Remember that fracking thing?

For those of you who don’t, here’s a brief introduction by Halliburton who pioneered the technique.

Fracking-intro

I found a New York Times article from back in May which again aggravated that fracking nerve in me. The nerve that was initially struck by the documentary Gasland.

The article states that president Obama (this is from back in may, don’t know what’s happened since) proposed a law forcing energy companies to specify what chemicals they use in the process of hydraulic fracturing. Great. There should have been a law like that long ago. 

As with every damn thing, the president was forced to make heavy compromises. The law – for example – says that the company only has to disclose what chemicals were used at a particular drilling 30 days AFTER the drilling was done, not 30 days before as the law originally said. Industry officials of course applauded this saying it would speed up the process and decrease paperwork.

How are communities and land-owners supposed to make informed decisions about hydraulic fracturing if they don’t even know what chemicals are being put into the ground around them?

Did you know that at an average fracking facility, 4 million gallons of fluid (water, sand & chemicals) is shot down into the ground. Of these 4 million gallons, some reports say that between 15-70% of the fluid never comes back to the surface again. Most sources seem to say that about 2% of the fluid is made up of chemicals. Using some loose maths, that comes out to 24,000 gallons of chemicals being left in the ground after each frack!!

Article

This just shows how much power lobbyists and the big industries have in Washington, it’s ridiculous. 

Someone should do something about this…

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