The Truth About Sand & Hydraulic Fracking! *A MUST-READ*

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE
MINORITY STAFF
APRIL 2011
CHEMICALS USED IN HYDRAULIC FRACTURING:

http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Hydraulic%20Fracturing%20Report%204.18.11.pdf

Please read the email conversations further below from bottom to top.
You will see that area-wide SAND FRACKING followed by HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING OR FRACKING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING RIGHT UNDER YOUR
NOSES!  The public needs to know about what these sneaky businessmen
(many from Texas) are doing or planning to do to OUR environment up
here!  There is overwhelming evidence against the safety of Sand AND
Hydraulic Fracking!  Our environment will be ruined!  Action needs
to be taken to educate the public about the dangers of Fracking,
so they can take appropriate action to stop it!  Please consider
taking immediate action to let our citizens know what is happening/
going to happen!  All information in this email and attached to it
are readily available on the internet!
This is extremely important for the public to know about, since
over 50% (63%) of people don’t know what Fracking is or do not
know about the health and other risks of it that you will see, i.e.
the environment, wildlife, water & food supply!
Attached is a House of Representatives Report from April 2011
on Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking including all 750 chemicals
and compounds, many cancer-causing, listed!
First, a list of important articles on Sand Fracking & Hydraulic
Fracking:
“Do Buffalo County, WI Residents Know What “Silica” Is?  What About Fracking?” by Johnnie Loeffler Schmeckpeper
 
Facts from OSHA:
 
What is crystalline silica?
Crystalline silica is a basic component of soil,
sand, granite, and many other minerals.  Quartz
is the most common form of crystalline silica.
Cristobalite and tridymite are two other forms
of crystalline silica.  All three forms may become
respirable size particles when workers chip, cut,
drill, or grind objects that contain crystalline silica.
What are the hazards
of crystalline silica?
Silica exposure remains a serious threat to
nearly 2 million U.S. workers, including more than
100,000 workers in high risk jobs such as abrasive
blasting, foundry work, stonecutting, rock drilling,
quarry work and tunneling. The seriousness of
the health hazards associated with silica exposure
is demonstrated by the fatalities and disabling
illnesses that continue to occur in sandblasters and

rockdrillers. Crystalline silica has been classified

as a human lung carcinogen.  Additionally, breathing

crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis, which
in severe cases can be disabling, or even fatal.
The respirable silica dust enters the lungs and
causes the formation of scar tissue, thus reducing
the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen.  There is no
cure for silicosis.  Since silicosis affects lung function,
it makes one more susceptible to lung infections
like tuberculosis.  In addition, smoking causes
lung damage and adds to the damage caused by
breathing silica dust.
Read more here:
You will breathe crystalline silica particles in without
even knowing it until the damage is done, and it’s too late!
Look at Texas, home of the frackers and frauds!  The elite
idiots who we let dictate what is going on in our country at
the expense of human and animal life, insects, OUR environment!
Do NOT be bought and sold for your desire for greed and/or power!
Do NOT let anyone convince you that any form of fracking is a good
idea!  The “notion” of job creation is a myth at best.  They say they
will hire 42 locals at the Glacier Sands LLC projected site directly
across the street from a school!  For starters, those are non-permanent
jobs, AND you are not guaranteed a job because you are a “LOCAL!”
The trucking jobs will be hired out to 46 truckers or most likely
a trucking firm.  Same problem, non-permanent jobs, unless you feel
like moving where there is new business every time they finish fracking
a site and destroying the human race in the meantime!  I would not want
that on my next resume:  Killed People While Sand or Hydraulic Fracking
or While Hauling the Remains of the Fracking Mess & Spreading Silica, A
Known Cancer-Causing Agent, Across A Vast Area!
That does not sound like sense, make sense, or invites the possibility of
making sense.  We are talking about well-established businessmen in the
Fracking Industry who know how to manipulate the system by spreading things
out like getting a Sand Fracking Facility opened up in Buffalo County, WI
where nobody wants it except the few who have been brainwashed or paid off
by Glacier Sands to start working here!  These businessmen come with attorneys!
For God’s sake, that should be a red warning flag right there!!  Some, like
the two businessmen from Texas who started this whole Glacier Sands idea while
scheming others out through the practice of offering money, which the greedy will
take, (non-sustainable) jobs for the area, a clean environment when they are done,
which is a flat-out lie!  I have MORE THAN ENOUGH PROOF that this fracking business
is a big scam that our local, state and federal govts. are all ignorant about for
a reason:  Many of them have been paid off!  Corruption is at an all-time high.
Our Congress has a abysmal approval rating of 12%!!  They are bought and paid for,
as well as many doctors are for prescribing OR recommending certain medications like
Cialis, Viagra, Lipitor, Ambien, Valium, and a whole host of other medicines to help
make you feel better when it’s just masking the problem.  Then, you end up taking more
and more medicine believing it will help you, when it’s actually killing you, but that’s
another whole concept!
I see and hear businessmen stampeding up here in Wisconsin and
Minnesota for a reason:  We are, or were, but a few untouched states that don’t know the
DANGERS OF FRACKING and who these two Texas businessmen and a MN businessman are, AND the
land grab allowed by seven farms who are either naive, overly greedy, don’t really care
about the environmental destruction that fracking really causes, and most likely were
given a sugar-coated story about how the whole fracking process works.  Let’s take a few
interesting reads, shall we?

Frac Sand or Farmland: Wisconsin farmers face showdown — rescheduled for August 9

“Over the last several years, a sand rush has taken hold in western Wisconsin. Frac sand, a commodity used in hydraulic fracturing by the oil and gas industry, has attracted Wall Street investors eager to jump into a fast growing market. Glacier Sands, the mining company behind Seven Sands LLC, was formed in 2011 by Ike and Ryan Thomas, a father-son team from Granbury, Texas and Brian Iverson a developer from Wayzata, Minnesota.
Glacier Sands LLC has no proven track record in Wisconsin and little experience as a start-up company but submitted five applications  for conditional use permits in Buffalo County including one for a dry plant and rail facility within the last six months. The proposed facility would operate 24/7, handle over 12,000 tons of sand hauled by 500 trucks per day, and would be built in a wetland area next to the Mississippi River, directly across from the Cochrane-Fountain City K-12 school.”
“Brian Iverson has been accused of securities fraud and self-dealing by a group of investors associated with two other mining start-ups in Montana. [See text of Montana complaint in Appendix D.] Less than two years ago, Iverson filed for bankruptcy to relieve more than $21 million in debt stemming from past business ventures and personal guaranties he gave as security for business loans.”
“Nettie Rosenow and other concerned citizens of Buffalo County, have grown increasingly frustrated with what she and others see as the zoning board of adjustment’s (BOA) indifference to issues related to the health, safety and welfare of the community. At public hearings, when questions are raised about the impact of mining on air, groundwater, and traffic, Rosenow observes that the board of adjustment doesn’t seem to listen or care, rubber-stamping applications without following proper procedures or assessing what she believes are the full implications of mining.
“The original board of adjustment was very unprepared and totally influenced by the zoning administrator. [Former zoning administrator Paul Van Eijl] basically told them they had to approve the mines,” Rosenow claims.”

Editorial: State help needed in rules for silica mining

Half (63%) of America Doesn’t Know What Fracking Is
Gasland:  The Movie by Josh Fox
The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind Aubrey McClendon’s Gas Boom
It’s not only toxic – it’s driven by a right-wing billionaire who profits more from flipping land than drilling for gas
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-big-fracking-bubble-the-scam-behind-the-gas-boom-20120301
‘No’ on fracking in Buffalo County (04/18/2012)
May, 2012 letter to Buffalo Co. Board of Adjustments

Study finds correlation between injection wells and small earthquakes

Seven Sands frac sand mine permit postponed

Buffalo County meeting violations investigated

The Truth About Fracking

“The photographs below depict the typical gas well drilling operations found in Texas. Starting with a sand mining operation, then a well pad site that is being drilled and finally the ravages of natural gas production.”
Last, but not least!  Here’s a good one to throw at them:
What does Sand Fracking do to the land?

“Make sure you watch the photo clips towards the bottom!”

Don’t let Del Twidt, Buffalo County, WI Board Supervisor, get away with letting these companies slip into our area via any conditional permit of any kind, because once they are in, they will not leave until they have stripped us bare and caused a massive toxic environmental catastrophe for us to clean up!  Let him know what you think about fracking anywhere in Buffalo County, that he needs to permanently ban fracking in Buffalo County, otherwise his job is on the line for neglecting
to protect the citizens!  Feel free to pass along the entire email with all articles and links to Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, regular email, etc. etc.!  The more people know, the more
likely they are to take action to protect our precious land and water in the Coulee Region and beyond:

http://www.buffalocounty.com/Buffalo%20County%20Administrator.htm
Thanks,
Johnnie Loeffler Schmeckpeper
jelo1317@yahoo.com
https://twitter.com/jelo1317
https://johnniesblog.wordpress.com/

—– Forwarded Message —–
From:
To: jelo1317@yahoo.com
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2012 11:19 AM
Subject: Re: [BuffaloCounty] NOTE: Public Health moratorium study report.Recommends monitoring and extending moratorium
I agree with everything you said, John.  You are well informed and see the big picture.
I was just happy that we had something to give to the county board that may buy us some time!
If public health recommends extending the moratorium, how can they proceed without ignoring our health?
Maybe the press will get on this and people will start to wake up!   Our meetings are televised.
They won’t listen to you or me but maybe to public health? 
I haven’t read all 86 pages, just the summary.
——-Original Message——-
Date: 8/24/2012 11:55:08 PM
To: 
Subject: Re: [BuffaloCounty] NOTE: Public Health moratorium study report.Recommends monitoring and extending moratorium
This is a problem!  Under Recommendations #1:  Conditional Use Permits!
That is how the frack sand companies move in is by getting CUPs!
Do you honestly think the DNR and EPA are going to keep up with
monitoring?  If you do, then you’ve been fooled like the rest of America!
Schemers, Defrauders, Greedy, Smart But Actually Really Retarded business
guys are getting their foot in the door, then they spread and morph into
Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking Companies who do the most damage, because they
are being “Federal or State Government Regulated,” therefore not being monitored
properly.
Think of it as “Humanity’s Last, Great Gold Rush” if you want to.
Except, this time it’s not panning out for everyone!  The one’s
who admire the immorality of Greed & Power will have the last laugh
until they die, and the world runs quiet for however long it takes
for humans to resurface to a non-toxic environment.  Thousands of
years if those radioactive containers of spent nuclear fuel ever
leak out, or we lose our entire power grid, all of the nuclear
reactors in the U.S. go into total meltdown, because we only have
the sustainability to keep them cool for two days or so.  Our own
government has admitted that power grid failure would be catastrophic
for us not to mention the entire planet Earth!  Here’s an example or two:
Our sun is in its Solar Peak right now.  NASA, other onlookers as well,
has stated that we are in a maximum solar flare activity pattern right now.
It started in 2012, and it is not even going to peak until 2013.  The Earth
has been hit by at least three Class X Solar Flares so far this year:

Examples of large solar flares

The most powerful flare ever observed was the first one to be observed,[citation needed] on September 1, 1859, and was reported by British astronomer Richard Carrington and independently by an observer named Richard Hodgson. The event is named the Solar storm of 1859, or the “Carrington event”. The flare was visible to a naked-eye (in white light), and produced stunning auroras down to tropical latitudes such as Cuba or Hawaii, and set telegraph systems on fire.[14] The flare left a trace in Greenland ice in the form of nitrates andberyllium-10, which allow its strength to be measured today (New Scientist, 2005). Cliver & Salvgaard (2004) reconstructed the effects of this flare and compared with other events of the last 150 years. In their words: While the 1859 event has close rivals or superiors in each of the above categories of space weather activity, it is the only documented event of the last ∼150 years that appears at or near the top of all of the lists.
In modern times, the largest solar flare measured with instruments occurred on November 4, 2003. This event saturated the GOES detectors, and because of this its classification is only approximate. Initially, extrapolating the GOES curve, it was pegged at X28.[15] Later analysis of the ionospheric effects suggested increasing this estimate to X45.[16] This event produced the first clear evidence of a new spectral component above 100 GHz.[17]
Other large solar flares also occurred on April 2, 2001 (X20),[18] October 28, 2003 (X17.2 & X10),[19] September 7, 2005 (X17),[18] February 17, 2011 (X2),[20][21][22] August 9, 2011 (X6.9),[9][23] March 7, 2012 (X5.4),[24][25] July 6, 2012 (X1.1).[26] July 6, 2012- The solar storm hit just after 12 midnight UK time,[27] when an X1.1 solar flare fired out of the AR1515 sunspot. Another X1.4 solar flare from AR 1520 region of the Sun,[28] second in the week, reached the earth on July 15 2012[29] with a geomagnetic storm of G1-G2 level.[30][31]
It would take the United States years, not months, to fix our entire grid!
That means no electricity!  No gas, no phones, etc.  We would be instantly zapped
back into pre-electric civilization with no way of stopping it!  It only takes
15 minutes for a solar flare to reach our planet!
Look at Fukushima in Japan.  Scientists & Environmentalists are saying it is
up to 5 times or more worse than Chernobyl!  Why is nothing being done about it?
Japanese and U.S. Officials have been covering up the severity of Fukushima’s
nuclear meltdown since the tsunami hit it.  The reactor was not built to properly
withstand such tidal force despite sitting next to an ocean that is known to carry
massive tsunamis at times like in the 1950’s Hawaii incident caused by a massive
earthquake in Alaska, U.S…and that was minor in size to other recorded tsunamis!
Try to find sites that are able to leak out how radioactive Japan is now.  Most of
them have been taken down or communication links are “disrupted” on a seemingly
permanent basis.
Now, back to where I left off where there is inadequate federal and state regulation.
Our own govt. cannot even keep up with food supply monitoring.  Very little of our
food is tested or tested safe for human consumption.  Don’t forget about GMOs and
where they fit in here!  Corporate and Govt. corruption run amok!
Then the Schemers, etc. win, because they get what they want which is money, a.k.a.
“Greed & Power,” and the taxpayers are left with a ruined environment with no way to
safely cleanse the entire area.  All the fish w/be dead or rendered too poisonous to eat.
You might as well include meat like deer, ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens, pigs, hogs, cows!
Anything that moves that we eat w/become extinct or too toxic for human consumption!
Forewarning:  This is NOT an attack on you!  This is how I perceive the
new evolution of most of American & International humanity’s thought process:
Does the human brain cease to function at a certain level?  People think
“Great, I have a solution for this,” then they plop it down and forget about
it, are too under-staffed (pick any agency) to get it (the monitoring) done, or
they still only look at pieces of the puzzle instead of the whole picture, i.e. govt.
ignorance, pay-offs, rampant & runaway fraud, the fact that our own govt. and the billionaires
that run it want us reduced by 90% in population, and easily manipulative for easy government
control (i.e. reporting the “actual news” on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, HLN, etc. & all
of their affiliates instead of “allowing” our U.S. Government to “filter” it through use of
intimidation, bullying and threats) using FEAR TACTICS!
So, what do you think now?
John
jelo1317@yahoo.com

From:
To: jelo1317@yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2012 8:43 PM
Subject: [BuffaloCounty] NOTE: Public Health moratorium study report.Recommends monitoring and extending moratorium

 Bingo!!!  This is HUGE!!!!  Got it today.  Hopefully it will help both of us to stop this insanity!!!!!!!

County Public Health department study recommends monitoring and an extension of the moratorium

Posted on August 24, 2012
Here is a link to the full report on the Public Health web site:
Here is a link to the Public Health resource page on Silica “Frac” Sand Mining
Here is the summary of the Public Health report that was just released:
Public Health Response and Recommendations – Non-Metallic Mining Resolution
Overall Summary Statement
As part of the moratorium, public health was tasked with studying the potential health effects of silica “frac” sand mining, especially as it related to air and ground water quality.  Studying health effects of an environmental substance is a long-term process.  In the time allowed by the moratorium, the public health team searched for and read credible sources of information (articles, websites, etc.) and spoke with many experts.  Below you will find our current recommendations, which are the result of the studies conducted thus far.  this topic is very new and we expect that new research and data will be coming in the next months to years that will help us better understand the potential health effects, thereby allowing us to develop better ways to protect the health and safety of the public.
Recommendations
1. Incorporate into the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) a requirement for a site-specific ambient air quality monitoring plan similar to Scott county, MN (Exhibit II-b), or built off of Wicsonsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) recommendations for air quality monitoring plus WDNR or National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) fugitive dust control recommendation.  This requirement should also include the following:
a.  Monitoring for 1 month prior to onset of operation to obtain baseline data
b.  Monitors that capture PM 2.5
2.  Incorporate into the CUP a requirement for a “review committee” to periodically review the CUP, allowing for information gained through studies such as those to be conducted in Chippewa and/or LaCrosse County or the release of new standards such as those from the EPA to be considered for incorporation into the existing CUP for the purpose of adequately potecting health and safety (Exhibit II-a and II-c).
3.  Maintain the requirement for baseline and continuous water monitoring on residence wells that currently exists as a condition in the CUP.
4.  Extend moratorium as more time is needed to:
a.  Incorporate new Environmental Protction Agency (EPA) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) into air quality monitoring plans (AQMP) (final rule Dec 2012)
b.  Allow more time to collect baseline, pre-operational air quality monitoring data and set best practices and protocols for air quality monitoring.
c.  Incorporate findings from or participate in other studies concerning health impacts of silica “frac” sand mining in Western Wisconsin (potentially Chippewa county and LaCrosse County) or measuring of PM4 (Chippewa County)
d.  Coordinate getting community, industry, government and academia together.
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