Yesterday I was last minute Christmas shopping a few blocks south of this site “downwind” at Entertainmart and it smelled like hairspray outside. When I drove back, my heart was racing and so I called the TCEQ and asked them why those tanks aren’t covered and are allowed to waft white, unknown effluent smog into the area. I was told that if covered, under pressure it would become a geyser spewing event. I went back later to take these pictures and it was raining and so this picture is not as impressive as the earlier plumes. Good thing the rain washes it clean away!
Gee ya think if this stuff is flammable, it probably isn’t good to breathe or be allowed to fallout into our storm drainage either. So much for a closed loop system during flowback.
“Fracking fluids are believed to contain benzene, ethylbenzene, formaldehyde, methanol, naphthalene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, toluene, xylene, boric acid, hydrochloric acid, isopropanol, and diesel fuel. Drillers are usually not required to disclose the chemicals they use.
The brine that returns to the surface has been found to contain these chemicals and others, including up to 16,000 picoCuries per liter of radium-226 (pdf). The discharge limit in effluent for Radium 226 is 60 pCi/L, and the EPA’s drinking water standard is 5 pCi/L.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2011/12/23/u-s-offers-35-million-for-fracking-pollution-solutions/