In hundreds of cases across the U.S., drillers have agreed to cash settlements with people who...

In hundreds of cases across the U.S., drillers have agreed to cash settlements with people who say fracking ruined their water, according to a Bloomberg analysis of legal and regulatory filings. The strategy keeps data from regulators, policymakers, the media and health researchers, and makes it difficult to challenge the industry’s claim that fracking has never tainted anyone’s water.
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  • Energysystems
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    So, at best hundreds of cases...with hundreds of thousands of wells that have been fracked over the past 50-60 years. I'm sure Bloomberg's personal politics has nothing to do with the headline hit piece.
    6 Jun 2013, 02:32 PM Reply Like
  • maudie
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    and those people are still alive? Wow! Shocker!
    6 Jun 2013, 02:32 PM Reply Like
  • turtleuofs
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    Of course 50 years ago when they started fracking and dumping the waste into tarp-lined pits in the ground, it was bound to end up screwing up a few wells. It is much safer now than it was back then. As for the spills that contaminate water - yeah, that will happen sometimes. Obviously you do your best to avoid it but accidents happen.
    6 Jun 2013, 03:05 PM Reply Like
  • KimFeil
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    And whose idea was it to do urban drilling? People are getting sick near this activity, my husband has cancer-we’ve been surrounded for years kid, my pet, and I have asthma now....oh well? other kid has a high VMA and low absolute lymph count (we live two blocks from the Chesapeake drill site near the Cowboys Stadium-they flowback in open hatch tanks)...oh well he may have a brain tumor?...oh well....!.....Just search "The Harmed List” see the other thousand claims of injury from fracking. People that invest in fracking related mining especially near people and especially with this unconventional, unproven safe technolgy are real risk takers with their money and their souls.
    6 Jun 2013, 03:17 PM Reply Like
  • Energysystems
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    Yes Kim, blame everything bad that goes on in your life on fracking. Because without fracking, unicorns would spread fairy dust of greatness everywhere.
    6 Jun 2013, 03:40 PM Reply Like
  • sugarsail1
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    FYI, fracking is neither new, unconventional, or unproven. Fracking started over 100 years ago and modern fracking techniques have been used since the 70's and 80's. Fracking has even been used for water wells.


    Urban drilling is a product of more people living where there ar resources. The resource extraction and mineral rights in these areas often predates the urbanization. I live in a city where people live harmoniously with many oil and gas wells that were drilled in the 30's and are still producing and no one is dying from strange illnesses.


    Correlation doesn't equal causation. I could make similar reasoning that I live two blocks from a recycling center and that the dust is causing me to have lung cancer...I might be right, I might not...but if they have a lot of money and I can sue them..then yes, I will believe I'm right regardless of evidence of causation.
    6 Jun 2013, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • aukinet
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    With all due respect, are you sure your illnesses weren't caused by the construction of the new Cowboys Stadium? Air quality was probably terrible there when it was being constructed. Have your doctors suggested you move?
    6 Jun 2013, 05:43 PM Reply Like
  • Carolina1954
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    You've been writing "Chesapeake is making us sick" posts for years now.


    If you really think fracking is giving people cancer, why are you still living near a frack site?


    If I believed my neighborhood were 10% as dangerous as you claim yours is, I would move my family out even if I had to mail the keys to the bank.


    C. David Kirby
    7 Jun 2013, 07:24 AM Reply Like
  • outofhere
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    You are putting the cart before the horse. Most people moved to that area for working in the oil and gas industry which created the urban setting.
    You should think of moving to central New York where they do not allow fracking. Then again you might not like the weather.
    13 Jun 2013, 08:42 AM Reply Like
  • takeheed777
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    I have to ask, what "drillers"? Was it Eric and Barry's water well company? Maybe it was Crazy Eddie's tattoo shop and well drilling, LLC. Also, I don't know of any major drilling company also engaged in fracing wells. The majors doing the fracs would be Halliburton, Schlumberger, Frac Tech, Baker Hughes, Cal Frac, Sanjel, Rising Star, AST, to name a few- none of which are "drillers". Sounds like Mayor (I want to be politically relevant) Bloomberg has his lackey's out stirring the pot...again.
    6 Jun 2013, 04:25 PM Reply Like
  • Harry Johnson
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    "The strategy keeps data from regulators, policymakers, the media and health researchers, and makes it difficult to challenge the industry’s claim that fracking has never tainted anyone’s water."


    What a crock !


    It used to be that reporters used facts to write a story. Then came fabrications based on a few facts out of context. Now some journalists can't even tell intelligent lies.


    No doubt the tainted water went away right after the settlements; otherwise the Bloombergs of the world could compile their own private map of tainted water wells. Then they could use public records to locate fraced wells on their tainted wells map and see if they have something to talk about. But that would be too much work and, worse, it might not support the news they want to write.
    6 Jun 2013, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • john001
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    wow, if bloomberg says it, it must be true. Now I hear they are backing the keystone pipeline.
    6 Jun 2013, 05:28 PM Reply Like
  • richandmer
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    Sorry for your health problems, but what proof do you have that fracking caused these problems? If this were true, do everyone living within the area also have similar health related issues? If that were the case, I would expect a large number of suits against the drillers. Has that happened? Has anyone come to help you? What are they doing now to help.
    6 Jun 2013, 10:43 PM Reply Like
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