Of nine companies the Environmental Protection Agency asked for details of what is in Hydrofracting chemicals sold for natural gas extraction only one company refused the EPA’s request – Halliburton. Now EPA has announced it was using a subpoena to Halliburton seeking the requested information on hydraulic fracturing. EPA’a xconcern is what these chemicals will do to drinking water where fracking takes place. When DCBureua.org called Halliburton we were told the company was only accepting email inquiries about this latest
This is curious since in late September, Teresa Wong, manager of Public Relations for the Company claimed to DCBureau.org that Halliburton would cooperate. In fact she sent DCBureau.org this statement by email:
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There was little doubt that most of those closest to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was fired by President Obama Wednesday, would leave with him – partly in a show of solidarity and partly because the new commander, Gen. David Petraeus, would not request their services.
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Obama is sending up to 1,200 National Guard troops the U.S.-Mexico border and will ask Congress for $500 million for border security.
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Fisherman responders in Grand Bayou, Louisiana working on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are reporting symptoms including bad headaches, hacking coughs, stuffy sinuses, and sore throats.
The Material Safety Data Sheets for crude oil and the dispersants used to break up the oil list these symptoms as signs of overexposure to volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), and other chemicals coming off the slick.
The Environmental Protection Agency posted its air quality monitoring data from the area last weekend, which showed federal standards being exceeded by 100 to 1,000-fold for VOC’s. Levels this high could certainly be responsible for the reported symptoms and are cause for alarm in the coastal communities.
The situation is a disaster in the making. It only takes three workers to request a Health Hazard Evaluation but fishermen won’t make the request because, since fisheries have closed, spill response might be the only job they can get.
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