Fracking safety: NYT vs. LAT, yet again

Fracking safety: NYT vs. LAT, yet again

Fracking-ban1-300x248The fracking revolution continues to unfold in a half-dozen states around the nation, with enormous benefits to all Americans. A New York Times analysis Friday laid out the particulars:

The steepening drop in gasoline prices in recent weeks — spurred by soaring domestic energy production and Saudi discounts for crude oil at a time of faltering global demand — is set to provide the United States economy with a multibillion-dollar boost through the holiday season and beyond.

The windfall, experts say, comes at a critical moment, with the American economy on the upswing but facing headwinds from other quarters, including weaker exports because of slow growth overseas. Gas prices recently dropped below $3 a gallon for the first time since 2010, while crude oil prices have fallen by more than $25 a barrel since midsummer, settling on Thursday just above $74.

“If oil prices stay between $75 and $95 a barrel, we would see the kind of stimulus package that the Federal Reserve or Congress could never do,” said Douglas R. Oberhelman, the chief executive of Caterpillar, the multinational maker of heavy construction equipment.

The NYT article doesn’t talk about any raging debate over fracking’s safety. The newspaper has repeatedly acknowledged that the Obama administration considers fracking to be safe if properly regulated and has never given serious ink to the apocalyptic claims of fracking haters.

Which brings us to the Los Angeles Times. On Friday, the newspaper continued its absolutely bizarre tradition of raising safety concerns about fracking without noting that the greenest administration of all time thinks it’s safe. It comes in a story about L.A. City Council members agitating for a citywide fracking ban and finding resistance from city staffers who are skeptical that would be legal:

Councilmen Mike Bonin and Paul Koretz, who championed the ban, said in a letter Wednesday that they were “extremely disappointed” that the planning department had not drafted the rules as it was asked to do nearly nine months ago.

“Your report outlines interesting recommendations and important considerations,” Bonin and Koretz wrote to the deputy director of planning, Alan Bell.

“The council, however, asked for a draft ordinance establishing a fracking moratorium for its consideration, not a report without an ordinance attached,” the councilmen wrote. …

The Los Angeles City Council voted in February to start drafting rules that would prohibit hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as fracking — and other kinds of “well stimulation” techniques until adequate environmental safeguards are adopted by state and federal governments.

Does the LAT note that the federal government strongly believes it has “adequate environmental safeguards” in place? Nah. It has a pathetic tradition to continue. This is from CalWatchdog in May 2013:

Say what you will about The New York Times, but at least it’s not in denial about fracking the way The Los Angeles Times is.

Friday’s LAT coverage of new U.S. Interior Department rules for fracking on 756 million acres of public and Indian lands depicted the rules as being strongly objectionable to both enviros and the energy exploration industry.

The NYT coverage made the industry whining seem more pro forma and offered this essential point that the LAT couldn’t bring itself to point out:

“The 171-page proposal is the first significant regulation issued under the new interior secretary, Sally Jewell. Ms. Jewell worked in the oil industry in the late 1970s and proudly said that she fracked a few wells in Oklahoma.

“Ms. Jewell said in a conference call for reporters that the administration would continue to lease large tracts of public and Indian lands for oil and gas development and that it was critical that rules keep pace with technology.

“Anticipating criticism from environmental advocates, she said: ‘I know there are those who say fracking is dangerous and should be curtailed, full stop. That ignores the reality that it has been done for decades and has the potential for developing significant domestic resources and strengthening our economy and will be done for decades to come.’”

NYT quotes Obama Cabinet member; LAT quotes flack

The L.A. Times’ account put in the “fracking is safe and has been around forever” context by quoting an oil industry trade association spokesperson. The NYT quoted THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR!

Quite a gigantic difference. But than the LAT’s Neela Banerjee and Wes Venteicher and their editors can’t have Times’ readers knowing the Obama administration likes fracking, can they? It doesn’t fit the West L.A.-Marin County-NRDC narrative.

Pretty incredible how blatant the LAT bias is here. Can’t discomfit readers with a jarring truth.

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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 16 November, 2014, 08:14

    California has decided poverty is a growth industry for government unions, globalists and high tech imperialists.

    Cheep cheep labor and government dependency create jobs galore!

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 16 November, 2014, 09:03

    Fracking has been going on for more than forty years, no worries. The Earth’s plates move on average two to three inches a year, unless an earthquake happens, in the last forty years the plates have moved close to ten feet. Humans have no control over this planet!! 🙂

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 09:11

    They just had a 4.8 quake in a region in Kansas where quakes never occur. But they have fracking activity in the area. 8 states have acknowledged that fracking activity has contaminated some underground water supplies. Fracking in heavily populated urban areas is a NEW SCIENCE. Fracking in rural areas is one thing. But doing it in megatropolises is irresponsible and very very risky. Look what BP did to the Gulf of Mexico. You don’t think a screwup caused by fracking could be just as dangerous? Stay the hell out of our cities. You’ve got hundreds of thousands of square miles in the farmland where you can frick and frack to your little heart’s content. STAY THE F OUT OF OUR CITIES AND LET US LIVE IN PEACE!!!! 🙁

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 16 November, 2014, 10:52

      LIC, earthquakes happen everywhere on Earth. The Mississippi river had its direction changed by a huge earthquake and they saddle right up to Kansas, and on the other side of Kansas lies Colorado which has been pushed up from below sea level to thousands of feet above sea level and is still rising. A four to twelve inch hole is not going to stop this planet from moving. 🙂

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 12:55

        A study in Great Britain conclusively showed that earthquakes there were caused by fracking in the area. In that particular area of Kansas, another quake that size hasn’t been recorded for 140 years. And it just happens that there’s lots of fracking activity there. hmmmm? Recently there was a 6.0 quake in LaHabra where fracking is a new activity. hmmmm? 8 state have reported that fracking has contaminated some underground human water sources. hmmmm? Just reporting the facts, Donkey. Do you want a Gulf of Mexico incident in a populated California community? I don’t. There’s hundreds of thousands of miles of rural areas in America where they can frick and frack all they want. STAY THE HELL OUT OF MY BACKYARD!!!!

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 16 November, 2014, 17:40

          LIC, I would not trust any report from any bureaucracy tied to the RAGWUS. The tectonic plates of the Earth are always in motion, fracking is the least of my worries. Go check out La Brea tar pits, oil is seeping out of the sidewalks, Signal Hill the same. Drill baby drill. 🙂

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          • LetitCollapse
            LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 17:53

            So you trust the NYT that’s in the back pockets of Big Oil, Donkey??? So if they drilled in your neighborhood you’d fall into line and support it??? heh. Did you trust the bankers as they destroyed the economy with robo loans and toxic Wall Street securities, sold under the auspices of being legitimate and worthwhile investments? Why would you trust an Oil pig any more than you would trust a Banker pig? Look what they did to the Gulf of Mexico for Christ sakes! Do you want them to f up your water supply too???

          • Donkey
            Donkey 16 November, 2014, 20:05

            LIC, oil and water do not mix. The bankers were not regulated by the regulators in government.
            I trust petroleum engineers more than bankers for the fact that engineers actually do their work in the field and not behind a desk. The gulf blowout had nothing to do with fracking. On this topic you and I are not in agreement LIC. 🙂

          • LetitCollapse
            LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 20:25

            “The gulf blowout had nothing to do with fracking. On this topic you and I are not in agreement LIC.”

            That’s fine, Donkey. I sure don’t expect to agree with everyone on every topic. Even allies have disagreements. It’s normal. But it’s good to toss out ideas and opinions so others can draw their own conclusions. You are correct. The gulf blowout had nothing to do with fracking, per se. But it did have A LOT to do with human judgment. And the experts screwed up royally. And so did the GOV REGULATORS who were supposed to oversee the project to ensure it was safely and within the guidelines. And the GOV REGULATORS failed, as usual. Just as they did with the 2008 economic collapse. (cough cough…..Christopher Cox……cough cough). I don’t want those same Big Oil brainstems punching big rabbit holes in the earth and shooting down massive amounts of fracking fluid in my vicinity in the same proximity of my water supply. Sorry. Montana has lots of open uninhabited land. So does Wyoming and Nebraska. Go there and frack all you want. Just stay away from densely populated areas in California. I trust NONE of them. And I don’t give a damn if they have PhD’s in engineering from Hahvard or Yale or Columbia. For Christ sakes, POTUS Obola has a law degree from HAHVARD and specialized in constitutional law!!! HAH! HAH! How fing worthless was that???? LOL!!!! 😀

  4. Queeg
    Queeg 16 November, 2014, 16:08

    Donkey you fun the messenger. Your chusy life is about to change when executive amensty is a reality.

    The State will face a social service catastrophe, so a wealth tax will be enacted to clean you out.

    That Sunset Beach shack you own…..POOF!

    No more discount chits for Dennys grand slam breakfasts either-

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 16 November, 2014, 17:42

      Queegy, I can’t wait for Obooby to put another 20 million state feeders on the rolls, it will hasten the collapse of the RAGWUS. 🙂

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 17:45

      You joke about Obola’s pending amnesty order. But it’s not funny. You’re going to get screwed as much as Donkey. We all are!!! California already has the HIGHEST RATE OF POVERTY IN THE NATION!!! So the answer is to legalize MILLIONS of criminal aliens and leaving the borders while fing open so MILLIONS MORE can come across!!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!! These tyrants are destroying us!!! You pension freeloaders are going to take a bolus dose of higher taxes up the poop hole as well!!! They are essentially DESTROYING the middle class!!! When you import indigents and illiterates you get MORE POVERTY!!! This is absolutely INSANE!!! Even more than half of the democrats polled vehemently oppose this!!! You’d better join NUMBERSUSA and start sending faxes to the ruling class until it is too late!!! Tell they that you’re going Galt!!! Ask them why you should respect the damn laws if our lawmakers don’t respect the laws!!! DO SOMETHING FOR GOD SAKES!!! 🙁

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  5. michael
    michael 16 November, 2014, 18:55

    Fracking wastewater was recently shown to have sent 3 billion gallons into central valley groundwater.

    http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/10/07/central-california-aquifers-contaminated-billions-gallons-fracking-wastewater

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all to find that the NY Times and Obama were bought by the oil and gas industry.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 21:09

      “It wouldn’t surprise me at all to find that the NY Times and Obama were bought by the oil and gas industry.”

      Oh, there’s not a doubt in my mind. That’s the way the game is played in 2014. Everybody has a sugar daddy….ESPECIALLY THE POLS AND THE MEDIA!!! See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. All pigs rolling together in the slop. Repulsive. They are tearing civilization apart at the seams. The little people follow their example. Soon enough you’ll have to pay off some low-life government clerk for her to process your work permit application. YOU WATCH!!!! IT’S COMING!!!

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  6. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 19:32

    Oh, and stop the misinformation about fracking bringing down the price of gas. More propoganda. The gas $$ is down because the US goaded Saudi Arabia to manipulate an oil glut worldwide by producing an oversupply. The reason for this is to hurt Russia economically. Aren’t you paying attention to what’s going on in Ukraine? Russia and the other emerging nations are bonding together and developing plans to topple the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Plus, the US is working toward putting NATO in the Ukraine. So Putin is pretty upset. How would you like it if Al-Queda was setting up operations in Mexico? You think POTUS Obola might get upset??? eh??? 😉 The US wants to start a war with Russia. They are sticking one pin after another in Putin’s butt. Eventually he has to fight back. This is what FDR did to Japan. Exactly the same. Cut off their oil supply and they had to respond militarily or die economically. Nobody talks about that. Remember Dec 7, 1941??? Hmmm?? Eventually these maniacs are going to get us all killed. This is year 2014 and many nations (even the real nuts like Pakistan, India, North Korea) have nukes. One nuke goes off and if it doesn’t start a chain reaction the atmospheric fallout will kill millions if not billions. And now with a Republican congress and nutball warmonger McCain at the controls, watch out!!! The man is mentally ill and takes his POW confinement personally against Russia and China who backed the vietcong. He’s a trainwreck in motion and a loose cannon. God help us if he gets what he wants!!! 🙁

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  7. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 16 November, 2014, 20:18

    Fracking is at best a very temporary stopgap measure that reveals the real extent of our societal panic over peak oil. At this point we are absolutely joined at the cultural hip to our SUV’s, huge flat screen tv’s and mountains of mouth watering pink slime industrial junk food, which we consume with gusto in our zeal to be absolutely mega-obese. We expect to ‘earn’ a living without ever lifting a finger, or even walking! Heart disease and diabetes are through the roof and we love it! So yes, let’s poison the groundwater for eternity just to kick the can for another year or two. After all, some things are NOT negotiable…

    Also, viz a viz Russia, did you know that Madeline Albright had the big balls to say that Russia’s natural resources (oil) belong to mankind? Think that line of ‘reasoning’ also applies to ExxonMobil? Yeah, right….

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 20:37

      “Also, viz a viz Russia, did you know that Madeline Albright had the big balls to say that Russia’s natural resources (oil) belong to mankind?”

      HAH!!! 😀 😀 😀

      Madeline can kiss my hiney. I would expect that neocon floosie to make such a comment. I despise her. IOW’s, what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine too!!! What a pig!!! HAH! 😀 These swine are going to start WW3. You just watch. They are egging on Putin and pushing him up against the wall. At some point Vlad will have no other option than to fight back. And then it’s on. We are in a nuclear age. All the rules of the game have changed. This isn’t 1940 anymore. They keep this crap up and we’re all going to die when multiple mushroom clouds erupt 15000 feet into the atmosphere. By that time it’s too late.

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  8. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 22:02

    Should be an interesting week. The GJ decision on whether or not to indict the cop who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson is supposed to come down. I got lots of popcorn ready. Either the system will frame the cop and indict him, despite the evidence indicating a hand to hand struggle, to avoid riots OR no indictment results and the fires and the lootings begin. If you have any relatives in St. Louis you might want to invite them to take trip out west to stay with you for a week or so. Eventually it’s going to happen in California too and they can return the favor someday. Besides, you can catch up on old family ties. It’s good for the heart. 😀

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  9. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 17 November, 2014, 09:05

    It would be a good week if the tomes of the deranged stop.

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  10. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 17 November, 2014, 13:58

    Here’s my proof, Donkey!!!

    “State officials allowed oil and gas companies to pump nearly three billion gallons of waste water into underground aquifers that could have been used for drinking water or irrigation.”

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Waste-Water-from-Oil-Fracking-Injected-into-Clean-Aquifers-282733051.html

    I kept telling you people this over and over again. Each time my claims were discounted. Now it’s actually happened. 3 billion gallons of fracking goo pumped into our aquifiers that supply drinking water!!!! For the love of GOD when you are going to wake the hell up??? They don’t care about your health or your safety. All they give a crap about is the big money. BIG OIL did this. All the Ivy League engineers who are so, so smart!!! HAH! And if they did it to Kern County – THEY’D DO IT TO YOU TOO!!! BAN THIS CRAP IN ALL LARGE URBAN AREAS!!! THEY ARE GOING TO KILL ALL OF US EVENTUALLY!!!!! 🙁 🙁 🙁

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 18 November, 2014, 08:31

      Silence!!! Quiet as church mice!!! 😀

      Who would have guessed???? They don’t want the truth. They want to be snowed. They want to be lied to. They want to roll over and play tricks for their masters on the home team. They want to be led around by a bunch of crooks who have no interest in their health or well-being. As long as they have “R’s” or “D’s” behind their names (depending on which team you’re cheerleading) it’s all good!!! HAH! Grow up, you fools. You’re being taken for a ride to the cliff in a cattlecar that will eventally get shoved right off the edge!!!

      HAH!!! 😀 😀 😀

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 19 November, 2014, 11:33

      I find fracking to be absolutely safe LIC, and no amount of eco-fret is going to sway what I know to be correct. The anti-frackers ride the same bus as the Gorebal warmers. 🙂

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  11. ricky65
    ricky65 18 November, 2014, 08:33

    So after reading so many of Apocalypto’s rantings on this website, I’m starting to get a read on him.
    To be sure, he’s a anarchist nutcase and against almost every thing.
    But strangely he’s somehow anti-fracking & pro-solar which goes against his normal rap. Its an odd contradiction and stands out like a sore thumb.
    After all, it may be this oil and energy boom in the country might actually rescue the economy and save the nation from the evil machinations of Emperor Nero. Apocalypto’s opposition to fracking and oil exploration seems amiss and totally illogical because even the Obamarrhoid’s own radical EPA has declared it safe.
    Something else drives the Apocalypto express and here’s my theory:
    I figure he’s a solar snake oil salesman peddling 50K solar systems to senile 85 year old widowers on 30 year contracts tied to their mortgages. Frightening people helps drive sales to vulnerable folks. Especially if they are told the grid will go down in the impending societal collapse. And preying on their ignorance makes it easy to pocket the rebates if the simpletons don’t know they’re being conned.
    So that’s it!. It’s all about the free government cheese for the Collapster! Who knew he was just another RAGWUS feeder?

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 18 November, 2014, 13:03

      “To be sure, he’s a anarchist nutcase and against almost every thing.”

      That’s a lie, ricky65. I am for truth, justice and the OLD FASHIONED American way. At one time I was so proud of America I would sing the Star Spangled Banner song at the ball games louder than anyone. Today, I don’t even bother standing up anymore. They’ve turn the country into a big cathouse. Like the Mustang Ranch. Pay your money and get my vote. So I’ve had it. I am a vet. One of the proudest days of my life was when I raised my right hand at the enlistment center and took the sworn oath. Now that they’ve turn the country into a damn brothel – I often ask myself what I risked my life for! No way am I an anarchist. That’s a lie! I just want my old nation back for God sakes!!! IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK????

      Look what fracking did to Kern County, you brainstem!!! LOL!!! They pumped 3 billion gallons of fracking sludge into the damn underground water aquifiers!!! LOL!!! I hope the next time you turn on your facet all you get coming out is BLACK SLUDGE!!! LOL!!! I really wish that on you!!! And I hope that they frick and frack so much in YOUR OWN neighborhood that the vibration moves your home off it’s foundation!!! LOL!!! So screw you and your false accusations!!! 😀

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  12. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 18 November, 2014, 09:05

    Ricky

    He is a cheap shot artist bar none. The most sick and tortured person ever on CWD. Thank you for your public service….

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