Talk:Disposal of fracking wastewater poses potential environmental problems

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Interview with Dr. Paul Doss which was on Monday 4-16-12 at 2 p.m. central time.

While more frequent earthquakes may not cause a problem for regions like the Midwest a geology professor from the University of Southern Indiana, Dr. Paul Doss believes the disposal of fracking water might.

This study validates what we already know and that human activity does have the ability to initiate seismic events.

This whole industry that has developed around the removal of natural gas by fracking techniques has outpaced regulatory development. The regulation is tied to the ‘the run-of-the-mill’ disposal of waste. In other words the rush to produce this gas has occurred before regulatory agencies have had the opportunity to respond.

Oil wells, which are under regulation, pump out salt water known as brine, after it’s pumped out of the ground it’s disposed of by being pumped back into the ground. The difference between pumping brine and the high pressurized fracking wastewater back in the ground is the volume that it is disposed of.

The incredible volumes and intense disposal of fracking fluids in concentrated areas is what’s new. There is not a body of regulation in place to manage the how these fluids are disposed of.

There is a water quality issue that comes from this kind of activity in terms of for ground water resources that we use Most of this fracking activity is very deep and we never get ground water from down there.

There is a water quality issue that comes from this kind of activity in terms of the ground water resources that we use The issue is we are taking this fluid that has a whole host of chemicals in it that are useful for fracking and putting it back into the Earth.

Most of the fluids used for fracking are mostly proprietary and are unknown to the public because businesses want to have the best fracking fluids to extract the most natural gas for the cheapest price.

The problem is that we have never, as a human society, engineered a hole to go four miles down in the Earth’s Crust that we have complete confidence that won’t leak A perfect case-in-point is the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, that oil was being drilled at 18,000 feet but leaked at the surface. And that’s the concern because there’s no assurance that some of these unknown chemical cocktails won’t escape before it gets down to where they are trying to get rid of them

From a purely seismic perspective these are not big earthquakes that are going to cause damage or initiate, as far as we know, any larger kinds of earthquakes activity for Midwest.

Brine is a material that is saltier than salt water and there are regulations that fall under how to despose of brine.

Brine has never caused this kind of earthquake activity —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mastershake177 (talkcontribs)

Taking notes is always great. When you do an interview over the phone, next time write down as much as you can. Even if its just a little bit. Take a photo of the notes, or scan them and you can send such material to where accredited reporters can more quickly verify your information. Good job on the OR :D DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 18:06, 25 April 2012 (UTC)Reply




"United States" is spelled "United Sates" in paragraph 5. Usacfg (talk) 00:48, 12 May 2012 (UTC)Reply

  found and fixed --Pi zero (talk) 01:28, 12 May 2012 (UTC)Reply

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Fracking is a very hot topic right now. A lot of people will be interested in this article. With that said, the title/headline should reflect the interview. Example: What does he say in this article that stands out? As of this comment, the current title reads like an entry to a Wikipedia article. The headline needs to grab the readers attention. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 20:27, 24 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

Active voice would be good, too. --Pi zero (talk) 20:58, 24 April 2012 (UTC)Reply
The main focus is the fact that there are earthquakes, which are essentially caused by fracking AND also the contamination the fluids related with the operation cause. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 22:52, 24 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

I'm pretty sure I made my headline change after this comment was posted but I am not sure. My main focus on this article is the groundwater contamination because that is where the interview with Paul Doss went, and before today there were no articles talking about the issue of groundwater contamination. I think that the latest headline fits the article and does justice to the article and its contents. If there's anymore suggestions on the headline please let me know. --Mastershake177--



Just an off note, for a really great visual understanding of the risks posed with the current methods of fracking and the search for natural gas, please watch the Gasland documentary. I highly recommend it. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 23:10, 24 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

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{{edit protected}} Please add this article to Category:United States Geological Survey and localize the link of the same name. Thank you. Green Giant (talk) 17:46, 27 October 2015 (UTC)Reply

  Done --Pi zero (talk) 22:42, 27 October 2015 (UTC)Reply
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