Originally posted by PuterMan
and just how exactly does this legislation add $11,833 per well
The proposal lets gas producers exclude trade secrets and confidential information, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today on a conference call. It
would add about $11,833 in costs per well in 2013, according the Interior Department.
“The proposal today will allow us to continue powering our
economy (oil and gas industry) by developing America’s abundant oil
and gas resources,” Salazar said during a conference call. “It is critical that the public has full confidence that effective safety and
environmental protections are in place.”
Just wow! So, they don’t have to publish it, and we get to pay them for not publishing it. Nice. I have to admire the tactics – so shrewd!
This legislative activity seems to be still revolving around the previous administration’s efforts to support the oil and gas industry by the
loosening of regulations regarding such operations. (ie gives bypass to the Clean Water Act)
Refresher here:NRDC Article
Google: Bush Clean Water Act
Personally, I think pumping the waste into injection wells is a very sloppy and lazy way of dealing with something that in my opinion, should at least
partly be the responsibility of the waste generator.
Just because the government doesn’t have regulations in place whenever a new process, chemical, or other situation arises should not give a bypass
to a good moral and ethical decision.
So, the municipal treatment plants aren’t equipped to deal with the fracking wastewater – so let’s just pump it in the ground…great idea.
It’s so much cheaper than processing it.
Maybe the oil and gas industry could take some of their fat subsidies and provide funding on studies on how to treat the wastewater. Oh, wait, that
would cause prices to ‘skyrocket’, civil unrest, panic and chaos.
BRB, going to check my supply of pitchforks and torches. S&F PuterMan!