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  •  How about meeting with publc water utility & (2+ / 0-)

    reservoir managers to deal realistically with the threat fracking poses to clean water for America citizens?  The huge amount of fresh water that fracking diverts plus the toxic chemicals injected in the ground (and getting into water tables and aquifers) certainly merits careful review by the water managers across the nation responsible for ensuring the citizens they serve continues to be provide with safe, clean water.  

    How is it in 2013 we have Democratic Party leadership sticking its head in the sand and pretending the environmental impacts won't be serious enough to merit an honest review by those most impacted?  This is a horrendous failure of the Obama administration to honestly represent the citizens who voted for him. Couldn't this administration even try to extract more EPA Superfund money from the oil companies or build in some sort of review process to evaluate environmental impacts on water at least quarterly? Or get real independent researchers or even the CBO to fully review the environmental impacts of the bill and costs passed on to citizens?

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Tue May 21, 2013 at 01:52:03 PM PDT

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    •  antirove - the text noted how many times (1+ / 0-)
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      the administration had met with pro-industry groups and had no mention how many times the administration had met with environmental organizations. The author tries to leave the impression that the administration had never met with environmental groups. I just wondered what the facts were?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue May 21, 2013 at 02:48:27 PM PDT

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      •  You clearly miss the point of this excellent post, (0+ / 0-)

        that is, that evidence shows the Obama Administration regulators are in bed with those that they are charged to regulate. The diarist   makes a very good case that they are.

        Hopefully you are not purposely being disingenuous but merely  need to go back and reread?

        Now if you want to write a diary on how many times the Admin met with other stakeholders and how the rules reflect their positions and interests as well, please proceed.

        You might want to begin with a detailed review of the White House visitor records....  Look forward to seeing your findings in a future diary.

        Frances Beinecke via NRDC
        BLM’s New Draft Fracking Rules Give Industry a Free Pass, But Were They Written By ExxonMobil?

        When I talk to people who live near fracking operations, they often ask me the same question: “What is this doing to my drinking water?” Homeowners have shown me jugs of water from their kitchen sinks that look like rusty mud. One man said he could light his tap water on fire after energy companies put a drill pad in his neighborhood. Others tell me they worry their water is causing health problems for their families.

        People across the country share these concerns. From Pennsylvania to Texas to Colorado, residents see wastewater pits leak, smell chemicals in the air, or read the scientific research showing that fracking can contaminate water supplies and pose a host of other threats. No one should have to live with these dangers: we all want to keep our drinking water safe from dangerous chemicals and reckless industrial activity.

        And yet the federal government just released draft rules for fracking that fail to protect people from harm. Instead the rules protect the oil and gas industry from having to follow strong public health and environmental standards.

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        by divineorder on Tue May 21, 2013 at 03:31:13 PM PDT

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