Fracking waste may be used to control roadway dust and ice
By William MacGregor | Nunda
President Bush and Vice President Cheney declared that the gas fracking process was exempt from the pure air and water regulations.
While the industry uses very dangerous hazardous chemicals in the process, once they are used, they are called waste and can be disposed anywhere. The chemicals that are used in the fracking process are called hazardous because they can kill people or make them very sick.
The state has apparently declared that these (hazardous) wastes can be used for dust and ice control on roads. Once dumped, the chemicals can evaporate or become attached to the road dust. The toxic chemicals can then contaminate your air, water, land and any food produced on the land.
Some of the chemicals will run into the ditches to make them a hazardous waste site.
If you drive through the contaminated slush on your way home, some of it will stick to your car. If you park in your driveway the contaminated slush can melt and make your driveway into hazardous waste site.
You get out of your car, walk through the slush and if it sticks to your shoes, you take the hazardous chemicals into your home for anyone who touch or crawl on the floor to be contaminated by them. By the way, many of these toxic chemicals are absorbed through the skin to do their thing on you and your children.
Shoes saturated in hazardous chemicals are not my idea of a healthful condition by the way since the toxic chemicals can be absorbed by your skin. Any chemicals left in your driveway could also end up in your well water. How about some fracked coffee for breakfast or a fracked shower?
Somewhere in the southern states a man used waste chemicals for dust control in a small town. Guess what? That town is not there any more as it was too toxic for people to live in it so it was destroyed by the EPA.
If the wastes were used as road salt in a village or a city it would pose a threat to anyone that walked across a road or where slush could be thrown. If you got it on your shoes, you could transfer it into your home , school, hospital or into a business. In my opinion, it would not take long to turn a community into a hazardous waste dump. I wonder what fracked shoes would feel like? Once low level pollution was ignored but now it is being demonized in public parks.
According to the May 5, 20l2 edition of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, a NYS-DEC spokeswoman stated that 6.8 million gallons of this toxic waste was spread on New York’s roads in 2010 (apparently with NYS-DEC approval).
It appears that money talks and DEC walks. Who owns this state, the gas companies or the people of the state? Personally it is my opinion that we should call fracking the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. I wonder how many people’s lives our politicians are willing to sacrifice for money?
You might not be able to sue gas companies for contaminating your land but can you sue a town for using this toxic soup on roads next to your property if it gets on it?