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NY Times Report: Fracked Water Thousands of Times More Dangerous Than They’re Telling Us

Good old hydrofracking. You know about it right? It’s the method to produce natural gas by fracturing rock formations with millions of gallons of water and toxic chemicals. It’s been contaminating groundwater in the Western US for many years and now it is being pursued with a vengeance in the East, particularity with respect to the Marcellus Shale formation that extends across Pennsylvania and New York.

Everyone in the know has warned us for years that hydrofracking was highly dangerous to sources of groundwater used for human consumption. But only now are we being told how much worse is that contamination of our water supplies. So bad it will make you ill after you read this investigative report from the NY Times:

With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.

While the existence of the toxic wastes has been reported, thousands of internal documents obtained by The New York Times from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.

The documents reveal that the wastewater, which is sometimes hauled to sewage plants not designed to treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water, contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known, and far higher than the level that federal regulators say is safe for these treatment plants to handle.

In short, if your source of drinking water is a water plant that receives treated waste water from hydrofracking operations, your health and the health of your children and your neighbors and everyone else you know is at serious risk, a risk far greater than previously acknowledged by the oil and gas industry and federal regulators.

The Industry has known of these problems for many years, as has the EPA, as the documents shown to the NY Times reporters demonstrate. Yet neither the Industry nor the EPA has acted on those reports. Instead, both have turned a blind eye to the fact that waste water from hydrofracking is hazardous to your health. Indeed, since 2006, beginning with the Bush administration, the EPA told hydrofracking operators in Pennsaylvania that they did not need to test the the waste water that was released for radioactivity.

Astonishing, but true. Your government, politicians and the Oil and Gas Industry collaborated in a conspiracy of silence regarding the safety of using hydrofracking techniques to produce natural gas. As one alarmed expert stated:

“We’re burning the furniture to heat the house,” said John H. Quigley, who left last month as secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “In shifting away from coal and toward natural gas, we’re trying for cleaner air, but we’re producing massive amounts of toxic wastewater with salts and naturally occurring radioactive materials, and it’s not clear we have a plan for properly handling this waste.”

The risks are particularly severe in Pennsylvania, which has seen a sharp increase in drilling, with roughly 71,000 active gas wells, up from about 36,000 in 2000. The level of radioactivity in the wastewater has sometimes been hundreds or even thousands of times the maximum allowed by the federal standard for drinking water.

And as the Times report notes, waste water treatment plants that receive this tainted water are not capable of removing such high levels of toxic radioactive elements. Waste treatment plant operators openly admit that they cannot remove enough of these radioactive elements to meet the federal standards before the treated water is dumped into reservoirs, rivers and streams which provide the primary sources of drinking water for millions of people across the country. Water that men, women, children and even infants are drinking as we speak. In Pennsylvania alone:

¶More than 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater was produced by Pennsylvania wells over the past three years, far more than has been previously disclosed. Most of this water — enough to cover Manhattan in three inches — was sent to treatment plants not equipped to remove many of the toxic materials in drilling waste.

¶At least 12 sewage treatment plants in three states accepted gas industry wastewater and discharged waste that was only partly treated into rivers, lakes and streams.

¶Of more than 179 wells producing wastewater with high levels of radiation, at least 116 reported levels of radium or other radioactive materials 100 times as high as the levels set by federal drinking-water standards. At least 15 wells produced wastewater carrying more than 1,000 times the amount of radioactive elements considered acceptable.

At least 32 states permit the use of hydrofracking to extract natural gas. The toxicity of groundwater found in those states is alarming.

Fracking, as the practice is commonly called, is a means of extracting natural gas by pressure-drilling a mix of water, sand and chemicals more than a mile vertically and horizontally into the earth. The sand and chemicals break up the dense rock to release methane, the compound comprising natural gas, which is pumped back up along with the fracking liquid, now infused not only with the chemical additives but heavy metals and radioactive material as well. The problem is that these materials are leaching into our water supplies, sickening people, vegetation and animals.

And Big Oil is pressuring more and more states to allow the process to be employed, including my state of New York. Greed apparently knows no moral limits. The industry and government officials know the dangers posed to our nation’s water supplies, yet in their eagerness to turn a buck (or allow the oil and gas companies to buy key political figures with campaign contributions) they are putting the lives of millions of people at risk.

In Pennsylvania, these treatment plants discharged waste into some of the state’s major river basins. Greater amounts of the wastewater went to the Monongahela River, which provides drinking water to more than 800,000 people in the western part of the state, including Pittsburgh, and to the Susquehanna River, which feeds into Chesapeake Bay and provides drinking water to more than six million people, including some in Harrisburg and Baltimore.

Lower amounts have been discharged into the Delaware River, which provides drinking water for more than 15 million people in Philadelphia and eastern Pennsylvania. [...]

“Hydrofracking impacts associated with health problems as well as widespread air and water contamination have been reported in at least a dozen states,” said Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, a business in Ithaca, N.Y., that compiles data on gas drilling. [...]

There were more than 493,000 active natural-gas wells in the United States in 2009, almost double the number in 1990. Around 90 percent have used hydrofracking to get more gas flowing, according to the drilling industry.

Gas has seeped into underground drinking-water supplies in at least five states, including Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia, and residents blamed natural-gas drilling.

Aside from the obvious risk of radiation poisoning, water contaminated with radioactive elements is highly carcinogenic. And there is no tax or cost imposed on Big Oil to prevent or re-mediate the problems caused by hydrofracking or pay for the future medical costs of people who are now unwittingly drinking this toxic brew because the hands of the EPA and local state environmental agencies have been tied by bought and paid for politicians who support hydrofracking. And groundwater contamination is not the only concern. Respiratory illness such as asthma related to air polution from hydrofracking is also a great problem for people who live near these wells:

In Texas, which now has about 93,000 natural-gas wells, up from around 58,000 a dozen years ago, a hospital system in six counties with some of the heaviest drilling said in 2010 that it found a 25 percent asthma rate for young children, more than three times the state rate of about 7 percent.

The desire to make profits is amoral at best. However, deliberately covering up the dangers to the health and lives of million of Americans in order to generate profits is immoral, and would, in any just society, be prosecuted as a crime. That crime would be attempted premeditated murder. These industry executives know that statistically a certain percentage of people who drink this contaminated water will contract diseases, including cancer, that will kill them. Yet they intentionally persist in pushing the use of fracking. Yet no one will prosecute them when people start to die from cancers and other illnesses related to the toxic waste products of hydrofracking.

Instead, they will likely be given government subsidies and tax breaks to do ever more damage and create ever more harm to the people of the United States.

 By Steven D. | Sourced from Booman Tribune

Posted at February 28, 2011, 9:39 am

If you haven’t seen the documentary “GasLand” it is a MUST SEE!  You know, the flick that shows people lighting their drinking water on fire at their kitchen sinks!
Hydrolic fracturing and the devistation it causes to our water supply is one of the most serious issues we face.  No time to hide your head in the sand.  I’m in the water filtration business, and I’n telling you, you will NOT want to have to buy and maintain the kinds of water filters it will require to make your water safe after more than 500 chemicals are added to it.  Nor will you want to see your water bill after your municipal water department has to make it safe for you.
We care at http://www.ezclearwater.com!

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March 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm Comments (0)

Tea Partiers Protest Clean Water Rules Meant To Prevent Bladder Cancer

by Amanda Terkel

WASHINGTON — An attempt by a Kentucky water district to raise rates in order to meet clean water regulations has become political, with a local Tea Party organization stepping in and arguing that the county should simply ignore federal rules.

The Northern Kentucky Water District is seeking a 25 percent rate increase by January 2012, and according to The Kentucky Enquirer, a major reason for the raise is to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations that are meant to prevent bladder cancer by “requiring that water utilities nationwide improve their treatment of drinking water to eliminate byproducts left over after chemical disinfection.”

“The standard that we have to meet as to whether our water is safe or not is based upon the regulations that are set under the Safe Drinking Water Act and that are administered through the (Kentucky) Division of Water,” said Northern Kentucky Water President and CEO Ron Lovan during a hearing last month. “Is our water safe? Yes, we feel it’s safe based upon the current regulations. … That’s the standard that we’ve got to meet.”

The EPA, however, is the arch-nemesis of many conservatives, who believe that it overreaches and imposes unnecessary regulations on states, localities and businesses.

But according to Lovan, if the local water district refuses to comply, it could face up to $25,000 per day in fines, the leadership could go to prison and the state Division of Water could possibly step in and take over. He added that the EPA regulations have been in the works since the 1990s and had significant public input.

“It’s been years in the making, it was a very public process that they (EPA officials) took a lot of input from a lot of interest groups all around the country,” said Lovan. “Whether the Tea Party folks believe that or not, it was a very open, public process before we got to the point where we are today.”

During a hearing on the issue last month, Duane Skavdahl, an attorney representing the Tea Party group, lamented that “nobody will take on the EPA.”

A Campbell County fiscal court judge recently told the Tea Party that if it was really concerned about the agency, it needed to take it up on the federal level. “What you’re going to have to realize is that a federal mandate is the reason that we’re involved in this conversation, and you’re going to have to be talking to the federal people, and hopefully in a little bit different tone of voice and with different expectations than the way you’re laying it out to us,” said Judge Steve Pendery.

The Northern Kentucky Water District estimates that 80 percent of the $88 million increase is attributable to the new Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, but Northern Kentucky Tea Party member Garth Kuhnhein, who is a mining engineer, suspects that federal regulators were off on their cost projections.

According to the EPA, the regulations are intended to reduce not only bladder cancer, but also colon cancer, rectal cancer, and health risks to pregnant women and their fetuses. The Northern Kentucky Tea Party did not return a request for comment.

As The Huffington Post previously reported, Tea Partiers are increasingly getting active locally, with groups in Arizona protesting changes in trash collection and a mandatory recycling program.

Here’s to becoming a third world nation!

Municipal water disinfection byproducts are known to be carcinogenic.  To bash the Federal Government or EPA because they are finally, at long last, trying to protect us from daily ingesting cancer causing chemicals is the height of absurdity!  It is kin to thinking we would all be better off if our country were run like Somalia.  Since when did we come to believe we deserve so little quality of life in the USA?

If you agree, and would like to protect your family from disinfection byproducts and other nasty chemicals in your water, please come on by!


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November 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm Comments (0)

Things To Consider When Choosing A Home Water Filtration System!

There are lots of things you need to consider in choosing your a water filtration system for your home.  Here are some tips which should help:

  • Is the manufacturer  listed with NSF? 
    • First, you need to know if it is tested and was able to meet the standard set by NSF.  Don’t risk your home’s safety, health and money on a home water filtration system that is not certified by NSF to perform what it claims.
  • Does the filter require a pre filter?
    • If it does, how frequent do you have to change it. Always remember that if requires a pre filter, it means additional cost and time consumed in the installation.
  • Does replacing the cartridge require  tools or backwashing?
    • Or when replacing, do you have to mess with a toxin-filled media? Or do you still need a plumber when you have to change your cartridge? There are whole house filtration system that offers Sanitary Quick Change Cartridge (SQC) making replacement of cartridge not an ordeal.
  • Is the filter NSF 42 certified only?
    • Most Home water filtration system are only tested and certified NSF 42: This means it only filters chlorine and sediments. There’s one I know that is NSF 42 and NSF 53 tested and certified which means it doesn’t only remove chlorine and sediments but those that are in the category of 53.
  • Does the filter use old fashioned carbon block filter?
    • There are already recent state of the art patented Hollow Carbon Media offered. They are far better that those old fashioned activated carbon block filters.
  • Do they claim 3 to 10 years of capacity?
    • As far as I know,  years of using the same cartridge or media as such and you’ll have one that will be filled with sooooo much bacteria. There’s nothing that could last that long. None that I know could stay sanitary  that long.
  • Is it proven even by the largest beverage producers in the world?
    • What do Coca Cola and Pepsi use as their filter in the water  to maintain the same quality of taste of their beverage that may be anywhere  in the whole world?
  • Does it provide additional benefit like high flow rates, low pressure drops, excellent organic reduction, 30 times the Chloramines Reduction than carbon block, 40 times more holding capacity and don’t swell in high TOCs?
  • Is it environment friendly too?  Or one that has lots of wastewater?
  •  Does it work for any water source?
    • Choose one that is ideal not only for municipal treated water, but also for well, lake,  river and even rainwater.

Nano Filtration & Salt Free Water All in One could meet all these standards. Also, CONTAMIN EATER Whole House Filtration System. You’ve got plenty to choose from. Just log into http://www.ezclearwater.com and you will choose to what you think suits you best.


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February 24, 2010 at 6:30 am Comments (2)

Water Purification of Municipal Water Treatment Plants

Water purification is the process of filtering those undesirable compounds, materials, substances, chemicals and biological contaminants from water.  Water is purified more specifically for human consumption  though it may be designed for other reasons such as to meet requirements for industrial and chemical applications, medical and pharmacology purposes or other reasons.

To begin the purification process is through water pre treatment, followed by PH adjustment of the water then the flocculation  followed by the process of sedimentation then by filtration. The last one is the disinfection which is accomplished by filtering harmful microorganisms like chlorine. Note: Some may not be used depending on plant scale and water quality.

Water Purification by municipal water treatment plants uses chemicals to disinfect water. They use either chlorine or chloramines or other like fluoride in dealing with microbes or further making your teeth stronger. Since they try to minimize the cost of treating water, they resort to less expensive processes. Since chlorine, chloramines or fluoride are less expensive, it is widely used.

Chlorination and fluoridation of water have become a great issue as fluoridation poses a threat to human health. And though some municipal water treatment facilities have used chloramines instead of chlorine, it’s still another issue because it’s not safer to use, just less expensive.

So what are you waiting for? You know your family deserves the best. Check our home page to see which products would work best for you!

Still not convinced? Contact us and we are happy to send you more info. Simply fill in your name and email address on the right and we will keep you up to date on what is happening to your water and other tips/recomendations for you to keep your family healthy.

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February 23, 2010 at 8:25 am Comment (1)

Is Your Water Cooler Safe To Use?

First, we gotta know what is water cooler to insure we are all on the same page.

What is a water cooler?

Let’s determine that a water cooler is a device that dispenses cooled drinking water. Usually, it said to be broken into two categories: the one that doesn’t require a bottle and one that requires bottle.  Bottle-less are directly hooked up in the water supply while the other one is a free standing dispenser where the water container is tipped upside down. The dispenser comes in different sizes and the bottle size conforms to the size of  the machine.

 Bottleless water coolers are not usually filtered!

Would you think that a water cooler that is directly hooked up in the water supply of the building and the supply of water comes directly from tap water,  would you think it is safe to drink it?  Well, we all know for a fact that tap water is contaminated with lots of pollutants and unwanted substances unfit to be consumed.  And if the device usually dispense water directly from municipal water supply without the aid of a filtration system, then this means you are drinking water with contaminants, pollutants and harmful organisms. Your health then would be at risk right?

 Just because it is bottled doesn’t mean it is safe!

The other kind of water cooler is the one that requires bottled water which is tipped upside down into a dispenser. The bottled water may be delivered by suppliers right into your office, building or house. But you must also remember that bottled water is no less than tap water put into a container. So there’s no difference with that of the one directly installed water cooler.

 But there are filters created for such cause too. It is a simple gravity fed filter offered by EZCLEARWATER. PureCool is a device intended to filter water for water cooler. It was designed fit and can be easily installed!

What are PureCools made of?

Inside the light plastic housing is a pre filter, a layer of Ceramic Matrix Filtration Media and a layer of Hollow Carbon Filtration Media.  These combined features were to provide you with water from water cooler which is far safer, delicious and sparkling clean. Not only that, you could fill your bottle directly with tap water since you will be confident the PureCool will do its job:to filter water.  This also mean, less cost with your water consumption.  How?  You save money already by not buying bottled water to put into your water cooler.

Is your filter good for the enviornment?

You also became a friend of the ecosystem.  How’s that?  Well, bottle containers are not recyclable and there would be less fuel burned in delivering bottled water in your place.  The plastic housing of PureCool is recyclable. The Ceramic Medizand Hollow Carbon are elements of the Earth, that’s why they can go back to it harmlessly. PureCool’s durable construction makes it a perfect for traveling…no complicated system, no installation required. Very convenient.

So what are you waiting for? You know your family deserves the best. Check our home page to see which products would work best for you!

Still not convinced? Contact us and we are happy to send you more info. Simply fill in your name and email address on the right and we will keep you up to date on what is happening to your water and other tips/recomendations for you to keep your family healthy.

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February 22, 2010 at 8:16 am Comments (4)

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