By his own admission this month in a December 16 Winter Meet & Greet in Yucca Valley, he acknowledged that he has alienated constituents on all three sides of the fence: Republicans, Democrats and Americans whom prefer not to state a party choice.
Recently Cook voted to block federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing on public lands (House Roll call 604).
Given the proximity of Joshua Tree National Park to our area in the Morongo Basin, one would think Representative Cook would have a better consciousness about living smart and living safe. But he does not.
Hydralic Fracking for Natural Gas in a glance: Here is what Cook supports:
Cook supports: Each gas well requires an average of 400 tanker trucks to carry water and supplies to and from the site.
Cook supports: It takes 1-8 million gallons of water to complete each fracturing job.
Cook supports: The water brought in is mixed with sand and chemicals to create fracking fluid. Approximately 40,000 gallons of chemicals are used per fracturing.
Cook supports: Up to 600 chemicals are used in fracking fluid, including known carcinogens and toxins such as… Mercury, lead, formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid, uranium, ethylene glyocol, methanol, radium,
Cook supports: 72 trillion gallons of water and 360 billion gallons of chemicals needed to run our current gas wells.
Cook supports: During this process, methane gas and toxic chemicals leach out from the system and contaminate nearby groundwater.
Cook supports: Methane concentrations are 17x higher in drinking-water wells near fracturing sites than in normal wells.
Cook understands: There have been over 1,000 documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling as well as cases of sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage due to ingested contaminated water.
Cook supports: The waste fluid is left in open air pits to evaporate, releasing harmful VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) into the atmosphere, creating contaminated air, acid rain, and ground level ozone.
Cook does not support the FRAC Act (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act) which would require the energy industry to disclose all chemicals used in fracturing fluid as well as repeal fracking’s exemption from the Safe Drinking water Act.
Let him know how disappointed you are in his vote.
Representative Paul J. Cook, Eight District, was first elected in 2012. Republican. Washington Office: Phone: (202) 225-5861. Fax: (202) 225-6498. Email. Web: http://cook.house.gov/
Sources for this article:
“Hydraulic Fracturing 101″
Energy From Shale.org
Gasland The Movie
Marcellus Shale Coalition
“Unpacking Health Hazards in Fracking’s Chemical Cocktail”
Dangers of Fracking
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