“Dear Mrs. Feil…As you may know, hydraulic fracturing uses a mixture of water and sand to extract oil and natural gas…..” gee what about the frack chemicals as found on the FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry???
NO thank you I will not agree that we are up to speed in “evolving” adequate protection for our drinking water from frack on crack! “Federal environmental law has evolved over the past forty years to include the regulation of air quality, water quality, chemicals in commerce, development of regulatory criteria for the management and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes,…”
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From: kim feil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Ph.D. Avner Vengosh <email@example.com>
Cc: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>; Desiree Plata <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Anthony R. Ingraffea <email@example.com>; Zacariah Hildenbrand <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Kevin A. Schug <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 4:45 PM
Subject: Fw: NCTCOG Follow-up: scientists find in northeast enhanced disinfection byproducts – we need Barnett Shale study/recommendations
Professor Vengosh, if you are able to send a link for the full pdf for the study entitled…
Enhanced Formation of Disinfection Byproducts in Shale Gas Wastewater-Impacted Drinking Water Supplies
that would be appreciated as in North Texas (Barnett Shale), we have a centralized team of specialists to promote economies of scale in personnel dedicated to areas each individual city cannot afford to fund resources for.
I am not sure how our North Central Texas Council of Government can help, but my main message garnered from the northeast geochemist’s work is to at least have NCTCOG do industry outreach to educate those entities that recycle or repurpose production waters in the Barnett Shale to not use chemicals.
Awareness that treating production/formation waters using chemicals like chlorine is in my (clever marketing?) words creating “FRACKenstein frack on crack” that could impact our drinking water quality with elevated DBP’s (disinfectant by products) like TTHM’s (trihalomethane).
Senator Cornyn responded in a fashion that the status quo is adequate and I disagree with him because the state nor the EPA mandates NONchemical treatments to recycle/repurpose brine/oil&gas waste waters. His response first failed to mention the existence of the use of frack chemicals in his second paragraph….
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From: Senator Cornyn <SenateWebmail@cornyn.senate.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 3:01 PM
Subject: Thank You For Contacting My Office
Dear Mrs. Feil:
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding the process of hydraulic fracturing and protecting our environment. I recognize the time and effort that you are dedicating to actively participate in the democratic process, and I appreciate that you and other concerned citizens have provided me the benefit of your comments on this matter.
As you may know, hydraulic fracturing uses a mixture of water and sand to extract oil and natural gas from dense shale far beneath the groundwater level. The hydraulic fracturing practice has been studied by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ground Water Protection Council, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. At every step in the drilling process, energy producers are subject to state regulations as well as federal requirements through laws such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act; the Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; and the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Federal environmental law has evolved over the past forty years to include the regulation of air quality, water quality, chemicals in commerce, development of regulatory criteria for the management and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, and the cleanup of environmental contamination. I support efforts to improve our nation’s environmental quality and I believe regulations should be based on the best available science and risk-based standards. You may be certain that I will keep your concerns in mind as these matters are discussed.
I appreciate having the opportunity to represent Texas in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
United States Senator
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