob 2012-02-07 15:50
I would really like to see the heads of these companies arrested for treasonous and traitorous activities and have them thrown in a hellhole of a prison. Then seize their wealth as payment for damages incurred by this country.
+21 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-07 20:53
I just want to see them, the Religious leaders and Politicians all drink this water and injection fluid. Simple thing to do if it is sooooo safe????
-14 # 2012-02-07 22:01
Sadistic fantasy. Animosity and seeking revenge is more toxic than fracking
+5 # Billy Bob 2012-02-08 12:38
How can it be a sadistic fantasy of revenge to ask someone to drink "safe" water?
0 # 2012-02-10 08:25
Billy Bob: You miss my point. It is sadistic to want to see other human beings drink a toxic substance, even though you oppose or dislike them. The Poster is being sarcastc when she say's that it's sooooooo safe.
+14 # nancyw 2012-02-07 15:58
This country... If you look at the big picture... it's scary and depressing from the way some let money control their lives, thinking and heart, to how the establishment treats the 99% - look at Oakland's Occupy - It all makes no sense how the morals and hearts of some people make life suffer for so many. When did evil become so profitable, so present in our lives?
+16 # Todd Williams 2012-02-07 16:03
I've just been reading about small (4.0) earthquakes that may be caused by the injection of spent drilling fluids back into formations. Ohio seems to be the area where this is happening, although I think I read it's happened elsewhere. This practice needs to be examined and stopped, if it puts areas at risk for quakes. Enough of this practice.
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-07 20:55
They are doing studies on a couple places. It doesn't have to happen at the sight.
There is cases where jackhammer crumbling an asphalt in one area cause cave in elsewhere...I just hope all the Politicians are in the cave in area, perhaps then a light will actually happen in their minds or hearts
+25 # lcarrier 2012-02-07 16:13
Landrieu and Portman are scum-sucking monsters interested only in making money. They both need to be relegated to the dustbin of history.
+19 # upsetter 2012-02-07 18:07
Mary is a DINO. I don't think she can be trusted in any way.
+22 # rhgreen 2012-02-07 18:12
There are two cures, preferably both reinforcing each other.
1: Donation limits in federal campaigns, i.e. overturn Citizens United. If it takes a constitutional amendment then get on with it.
2: Agencies such as EPA are made truly independent, on the level that the Federal Reserve and the judiciary are independent, so they can tell US Senatorial 'ho's to go f- themselves.
+12 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-07 21:05
Much to be said of fracking and the double tongue of EPA, FDA and Dept of Ag. Chemicals used in are banned in USA so how are they being used?

I want Politicians, Families of, Gas Owners, families of, Religious Leaders to all have a dinner. I want them to drink the Fracking Material. I want the EPA to see that the chemicals are the same as what is injected. If they are safe, then drink up. If the water that flows beneath the fracking is safe, filter the shale, do a follow tumbler.

I was threatened by my Representative after asking him and his family to do so.
After all he is promoting it, he is promoting Governor Corbett's taking money from Gas/Oil for themselves/
Rethugs. However they refuse to levy fair permit fees to cover problems in municipalities and rural areas, they refuse to put weight fees to cover road accidents and wear out. Now Corbett has pulled funding on Wildlife Research on the after affects of Fracking. so tell me Is Governor Corbet a Terrorist and his cronies Taliban? Because they are knowingly poisoning people. We have proof in Eerie, now Dimmock Pa water is no good so how many more communities. First DEP said it is Fracking now they retracted and EPA is coming soon. Meantime people have no clean water unless they buy it themselves.Talk about Terrorists.
Intentionally making people drink fuel contaminated water. Makes the Middle East Dictators look like Angels. Vote them all out or recall them
+8 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-07 21:07
EPA should be drinking this also, DEP,DER, FDA, DEPt of AG. I believe this could be a new marketable product that is sooo safe to drink. I would also want to see everyone joined by Monsanto, GM, and others to drink the drinks and eat those seeds. What an organic thing to do, after all this is safe for us, they are telling us so. Let them prove it to us all.
+8 # Bill Clements 2012-02-08 00:42
The people of Louisiana need to wake up and get rid of Landrieu. Are they as ignorant as she obviously is?
+6 # Larkrise 2012-02-08 03:22
Mary Landrieu is a Blue Dog Democrat. She is not and never will be progressive. She is greed-driven, a corporate flunky, and serves Mary Landrieu, not the people of Louisiana. She carries on the long tradition of corrupt politicians in Louisiana; and is proud to do so.
+3 # lilpat126 2012-02-08 09:19
One problem that everyone seems to overlook is that bottled water has to come from somewhere. If the ground water is contaminated where is it coming from? Are we going to have to import our water too. You can't use contaminated water on plants, or give it to animals. What are we supposed to eat? You want to bathe in a chemical cocktail? I want 1st dibs on the new clean water market. I should be able to buy out the country. Of course I don't know what use a polluted country where even bugs won't live will be. Maybe I will die before it all happens.
+4 # ojkelly 2012-02-08 09:25
I read that report. The wells were at the same depth as where they were injecting the frak compounds. Might as well have put it in the milk. But the safety of fracking a mile below the depth where the drinking water is located is not questioned by the Pavillion results.
+3 # Tippitc 2012-02-08 20:06
Watch "Gasland" by Josh Fox - I was amazed at how wide spread this "safe" process is!! And if it is so safe, why the exemptions from Clean Water and Clean Air laws?! I guess after you tell enough lies you can do it without blinking an eye.
+1 # janetjan 2012-02-10 10:51
Is there no way to bring the actual water from wells in fracking areas to Congress? to the EPA? with newspaper folks present? People say some of the water smells, and some of it can even be lit on fire. If so, put some in a small bottle, and walk it to Congresspeople' s offices with newspaper folks there.

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