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  •  Just sent this out (3+ / 0-)
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    roses, paprog, AntKat

    on the dKos enviro list. I'll write the folks listed at the end of the diary, recording my disaproval. Sometimes I feel so discouraged.  

    •  emma: in case you missed it: (2+ / 0-)
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      roses, AntKat

      Feeling a little warm this winter? by sfluke is devastating.

      One thing not mentioned in the diary or comments until the last comment: water table will be affected by lack of snow and continued growth of plants through a longer season.

      Excellent diary paprog. I guess this is what's happening everywhere on public lands out west too. Those photos are unbelievable. Why do they need to drill so many wells so close together?  How can it be cost-effective? The spillage must be permanently toxifying the soil, not to mention erosion from all of the roads, will probably leave behind a moonscape.

      •  The wells they drill (3+ / 0-)
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        are typically quite shallow - 1,000-2,000 feet.  The oil and gas companies claim that because of the shallowness, directional drilling is not feasible in the region.  So wherever there's a field of oil/gas, they just start sinking wells every 600 feet or so in a grid.

        It's cost-effective because they get the road material for free from the Forest Service (ie, taxpayers).  The Forest Service provides the oil companies with stone pits in the Allegheny.  Basically, they just stripmine sandstone to build their roads, which are not built to a very high standard, thus they erode easily.  They're moving into more sensitive areas all the time.

      •  Thanks, I'm going over to read now. (2+ / 0-)
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        Halcyon, AntKat

        Arg. It's been 60 in the shade the last couple of days here in Appalachia, when it should be mid 30s, low 40s tops.
        And I've been really worried about snow pack in the Rockies. We've so far had good rain here, so water table is in ok shape for now, but it's troubling.

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