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Fracking Pollution Linked To Cancer

Updated on January 27, 2016

Fracking Linked to Cancer

LATEST NEWS January 7, 2016:

New research reveals fracking involves hundreds of toxins that may pose serious ills and many more that remain unstudied. Arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde, lead and mercury are among more than 200 toxins found in fracking fluids and wastewater that may pose serious risks to reproductive and developmental health.

Fracking becomes personal when it affects the health of a loved one. As fish live in water, humans live in an ever more polluted environment of unseen chemicals. I say unseen because the particles are so minute and embedded within the air, soil and water.

Our risk of toxic exposures to water where fracking cancer causing contaminants get pumped to cities feeds millions of people. People living in agricultural regions live in the midst of fracking country where the water tables contain harsh fracking poisons. Just because we can't see these chemicals, they will deteriorate our health over time. Fracking exposes more than 700 chemicals—including carcinogens, neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, plastics, heavy metals and radioactive agents.

End The Sky Is Pink Debate

Fracking Motto "Remember the BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill" Pollute Our Water Ways

As new information comes to light, the title of this article may change.

Water and Oil Don't Mix Controversy

Water means life. We can't live without water to quench our thirst. Oil means financial exchange. Oil buys things and fuels our tanks. However, an uneven exchange occurs when the amount of life giving water goes to producing oil. Water and Oil simply don't mix.

A Ceres research paper shows the demographics on water-stressed land mass and Fracking operations, especially in Texas and Colorado, where wild forest fires and drought conditions exist. Supposedly big industry now search for ways to increase the use of recycled water and non-freshwater resources for oil production.


GreenMedInfo on Fracking

GreenMedInfo | On April 24, the State of Florida, House of Representatives, passed a controversial pro-fracking bill, written by the oil and gas industry, the Fracturing Chemical Usage Disclosure Act, filled with trade secret loopholes which will allow dangerous chemicals to potentially pollute Florida's fragile Everglades water conservation ecosystem. Dan A. Hughes company intends to drill a 13, 900 foot deep exploratory well in close proximity to a relatively densely populated residential area known as Golden Gate.

How would you like to receive a notice from a company (Total Safety Inc., a company hired on behalf of Dan A. Hughes) requesting contact information in order to create an emergency evacuation plan in case of an explosion or hazardous hydrogen sulfide gas release?

Maybe they will have a new slogan besides "Remember The Alamo," something more similar to "Remember the BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill."

Fracking Industry Puts Out Their Own Publications

EcoWatch informs us that Harvard Law School evaluated an organization for and by the Fracking industry. Unfortunately, the articles provided neglect to tell the whole story to the people who will be affected by fracking in their communities.

Therefore, if you are searching for valid, complete and up-to-date information about fracking, chemicals, and activities in this industry, you will have to seek out another unbiased source.

NEED TO KNOW | The price of gas | PBS

Local News: Attend Frack-Free NC Lobby Day

Tuesday, June 5, for Frack-Free NC Lobby Day

Everyone go to the General Assembly and meet with legislators to let them know that there is NO reason to pass ANY legislation that would allow fracking in NC. A pre-lobby briefing will start at 10AM at Marbles Kid's Museum in downtown Raleigh. Afterwards we'll head to the General Assembly to talk with YOUR legislators! You'll be on your way home no later than 2PM.

  • For info on carpools, buses, etc. watch these Updates! CWFNC can offer some assistance with transportation costs please email for info
  • May 31, 7PM, Screening of "Message from the Marcellus" short documentary by Todd Tinkham and "Dispersed" team. Eno River Unitarian Church. Directions.
  • May 31, 7PM, Forum on Fracking, Hendersonville - cosponsored by CWFNC and ECO. Details.
  • WUNC Podcast May 25, 2012 Fracking Show |

Tremors Due To Fracking

What's happening in New York? — It takes a women, town supervisor, Susan Zimet put her foot down regarding fracking in her hometown of New Palz.

How to stop fracking? Institute Prohibitions at the local level, even if a wealth of rich shale hide below the surface of the earth. Don't sell out. I've heard that Colleges and Universities now trade oil companies the rights to drill right under the campus buildings.

BANS OF FRACKING | Brine on town roads, hydro-fracking waste in sewage system, using the land for extracting, developing and producing natural gas, oil or other subsurface hydrocarbons.

BANS ON STAGING | Nothing associated with fracking such as developing gas pipelines, water lines or stations used for injection or venting.

DELAY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL | When government at local level does not provide permits, then construction cannot begin. Some justifications not to give permits can apply to many towns and cities across this nation. If digging and drilling will increase increase noise levels, go beyond the capacity for traffic, create noxious odors, contaminate water and air, and harm open space and aesthetic resources, then permits may not be deemed beneficial to the community.

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Yahoo \ OCTOBER 3, 2012 LATEST EARTHQUAKE NEWS | Three unusual earthquakes that shook a suburb west of Dallas over the weekend appear to be connected to the past disposal of wastewater from local hydraulic fracturing operations, a geophysicist who has studied earthquakes in the region says.

Preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) show the first quake, a magnitude 3.4, hit at 11:05 p.m. CDT on Saturday a few miles southeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. It was followed 4 minutes later by a 3.1-magnitude aftershock that originated nearby.

CBC NEWS | Science and Technology | The U.S. government announcement downplays the possibility that fracking to extract natural gas poses a high risk for triggering earthquakes large enough to feel. Instead, the report says gas and oil drilling the conventional way, damming rivers, deep injections of wastewater and purposeful flooding may pose higher risks, listing only the magnitude 2.8 tremor in the state of Oklahoma and 2.3 magnitude shaking in England as causative agents for earthquakes.

Earth Justice Fracking Video

Stop The Frack Attack

Fracking Threatens Our Nation's Natural Preserves and Parks

PENNSYLVANIA | Good News For A Change. Court Deals Blow To Fracking Industry April 11, 2013. A Pennsylvania judge in the heart of the Keystone State’s fracking belt has issued a forceful and precedent-setting decision holding that there is no corporate right to privacy under that state’s constitution, giving citizens and journalists a powerful tool to understand the health and environmental impacts of natural gas drilling in their communities.

FRACKING | Toxic Fracking Wastewater Dumped into Sewer, Why No Arrest? 20,000 gallons of toxic and potentially radioactive fracking wastewater was dumped into a storm drain that empties into a tributary of the Mahoning River in Youngstown, Ohio. The governor got his enforcers to overlook the violations as the poisonous brine seeped into our valley and flowed to other communities downstream. |

ACT NOW | Tell Obama To Stop Fracking | MORATORIUM

Fracking Collusion in Pennsylvania |

Huffington | Health Effects Fracking Makes Livestock Sick examining case histories of 24 farms in six states in which fracking occurs.

Reduced milk production. Gastrointestinal, neurological and urological issues. Sudden death.

New York Residents Pay Attention | Risk Of Lung Cancer Reported

A significant public health hazard associated with drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation must be seriously investigated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This hazard is from radioactive radon gas and the potential for large numbers of lung cancer among natural gas customers.


  • Frohlich said he doesn't think it's a coincidence that an intensification in seismic activity in the Dallas area came the year after a pocket of ground just south of (and thousands of feet below) the DFW airport began to be inundated with wastewater from hydraulic fracturing.
  • Our Amazing Planet | Learn about predicting earthquakes and seismic activity

Stop The Fracking March On Washington


The Next Generation
I recently attended a religious ceremony for a young 12-year old girl who's name, Nehamah, means "comfort" in Hebrew. She gave a compassionate, intelligent speech about the meaning of water and our connection to this vital life-giving natural phenomena. She explained how religious people equate water with the words of Torah [The Five Books of Moses] using metaphors like heavenly energy falling to earth as rain. These water droplets add up and become streams, rivers, lakes and finally oceans. She described in poetic terms the fine line between Noah's flood and G-d's ability to provide an appropriate amount to sustain, cleanse and purify life.

The Number 40 Represents A Test and A Cleansing Period

Even though this well-educated young lady spoke eloquently about water, its spiritual history and her personal connection through biblical stories, she may not know about something happening in her own backyard. We call it fracking, the mining of gas from shale rocks. And, as she spoke about Miriam, the prophetess, for whose sake the Hebrew people received fresh water 'from a rock' during the 40 years wandering through the desert to the promised land of Israel, I thought of fracking. The maxim, "You can't get water from a rock" also came to mind. How many generations must pass before we make choices that will be kind to the earth and kind to each other?

  • The measurement of the cleansing spiritual bath - the mikvah - 40
  • The number of Noah's flood - 40 days and nights
  • The years wandering the desert - 40
  • The number of weeks gestation for a baby - 40
  • Water is a feminine energy force
  • When Miriam died in the desert, so too did that rock stop giving water.

Getting Water From A Rock | Only Moses and Aaron Can Do That Safely
And now we try to get water from a rock, and unfortunately, we will end up killing ourselves in the process. Do you believe the gas industry has a method to extract this gas "safely?" Think again. I said only Moses and Aaron could hit the rock and have a clear stream of fresh water to quench the thirst of the community. But, even they had their troubles when this act was done improperly!

We Seem To Have Sunk To A New Low

We can only drink pure unsalted water to sustain human life. Polluted water means we have a polluted spirit. So many ways mankind has dumped effluent and wastes into our water ways. The corrupt continues this practice, due to greed; and yet, sometimes people actually feel they do good without realizing the greater negative outcome. Are they receiving tampered facts and figures? Are they fooling themselves? Not concerned with the contamination and consequential harm to human life, they concern themselves with jobs, financial gain and providing an abundant energy source. Have they calculated into their figures the total effects of killing living organisms, or the enormous cost of causing sickness? That, I say, does not outweigh the benefits to economic development.

Excellent Educational Videos Available

Listen to the people talk about the pain to the environment and to neighborhoods in Pennsylvania and New York due to the fracking industry.

What Happens To Your Drinking Water From Fracking?

Can Fracking be connected to the "Strange Sounds Around The World : In Sky, On Earth, Underground?"

As industry continues to drill holes underground like voles, moles and other rodents that dig tunnels in agricultural fields or yards, we can possibly see repercussions. Do you notice the word "percussion" within this consequential result of digging underground? As the earth starts to collapse, we could be creating a fragile earth that begins to moan and grown. As this sound occurs deep within the earth, the hollow whining might help explain these strange earth sounds.

I'm not sure anyone else agrees with this hypothesis. However, if these noises and sounds portend the future and are warning signs then we had better start to evaluate our methods of obtaining energy from the earth in this way. Further information below discusses the potential for creating earthquakes.

Fracking in North Carolina - Act Now!

Fracking Just Too Dangerous Petition | As the North Carolina legislature prepares to legalize fracking, we must consider the proximity of The Shearon Harris nuclear plant. Do we want to see a repeat of the Fukushim Meltdown in our state? Read all about the potential for earth shifting earthquakes. What will this do when proposed Chatham County Frackers drill less than 15 miles from Shearon Harris?

On January 22, 2010 officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that the electrical generator from the damaged Unit 2 reactor at Three Mile Island will be used at Shearon Harris. Not only does the NC legislature want to approve fracking near the population centers of Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill, it risks water contamination, methane gas pollution and destruction of roadways that will carry thousands of truckloads of chemicals and water to pump millions of gallons deep into the earth. We must stop this insanity. SIGN THE PETITION ABOVE

Fracking Hearing Draws 600 Hundred | Opponents and supporters of hydraulic fracturing made their cases at a public hearing in Sanford on March 20, 2012. Those who wish to speak out can attend the upcoming meetings scheduled. No program that instituted fracking in any state has really protected our water, air and land. | Live and Learn

NC Oil and Gas | Landowners who sign a lease to Oil and Gas companies want an environmentally friendly contract, not one that benefits the drilling companies and ends in loss of rights by landowners.

Get in touch with nature, with your inner self.
Get in touch with nature, with your inner self.

Humans Are Fallable

We think we are so smart and have the scientific advances to solve all of our energy problems. Somehow history negates our superior attitude. Two other blogs on spiritual and peaceful themes. We need a positive note.

Increasing Potential for Cancer in Society

With the quick influx of fracking, the marketing by lobbyists and bribery to representatives must be exposed. The public must speak out, vote their hearts, blog, and call up representatives and leave a message.

A huge list of negative outcomes will be the result of the fracking industry such as the release of methane gas which would be much worse that pig farms.

Late Breaking News About New Years Earthquake in Ohio

Chicago Tribune | Will we see more man-made earthquakes around this country as a result of making the earth more fragile? When we allow drilling into the ground to explore for oil and gas via the method of fracking, then we will be susceptible to unstable land layers. We cannot wish away or brush away a 4.0 magnitude earthquake. So far acti five deep well sites in Youngstown, Ohio have been

A 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Ohio on New Year's Eve did not occur naturally and may have been caused by high-pressure liquid injection related to oil and gas exploration and production, an expert hired by the state of Ohio said on Tuesday.

Ohio's Department of Natural Resources on Sunday suspended operations at five deep well sites in Youngstown, Ohio, where the injection of water was taking place, while they evaluate seismological data from a rare quake in the area.

States Where Fracking Will Devastate The Land and People

Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio

You might say, why worry, if it is not happening in your backyard?

Just remember that we are composed of many states bound together. The soot, toxic dust, contaminated water ways all move between state lines, down mountains, across plains, into the oceans, up into the atmosphere. We are ALL affected.

When lives are at stake, then entire families must suffer. We Americans are mobile and your friends and family may be living in many states that will be affected by this industry. We are the family of mankind.

You might ask, "Is Fracking Even Worse Than Drilling?"

William Fisher responds to this question with an emphatic, "yes!" Why, because they essentially are different forms of drilling. One being implemented near the ground's surface, the other digging like a deep root tap into the bowels of the earth and then spreading outward.

The authentic term for 'fracking' is hydraulic fracturing. In this process, the plant injects tons of good water and a blend of toxic chemicals into reservoirs to fracture shale rock, which allows gas and oil to escape. The robbing Peter to pay Paul philosophy of wasting so much fresh water to capture some of this energy source, gas/oil, doe not equate. In addition, the process spoils the once potable fresh water, which we know will become more scarce.

Tip of the Mitt 
Watershed Council

The Northern Michigan Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, founded in 1979, leads the nation in awareness, education and action to protect their state counties' resources: Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties.

How Deep Is That Well?

Well, we are talking 5,000 to 10,000 feet deep! The previous fracking industry methods cannot be compared to the destruction and rape of the land next to the modern method of horizontal rilling and multi-stage fracking. We cannot simply do a fracking 'recall,' as in the medical and pharmaceutical industry [which also pushes drugs to market before they are definitively determined safe.] Once the damage is done, there is no undoing it.

The Watershed Council States:

"Pennsylvania, state regulators found that gas drilling using high-volume fracking has caused contaminated drinking water, polluted surface waters, polluted air, and contaminated soils. Fracking uses hundreds of undisclosed chemicals, which are mixed with water and pumped underground, directly through aquifers, to fracture rock. The cocktail of chemicals used in the fracking process is “undisclosed” from the public because it is considered to be a trade secret and proprietary information. We do know some of the individual chemicals used in fracking operations and, while these make up just a fraction of the total materials in the fluid, they include recognized carcinogens and hazardous materials such as hydrochloric acid and ethylene glycol."

Sitting On Shale

Can Humor Lighten This Heavy Load?

Sometimes the use of humor will catch people's attention, teach some facts, and reduce the amount of stress around a controversial issue. The tongue in cheek skit below will make you laugh, but think about the truth of what is being done to the land, water and air?

  • According to Fox, there are 450,000 of these gas wells across the country, with a proposal for 100,000 more in New York and 100,000 in Pennsylvania.

Fracking News

North Carolina Fracking News
I just received a phone call from NC Environment asking for another pledge this year.
The gas companies want to do more fracking than ever. In NC a Free testing program, which would identify levels of methane, chemicals and compounds present in the water, is available for land owners and will help the final analysis with facts and figures regarding contaminated drinking water. [See News and Observer ] Because fracking spells shale gas money we have reasons to worry, when people are not top priority.

Pennsylvania Fracking News

Home owners have complained of unexplained illnesses and water discoloration from oil drilling from fracking shale using deadly chemicals. As a precaution, some energy companies have supplied households with bottled water deliveries or potable water storage tanks. Doesn't that tell you something?


What's Happening In Montana?

The Fracking Industry Has Non-Disclosure Protection | A source of national concern by educated citizens and elected officials in all states may have a chance to get full disclosure if a bill sponsored by Bozeman, Montana, Senator Bob Hawks, passes to force the oil and gas industries to disclose all the chemicals used in processing, which at this time is not public information.

What's your opinion? Vote in the Poll Below. Then add your comment to explain.

Does industry have to right to keep their intellectual information secret? Is there a difference between learning what chemicals go into the earth during the fracking process and the ingredients that coka-cola mixes into their secret formula?

Public Citizens, Counties and States Have a Right To Know

Should the proposed disclosure bill pass the Senate?

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Watch the movie, learn the facts, contact your representatives, gather with other activists, pool your resources.
Watch the movie, learn the facts, contact your representatives, gather with other activists, pool your resources.

Gasland The Movie

Local environmental concerns, citizen supported organizations and newspapers have addressed this issue to create awareness and activism. In addition, the movie, Gasland, has been shown around the country as a major effort to get the word out and inform the public.

  • Take Action Suggestions |

Hydraulic fracturing effects the wildlife in national parks and natural areas and a way of life for people living in affected areas. Is the short-term gain of jobs worth the long-term loss of a healthy environment and health of individuals?

  • WordPress Blog Just another reason why I'm skeptical and you should be too. When the former Halliburton CEO is involved we may not get full disclosure of the truth.
  • GovTrack.Us | A website that provides background on government bills. | H.R. 2766: Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009
  • Amend The Safe Drinking Water Act | Another bill opposed by the oil and gas companies that disappeared from public view. |
  • Mitt Watershed Council | "Horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracking will be used to collect this gas, which is different than the hydraulic fracturing techniques historically used in Michigan. This drilling is not only deeper, it also uses substantially more fresh water (millions of gallons rather than up to one hundred thousand gallons) and chemicals. There are many unknowns with respect to the environmental and long-term impacts."

Have you seen Gasland The Movie?

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Dear Texas Girl ~ I'm afraid our representatives have been bought and paid for by big industry. They keep giving away citizen and state's rights by allowing the oil and gas industry to hide behind "proprietary" information. Therefore, all safeguards to environmental protections have been lost. Please gather with other like-minded health and environmental freedom individuals to protest together to representatives. Make your opinions known. Blessings, Debby

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      TexasGirl 4 years ago

      Living in North Texas and experiencing & reading about numerous & frequent, (more than approx 25 over a five week period just recently for example) , EARTHQUAKES, makes me beyond upset....knowing the true underlying (literally), insidious reason is fracking. Im a native Texan (who studied both Geology and Archeology full time for 2 years in an advanced College curriculum - not that it makes me an expert by any means, but I do have more than enough training to see the obvious dangers of fracking), and in all my 44 years here, I've never experienced nor even heard of earthquakes in this area, or Texas as a whole, during any remotely recent history! As a child we had countless tornado drills in school (understandably - being at the southernmost part of "Tornado Alley"), but NEVER earthquake drills! Everywhere I turn here, there's a gas well. That's not much of an exaggeration at all unfortunately. How about 1/4mi away from my home? Throw a rock in any N/S/E/W direction and it will soon hit one as well. There have also been several recent gas explosions in the North Texas area (and possibly other areas of the US and world as well - please post here if it seems to be happening more frequently in your areas). People's houses and or land mysteriously blowing up while near or directly above fracking transport lines below the ground. And yes, lives have been lost. Local news and local governments rarely mention the cause of the explosions. Follow up never seems to become public. Of course, as if frequent, unusual earthquakes and gas explosions aren't the worst of it...The chemical poisoning of the earth and ALL of its inhabitants will have even far more devastating effects. People choose to turn a blind eye and deaf ear ( key word - CHOOSE). Sad as it is to say that. Livestock have gradually all but totally disappeared from countless rural and residential areas mixed with farms/ranches. A few years ago the land was filled with life. Now its left with extreme water shortages (we've had strict rationing in place here for at least 3-4 yrs straight). Heavy rains do not ease this loss, as fracking uses far more, far faster, than can ever be replenished by Mother Nature. OUR Life Force, the Life Force of the PLANET (water) has been, and continues to be, stolen from us and or poisoned at a rate that should alarm the whole of humanity. Ultimately, how much loss of life - man, animal, plant, and planet, does it take before action will be taken. How may generations yet to be born, will endure the catastrophic consequences of those presently walking with heavy, full pockets, power hungry hearts, and minds intentionally shut off in order to free their pursuits, ignore their humanity, and silence their conscience.

      Please take your knowledge and awareness further, in any way that you can, listen to your heart, and DO something. Make a difference NOW, so that the children you see innocently playing today, can choose to fight their own battles later in life, if necessary, rather than carry the monumental weight of our current plight. There is HOPE...but only if EACH person chooses to make at least SOME move in the direction of change for the better. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. UNITED, WITH CLEAR CONSCIENCE. Thank you and blessings to all.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Glenn - Well, I guess I have reached one person. Well water was supposed to be the purest, finest, most filtered water until we began to pollute the water tables from fertilizers, animal waste run-off and now FRACKING gas leaks. Pretty sad. We must be legislatively active, protest and fight against laws allowing big business to buy our voting representatives at every level. Blessings, Debby

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I used to visit a farm where the water came from wells. It was so fresh I wanted to bottle it to take home with me. Those days are disappearing as humans destroy our natural resources. I didn't realize that fracking is so detrimental to the environment. But you have enlightened me.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Truly fascinating information, Tom. I shall read it all and think more about how this could happen. Off the top of my head, I'm wondering about who provides this information and why they tell us certain items at what period in time to who's benefit. Again, thank you for teaching. Blessings, Debby

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      tom hellert 5 years ago from home

      Abiotic means without biologic entities involved-

      Anaerobic means without oxygen-

      For instance

      Production at the oil field, deep in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, was supposed to have declined years ago. And for a while, it behaved like any normal field: Following its 1973 discovery, Eugene Island 330's output peaked at about 15,000 barrels a day. By 1989, production had slowed to about 4,000 barrels a day.

      Then suddenly—some say almost inexplicably—Eugene Island's fortunes reversed. The field, operated by PennzEnergy Co., is now producing 13,000 barrels a day, and probable reserves have rocketed to more than 400 million barrels from 60 million. Stranger still, scientists studying the field say the crude coming out of the pipe is of a geological age quite different from the oil that gushed 10 years ago.

      Vensuela had an estimated 99.7 million barrels of oil in 2007 then in 2009 it jumped to Saudi arabian levels of 240 barrels

      Heres another article on it

      here did it come from- same with US oil reserves they went up---- According to the new report, an updated version of a 2009 paper, the United States’ resources are larger than Saudi Arabia, China and Canada, combined. The report estimates that the U.S. has 163 billion barrels of recoverable oil and enough natural gas to meet the country’s demand for 90 years.

      Read more:

      It makes sense-there could not be a rejuvinating oilor reserves that seem to rise every time we look at em...


      source if the oil was finite

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Tom ~ Some theorists say the oil that used to take millions of years to create from the pressure of sedimentary rock, somehow miraculously in this age can be made through some "abiotic" method? Do you mean anaerobic? Well, show me the money! Yours, Debby

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      tom hellert 5 years ago from home


      There are some theories out there that the oil and gas are created faster and a recharging current reserves in certain aresand that the earth is making the oil ans gas on a daily basis-some of the new theories of oil n gas creation is done via abiotic means AS WELL- meaning the earth is making it... that is an interesting thing for sure


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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Tom ~ Although soil and gas are continually being made, it takes millions of years to produce, which does not match the rate of consumption.

      Did you know that solar powered energy technology has grown to gain not only high output, but also means of storage? In fact, homes resell back to the major electric companies and earn money for home owners.

      I do believe that one day, there won't be other choices, since we will become smarter and dependent upon these renewable, sustainable sources of energy. But, that's just me. :-) Hugs, Debby

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      tom hellert 5 years ago from home


      All the passive energies solar, geothermal and tidal energies are not as advanced in their technology to make it worthwhile or cost effective on a wide scale-besides the solar the other energy systems are too costly to start-up. I also don't think the oil and especially natural gas is a "finite" energy source- I think the earth is constantly "making it". The anoxic conditions that "created" the oil are sworking today as well and the creation of natural gas is easier done because methane is made up of the most abundant elements on the planet. Again to build the homes more efficient is coming as long as it can be done cheaply-I know a new house is more energy specific-efficient than my 154 year old house- The issues with "renewable energies" is that although they are "unlimited" they are rarely constant and never 100% whereas col as and the like can be counted on as more reliable- It does noyt have to be sunny or windy for the "non renewables" . but that's just me


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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hi Tom ~ You then think the drilling can be accomplished safely without detriment to the earth's structure, solidity and foundation, without the use of toxic chemicals, and gas leakage into the water aquifer and the rock formations; as long as an industry employs a cost effective method to remediation after drilling? I wonder if the technology exists for this to happen? I can more likely imagine taking all that R&D funds and devising passive and active solar, plus thermal heat and even small wind resources for local homes and communities. Learning how to build more efficient homes and offices that retain heat in winter and cool air in summer through modifications. This means investing in the small neighborhoods and the development of cooperatives, rather than pinning hopes of energy sources in big industry to harvest limited resources. I may be a dreamer. Blessings, Debby

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      tom hellert 5 years ago from home


      We can do this testing will have to be completed on the front end (pre & post drilling research) and additional drill locationsto make it viable for a known formation then capture radii can be generated there fter... per formation..then that drilling info can be extrapolated thereafter-The only way fracing will change is when someone develops a way to do it as cheaply as they do it now - that includes - post drilling remediation of impacted wells-


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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Tom ~ I appreciate your point of view especially because this area comes from personal experience working the earth. Do you think that a cost effective, safe method of fracking, even if possible will be instituted? What would it take in terms of change in equipment, training, research, and then convincing local, state and federal industry and governments? Would the funds involved be better spent developing other forms of sustainable energy technology? Be well, Debby

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      tom hellert 5 years ago from home


      first off- i still don't believe you are near 58!!!

      secondly I worked for 13+ years in the environmental industry specifically concentrating on subsurface investigation and remediation of the suburface.the key tho injecting anything into the ground is getting what you want injected BACK OUT. when we designed our systems we had to make sure what went in 80-95% had to be recaptured by various means - no only would that be better for the environment - it would be better for the companies- although- the gas capture curve is asymptotic and eventually becomes. i am not the biggest fan of fracing but i am sure- it can be done in ways tht are safer and more cost effective but slower yet less cost effevtive, it may be years to do the right thing-may not come to pass until the subsurface gasses are economical to .


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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Sister ~ As you know, I usually do not allow any links in my comment section. This one exception shall let pass. I do want people to learn more about this oil issue. Love, Debby

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      Barbara 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Hello Sister, I appreciate this hub more and more. I recently wrote one that contains similar sentiments- no surprise! I'd love your comment, when you have time.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Joel ~ Yes, all along the east coast USA, plus in other countries, this important issue gets swept under the rug, since we have so many other political and environmental crisis to handle every day. Do take your time to read through this hub. Learn more. Access the linked resources. Write to your local paper and Congressional representatives. Ohio has this problem. Sincerely, Debby

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      This is a very interesting hub. Fracking is a huge debate going on around here right now. I live in Ohio, and it is currently going on within my county. There are articles in the paper every day. I will admit that I have not been good about keeping up on the news of it, which I regret. I am normally good about staying informed. I will have to catch up and make myself more informed after reading this.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Freya ~ You made my day. To educate is my motivation and reason for writing. Yes. Please check out what is happening in your part of the world. This destruction of the earth is going on in the good old USA and many other countries around the world. Contact your representatives. Give to your local environmental advocacy group. Call a friend. Blessings, Debby

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      Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      wow! none of this article presenting I ever heard before. Very interesting. Thank you for widening my knowledge.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Derdriu ~ My admiration for you is immense. Is there a song in that one? Well, it's true. We write about what is important in our world here in the Hub community. ((HUGS)) Debby

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Debby, What a clear, informative, quick way to get current with the fracking trend! As usual, you do a really great job of identifying challenges, disagreements, motivations, players, and resolution. It also is always so great the way you draw readers in by using the poll/quiz capsules. The multi-media light and sound show keep readers similarly involved. The repetition of concepts and concerns in the videos opens reader minds to wider understanding of critical challenges which may not have been completely explained and interpreted previously.

      Thank you for caring and sharing, voted up + all as usual,


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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      We are very close in age! Yes. I am a little older than you.

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      We are Birth sisters in the field then, as I am 58! This means I began studies 40 years ago as well!!

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Story ~ Would you like to be my copy-editor? I see another typo in my earlier comment [read 'hear' and not 'here']. Please keep us informed of progress in your line of work and if you figure out the madness, let us know the 'hidden' good in what certainly appears to be the dark ages.

      I have been hearing about the environment almost 40 years, as my husband developed the "Environment and Technology" department at North Carolina State University. I hate to talk about politics, it just makes a person feel depressed. AND.... you know that is one of the major topics of my hubpages. Don't want to go down that road.

      I'm very thankful to you for your energy work, both physical and personal. blessings, Debby

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Yep, Debby, it is a travesty. I got into environmental issues as a high school senior and actually went to grad school in Energy Resource Management in 1981, hoping to become an information specialist at SERI in Golden, Colorado- Solar Energy Research Institute. Sadly, Carter lost and Reagan diverted all these renewable energy research funds to Silicon Valley. SERI nearly closed its doors, but certainly could not afford to hire me!!! Happily, we now have computers, so we can continue the track on a global scale. Perhaps there is method to what appears madness?

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Story [Sorry that I don't know your name] ~ I agree with every single one of your points here and that is one reason I've written this hub. If I do nothing else, at least I've spoken my peace and informed the public about what is happening in our country.

      If you read some of my other articles, you will definitely know that I conserve, reduce, recycle and practice sustainability. We vote with our pocketbook and that makes a huge statement. I've been screaming from the rooftops since the 1970s when our country had long gas lines and we needed to stick with the program to develop and institute environmental practices to make this country energy independent.

      I do believe we have the technology, but look at what happened! Can you believe not too long ago we went from the fuel efficient Volkswagens to the gas guzzling Hummer and SUV. Of course, we also need to manufacture more products at home, instill pride in our skills and build towns and cities that create community.

      We have a long way to go. This article does not intentionally pick on any industry, however, those making the rules, have the influence, drive the industry and government must take a step back and work toward a better future, not to the first quarter and profit margin as the ultimate goal.

      I want to thank you so much for jumping into this discussion. We need all voices. Blessings, Debby

      P.S. Thank you also for informing us about fracking in your location. I was shocked to here about the fracking going on around the world in Canada, British Columbia, Quebec, Wales UK, Sydney Australia, Karoo, South Africa, Nova Scotia, New Zealand, New Brunswick, Botswana, and Rhine - Westphalia Germany. This does not concern only America, but the whole world.

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Ps edit- gestation lasts 40 weeks, not months.

      PSPS Here is a link to one of many articles on the Wyoming situation:

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Hello Debby, first I have to say my husband works in the oil industry. That being said, I have been attacked in my hubs for not supporting what my husband does to keep our family in food and college. When we met in grad school, we were both into solar. But then Carter lost and the energy field narrowed to oil and gas and coal... So yes, he got a job in non-renewables.

      I know something about fracking and as you note from where the writers of this disclosure legislation originate, i.e., two reps from my state of Colorado, there are lots of concerns about it here. Last week, Wyoming's Wind River Basin reported a study showing people in that state were becoming ill due to fracking leaks. I don't know if you are following this or not, but I asked a geologist about it and there, the problem is shallow wells. These tend to be more difficult to regulate, as there are surface ponds that hold the water that comes up and out of the well.

      The industry is working on methods to eliminate chemicals from the process. Yes, I believe they do know the problem, but have been so enthused about another issue- lessoning our dependence on foreign oil. There are definitely jerks in every industry, and greed, etc. But there are also guys in the oil business who got into the industry like my husband because they loved the land- geologists, geophysicists, who loved rocks, etc.

      So consider this, we are all part of the greed contained within this industry. If gas goes up at the pumps, do we rejoice and say, Yay! We are paying more because getting oil out of the ground in the US costs more than imported oil from the Middle East or Venezuela? Nope. We think with our pocket books and blame the oil industry for our dependancy. Are we willing to forego driving or flying or plastics or... check out this list of products we enjoy, made from petroleum:

      Okay, so am I saying I am ignoring the fact that we are polluting our country, causing global warming, destroying our beautiful earth? Nope, not saying that either. I agree with the legislation and the push to make oil and gas companies reveal their chemicals. I support alternative energy sources and pray every day that oil will become so expensive these sources will become viable- low cost oil immediately discourages the development of alternative sources. Because the public stops caring once gas prices go down!!! Again, we live in a me,me,me world! Blame someone else, forget about the world situation, just give me cheap gas so I can carry on living as I choose. I have a right, etc.

      I love your hub. I love your perspective. It is all so simple, when we can blame Big Oil for polluting water. But as much as your words lighten my heart and remind me that there are still activists in the world, who believe as I once did that it was someone else making the problem, I know the problem is mine and yours until we stop driving or using any of the products mentioned in the link.

      Taking responsibility for this, and caring for others like those in Wyoming who are suffering health issues so that WE can drive... well, I thank God for legislators like Diane DeGette who put forward legislation like the one you listed above. And I encourage everyone to call their Reps and Senators to make sure it passes, above the heads of powerful lobbyists.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Dear Nature ~ I'm sorry to hear this has spread to your fair country. Bad enough with the earthquakes and the natural disasters. Why do they have to contribute to ruining our fair earth? Fight back! Tell others and vote with your voice. Love, Debby

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      natures47friend 6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Brilliant hub... our NZ govt wants to start fracking in 2012 outside our coast. We are not happy about it as our fresh water aquifers have nothing added to the water at all. They are saying its in shale and should be 'SAFE'. Its money money. I bet the prime minister John Key has never seen the gaslands

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello BWD ~ I only wrote this hub due to the inferences in my mind of these two coincidental occasions. I turn to prayer and the messages in the bible for inspiration. Perhaps we can find answers to our problems in this well of water. However, it is up to humanity to take the right path and make ethical choices to be stewards of the earth. Blessings, Debby

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      Brian Dooling 6 years ago from Connecticut

      very informative hub and interesting start coming with the religious aspect. Fracking as become a huge issue over the past few years and will only become more of an issue in the future as more companies turn to natural gas, especially Marcellus shale in the Eastern United States. Many argue that fracking does not do anything to ground water or aquifers however all these studies are in theory and not in practice. A study out of the UK even links fracking to small earthquakes! voted up!

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Laurens ~ Thank you for this news. I have updated the blog to include Montana activity. Sincerely yours, Debby

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hi Hannah ~ This issue is a must read for anyone interested in the environment and safe energy resources. Everyone can contact their representatives to have their say. Blessings, Debby

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, that was interesting and an eye opener. That is bad. Thank you for pointing it to us.

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      LAURENS WRIGHT 6 years ago

      I just read where the Flathead Valley of Montana has the same oil deposits as North Dakota. Coming to the conclusion, this would mean the same fracking procedures would be used also. The Glacier National Park and the Flat Head Valley has some of the best water in the water for the moment.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Shea

      Keep searching for like minded people. There are many groups in your area. Check meet-ups dot com. Use the links on this page to learn what's happening and support environmental organizations. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, love, Debby

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      Debby, I've been reading a lot about fracking in the NJ DE area... and apparently no one really wants people to know about the dangers of fracking. When ever I mention anything about environmental issues, people say, oh another tree-hugger... ot American was build by free enterprise... This planet was given to us, and we should care for her. It's the moral and ethical thing to do.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Bob ~ I appreciate the passion you have for this environmental issue. I did not realize this was happening in the U.K. as well. Please keep us informed. Blessings, Debby

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      A desperate world led by greedy people tries to grab the last of the fossil fuel from the Earth by this criminal process. They know full well it contaminates water table, rivers and streams. And that it causes dangerous land subsidence. It is only marginally profitable, but still they carry on.

      We have this in Britain now and there was an outcry in the House of Commons two weeks ago about it. The jury is out on what will happen, but, as usual, I suspect 'big money" will get its filthy way.

      You have written a marvellous article about this dangerous industry...Bob