Caracalover wrote:Herm wrote:Caracalover wrote:NG fracking not only uses large amounts of water, it may pollute the ground water and lay vast areas wasteland, we will see in the not to distant future me thinks.
The key word in your statement is MAY
The key word is not May. The key word is pollute. Fracking pollutes, no question about that. Whether it will contaminate the ground water (rendering areas unlivable) or not remains to be seen.
Absolutely Caracolover! There is plenty of proof available that shows everything from ill effects of pumping station emissions on the local area, the negative effects of produced water seeping into the ground or overflowing during rain, and the very real destruction of drinking water sources when wells are not properly installed/cemented.
An additional challenge is highlighted by the conflicting needs in South Texas as the industry tries to develop the Eagle Ford shale during a severe drought. The gas developers are working hard to acquire water rights from towns and farmers/ranchers - locals are being presented with an option to trade their current/future water supply and/or farm productivity for cash.
And if water isn't a factor, I wonder why Boone Pickens has become the largest single controller of water rights in the Texas panhandle?
THANK YOU for putting facts ahead of spin!
edit...this factoid from EarthJustice this evening:
How bad is the air? In the drilling
rig-studded Upper Green River Basin
of Wyoming, levels of smog-forming
ozone reached 123 parts per billion
earlier this year—worse than the worst day in L.A. all last year.
That's how many Earthjustice supporters have already written to the Environmental Protection Agency asking for strong air pollution protections from oil and gas development.
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It's not just the people of Wyoming who are noticing a problem. A controversial technology called hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—has led to a gas drilling boom from Colorado to Pennsylvania. But federal air pollution protections for drilling are woefully outdated and do not cover most pollution sources. That means that people who live near the gasfields are left with lung-burning smog and cancer-causing benzene.
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