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    barbwires, nosleep4u

    The toxic stuff is in there for a purpose - to make the drilling fluid mixture more slippery and reduce friction.

    Not only are the fracking fluids with all those toxins forced into the shale to get the natural gas out, they then are disposed of by injecting them back into the ground.

    •  But unfortunately it's legal in most states nt (1+ / 0-)
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      Prognosticator, OHdog

      has engineering purposes.

      But if they don't know what chemicals are being used, how can they judge if what's being pumped in is actually serving such a purpose? All they know if that nothings broken --- yet.

      The not knowing leaves them simply taking the word of a chemical supply company. We all know how well that works with food, pesticides, etc.

      I maintain it makes no sense to risk pumping largely unknown chemicals through expensive equipment. Either they know what's in it and are utterly lying (very possible), or there is something else going on that is making them enough money to offset the equipment risks.

      "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

      by nosleep4u on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 06:21:16 PM PDT

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    •  RE: toxic stuff there to reduce friction (0+ / 0-)

      So they SAY.  I just don't believe oil industry PR flacks.  And even if it were SO, the risk is much too great to justify this practice.  Oh, and did I say I don't believe them?

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