Sunday, June 17, 2012
To frack or not to frac, that is the question
Here is a link that explains hydraulic fracturing technology and responds to some of the questions and criticism of fracturing 2012. This 2011 video of Cornell professor Tony Ingraffea is an hour and 45 minutes in length, but contains a lot of information about myths and truths of the "fracking" debate.
The oil and gas industry tells us that methane which causes people to be able to light their tap water on fire is a naturally occurring phenomenon, even when the people whose water quality has been compromised continually testify their water was clean until the point of horizontal drilling using hydraulic fracturing technology.
Colorado has over 50,000 oil and gas wells. Here is a map showing all permitted wells, producing and not producing. Wells which are not presently producing may be up for frac-jobs. Appealing to emotionalism, here is food for thought from the middle of northeast colorado shale country:
Let's hear it for the renewable power of the sun. Let's hear it for clean water for livestock and people. Suffice it to say, living on earth is risky. Farming is radical. Learn what you can about what others are doing to the land we share, and why.
Ask yourself who is accountable.