Fresh Water Wells Exposed To Millions Of Gallons Of Toxic Compounds "Hyrdro Fracturing" Process Abused As Deadly Chemicals Are Pumped Into The Earth

il and gas companies injected hundreds of
millions of gallons of hazardous or carcinogenic chemicals
into wells in
more than 13 states from 2005 to 2009, according to a Congressional

The chemicals were used by companies during a
drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "Fracking," which involves
the high-pressure injection of a mixture of water, sand and chemical additives
into rock formations deep underground. The process, which is being used to tap
into large reserves of natural gas around the country, opens fissures in the
rock to stimulate the release of oil and gas.

Hydrofracking has attracted increased
scrutiny from lawmakers and environmentalists in part because of fears that the
chemicals used during the process can contaminate underground sources of
drinking water.

"Questions about the safety of hydraulic
fracturing persist, which are compounded by the
secrecy surrounding the chemicals used in
hydraulic fracturing fluids," said the
Congressional report.

report, released late Saturday, also faulted
companies for at times "injecting fluids
containing chemicals that they themselves cannot

The inquiry over
hydrofracking, also found that 14 of the
nation's most active hydraulic fracturing
companies used 866 million gallons of hydraulic
fracturing products — not including water.
More than 650 of these products contained
chemicals that are known as possible human
carcinogens, regulated under the Safe
Drinking Water Act, or are listed as hazardous
air pollutants, the report said.

Some ingredients
mixed into the hydraulic fracturing fluids were
common and generally harmless, like salt and
citric acid. Others were unexpected, like
instant coffee and walnut hulls, the report
said. Many ingredients were "extremely toxic,"
including benzene, a known human
carcinogen, and lead.

Companies injected
large amounts of other hazardous chemicals,
including 11.4 million gallons of fluids
containing at least one of the toxic or
carcinogenic B.T.E.X. chemicals — benzene,
toluene, xylene and
ethylbenzene. The companies used the highest
volume of fluids containing one or more
carcinogens in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.

These contaminants
also remain in the fluid that returns to the
surface after a well is hydrofracked. A recent
investigation by The New York Times found
high levels of contaminants, including benzene
and radioactive materials, in
wastewater that is being sent to treatment
plants not designed to fully treat the waste
before it is discharged into rivers. At one
plant in Pennsylvania, EPA documents revealed
levels of benzene roughly 28 times the
federal drinking water standard in wastewater as
it was discharged, after treatment, into the
Allegheny River in May 2008.

Some companies are
moving toward more disclosure, and the industry
will soon start a public database of these
chemicals. But the Congressional report said
that reporting to this database is strictly
voluntary, that disclosure will not include the
chemical identity of products labeled as
proprietary, and that there is no way to
determine if companies are accurately reporting
information for all wells.

Editor's Note:
The vivid descriptions in Revelation
which detail the poisoning and pollution of
fresh water during the end times of the world
sometimes confuse people because of the
supernatural imagery utilized. Setting aside the
prophetic metaphor of angels blowing trumpets
announcing the pouring of poison into the water
supply for a moment, the end result is the same:

"...and many men died
of the waters, because they were made bitter."
-- Revelation 8:11

While conservatives
accurately tend to view the green movement as
leftist, the fact is, good stewardship should be
outside the dialectical nonsense of the
right/left paradigm. The following Scripture,
describing the ultimate reckoning when God
judges every person, makes no distinction
concerning partisan politics:

"And the nations were
angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of
the dead, that they should be judged, and that
thou should give reward unto thy servants the
prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear
thy name, small and great; and should
destroy them which destroy the earth.
-- Revelation 11:18

For more on how Revelation's
trumpet judgments as mentioned above actually contain coded
allegory describing the events at the final turning point in
world history, listen to the short audio on

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