Monday, March 30, 2009
North Dakota De-Icing With Salty Oil Water
The Liberals in this case consist of, among others, The Dakota Resource Council, the Sierra Club and the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center.
The issue is salty oil well water, also called oil well brine. In a time where cities are financially strapped, oil well brine is much cheaper for road deicing than using road salt. Some oil companies give it away. The water is ten times saltier than sea water.
Although a search on salty oil well water brings this issue up several times going back many years, the most recent reincarnation is here. Twin Cities.com:
AP - by James MacPherson
BISMARK, N.D. Salty oil well water is being sprayed on North Dakota roads as a deicer and environmental groups want it stopped.
[Ken Kussy, street maintenance manager] said tests on three wells where the water is obtained found it no more toxic than commercial road salt.
But environmentalists question that practice.
"The long and short of it is that we don't think it's legal," said Cindy Klein, a spokeswoman for the Dickinson-based Dakota Resource Council, an environmental and landowner group.
[Dave Glatt, director of the environmental health section of the state Health Department] said, "compared with commercial-grade products, what we saw didn't rise to a level of concern."
The story also notes that oil well wastewater has been used to melt ice and snow on roads, especially in the western parts of North Dakota, since 1963.
Rather than oppose this on what appears to be "belief," you'd think it would be easy for the Sierra Club and other groups opposed to brine water to gather data from the western part of the state that scientifically proves their point. Are they doing this? I don't know.
What I do know is that if using oil well wastewater is recognizably harmful to the environment, the proof should be obvious in the the western part of the state where it is used. Considering salty oil water has been used there since 1963, it shouldn't be difficult for the EnviroTards to prove their point - if what they say is true. This does not appear to be the case.
Okay. We all know how Liberals love science and technology when it fits with their agenda of exploiting and issue for political purposes, right? There is nothing indicating that oil water brine negatively affects the environment.
"What a way to run a railroad," said Wayde Schafer, a North Dakota spokesman for the Sierra Club. "It's a sad commentary that the perceived financial savings outweigh public health and the environment."
Yes...the Liberals "believe."
This is the standard operating procedure for the Insane Liberal Clown Posse. Belief trumps facts. Belief trumps testing and research. Except, as I said, when it's an issue the ILCP wants to promote, such as so-called global warming or that second-hand cigarette smoke is a serious health threat. Then...oh, then the ICLP pull from the deepest recesses of their collective rectum every alleged scientific statistic they can find.
I don't know why anyone would consider giving these people any degree of legitimacy, credence, let alone the time of day.
Well, Puget Sound, but it's still frikking salt water.
Links to this post:
accordance and compliance with Fair Use Section 107 U.S. Copyright Code.
All other images and content © 2005-2009 David Drake.
Not responsible for content contained at linked sites.
Policy on commenting:
- Anonymous comments have little chance of being published.
- Comments made on posts 60 days old or older have little chance of being published.
- Published comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog author.
- Discretion of publishing or rejecting submitted comments rests solely with the owner and creator of this blog.
- Comments that egregiously "plug" (i.e. advertise or promote) another site or blog will be rejected. This doesn't mean you cannot include a link to your story, blog or to another site, but don't go overboard.
- Profanity is not a disqualifying factor, but profane rants solely for purposes of profanity are unlikely to be published.
- The owner and creator of this blog is not liable or responsible for the opinions of those who comment.