L.A. Times continues to keep pro-fracking news from public

L.A. Times continues to keep pro-fracking news from public


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The Los Angeles Times has somehow managed to write dozens of stories about hydraulic fracturing — the newly efficient methof of underground energy exploration — without noting the Obama administration says it is safe. This is diametrically opposed to the claims of green groups, but reporter Neela Banerjee — who has done the largest amount of the LAT’s fracking coverage — simply refuses to mention it. She does so even when covering an event in which the U.S. interior secretary explicitly defends fracking.

But maybe Banerjee is just giving LAT bosses what they want. Consider the Times’ bizarre decision to not run an Associated Press story that came out Friday  quoting the Obama administration as debunking one of the most inflammatory claims of the fracking haters. Take it away, AP:

“PITTSBURGH (AP) — A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.

“After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said.”

Isn’t this, yunno, news? That the longstanding claims about Pennsylvania fracking making water flammable or poisonous are a crock?

Not to the green zealots in the state’s newsrooms. They note the oil and gas industry say fracking is safe. But somehow they don’t think mentioning the president’s view is relevant — even if he’s the greenest president ever.

 

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  1. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 21 July, 2013, 08:05

    Hmmm—Pumping lethal chemicals into the water table at high pressure, what could possibly go wrong?

    Mmmmmmm I miss “Dick” Cheney….

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  2. loufca
    loufca 21 July, 2013, 09:06

    Ted, it’s obvious you know nothing about geology and don’t have the foggiest idea on how fracking works. However, you’re a good soldier for the those who won’t even consider having an intelligent discussion.

    Hmmmmm, I miss Night of the Living Dead characters. They were very focused too and remind me of you.

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  3. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 21 July, 2013, 12:32

    Loufus-

    Is that all you’ve got?

    You are not aware of chemicals pumped at high pressure into the ground resulting in water table effects?

    Where ya been little buddy?

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 21 July, 2013, 14:34

    I think about the worker that was boiled alive and the company only got a $300+ fine.

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  5. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 21 July, 2013, 15:05

    Ted, it’s obvious you know nothing about geology and don’t have the foggiest idea on how fracking works –
    ==
    All Teddy knows how to work is “Google” 😉

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  6. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 21 July, 2013, 15:39

    Yes you’re right little buddy. Google is bad. We should not seek knowledge. We should stay in the dark. In our single wides. In Adelanto. The free market will take care of us and only do what is just, safe and correct. Good boy Poodle….

    Now….

    Shuffle back to your cubicle with your slack jawed teabaggy buddies….there there….tut-tut……

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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 21 July, 2013, 20:17

    What doomer blather….if you keep pouring vile whiskey into your innards do you get a free pass from your fracking buddies at the Porterville Flying Z truck oasis?

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  8. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 21 July, 2013, 20:43

    Teddy….Yawn….more nothing drivel!

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  9. Morganhil
    Morganhil 21 July, 2013, 21:55

    Actually, Chris Reed, the LA Times by not publicizing this story, got it right, because the “geologist Richard Hammack” jumped the gun by releasing preliminary results which the National Energy Technology Laboratory says should not be the basis for any “firm claims” that fracking is safe:

    NETL Statement on Reported Fracking Study
    July 19, 2013, 12:15 p.m.
    NETL has been conducting a study to monitor for any signs of groundwater contamination as a result of hydraulic fracturing operations at a site on the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania. We are still in the early stages of collecting, analyzing, and validating data from this site. While nothing of concern has been found thus far, the results are far too preliminary to make any firm claims. We expect a final report on the results by the end of the calendar year.
    Contact:
    Shelley Martin, DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory, 304-285-0228, [email protected]

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 21 July, 2013, 23:39

    Poodle clean up your snow cone station at the OC Fair….deplorable!

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  11. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 22 July, 2013, 06:52

    LOL— shut em down!

    a g a i n

    hurry doomer!

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