February 03, 2012
Frack, Baby, Frack

From a New York Times story about the grimness of life in Wyoming’s Wind Mill River Reservation:

On one section of the reservation, people must boil drinking water because chemicals, possibly the result of the oil and natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, have contaminated the water supply. And fearing that the chemicals might explode in a home, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered residents to run fans and otherwise ensure ventilation while bathing or washing clothes.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 03, 2012 12:40 PM
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Umm ... I didn't do so well with my college Chem 101 class, but even I know that boiling water might kill bacteria, but it's only going to concentrate chemicals, not get rid of them. I suppose the more volatile ones might vaporize off below the boiling point of water, hence the warning to ventilate. But still, there's got to be some nasty stuff left in there, now in a higher concentration than when the water came out of the ground.

Posted by: Tim on February 6, 2012 10:49 AM
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