Comments about ‘Oil spills, leaks plaguing Forest Service, BLM in Grand Staircase-Escalante area’

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Published: Wednesday, April 2 2014 5:41 p.m. MDT

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Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

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.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

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.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

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 demanding answers!

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

"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.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

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 away.

Science Rules
Salt Lake City, UT

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..

Jim Cobabe
Provo, UT

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.

endoftimes
Vernal, UT

@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?

whadyawant
Denver, CO

"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.

whadyawant
Denver, CO

"...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.

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