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What is This Freakin' Frackin'?
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.