The Watering Hole, Wednesday, February 20, 2013: We’re Fracked!

A new lawsuit says state regulators have allowed hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to expand in California without legally required oversight.

The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court by the Center for Biological Diversity, seeks to compel regulators to enforce existing state law that protects people and the environment from underground injections carried out by the oil and gas industry.

In a news release, the Center for Biological Diversity says the state has yet to regulate or even monitor the controversial practice of fracking.

Underneath much of Central and southern California sits one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the United States, boasting a motherlode of some 15 billion barrels of oil.”

And the Central Valley is one of the country’s biggest agricultural regions. Or, maybe, was. According to the Huffington Post, “Presently, energy producers aren’t required to tell anyone where or when they’re using hydraulic fracturing.”

But sometimes, such a secret can’t be kept a secret for long. Apparently a well near Fresno was fracked recently, with disasterous results this night.

Fracking near Fresno feed fireball.

Fracking near Fresno feeds fireball.

Fracking at a well owned by the Wesayso Corporation went disasterously wrong this evening as natural gas erupted into the atmosphere and ignited. To make matters worse, the natural gas quickly invaded the aquifer and was sucked into wells operated by FID, Fresno Irrigation District. Before anyone knew what was going on, tap water in Fresno became highly flammable and houses, businesses and apartment complexes erupted into flames as the slightest spark caused coffee pots and water heaters to explode.

Although this is a developing story, one geological engineer at the scene of the fireball who suffered only second degree burns explained. “We didn’t know that the natural gas deposits were under this much pressure. Judging by the on-going low level earthquakes, it’s likely the shale is continuing to fracture over a widespread area. It’s like when you get a crack in your windshield, and the crack keeps spreading and spreading and spreading. Only now, when it spreads, more natural gas vents into the aquifer.”

While officials at the State level are not talking, one lower-level analyst spoke on condition of anonymity. “We may be looking at the loss of the entire Central Valley acquifer.” He said. “When that goes, everyone in the Central Valley will have to evacuate….and you can forget about farming for the next few decades. God knows how long it will take to get the toxins out of the water supply.”




116 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Wednesday, February 20, 2013: We’re Fracked!

    • Since RWNJ media frequently mistakes satirical pieces for actual news, then widely circulate the misconception as fact, this just goes into the circular memory file under ‘they always believe the worst, if it’s about somebody they don’t like’.

      An entire line of questioning by Republican Senators in the Hagel hearing was based on a lie. From Breitbart. Hagel would already be confirmed except for this.

  1. Gold fell to a six-month low on Wednesday, breaking through support at $1,600 an ounce, as investors were drawn to riskier assets ahead of a closely watched U.S. Federal Reserve minutes later in the day.

    Signs of an improving global economic outlook sent equities to multi-year highs this week, making gold’s safe-haven qualities less appealing.

  2. geezzz…… i hope my life slows down a bit, i’ve only been able to drop in for a quick, sometimes disjointed, drive-by comment or two.

    great stuff this morning BnF!…frickin’ frackin’ at it’s finest…

      • He’s with now.

        And Dan Friedman thinks he unwittingly began this rumor:

        “On Feb. 6, I called a Republican aide on Capitol Hill with a question: Did Hagel’s Senate critics know of controversial groups that he had addressed? Hagel was in hot water for alleged hostility to Israel. So, I asked my source, had Hagel given a speech to, say, the “Junior League of Hezbollah, in France”? And: What about “Friends of Hamas”? The names were so over-the-top, so linked to terrorism in the Middle East, that it was clear I was talking hypothetically and hyperbolically. …

        I am, it seems, the creator of the Friends of Hamas myth. Doing my job, I erred in counting on confidentiality and the understanding that my example was farcical — and by assuming no one would print an unchecked rumor.”

        He also Tweeted:

        Josh Greenman @joshgreenman

        Rule of thumb: Get at least three fictional sources before publishing serious allegations involving imaginary groups
        3:51 PM – 20 Feb 13 from New York, NY, United States

    • I heard from three separate sources that Shapiro performs sexual acts with elderly burros, therefore it must be true.

  3. This is what you see at Free Republic today:

    Sorry, if you’re seeing this message our Free Republic server is still down. We’re working to bring it back online. Nothing sinister and no hack attack. Just a hardware crash. Definitely will have to replace our database server.
    We’re in the process of purchasing a new db server and hope to install it later tonight today.

    This is supposedly a Facebook post on their page:

    Please hurry Jim. The longer I am kept from FR the more I feel a change coming over me. This morning I waved at my gay neighbor, I’m feeling less hatred towards Blacks and Mexicans and I’m beginning to think that Obama may have been born in Hawaii. Please hurry Jim, before I believe in Evolution!!!!!

  4. McIIIrd in hot water with his radicalized constituents in AZ over his Immigration stance.
    McCain told the crowd that Americans would not support a move to arrest all illegal immigrants in the United States and deport them.
    Represent dumfuks? Got elected by TeaPartiests? Time to Retire? Think it through, Johnny.

  5. I’m feeling better today!!

    I guessing whining about coughing so much really works. 🙂 Still coughing, but I feel better otherwise.

    So now I have to go work on getting the last of my small stuff out of the old apartment. *sigh*

    Laters, all!

    • That’s great. It’s great to feel better. Sometimes when you get sick you wonder ‘what was it like to feel good?’.

      My ear is still plugged since I had a cold in early January. I’m off to the doctor again on Friday. I would love to hear properly again and I’m concerned about flying in the future!

  6. Boner gets caught forgetting about the public record. Again. Sadly, the Reichwhiners have no regard for the truth. Their pathetic little troll minions are spreading across the ineterwebs blaming “Obama’s sequester” for the impending economic crash. The clip of Boner saying; “I got 98% of what I wanted” makes no difference and neither will this bit. And even if one manages to get a Reichwhiner to admit Boner’s role they just call him a RINO or even a “crook” because he dared to negotiate with the black guy in the White House. If he actually negotiated in good faith one of them would probably shoot him.

    • This morning I watched several of last night’s MSNBC shows, including Ed, Rachel, Lawrence, and Rev. Al. Boner was on a lot of them, spewing his bullshit, about how he and his cohorts were against tax hikes on corporations or on millionaires, against anything at all that doesn’t include huge spending cuts, but against cutting “Defense,” etc., y’all know the meme. I couldn’t help but recall a scene from the 1956 or 57 movie, South Pacific, where “the Frenchman” Emile deBeque has a lengthy discussion with the US Naval commanding officer on the island in the south Pacific where the US forces are based as they wait for orders to go after the Japanese. The Navy guy is trying to convince deBeque to become an island watcher in the Solomons, to become a spy of sorts to keep an eye on and report Japanese activities there. The Navy guy gives lots of good reasons, at least in his mind, about how America is against this, against that, against everything the Japanese are up to. DeBeque looks at him and says (exactly what I would say to Boner, if the opportunity ever presented itself):

      “I know what you are AGAINST, but what are you FOR?”


  7. Ignorance abounds

    Pope hopeful blames gay priests for abuse

    A cardinal tipped to become the first black pope in modern history faced fierce criticism on Tuesday night after blaming homosexual priests for the abuse crises facing the Catholic church.

    Peter Turkson, from Ghana, said such scandals would not occur in Africa because homosexuality was not condoned.

    “African traditional systems kind of protect or have protected its population against this tendency,” he said.

    • I have never been able to understand why anyone would care about the opinion of someone sworn to celibacy regarding sex and sexuality. Or child rearing for that matter. They are either lying about their celibacy or they have no basis for their opinions.

    • The President would raise your taxes for the second time in eight weeks…

      What the hell is he talking about? Obama didn’t raise my taxes eight weeks ago, as far as I know.

      • Indeed.

        “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;”

        Seems to me that the GOP controls half of Congress.

  8. 19 degrees of separation.

    “No one knows for sure how many individual pages are on the web, but right now, it’s estimated that there are more than 14 billion. Recently, though, Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási discovered something surprising about this massive number: Like actors in Hollywood connected by Kevin Bacon, from every single one of these pages you can navigate to any other in 19 clicks or less.”

  9. As if 9/11 and the resultant air travel restrictions had never happened, travelers for some reason continue to keep Transportation Security Administration agents busy at passengers’ carry-on bag searches. From a TSA weekly summary of confiscations in January: 33 handguns, eight stun guns and a serrated wire garrote. Among highlights from 2012: a live 40mm grenade, a live blasting cap, “seal bombs” and six pounds of black powder (with detonation cords and a timing fuse).

    somehow those full body scans don’t seem so bad…

  10. Apolgies if someone already posted this

    The Latest Signs Ashley Judd Is Preparing Run Against Mitch McConnell
    Late last week, actress Ashley Judd dined with a handful of influential Democratic insiders in Louisville, Ky. The list of invitees at the dinner, held at the home of Christy Brown, the widow of Brown-Forman executive Owsley Brown II and first reported by WHAS 11, was a who’s who of Democratic politicians and operatives. Among them were Rep. John Yarmuth, the commonwealth’s only Democratic member of Congress, and former party chairman Jonathan Miller.

    Judd hasn’t decided yet if she’ll challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, but she’s certainly laying the ground work for a potential campaign. Judd has talked to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who had success running in a conservative House district in New York before entering the Senate, and has been in touch with the Democratic polling firm Global Strategy Group, Democratic strategists said.

    Miller, who said he thinks Judd is the Democrats’ best chance of beating McConnell, suggested how Democrats could exploit what they view as the senior senator’s biggest weakness.
    Miller argued that there is a deep anti-Washington sentiment in Kentucky that Judd could effectively exploit, noting it was a key ingredient of the populist tea party movement that helped Sen. Rand Paul win his seat in 2010.

    Read more:

  11. QOTD:

    “There were times in our nation’s past where, if our ambassador was killed, it was cause for going to war. We’re treating it like it was a cause to, you know, go down and order a pizza. And that’s just not – that’s not right” — SC Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney, beating Benghazi to death. And which ambassador and what war was that?

    • You know…that ambassador…that time we went to war…

      Look, I just found this quote on the internet: “There were times in our nation’s past where, if our ambassador was killed, it was cause for going to war. We’re treating it like it was a cause to, you know, go down and order a pizza. And that’s just not – that’s not right.”

      See? It totally backs me up.

    • Jon Avlon dug up evidence the GOP wanted the sequester:

      “I happened to come across an old email that throws cold water on House Republicans’ attempts to call this “Obama’s Sequester.”

      It’s a PowerPoint presentation that Boehner’s office developed with the Republican Policy Committee and sent out to the Capitol Hill GOP on July 31, 2011. Intended to explain the outline of the proposed debt deal, the presentation is titled: “Two Step Approach to Hold President Obama Accountable.”

      It’s essentially an internal sales document from the old dealmaker Boehner to his unruly and often unreasonable Tea Party cohort. But it’s clear as day in the presentation that “sequestration” was considered a cudgel to guarantee a reduction in federal spending — the conservatives’ necessary condition for not having America default on its obligations.”

  12. I’m really getting tired of this 2nd Amendment crap. The 2nd Amendment itself gives the lawful government of the United States the power and duty to regulate weapons for the sake of public safety. Over 200 years of legal precedent, up to and including the views of one Antonin Scalia, reaffirms that power and duty. Some classes of weapon have always been illegal for private citizens to possess and some citizens are forbidden firearms of any kind. These things are to be debated by our lawfully elected representatives and written into law. The fact that firearms and society both evolve makes this an ongoing process.

    The problem, over and above the immediate problem of criminals and psychopaths acquiring weapons that in comparison to the firearms of the era during which the 2nd Amendment was adopted should be classified as “weapons of mass destruction”, is that a miniscule subclass has effectively blocked any and all debate. This has to stop.

    This subclass has managed to convince themselves that the will of the people is effectively subordinate to the Constitution that expressly empowers those people to effect change. The Constitution demands change. This point in history demands change.

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