Barry Russell, president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, says “no evidence directly connects injection of fracking fluid into shale with aquifer contamination.” Fracking “has never been found to contaminate a water well,” says Christine Cronkright, communications director for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Research studies and numerous incidents of water contamination prove otherwise.
fracking to extract methane gas “is highly likely to degrade air, surface water and ground-water quality, to harm humans, and to negatively impact aquatic and forest ecosystems.” He notes that “potential exposure effects for humans will include poisoning of susceptible tissues, endocrine disruption syndromes, and elevated risk for certain cancers.” Every well, says Dr. Bishop, “will generate a sediment discharge of approximately eight tons per year into local waterways, further threatening federally endangered mollusks and other aquatic organisms.” In addition to the environmental pollution by the fracking process, Dr. Bishop believes “intensive use of diesel-fuel equipment will degrade air quality [that could affect] humans, livestock, and crops.”
So who do we listen to? Executives who depend on Fracking for making themselves rich, or scientists who continue to build up proof from actual experience and related experiments.
The complaints continue to pop up, from the movie “Gasland” to State and Federal committee testimonies:
“Some of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing—or liberated by it—are carcinogens,” Dr. Sandra Steingraber told members of the Environmental Conservation and Health committee of the New York State Assembly. Dr. Steingraber, a biologist and distinguished scholar in residence at Ithaca College, pointed out that some of the chemicals “are neurological poisons with suspected links to learning deficits in children,” while others “are asthma triggers.
What we all need to do is make our feelings heard on all levels – especially at the top… Obama is promoting Fracking in his energy plan without showing any understanding of the procedure’s danger.
BTW, Dr. Walter Brasch’s current book is Before the First Snow, a critically-acclaimed novel that looks at what happens when government and energy companies form a symbiotic relationship, using “cheaper, cleaner” fuel and the lure of jobs in a depressed economy but at the expense of significant health and environmental impact. The book is available at amazon.com and from the publisher, Greeley & Stone.
Let’s add this one to our list:
Meanwhile, our own legislators in West Virginia are PROMOTING Fracking… and handing out the corporate claims of safety.
- Sandra Steingraber speaks on Fracking… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Let’s help stop Fracking, especially in WV… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Actors join campaign against fracking (independent.co.uk)
- The Case for a Ban on Gas Fracking: Food and Water Watch Report (desmogblog.com)
- Tom Ridge Claimed “I’m Not a Lobbyist” on Colbert Report, But The Facts Prove Otherwise (desmogblog.com)
- A.g. Schneiderman to Sue Federal Government Today for Failure to Study “Fracking” (lennyesq.wordpress.com)
- Marcia G. Yerman: Fracking in New York State — Is the Train Out of the Station? (huffingtonpost.com)
Those of you who are regulars on this blog, or who have heard me question some of the candidates for Governor in West Virginia, know of my concerns with Hydro Fracturing or “Fracking” to remove natural gas from shale. So far I have had no satisfactory responses from candidates, Democrat or Republican, to my concerns. They ALL think this can be made safe (it can’t) and they will make sure it is. Between you and me, they are all getting campaign funds from the Natural Gas industry.
If you have seen the movie “Gasland,” you know some of the problems that are related to this practice of pumping toxic chemicals mixed with water into underground shale… chemicals that get into the water supply and pollute rivers and streams. You all know the extremes… faucets with flaming water, cows in fields dying from poisoned grazing land, rivers being polluted and the toxins heading downstream and eventually into great water areas like the Chesapeake bay.
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., ecologist, poet, mother, and activist gave an incredible speech during a rally in Albany NY, May 2, 2011, to ban fracking in NY state. Sandra’s story about her cancer and finding out that her cancer is linked to the drinking water or her hometown became a movie called Living Downstream (www.livingdownstream.com), based on a book she wrote about her discoveries.
Here’s the speech.
If you speak with candidates before you vote and you live in any of the states that contain the Marcellus Shale (NY, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, etc.), make sure you bring up the issue… and see if YOU get a satisfactory answer.
- Chemicals and breast cancer (helpforcancer.wordpress.com)
- Fracking Chemicals Cited in Congressional Report Stay Underground (cozumelianblogger.wordpress.com)
- Major Fracking Accident in Pennsylvania… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Why Natural Gas Companies Fear Josh Fox, Gasland and the Oscars by Sarah Laskow (theboldcorsicanflame.wordpress.com)
- Ten Fracking Things Everyone Should Know (mb50.wordpress.com)
- WTF: What the frack is hydraulic fracturing? (pennlive.com)
- Young girls reaching puberty earlier and in larger numbers (cogsciblog.wordpress.com)
- Lawsuit against government, Encana highlights ‘fracking’ environmental issues: Lawyer (calgaryherald.com)
- Lawsuit has broad implications for fracking across continent, lawyer says (canada.com)