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As if you didn’t have enough to worry about already, “The Poison Beneath Us” from Pro Publica, a detailed report on groundwater contamination from injection wells, and some unrelated cattle deaths in Texas:
Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as an invisible dumping ground.
No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil. But until recently, scientists and environmental officials have assumed that deep layers of rock beneath the earth would safely entomb the waste for millennia.
There are growing signs they were mistaken.
Records from disparate corners of the United States show that wells drilled to bury this waste deep beneath the ground have repeatedly leaked, sending dangerous chemicals and waste gurgling to the surface or, on occasion, seeping into shallow aquifers that store a significant portion of the nation’s drinking water.
Pro Publica notes that a disposal well is structurally, the same as an oil or gas well.
“Are we heading down a path we might regret in the future?” said Anthony Ingraffea, a Cornell University engineering professor who has been an outspoken critic of claims that wells don’t leak. “Yes.”
In other tech news, genetically modified grass cattle have been grazing on for 15 years is linked to sudden cattle deaths in Texas:
Preliminary tests revealed the Tifton 85 grass, which has been here for years, had suddenly started producing cyanide gas, poisoning the cattle …
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are dissecting the grass to determine if there might have been some strange, unexpected mutation.
Time to recall the Tifton 85.
Corporatocracy … where nothing can possibly go worng!
Update: Contrary to the initial report, the Tifton 85 is actually not a genetically modified product, according to the SF Examiner.