The Guardian reports that Halliburton may be the drilling contractor for Third Energy’s proposed frack at Kirby Misperton, in Ryedale. Frack Free Ryedale and other anti-fracking groups are extremely disturbed that Halliburton would be involved in any possible fracking operation at Kirby Misperton, given their very dubious safety record and reputation. Read the full article in the Guardian Environment.
Meanwhile, protestors from Frack Free Ryedale assembled outside the gates of Third Energy on Tuesday to protest against Halliburton’s involvement.
BP DEEPWATER HORIZON
Halliburton were fined $1.1 billion for their part in the BP Deepwater Horizon connection. Halliburton were responsible for the concrete that caused the leak, and were implicit in the cover-up that followed, in which a director of the company was charged with destroying evidence.
From Wikipedia: “On September 8, 2010, an internal report released by BP into the Deepwater Horizon explosion claimed that poor practices of Halliburton staff had contributed to the disaster. Investigations carried out by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling found that Halliburton was jointly at fault along with BP and Transocean for the spill. The concrete that Halliburton used was an unstable mixture, and eventually caused hydrocarbons to leak into the well, eventually causing the explosion that started the crisis.”
For a full report on the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, click here.
OHIO FRACKING SPILL
Halliburton were also responsible for another environmental disaster, in which thousands of gallons of toxic frack fluid leaked in Monroe County, Ohio, in June of last year, in which a river providing drinking water was polluted and over 70,000 fish died. Read more on this on Mother Jones.
As Halliburton would not only be providing frack fluid to Third Energy but also doing the frack, this recent experience of both the environmental disaster and their reluctance to reveal which chemicals ended up in the
water is a very worrying precedent.