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  •  Here are the Great Lakes Areas of Concern (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.epa.gov/...

    Areas of concern involve toxic pollutants or toxic sediments.

    None of these AOCs involve either oil/gas extraction industry sources or discharges to surface waters by oil/gas extraction industry sources.

    Other Great Lakes water quality problems involve turbidity, nutrient enrichment, pathogens or color.   There is no evidence at all that oil/gas extraction sector activities are causing any of these problems, which occur from other pollutant sources.

    Since discharge of process wastewater from oil/natural gas operations without a permit is unlawful nationally and in all Great Lakes states, it is rare to get a case involving such wastewater discharges.   While stormwater from oil/gas sites is not regulated, that exemption does not include any process wastewater, like produced water or hydraulic fracturing fluids.   There have been relatively few cases around the country where such surface water discharges to navigable waters or their tributaries have occurred....ExxonMobil got busted in Pennsylvania last year by EPA for such an unpermitted discharge from a shale gas operation....but it happens rarely.

    None of the areas of concern in the Great Lakes have been caused by oil/gas extraction sector operations.

    There are no Great Lakes water quality standard violations that can be attributed to operations of the oil/natural gas sector...none....this problem does not exist.

    I've been tracking Great Lakes water quality issues over the past 40 years.   Neither the Great Lakes Commission, nor the International Joint Commission, nor any of the Great Lakes state environmental control departments responsible for water quality regulation and planning deem hydraulic fracturing/oil-gas extraction sector to be either a threat to the Great Lakes or the cause of any past or present Great Lakes water quality standard violations or problems.  

    •  Again, Great Lakes is not California (0+ / 0-)

      "There are no Great Lakes water quality standard violations that can be attributed to operations of the oil/natural gas sector...none....this problem does not exist."

      But yet again, in my articles I have never discussed the Great Lakes! I'm talking about California, particularly the already heavily contaminated west side of the San Joaquin Valley, where the majority of fracking occurs.

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