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What is This Freakin' Frackin'?

Updated on November 13, 2012
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Historical Events

We were told that Agent Orange was all right to handle during the Viet Nam War, and look what happened to our soldiers, their future children and the Vietnamese people and their children. A lot of you might not know that there was footage filmed by independent photographers that you may not have seen unless you attended a film festival.

What about the effects of DDT? Eagles became endangered during this time period when it was in use. Why? Their eggshells were too soft and would not hatch, so no babies were being born. Also, it was used to kill weeds on the sides of the road in the country. I don’t know how many teens died of cancer during this time of use, but I can personally say that many of them died that I knew, mostly from leukemia.

How many large oil spills did you hear about? Don’t wonder why many fish and birds died.

Why the Concern?

Now there is fracking, so let me warn you about what has been happening and tell you what the future now holds. For those of you that don’t know what hydraulic fracking is, it is creating fractures in rocks by injecting fluids in cracks to force them to open even more. This process is used for both oil and gas wells.

Now after having seen and heard about Deepwater Horizon’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some analysts are indicating that this is a great onshore alternative. Prior to this spill, some even said that natural gas was a new technological advance through the power of fracking on a large scale, due to the fact that it is less expensive and faster to obtain the product. Be forewarned: it is another disaster about to happen.

One well can require over a million gallons of water, a precious commodity in some states. That must be why Texas is trying to buy water, as it depletes ground water and will take what there is in area creeks. The wastewater that is produced contains high levels of radiation that treatment plants cannot remove.

The Truth of the Matter

The chemicals used for these processes are “trade secrets” in this mix of witch’s brew, and this is honored by many state governments. You will be the first to know if you live in these areas and your health is affected. The fluids that have been recovered have been analyzed and contain toxic levels of chemicals. Been to the doctor lately?

Thanks to a former Vice President(did I say Dick Cheney?), the gas and oil companies involved are exempt from the Clean Air and Safe Drinking Water Acts.

Can you light your drinking water on fire? When the shale shatters due to explosions from fracking, it can and will leak into area wells and other drinking water supplies. Gas will make you sick and can even kill you if the levels are high enough, it just all depends on how quickly it can happen. Anyone have any higher than normal instances of fires anywhere? You can smell the methane gas once it reaches the air and water, and it is a lot more detrimental than carbon dioxide. Producing this fuel is not clean if it damages our other natural resources to get it.

Having lived in one of the 28 drill states, Pennsylvania, I saw first hand some of these sites. They smell bad, the ground is torn up, and the trees are destroyed. The chemicals leaching in the area also create barren land where nothing grows any more. Birds and animals are forced out of their habitat and killed on the roads. Is this progress or destruction? You tell me. Oh, and make sure that your life insurance is paid, as your family might need it.

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think the money issue plays the biggest part, as they always do these things where they don't live. They'd rather tear up the earth and destroy animal habitat. Mother earth is paying us back for the error of our ways now, I think, with all the strange climate changes that we are seeing now, for we are poisoning it.

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      Barbara Badder 

      5 years ago from USA

      They are fracking in Michigan not far from where we are living. People fought it, but the state just won't listen. They took state forest and cut down tons of lumber to just make paths for their trucks and equipment. Congress and the governor are the ones that should get cancer over this, not the rest of us. Their attitudes must be anything for jobs and money. I'm angry about it.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Letitia, what you said is so right. All this is is a money-maker for just a few people, while the rest of the people and the earth suffers.

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      LetitiaFT 

      6 years ago from Paris via California

      Freakin' Frackin' is right. Between the chemicals used, the use of precious water, and the unknown consequences of fracturing all that rock, it's sick. Not to sound paranoid, but I'm very concerned at the prospect of finding those who originally allowed these companies to evade the clean air and water act and who already run the world from backstage, sending our boys to die for their big oil interests, being back center stage. Thanks for shining the spotlight on one of their evil doings.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Pollyannalana, you have a very valid point. How many years was Lowes selling drywall from China with poison in it?

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      Pollyannalana 

      6 years ago from US

      I bet we have no clue what all has been done in experimentation by our government all that have died, human and animal as a result. It is really hard for me to drink water store bought, boiled, frozen...I really trust none of it and I will never trust government. All these rules they have to keep anyone here from being able to have businesses and they let China continue to poison us!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The more people that we reach, unknown spy is the more people that will get on the bandwagon, as they know what they are fighting against. We just have to keep educating.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you for your well wishes, Nell. As soon as we all becoe educated about these goings-on, then will we be able to say no to the government, because we UNDERSTAND...

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      oh my..Deb, this is very amazing hub. it raises awareness in each people's mind. Fracking is really a sick thing to do. One day, people will realized what they've done but its already too late.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      I had only heard the term fracking recently, now I know what it is and I am disgusted, I am sick and tired of people forgetting the environment, animals birds etc, let alone us, kill the planet, but hey they don't care, great information, nell

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Many of us feel this way, Hyphen. It disgusts me, too.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I surely hope so, Mhatter. We have been used to propaganda for so long, though, I think it is a fact of life.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, gamby. Disaster is correct. We will never understand why money is more important than our living space. Without it, we will have nothing.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, Billy. These people want to keep us in the dark, which is a common practice. When I hear "trust me," that is an indicator not to do so.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Not only that, CC, this really began in 1947. If they have been trying to get it "right" this long, what's the excuse?

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is such a terrible problem. It will have consequences for generation and the government just doesn't care. It makes me angry that our planet and lives are being destroyed for the almighty dollar.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this report. I hope it raises some awareness.

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      gamby79 

      6 years ago

      It is good that you are bringing this to people's attention. I have only heard of fracking in the last ten years and although the big oil companies, etc..may think it's a solution, having already widely put the practice to use, it is indeed another disaster. When will we start treating Mother Earth with the respect she deserves? We should leave her better than we found her.

      Rated up!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And the insanity continues! I am aware of this particular practice, and I am aware of how clueless most are concerning its dangers, and I am aware that if this nation of sheeples doesn't stand up and voice loudly their concerns our problems are going to get bigger. This whole process disgusts me.

      Thank you for raising awareness!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Love, love, love this hub. I'm going to share it on the facebook "HubLuv" page. Fracking is a sick practice that rich corporations employ to take shortcuts. It makes me want to scream when they say that "mountain top removal" and "fracking" bring people jobs. Well, when we have a dead planet, there will be no more jobs because it won't matter. Oh, our human ways of not caring about this planet are going to catch up with us and we only need to be sympathetic and more respectful - and so much of this nonsense can be averted. This is a hot, controversial topic, but I love your approach here. Kudos for writing it. Hubhugs! Tweeted this, too.

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