Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: ambient air testing, Bakken, Benzene, butane, chloride, chloroform, chromium, drill pad, fracking fluid, fracking wastewater, Marcellus, methane, North Dakota, propane, Schilke, shale gas, shale oil, strontium, sulfates, toluene, well testing
After drilling began just over the property line of Jacki Schilke’s ranch in the northwestern corner of North Dakota, in the heart of the state’s booming Bakken Shale, cattle began limping, with swollen legs and infections. Cows quit producing milk for their calves, they lost from 60 to 80 pounds in a week and their tails mysteriously dropped off. Eventually, five animals died, according to Schilke.
Ambient air testing by a certified environmental consultant detected elevated levels of benzene, methane, chloroform, butane, propane, toluene and xylene – and well testing revealed high levels of sulfates, chromium, chloride and strontium. Schilke said she moved her herd upwind and upstream from the nearest drill pad.
The Pennsylvania farmers I spoke with have lost cows, calves, a horse, a couple dozen chickens. Many of the animals succumb in the same way: seizure-like symptoms, gasping for breath and a quick wasting away. A Rottweiler and a Dalmatian also fell ill and died.
Gives new meaning to the term ‘tail risk.’
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benzene, Burnett, denver, Denver Suncor refinery, petroleum refinery, Sand Creek, Suncor, toxic cloud
Burnett said it appeared a blower on the unit that processes crude oil stopped working, causing the catalyst material to escape as a yellowish, grayish material until the unit could be shut down.
The unit is is involved in processing gasoline from crude oil, she said.
“It was very short,” Burnett said. “It lasted less than a few minutes.”
She said federal agencies that regulate the plant will be notified to allow them to investigate further, if they wish, she said.
I don’t know how to break it to people, but toxic clouds are spewing out of that place all the time, by design.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benzene, CDHE, denver, Denver drinking water, drinking water, EPA, Epic Fail, Sand Creek, South Platte, Suncor, Suncor refinery, Tank 55, Taste the Benzene!!
It’s one of Denver’s many delightful quirks!
Six months after Suncor Energy’s oil refinery contaminated Sand Creek and nearby property, obstacles remain in containing the pollution, and a full cleanup may be years away.
This is Denver’s drinking water. Serves us right?
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benzene, commerce city, human remains, leaking pipe, leaking tank, oil leak, pipeline, pipeline rupture, ruptured pipeline, ruptured storage tank, Suncor
The discovery happened Friday on the west side of Suncor Energy property, according to Mike Saunders, a Commerce City Police Department spokesman.
Workers at the property were doing “hydro-excavation” work, moving earth with high-pressure hoses, when they uncovered human bones, said Suncor spokeswoman Brandy Radey.
Company spokesman was tight lipped about what work was being done when the corpse was found. Reporters apparently didn’t ask. The skeleton was unearthed in the same general location as the leak into Sand Creek.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benzene, Benzol, contaminated drinking water, Sand Creek, South Platte River, Suncor, Suncor refinery leak
I’m offering that up as a possible new official slogan for the city.
“Benzene, also known as benzol, is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor. Benzene evaporates into air very quickly and dissolves slightly in water. Benzene is highly flammable. Most people can begin to smell benzene in air at 1.5-4.7 parts of benzene per million parts of air (ppm) and smell benzene in water at 2 ppm. Most people can begin to taste benzene in water at 0.5-4.5 ppm. One part per million is approximately equal to one drop in 40 gallons….”
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benzene, broken pipeline, denver, energy, oil sands, peak oil, petroleum, Platte River, refinery, Sand Creek, Suncor, toxic leak
Yes, this is Denver drinking water. They don’t even know where the leak is.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benzene, Colorado Department of Health, denver, EPA, leak, pipeline, Platte River, rupture, Sand Creek, scoundrels, spill, Suncor
The short article passes over some choice tidbits, the fact that the health dept. knew about this for a month and did nothing until a fisherman wrote about the spill on his blog, that the dudes at the nearby water treatment plant had to wear respirators due to mystery fumes for a week but nobody thought to trace the source, etc.