‘Straight From The Horse’s Mouth’: Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe

Retired Mobil VP confirms technology is dangerous and untested.
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    In a message “straight from the horse’s mouth,” a former oil executive on Tuesday urged New York state to pass a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying, ‘it is not safe.’

    “Making fracking safe is simply not possible, not with the current technology, or with the inadequate regulations being proposed,” Louis Allstadt, former executive vice president of Mobil Oil, said during a news conference in Albany called by the anti-fracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York.

    Up until his retirement in 2000, Allstadt spent 31 years at Mobil, running its marketing and refining division in Japan and managing Mobil’s worldwide supply, trading and transportation operations. After retiring to Cooperstown, NY, Allstadt said he began studying fracking after friends asked him if he thought it would be safe to have gas wells drilled by nearby Lake Otsego, where Allstadt has a home. Since that time, he’s become a vocal opponent of the shale oil and gas drilling technique.



    “Now the industry will tell you that fracking has been around a long time. While that is true, the magnitude of the modern technique is very new,” Allstadt said, adding that a fracked well can require 50 to 100 times the water and chemicals compared to non-fracked wells.

    He also noted that methane, up to 30 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, is found to be leaking from fracked wells “at far greater rates than were previously estimated.”

    In response to Allstadt’s statement, the environmental group Food & Water Watch tweeted:

    Elected Officials to Protect New York held the news conference to promote local initiatives to ban the practice in the state and to call on officials to push for more renewable energy sources. Protesters in New York have been pressuring Governor Andrew Cuomo not to lift the state moratorium on fracking, a move he said he would consider by Election Day 2014.

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    • Raymond Tokareff

      Why doesn’t one of those guys who went to the Bundy Ranch show some BALLS and do something about this SHIT! Then they might get some real support!

    • Angela Monger

      Funny how people change their tune when their homes might be endangered.

    • Dave Johnson

      It’s almost as if they are poisoning the earth on purpose. Maybe they are. I find it hard to believe they don’t possess the technology to make it safer and cleaner.

    • Cam

      Halliburton has a “Patented Fracking Technique” that uses “Depleted Uranium”!!! This is Mind Boggling!!!
      DU is Made from “Toxic Nuclear Waste”; it is an efficient penertrant, but it will Poison the Ground Water in the US for 100,000years!!! How can Halliburton get a patent to make US drinking water unsafe for 100.000years??? That is Insane!!!
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      The use of DU in Anything anywhere is literally Insanity in Action!!! DU use needs to be fkn Outlawed for eternity, this is INSANE. Please Share to everyone.
      The psycohsis of replacing Dirty Fuel (Oil & Coal) with Toxic fuel (Nuclear) and then Dirtier & More Toxic Fuels: Oil Sands & DU-Fracked Gas is in it’s Death Throws.
      MIT has confirmed Cold Fusion WORKS; Rossi from Italy is making 1megawatt Cold Fusion units for sale at $1.5million which would power 500 homes Cleanly, Continuously on WATER. Once Cold Fusion can be minaturised units will fit in cars and you could do 50,000miles on One Gallon of Water!!!

      Yet hear we are Protecting the Biggest Polluters on the Planet, the Governments and Corporations who want to control All Forms of Energy so they Profit at the expense of the People & the Planet. This shit has to STOP!!!
      Spread this Video, make it viral; demand that ALL states Ban Fracking, Ban All Oil Sand expansion & Pipelines And put ALL subsidies & Grants & Legislation into CLEAN energy such as Cold Fusion; again get the details from the video & share widely. The Revolution is NOW.

      .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMx1mpcokBk

      • Steve

        No, it doesn’t work

    • bugstomper2

      Smithfield, PA, USA “fracking” site http://youtu.be/tShe4x7b-2g

    • EdinColorado

      fracking where Allstadt lives might be difficult… But it’s been going on in Colorado for 5-6 decades with only leftist liberal lies as opposition…

    • farrellkej

      Governor Cuomo: There’s a great deal of talk about running a candidate opposite you because you’re not exactly a shoo in. So you might want to wait until after the election before you decide whether or not to lift the state moratorium. Maybe deciding to not lift the moratorium before the election might help you get re-elected. Just a thought.

    • Rick Myrtue

      Hemp, you stupid bastards. Sheesh. Oh, I forgot, oil companies can’t make any money on that. My bad.

      • richard

        Hemp and algae for biodegradable plastic, hemp has so many use no wonder
        the gas,oil,cotton etc wanted it banned even the timber industry
        because you can make paper and hempcrete!! Hemp dosen’t yield enough per acre for biofuel. algae,cellulose,copaifera longsderiffi,milletia pinnata,miscanthus,switch-grass,Chinese tallow,cocunut jatrophha are the best yield per acre crops, although palm oil is the 6th highest yield of any of them it causes to much deforestation

    • JahnLaster

      f**kers!

      • richard

        Hemp and algae for biodegradable plastic, hemp has so many use no wonder
        the gas,oil,cotton etc wanted it banned even the timber industry
        because
        you can make paper and hempcrete!! Hemp dosen’t yield enough per acre
        for biofuel. algae,cellulose,copaifera longsderiffi,milletia
        pinnata,miscanthus,switch-grass,Chinese tallow,cocunut jatrophha are the
        best yield per acre crops, although palm oil is the 6th highest yield
        of any of them it causes to much deforestation.

    • Mike Buchanan

      I agree, make the frackers live next to fracking sites, then we will suddenly hear a different tune from them. Nice to be able to exploit someone else’s environment, especially if it is hundreds of kilometers from where u live. As far as I am concerned, if its in anyone’s back yard, it is also in my backyard, because environmental destruction and pollution affects the entire planet.

      • richard

        Hemp and algae for biodegradable plastic, hemp has so many use no wonder the gas,oil,cotton etc wanted it banned even the timber industery because you cabn make paper and hempcrete!!

    • Andrew Mortlock

      Having done something for a long time is not a valid reason for it to be ok.

    • B Clinton

      Of course a former oil exec would say that. They are losing market share and I’m sure he is more concerend about his investments than the health of the water supply.The same people on here that are in favor of what this man is saying are the same people who cursed the oil industry and its leaders before fracking. Hypocrites. The lot of ya.

    • vmartin65

      Thank you to this courageous man for speaking up and speaking the truth.

      • Henry Chinaski

        This “courageous man” is worried that his water is going to get tainted and his property values are going to go down. Oil and energy companies should only be allowed to “frack” within 5 miles of their homes. See how fast fracking would be banned then.

    • Yup. The Halliburton Loophole. You can drive the earth through it …

    • Nikki Travis

      Nope, not surprised.