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  •  And the leaking oil barge you rode in on, too! (12+ / 0-)

    The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

    by Hillbilly Dem on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 01:03:57 PM PDT

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    •  And those quietly fracking in earthquake country. (5+ / 0-)

      Calif. Coastal Panel Takes up Offshore Fracking

      California regulators on Thursday were set to take up offshore fracking after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast since the late 1990s.

      The California Coastal Commission added the issue at the last minute to its agenda during its monthly meeting. A recent report by The Associated Press documented at least a dozen instances of hydraulic fracturing in the Santa Barbara Channel, site of a disastrous 1969 oil spill that spurred the modern environmental movement. Federal regulators earlier this year approved a new project that has yet to begin.

      The coastal panel, which is charged with protecting the shoreline and marine resources, had said it was not aware until recently that fracking had occurred.

      Since the act of pumping sea water, sand and a cocktail of chemicals deep into rock formations to recover oil occurs more than three miles offshore, oversight falls to various federal agencies. But the state can step in if the work jeopardizes marine mammals or water quality.

      After the extent of ocean fracking became known, the coastal commission said it planned to ask oil companies proposing new offshore drilling jobs if they will be fracking. (snip)

      The federal agency that oversees offshore drilling, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement or BSEE, initially counted only two fracks off California in the past two decades, according to internal emails obtained by the AP through the Freedom of Information Act. It later revised the figure to 12, but said it cannot be certain just how often fracking has been allowed.

      Much good it will do us: the Coastal Panel only plans to ask if new leases intend to frack, never mind that it has been going on since the 1990s. Record of oil companies even telling the truth has not been good.  /cynicism

      "It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man." -- Thomas Paine

      by sailmaker on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 01:17:31 PM PDT

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    •  And the leaking rigs, refineries (8+ / 0-)

      ships, trains and trucks that fuel

      the leaking oil barge you rode in on

      Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

      by divineorder on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 01:18:37 PM PDT

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