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  •  They don't even pretend any more (14+ / 0-)

    to give a damn about the people or the planet. Through Exxon's subsidiary XTO, they're also fracking Arkansas. Back in the day, Governor Clinton got our moniker changed to "The Natural State." Clearly, he's long gone.

    Besides all this sh*t, our department of "environmental quality" just gave a permit for a "concentrated feeding operation" on hundreds of acres in the watershed of the nation's first National River, the Buffalo.

    We in Arkansas have hit a really low point :(

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 01:25:02 PM PDT

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    •  CAFO? You need to move now before it's built ... (3+ / 0-)
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      This state is going to have it's hands full with air and water quality as well as public health issues.  

      Those fracking wells waste billions of gallons of fresh water and mix it with various radioactive and other hazardous things which end up in the ground/watersheds, etc.

      •  I don't know what CAFO is, (3+ / 0-)
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        but I'm stayin' put if that's what you mean ;) I'm retired back home and -- for now -- have a gorgeous river view from my home and a cabin nearby with two creeks. Somebody has to keep an eye on it, and I do, especially  now that they're fracking horizontally!

        They've been fracking here several years, even caused an earthquake that caused the state to shut down injection wells. Now that's being hauled to Oklahoma and likely caused a recent earthquake there. Heck, I didn't even mention they're mining sand two counties down to mix with their chemical mess to keep the fractures open.

        It is a gawdawful mess we're in, though, and we're not alone. Maybe some others will learn from our negative example. :(

        "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

        by cotterperson on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 03:34:52 PM PDT

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        •  The meat industry doesn't want you to know what (3+ / 0-)
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          a CAFO is.  Hell, they are even trying to pass laws that if you talk about what goes on in their "private" business, you could get prosecuted as a terrorist!

          Here's a funny reaction from a young lady that just found out what they were (with pictures).  Please read the last paragraph about lagoons.  From a property and water security perspective, that's the problem in a nutshell.  Oh, yeah, there can be health risks for anyone working there or having contact with people that have to work there.

          •  Thanks for the link. (1+ / 0-)
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            It's a CAFO for pigs, and these are planned:

            They put all the waste into man-made lagoons which have toxic smelling fumes that can be smelled from miles away. These lagoons contain: ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, methane, carbon dioxide, pathogens, e.coli, cryptosporidium, antibiotics, hormones, and heavy metals. In fact, some of these lagoons turn the color pink because  of interactions between  blood, bacteria, still-born piglets, chemicals, and waste. If this doesn’t sound bad enough, it gets worse. These “lagoons” sometimes OVERFLOW causing a whole string of problems, as you could imagine.
            We've had two 100-year floods in the last 10 years here. To take that risk is absurd!

            "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

            by cotterperson on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:18:02 PM PDT

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            •  I am so sorry to hear this (2+ / 0-)
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              Is it too late to get your local Dems to get the license rescinded?  It is definitely worth the effort.

              I saw a pig CAFO (pictures) after a hurricane on the east coast, I think it was NC.  The excrement/lagoon sludge washed everywhere and dead pigs were trapped in it.  It was horrific.  

              The biggest problem is keeping an eye on how they try to drain the lagoons.  A lot of farmers illegally put plastic plumbing lines our to public property or waterways.  The meat companies that own the pigs, don't give the farmers anything for cleanup or removal of waste.  That's all on the farmer who is usually broke by the time that they take the pigs.

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