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(SeattlePI)   Energy industry develops nontoxic fracking fluids. But since they've always claimed the fluids were harmless, this is really no news at all   ( seattlepi.com) divider line
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2013-02-03 06:50:15 PM  
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Jim_Callahan: I think that there's just sort of a minimum outrage floor for the US, where if we don't have any actual problems we just have to make something up or we're not comfortable.  And not like "kind of exaggerate stuff", I mean blatantly fabricate something that's clearly not even remotely true, and then spend millions of additional dollars testing it beyond the existing confirmation of its obvious untruth.

Basically, "the fracking is poisoning our water" is the new "my Toyota is randomly accellerating uncontrollably".  I'm sure we'll resolve it basically the same way, with a company that's in no way at fault just putting up settlement money because it's tired of dealing with this shiat and moving on to the next bit of collective Hypochondria.

//There's FLUORINE in the water OMGWTFBBQ!

it's not the flourine that will kill you... it's the dihydrogen monoxide in the water.
2013-02-03 05:09:01 PM  
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safetycap: FTA:

"Halliburton is in the business to provide solutions to our customers," said production manager Nicholas Gardiner. "Those solutions have to include ways to reduce the safety or environmental concerns that the public might have." Huh. Offer to inject it into Gardiner's neck, if it's so "non-toxic."

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// whatsamatter, chicken?!

You know, if you read that quote with certain words removed, it's almost fit for the funny papers.
2013-02-03 04:53:34 PM  
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Your mom's fracking fluids are still toxic, however.
2013-02-03 04:34:54 PM  
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Well, you can always make things less toxic, there's not really a bottom limit on toxicity.  I mean, pure water is toxic to a certain degree.

The fact that the chemicals in common use before weren't very dangerous doesn't mean it's not possible to make them less dangerous if people are feeling paranoid about it.  Look at how the standard for glass sneeze bars have been standardized out in favor of polymer due to some minor loss of silicon into the food, despite the fact that the fragments were too small to do anything to anyone and not metabolically active in the slightest.
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