Fracking for natural gas is turning America the Beautiful into a toxic hell! So, the story goes that presents this map. In the map you can see
America's rivers in blue and shaded in red are the Fracking areas.
One thing to note about the map is that not all areas are fracked, but fracking is within them, and also, NY state is shown in red because fracking
may starting there soon. The map is from the documentary Gasland.
and drink water map shows where you shouldn't drink the water
In the link, there are a couple of videos about the dangers of fracking to our water supply. Here are some other links.
Four states confirm water
pollution from drilling
This one is from January of this year printed in the USA Today.
The AP found that Pennsylvania received 398 complaints in 2013 alleging that oil or natural gas drilling polluted or otherwise affected
private water wells, compared with 499 in 2012. The Pennsylvania complaints can include allegations of short-term diminished water flow, as well as
pollution from stray gas or other substances. More than 100 cases of pollution were confirmed over the past five years.
Also from this USA Today article;
Extracting fuel from shale formations requires pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to break
apart rock and free the gas. Some of that water, along with large quantities of existing underground water, returns to the surface, and it can contain
high levels of salt, drilling chemicals, heavy metals and naturally occurring low-level radiation.
But some conventional oil and gas wells are still drilled, so the complaints about water contamination can come from them, too. Experts say the most
common type of pollution involves methane, not chemicals from the drilling process.
Here are more links;
OK town sues over toxic water
Dangerous levels of methane in PA town's water
Study finds levels of methane in TX water after EPA gives all clear
I could go on with the links...if you want to read more, just google "fracking water contamination"
But, you must check this one out Dangers of Fracking
Now, here's a little of my own opinion on this matter.
It may be the biggest mystery in the history of mankind. What could that be, you ask? What was the cause of the worldwide methane gas increase in
According to a study done at MIT in 2008, researchers were baffled that methane began increasing again after it had leveled off for nearly 10 years,
from about 1997 until 2007. They were originally baffled that it had stopped rising in the 90’s, but even more mystified when it started rising
Here’s why it was such a mystery. The guys at MIT said that when the levels started to increase, it was on a worldwide scale. It started rising in
both hemispheres. They said that it should have started in the northern hemisphere, where most methane production occurs, such as aquaculture,
wetlands, livestock and landfills, and then over the course of a year, the methane would spread into the southern hemisphere. But, that didn’t
happen. The increasing methane levels were the same throughout.
Levels of greenhouse gas methane begin to rise again
According to the MIT report, methane levels had more than tripled since pre-industrial times (the mid 1700’s) and that accounted for about 20% of
human contribution to global warming. Researchers assumed that after the rate of emission leveled off in the late 1990’s it had balanced out with
its rate of destruction in the atmosphere.
Mysteriously, methane release jumped all at once, adding a million metric tons of gas to the atmosphere. At first, they thought that it may have been
because there were exceptionally warm temperatures throughout 2007 over Siberia creating more bacteria from wetlands. Well, this still wouldn’t
explain the rise in methane emissions from the southern hemisphere.
One suggestion by the MIT researchers is that there was a drop in hydroxyl radicals that mitigate methane release and keep it all balanced. But, they
say that this would still result in a rise in the southern hemisphere.
Of course, after further studies, they came out in a report the following year saying it was “probable” that these new methane emissions were a
natural earth cycle. This is what scientists have to do. When they can’t figure something out, they do the next best thing to appear in control.
They come up with something, such as this “probable” natural earth cycle. It makes them feel better, but the fact remains that this wasn’t
“probably” natural. The levels of methane remained the same for over 400,000 years prior to the industrial times when it started rising in the
1750’s. At this time, mankind started burning coal and we started creating landfills.
It took nearly 250 years for the levels to triple from around 250 ppb to over 700 ppb. Then it suddenly leveled off for a decade. Then, in 2007, it
skyrocketed. In what took 250 years took only 7 years this time around…methane levels tripled again. Now, the levels are over 2,000 ppb.
Why did this happen? That is the greatest mystery in the history of mankind.
I have an opinion. What major change has occurred in our world prior to 2007?
In 2005, George Bush signed into law the Clean Water Act that allowed fracking to begin. How many hundreds of thousands of wells were drilled in that
short period of time between 2005 and 2007, or 08 or beyond? And how many were left abandoned and not even used?
It was said that fracking was supposed to be cleaner than coal and in order for that to happen, oil and gas companies could only lose up to 3% of the
methane extracted from below or it would be worse than coal. Well, guess what, numerous studies, including admissions from the EPA, have proven now
that they are losing more than 3% and it ranges all the way up to 9%. This is gas that is supposed to be captured, but it is "fugitive" and is
escaping before they capture it. This is just the gas during the extraction process, not to mention how much gas escapes when these sights are first
Fracking was supposed to be our savior, cutting down carbon emissions from coal use. Well, the one thing they ignored in these original studies was
methane, a far worse threat to our atmosphere than carbon because it is 25 times more efficient at trapping the sun's heat. It's like carbon was a
sheet over the planet and now we've thrown a quilt on top of that. Not good at all!