Friday, April 01, 2016

E.P.A. Busted For Laissez - Faire Oversight Of Fracking Poison Wells

EPA needs to be audited, overhauled; with worldwide oil glut there is now no justification whatsoever for fracking - except pure greed     

By Sam Sacks

A federal watchdog reported that regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aren’t bothering to collect enough information necessary to ensure that fracked wastewater isn’t poisoning people.

Abandoned fracking well
According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the EPA has shirked its responsibilities under the Safe Drinking Water Act to keep tabs on Underground Injection Control (UIC) programs, which work to ensure that wastewater associated with oil and gas production is properly injected into underground wells to prevent contamination of nearby areas. “EPA has not collected inspection and enforcement information, or consistently conducted specific oversight activities, to assess whether state and EPA-managed programs are protecting underground sources of drinking water,” GAO stated in an audit released earlier this week

The investigation noted GAO has been reporting similar problems at the agency since 2014.

Forty states have their own UIC program, complying with regulations and safeguards deemed necessary by the EPA. They are, for example, required to prohibit unauthorized injections of waste into the ground. They also must ensure that authorized injections don’t contaminate drinking water sources. And they are compelled to carry out “inspection, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting” on injection well sites.

Ten other states rely on the EPA to maintain their UIC schemes.

The GAO found that the environmental agency is expected to conduct “vigorous” oversight of state programs, but doesn’t even require the production of well-specific data.

Without more granular information, the watchdog concluded, the EPA is unable to determine how often wells are being inspected, what types of inspections are taking place, and what determinations they are making.

During a review of 93 significant injection well violations between 2008 and 2013, the GAO found that state and EPA-managed programs failed to report data “completely or consistently,” preventing the agency from ensuring that states are carrying out proper enforcement actions against violators.

Although the EPA told the watchdog it didn’t have enough staff to conduct a full oversight regiment of the UIC programs, GAO responded by saying the EPA has failed to even conduct a “workforce analysis” to determine what resources it would need to do its job.

The ongoing natural gas boom in the US has rapidly increased the need for companies to construct injection wells. These vessels are used to dispose of chemical wastewater produced by the hydraulic fracturing process–“fracking,” in common vernacular. Fracking requires firing a mixture of sand, fluids, and chemicals deep into underground formations to extract gas and oil.

Water flowing from an abandoned fracking well

There are already well-document concerns over how the fracking process could lead to contamination of drinking water. Hydraulic fracturing was exempted from most Safe Drinking Water Act regulations due to legislation signed into law in 2005 by President George W. Bush. It became known as the “Halliburton Loophole.”

In its latest report, the GAO recommended that the EPA boost reporting requirements of enforcement actions taken against contaminators. The agency agreed with the suggestion.

The GAO also said EPA should collect well-specific data on inspections, and asked it to identify the resources needed to carry out its UIC oversight mission. The agency, however, objected to these recommendations.

A separate report released last week by the EPA’s Inspector General also knocked the agency for lax oversight, stating that it needs to do more to protect community water drinking systems serving more than 24 million people. In particular, the investigation revealed that three-quarters of local water systems found to be in serious violation of federal regulations by the EPA were still out of compliance with the law three years later.

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Has Russia Now Salvaged Europe?

The world owes Putin a debt of gratitude for stopping Obama's CIA/ISIS in it's tracks while averting WWIII  

By Eric Zuesse

The United States cooked up the idea of using fundamentalist-Sunni, Saudi-led-and-inspired mujahedeen, or Taliban, as cheap fanatics to fight against the Soviet Union in 1979 in Afghanistan; and, then, after thus draining and ending the USSR by 1991, the royal Sauds and their friends US Presidents – starting with the Bushes but including Clinton(s) and Obama – have continued it as a bad habit, which got out of control and has now ultimately forced millions of Syrians (and Libyans etc.) to leave their jihadist-infested homelands to seek safety in Europe.

ISIS an Obama creation
This influx is too many refugees, too fast for Europe (or anywhere) to absorb, and so has created a crisis which threatens the continued existence of the EU. Has Russia now effectively come to the rescue and saved the EU, and perhaps placed the US-Saudi fundamentalist-Sunni genie back into its bloody destructive bottle? Perhaps so. Europe’s enemies, the United States and its Sunni fundamentalist allies (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and Turkey) almost succeeded in replacing Syria’s non-sectarian and secular Ba’athist government, by a Saudi-inspired fundamentalist-Sunni one; and, in the process, those enemies of Europe produced millions of Syrian and other refugees into Europe and elsewhere. 

In this ongoing crisis, Europe’s leaders, such as Angela Merkel (who as an East German has hated and feared Russians ever since childhood), are still allied with Europe’s enemies (those Sunni-fundamentalist-ruled nations, which compete against Russia in the oil-and-gas markets), but Russia’s intervention in the Syrian conflict has finally turned the tide against the jihadists, so that Europeans can, at long last, reasonably begin to hope again that this hell has reached its bottom, and that Europe’s future is heading back towards progress, instead of towards ever-increasing conflict and recession and soaring debt.

Until Russia, on 30 September 2015, entered the Syrian war to conquer the jihadists who were being paid by the fundamentalist Sunni governments and leaders of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and Turkey – being paid to overthrow and replace the secular Ba’athist government of the nominally Shiite Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – until that Russian bombing-campaign began, ISIS and the other foreign jihadist groups were in the ascendancy in Syria. 

These foreign fighters, who came into Syria through US-and-Saudi-allied fundamentalist-led Turkey (the Sauds’ agent in NATO), are the people who drove those millions of Syrians into exile abroad, into the EU and elsewhere.

But on March 25th, Ziad Fadel, one of the few reliably truthful (though purple-prosed) reporters on the Syrian conflict, reported at Syrian Perspective, the crucial news that:

"The Syrian Army has racked up another victory over the Turk-supported and Saudi-financed terrorist group called ISIS. In 2 places, at the SyriaTel Tower atop a hill overlooking the "Necropolis" (Jabal Al-Quboor) and the Citadel of Palmyra,.. the Syrian army stormed high fortifications set up by the terrorist rodents and destroyed them all killing every single vermin except those who absconded early to face certain death at the hands of ISIS itself or our vaunted Desert Falcons… The Syrian Army has also liberated the 'Hotel District' including the Semiramis and Didiman. As I write, the army is pushing deep into the city aiming to establish control over the Fuel Station. Resistance has been sporadic, the rats mostly relying on booby-trapped vehicles and IEDs. Each rat has been assigned a platoon whose sole purpose is to expose him and kill him. According to Monzer, there are only about 600 rodents left in the city [Palmyra], some of whom are known to be preparing for a pullout or a negotiated surrender – an event which will not happen, by the way. They are in a true dilemma: if they surrender to our Falcons, they will die. If they escape to their litter-mates in Al-Raqqa or Al-Sukhna, they will, also, die… We are only hours away from total liberation."

Palmyra is in the very heart of the vast Sunni-dominated part of Syria – the part that the US and its fundamentalist-Sunni allies have been wanting especially to control so as to build, through that currently fundamentalist-Sunni-controlled area, oil and gas pipelines for Saudi Arabia and Qatar to transport their oil and gas into the EU. 

At the current rate of progress by Assad (still backed by Russian bombers) the Syrian army will soon be able to attack the Syrian headquarters of ISIS, which is in Raqqa. When that happens, then Assad, Russia, and all of Europe will have won this long and terrible war, which has become such a curse to the EU, even if not so much as it has been a curse to the Syrian people.

Even Newsweek, one of the US Establishment’s main news-magazines, has headlined on March 24th, "Will There Be a Coup Against Erdogan in Turkey?" and Michael Rubin reports there that, "The situation in Turkey is bad and getting worse. It’s not just the deterioration in security amidst a wave of terrorism. Public debt might be stable, but private debt is out of control, the tourism sector is in free-fall and the decline in the currency has impacted every citizen’s buying power." 

Though the Turkish dictator the fundamentalist Sunni Tayyip Erdogan – who has arrested and replaced the management at the two Turkish news-media that had dared to report the truth about him having been supplying terrorists in Syria – may still have his friends in Washington, Riyadh, Doha, and Kuwait City, his position in Turkey itself is becoming increasingly perilous (and this is despite the $6B+ aid package that Obama and Merkel wrangled the EU to pay Turkey to ‘assist’ the EU to deal with the refugees that Turkey and its allies had helped to produce).

Rubin reports, "Turks – and the Turkish military – increasingly recognize that Erdogan is taking Turkey to the precipice. By first bestowing legitimacy upon imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ă–calan with renewed negotiations and then precipitating renewed conflict, he has taken Turkey down a path in which there is no chance of victory and a high chance of de facto partition."

Merkel, Obama prepare to throw Erdogan under the bus

It’s beginning to appear that Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, and the Gulf Cooperation Council of all-fundamentalist-Sunni dictatorships, won’t be able to protect Erdogan’s hide, after all. Rubin continues: 

"Coup leaders might moot European and American human rights and civil society criticism and that of journalists by immediately freeing all detained journalists and academics and by returning seized newspapers and television stations to their rightful owners. Turkey’s NATO membership is no deterrent to action: Neither Turkey nor Greece lost their NATO membership after previous coups. Should a new leadership engage sincerely with Turkey’s Kurds, Kurds might come onboard. Neither European nor American public opinion would likely be sympathetic to the execution of Erdogan."

There is hope for the EU yet. If Russia hadn’t entered the war against the terrorists, would there be?

America was helping the jihadists to overthrow Assad – to overthrow the only secular government in the Middle East. How constructive has that been for Europe?

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.



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By Robert S. Finnegan

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