As many know, there is a major political fight in this nation and it's about to blow up next month with the new revolution in environmental
regulations set to arrive. These will largely target coal as the following story explains a bit better..
Obama Set to Release New Carbon Regulations
The alternative currently being supported with the clearest enthusiasm outside the minority %'s contributed by renewable energy sources to the
overall power grid is gas. That gas is often now taken in Fracking wells. The problem with fracking wells are two fold for a place like California.
First it shatters rock deep into Earthquake fault areas. Of course, we are assured this won't matter. Okay.. I hope so...
The other problem is more serious for immediate concerns. Water. Fracking takes an enormous amount of water.
EPA Information on Fracking and the Water Cycle
Frackings greatest selling point, in a water challenged area, is also it's greatest problem, IMO. Water taken up to do this isn't cycled back
through to eventually rejoin the natural flows of water it came from, in most cases. Injection wells for waste water and/or back filling the original
well with the waste water is commonly performed now. So, that water isn't coming back.
How Much Water Does It Take to Frack a Well?
Fracturing & Water Stress: Water Demand by the Numbers
^^^ The report on that source appears to be for sale, but the graphics and data used within it aren't, and are available there. It's startling for
where and how much has been lost..and in this case very often, truly LOST...to this process.
Now back to California as a specific example... You may ask yourself... 'Self, where are all these wells? Surely there can't be THAT many around
quake zones??'. Well, self may not answer but I came prepared with eye candy to show just what the scale of this issue is. Remember...water injected
down thousands of feet with the chemicals used in this process is water gone...below the water table. Just Gone.
(GASP!) The legend is below...and those yellow markers hide something below them. Let's turn off that layer and have a closer look, shall we?
The yellow markers are waste water injection wells, as the link shows.
Why California..Why? When the water is draining before your very eyes...Is this the best use of so much of it? Oh and I really hope the geologists are
100% correct about the wells in Earthquake country. (shivers)