The FRACKING/TAR SANDS CONNECTION

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I just found this article about the fracking industry and how it is supporting tar sands production in Canada.

The fracking boom has produced an excess of condensate in the U.S. Condensate is a by-product of oil and gas production. It is a kind of wet gas or gaseous liquid depending on how you look at it. It is abundant in the shale gas and tight oil wells being drilled across America using hydraulic fracturing.

On the downside for refiners, this surplus has reduced refining margins for the light crudes and condensates.

But, by a twist of fate, is has also provided a major boost to Canada’s dirty tar sands industry, as the condensate is perfect for diluting and liquefying the semi-solid bitumen extracted from the tar sands so that it can flow through pipelines.

So as tar sands producers gear up for massive expansions of their high carbon production, more and more of the condensate produced from fracking is being exported to Canada to facilitate the transportation of bitumen to American refineries.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the independent statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, in the first three months of 2011, the U.S. exported 1 million barrels of a type of light condensates known as “pentanes plus.” These exports rocketed to 10 million barrels in the same period this year.

Last month, one company announced it would be exporting 100,000 barrels per day of condensate for at least ten years from Illinois to the tar sands.

YOU CAN READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT THE LINK BELOW.

http://ecowatch.org/2012/fracking-tar-sands/

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IT APPEARS THAT THE OIL COMPANIES WON'T EVEN LET YOU REST IN PEACE ONCE YOU'VE BEEN LAID TO REST! Here is part of an article on EcoWatch.org

The fracking debate has officially taken a strange and morbid turn.

According to the Associated Press, township trustees of Poland, Ohio—a small, eastern Ohio enclave—have received a proposal to lease the mineral rights underneath the 122-year-old Lowellville Cemetery for $140,000 and a 16 percent share of royalties. Similar offers have been reported at other nearby cemeteries.

It seems that, in addition to friends, family and loved ones, there’s a lot more beneath the surface. Rich deposits of natural gas locked into shale formations thousands of feet beneath the ground have invigorated a bizarre and polarizing debate around how to proceed.

Fracking in cemeteries is the latest in an expanding list of places that any sane person would think inconceivable to undermine, such as residential properties, playgrounds, schools and parks. In areas where fracking operations have moved forward, air quality is degraded, noise pollution skyrockets and water quality is dangerously compromised.

YOU CAN READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW

http://ecowatch.org/2012/fracking-morbid-turn/#comment-22643

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Somehow I missed this when it was first posted, but found it today when I was reading earlier message board items while writing a topic about water damage in Pennsylvannia caused by fracking. I have mentioned this tar sands / fracking connection a few times on the board when posting a new topic, or replying to an existing one. I don't have the time to read the article right now, but I've bookmarked it for later.

Thanks for bringing attention to this article.

The following topic is the one I was writing today :

http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2012/08/methane-fracking-contaminates-pennsylvania-water-supplies

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Thank you for bringing it up again because I can't believe no one commented on it! The first article that is mentioned blew my mind! Frackers are supporting tar sands in Canada by supplying a by-product they don't need but Canada needs to dilute the tar sands. For them a match in oil heaven, for us a nightmare come true!

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Wow...there you go again...laying out all the facts! Good job! Hope others will read it and get educated. Recently I was driving on the 405 freeway southbound in the area of Torrance, CA when I spotted 2 Halliburtan chemical trucks. They each had 3 separate tanks on them. I know they were for fracking operations! They stuck out like a sore thumb on the freeway.

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LYING, DECEPTIONS, HALF-TRUTHS OR DISTORTIONS...

Maybe we should just call Lyan Paul Ryan, Halliburton...

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I just read the following and wondered if anyone has followed up on it?

DOI is developing new standards to ensure public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations on public lands, and the EPA is taking steps to address concerns about potential impacts to water and air resources.

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Is New York Fracked?

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Here is an article that might be of interest. Myth verses Fact regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline

http://blog.nwf.org/2012/09/the-keystone-pipeline-myth-machine-2012-election-edition/

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Saving this information since the board got hijacked.

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