Thursday, January 21, 2010

Frack: it's not just a faux swear word anymore

According to the natural gas industry, "fracking", a process of extracting hard-to-reach gas reserves by forcefully pumping a mixture of water and chemicals into the ground to break up layers of rock and force the gas out, is perfectly safe. Apparently the gallons and gallons of water and chemicals just magically disappear once they've served their purpose. The don't make their way into our drinking water, or pollute nearby waterways, or damage any of the creatures living in the area.

And just for a little morning laugh to lighten up your day, there's this gem:

"We have no evidence that hydraulic fracturing is causing problems," says Lee Fuller, vice president of government relations for the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Without evidence of problems, he says there's no reason to pile on more regulation.
"I think people need to have more faith in the regulatory agencies that are watching it very closely and their ability to respond to issues if they arise," says Fuller.
Right. There's no evidence of problems because the practice is relatively new, and no doubt the industry has done it's best to prevent any research from being done that would serve as evidence of a problem. And I should have more faith in the regulatory agencies that your industry has in it's pocket? Really?!? Are you kidding me?

Smells like a fracking load of bull to me.

Just sayin.'

Sources here and here.

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