Even though these were tiny "spills," it's a good thing oil is a
natural, organic part of the ecosystem and will disappear on its own after not
Its not the oil spill that is so devastating, its the highly toxic and
contaminated "brine" water that is threat to the environment, wildlife,
and humans. The "brine water" is so toxic that it can't be recycled
or used and must be stored eternally in containers in designated waste sites.
The water flows more easily and the chemicals are so strong that the future of
this spill will last forever and keep sinking deeper in the ground until it hits
some aquifers well below and out of sight.The oil tends to clump and
stay confined to clean up but the toxic water is the real danger in this
incident and other like it at all sites where shale oil fracking is taking place
in Utah and other states. Spills are not from pipelinse so much as it is from
water and oil being froced to the surface and into the water aquifers outside
the designated oil well site.
Interesting to compare the comments here with the same story on the SL Trib and
other news Web sites. There, people are genuinely angry with Citation for
abusing the land. Here, the dismissive "oil companies will be oil
companies" attitude prevails. Spills are just a part of Utah's
business... it will be okay... sad.Imagine if we had a major wind
spill at the Spanish Fork wind project! Leaves in people swimming pools! Shots
veering off at the golf course! Hair dos ruined! Ugh! People would be
"Even though these were tiny "spills," it's a good thing oil is
a natural, organic part of the ecosystem and will disappear on its own after not
too long."Unbelievable. I guess when you're from Idaho you
don't care what happens in Utah. Who cares? No one should be accountable.
No one should bother to clean it up. It's a natural substance, so it just
doesn't matter. Pollute all you want - just do it in Utah.
CHS 85, I'm from Utah and I'm for getting all the oil out of the
ground that we can. Take steps to not have incidents like this happen, but pump
Brine water is simply water that is higher in total dissolved solids than
potable water. It can be as benign as water that is safe for cattle consumption
or can be very highly concentrated salt water. If we're were laden with
toxic chemicals that as one poster says, than it would not be classified as
brine, but as toxic waste. There is a BIG difference there and the handling
permits are very different per EPA regulations. There may be some chemicals in
brine as a result of oilfield operations but the concentrations would be known,
but in a very diluted state and relatively benine..
The posture of concern about minimal spills is probably overstated in the media.
But allowing oil resource development on public lands is something to ask
questons about.Whether or not the oil companies are involved in
spills, this use of the land will leave ugly and unpleasant evidence as its
aftermath that will persist for generations. The total long-term impact on the
land should be assessed before we judge if it is worth trading pristine
wilderness for a little bit of oil and short-term gratification.Like
cutting down a centuries-old tree for lumber, these acts cannot be undone. Now
that we know what we are capable of, the real question is not whether we CAN do
such things, but whether we SHOULD.If we stopped drilling for oil in
such places, it would still be there tomorrow. If we corrupt the wilderness
now, that legacy will be compromised forever.
@My2cents - The so called highly toxic brine water spoken of is misinformation
of the higherst degree. I know many people who have worked around oil and brine
all their 40 year careers and the illness/cancer rate is no higher than the
general public. Environmentalists use scare tactics to attempt to stop any and
all energy development. More?...the produced water that seeps to the surface or
water table as you claim is extreemly rare and when that happens the State and
EPA, rightfully so, require oil companies to cap and plug these wells. There is
virtually no polluting of the water tables as you would have us believe. Take a
look at the DEQ website for spills and the efficient way the State requires
these companies to report. Unless we are to pay 20 dollars per gallon to drive,
ride to work or recreate please continue to put these companies out of business.
Please set the example and dont use any petroleum products for a week. It cant
be done.CHS85 - please show us where all of these unreported toxic
sites are. Why does the human lifespan continue to increase every year if the
US is so polluted?
"it's a good thing oil is a natural, organic part of the ecosystem and
will disappear on its own after not too long" Hmm...let's see, the
referenced oil spill in the Grand Staircase was estimated to have occurred in
1971 over 40 years ago and the evidence was still there. Not sure how much
thinkin' is going on if you missed that. And endoftimes, the source
of the second largest toxic releases in the nation is the Kennecott Copper Mine
in your state.
"...it's a good thing oil is a natural, organic part of the ecosystem
and will disappear on its own after not too long." Hmmm...the story
referenced an oil spill that was estimated to have occurred in 1971 over 40
years ago and yet the evidence was still there and easily found by individuals
who happened to be in the area. Not sure how much "thinkin" is going on
if you missed that.