So what’s worse? Being lied to or simply being ignored? In North Dakota they decided to go with that second one, fracking companies and pipeline owners keeping mum about how MANY leaks and spills occur. They do not, they say, want to alarm anyone [!!!!]
When we read these articles about environment irreversibly fouled, we think back to the Horizon event in the Gulf and wonder, “… another one?” But it isn’t really about another ONE, is it? It’s more like another dozen, day after day, here, there and everywhere because the Koch brothers influence is everywhere, the push for fuel is endless, and, with safety standards nil, dangerous from start to finish.
At least once a week, I see a teevee commercial from BP insisting that their commitment to the Gulf continues today, major money and time spent to bring it back as it once was. HA! Liars, every one of them — just plain liars.
I haven’t eaten seafood since the Gulf spill, even though that’s one of the big deals in these parts — Friday night, boiled spiced shrimp — and what with being a SF Bay Area girl, one of my grandfathers a Yacht Club owner and abalone diver, I really miss it. But the risk isn’t worth it now. Which body of water is safe anymore? Which one WON’T give us eyeless, tumorous shrimp? And if so, for how long?
Here’s three reads — one on the multitude of oil spills in North Dakota, the next on a Koch leak in Texas and the last a piece on the Gulf and its continuing problems.
The guys that do this … harm our environment and us … do it for money. Thing is, NO amount of money can reclaim it as it was. Some things are for all the marbles.
Hundreds of oil spills kept secret by North Dakota
John Upton, Grist
Shhh … oil spills are unpopular.
North Dakota’s fracking frenzy is leaking like a sieve. And you haven’t heard about it because fracking companies, oil pipeline owners, and state officials have been keeping information about hundreds of oil spills secret for years.
After a huge spill of more than 20,000 barrels on a wheat farm was hushed up for 11 days, the Associated Press discovered the extent of the years-long cover-up:
- Records obtained by the AP show that so far this year, North Dakota has recorded 139 pipeline leaks that spilled a total of 735 barrels of oil. In 2012, there were 153 pipeline leaks that spilled 495 barrels of oil, data show. A little more than half of the spills companies reported to North Dakota occurred “on-site,” where a well is connected to a pipeline, and most were fewer than 10 barrels. The remainder of the spills occurred along the state’s labyrinth of pipelines.
“The public really should know about these,” [said Don Morrison, director of the Dakota Resource Council, an environmental-minded landowner group with more than 700 members in North Dakota]. “If there is a spill, sometimes a landowner may not even know about it. And if they do, people think it’s an isolated incident that’s only happening to them.”