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Today, I received an email from Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) in response to an email I sent him regarding hydraulic fracturing (fracking). This is the email he sent me:
Dear Ms. Cooper:
Thank you for taking the time to write me about hydraulic fracturing. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from you and to respond to your concerns.
As a senior member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, I am committed to making the United States an energy independent country while balancing our need for environmental stewardship. The need for us to maintain a strong domestic energy portfolio has never been more pressing, and hydraulic fracturing is absolutely essential to fully achieving our oil and natural gas potential. I remain a strong advocate for protecting its use, as the process has proven to be both safe and beneficial to our energy security.
Oklahoma has a long history of hydraulic fracturing dating back to 1949 where the process was first successfully completed nearDuncan, Oklahoma. Hydraulic fracturing is the technology used to enhance the flow of energy resources from a well once the drilling is completed and all drilling materials have been removed from the site. The process involves pumping a high viscosity fluid additive into a rock formation through a man-made fracture, creating fluid filled cracks. Once these cracks are established, sand- like substance is injected to ensure these cracks do not close, allowing natural gas or oil to flow through the cracks and the well back to the surface. This process allows for a greater recovery of our natural resources in a cost efficient and environmentally safe way.
While the media has painted hydraulic fracturing as a dangerous undertaking, states like Oklahoma have safely and effectively regulated hydraulic fracturing for decades. In fact, over 1,000,000 wells have been successfully and safely fracked without any confirmed documented case of groundwater contamination. The State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, better known by its acronym STRONGER, is a nonprofit, multi-stakeholder organization whose purpose is to assist states in documenting the environmental regulations associated with the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. In a 2011 report, STONGER concluded that the “Oklahoma [fracturing] program is overall well-managed, professional and meeting its programs objectives.” Hydraulic fracturing remains and will remain one of Oklahoma’s greatest assets if regulation continues to take place on the state level and not from sweeping, unfunded regulations and mandates from the Obama Administration and the EPA. This idea of state level regulation is one that has proven successful and is a practice that has gained support from both sides of the aisle.
I am concerned that the unnecessary calls for the federal government to regulate hydraulic fracturing are motivated by political desires to end the process. Overregulating hydraulic fracturing would be devastating to Oklahoma. Right now, according to the United States Energy Information Administration, Oklahoma has over 83,000 producing oil wells and well over 43,000 producing natural gas wells. These wells are critical to helping America achieve energy independence, and they are also responsible for supporting over 300,000 jobs and generating over $51 billon for our state’s economy each year. Oklahoma cannot afford to lose one dollar or job to senseless federal regulators, who generally are not acting in our best interest.
America is currently home to the largest endowment of oil, natural gas and coal in the world. Thankfully, our great state of Oklahoma is at the forefront of developing the technologies needed to capitalizeon such resources. We are in a better place today because of hydraulic fracturing, and the safe technology behind it has made it possible for many states and our own communities to enjoy the economic gains of our nation’s renaissance of oil and gas production.
Again, thank you for your comments. Although we disagree, I hope we can find common ground on other issues.
James M. Inhofe
United States Senator
And here’s my reply to him:
I cannot believe that you really think that hydraulic fracturing could possibly be safe. Pumping gases and chemicals into our groundwater is very dangerous. If you truly believe it is safe, then do me this one favor. Go to the home of one of your constituents who are experiencing problems with their water, such as methane buildup, flammability, noxious fumes and discoloration. I would like you to pour a big glass of tap water, and drink the entire glass. I want to see you do this and post it on YouTube. If you do this, if you put yourself at risk like that, I will accept your stance on fracking. If you can’t bring yourself to do that, sir, then you need to either make fracking illegal, or you need to step down from office. Putting your constituents in harms way to make profits for yourself is not being a good legislator. It is just the opposite.
Know this, Senator: As long as you are in office, I will be working to make sure Oklahoman’s know exactly the kind of person they put in office, and I will work tirelessly to make sure that Oklahoma votes you out.
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Wake and bake giveaway!
Okay, I’ve been slacking with my posts lately so I’m doing a little something to make up for it. The giveaway is for a new gravlab mini steam roller.
- You must live in the United States and comfortable giving your address if you win.
- To enter, reblog this post. Likes don’t count (sorry).
- You can reblog as many times as you want.
- Winner will be selected randomly on August 1st, 2013.
- You can also enter your name by tweeting #pick me to @st0nerthings
Good luck & stay lifted! 😊👍
Every day. *sigh*
I always plan on being productive and then I get high.
SO CONGRESSPEOPLE IN MY COUNTRY ACCIDENTALLY MADE SAME SEX MARRIAGE LEGAL WITHOUT REALIZING IT AND NOW EVERYBODY’S SUPER CONFUSED AND NOBODY IS REALLY SURE WHAT JUST HAPPENED EVEN THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST HOMOPHOBE VOTED IN FAVOR OF THIS LAW…
FEMINISM GETS ME SO FUCKIN AMPED
I JUST KICKED A HOLE IN MY WALL
Sunset on the clouds (at home)