Gas Companies are Becoming a Fracking Nuisance

I’ve been wondering something…With all of the things that are on the local and national agendas to discuss why hasn’t the issue of ‘fracking‘ made it to higher up on the list?  Actually, this shouldn’t have to be discussed; it’s actually ridiculous that this situation has been allowed to come so far.  It’s supposed to be a no-brainer that toxins should not be pumped into the ground to pollute our soil and water.

For those who don’t know, fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is in a nutshell, pumping chemicals (the same types used for things like hair bleach and keeping your cars from freezing up during winter) and tons of gallons of (wasted) water into layers of rock in order to extract natural gas.  When those chemicals are pressure pumped into the earth, monitoring and tests have to be performed in order to check for micro-seismic shifts.  OK.  That sounds like we’re leading into a discussion about a whole lot of technical stuff.  This is simpler:

I get a bit touchy on this subject because I spend a lot of time (living out my inner hippie) in a haven in which I get to drink clean well water.  Maybe I’m odd but I try to breathe in country air and drink as much fresh water as I can.  I’m hoping that finding clean water doesn’t become another thing of the past — like prosecuting corporate criminals.   This is an issue that ‘regular folks’ will have to stay on top of and pressure elected officials to do the right thing by the rest of us because the industrial overlords who control what happens will most likely have their own bunkers and protected water supplies ready just in case the water gets too mucky.

I don’t know about you but the idea of having more chemicals in my drinking water doesn’t sit too well with me.  If I want more toxic shit in my system I’d go and eat some of those foul-looking meat wannabe substances being peddled at a whole host of fast food restaurants and wash it down with a drink that has enough acid in it to take rust off a nail.  Here’s my bottom line:  I also don’t want to turn on my faucet and have stuff blow the hell up in my face:

I know a lot of eijits  people think the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should just go away and be de-funded out of existence.  Those are the same people who think that we shouldn’t regulate cancer causing and toxic + greedy businesses — as if having a business is going to matter one bit if the water, air and soil are full of poisons.  Many think that ‘big government’ is a problem but don’t we want to draw the line at clean water, breathable air and a ground beneath us that doesn’t shake because of man-caused earth tremors?  I get it: corporations don’t like to be told what to do because it stunts their growth.  Screw ’em;  I think it’s better that their earnings growth is stunted a little as regulations are in place to protect us from more fracking-induced man-made earthquakes rather than having all of us drink in more crap that will eventually stunt our growth.

On Fox News *NEWS?!? HAHAHAHA!!*, some executives from Halliburton *Modern day robber barons* tried to show that the newest technology is making fracking so frickin’ safe by drinking a new mix of fluids designed to be safer than the current cocktail of benzene and other detergents.  Yeah…um,  OK…  Given their lack of credibility, I’m not impressed.  What I’d like to see is film footage of those same executives puking their guts out or, better yet, that pretty shade of purple their faces will turn right before they start glowing in the dark.  Halliburton says they’re doing things that are good for the environment.  Uh…when has Halliburton, the ultimate war-profiteering corporation, ever been concerned with anything other than their bottom line?  These are the same people who, during the Bush administration, made sure that a loophole was enacted in the law that prevents companies from having to disclose to the EPA all of the toxic chemicals they use in the fracking process.  *Sigh….thanks George Dubbya…you are truly the gift that just keeps on giving…*  *Sigh…*

The current methods of fracking are dangerous. Period.

Nobody can survive for too long drinking water that has been contaminated. Period.

Greedy corporatists are destroying the one home/planet we have.  Period.

Food for thought…

“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”

     ~ Theodore Roosevelt, seventh annual message, 3 December 1907

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.  Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.  Otherwise what is there to defend?”

     ~ Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985  


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