Fracking. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a popular curse word, doesn”t it? With reason.
Fracking is the process of using fluid pressure to crack the bedrock which makes up the earth”s core in the hope of releasing natural gas or oil. While that may sound perfectly innocent to some people, those living with the results of the process have a different story to tell.
While “hydraulic” may suggest water, the truth is that the fluid injected into the ground (and our groundwater) is usually made up of a cocktail of unknown chemicals. The recipe for the process is protected under the moniker of “trade secret”. Recently into some local streams, causing a small evacuation. Preliminary reports are inconclusive about any damage to the ecosystem, but it”s hard to imagine there will be no effect.
In towns where this process is taking place, people are reporting that they are able to set their tap water on fire. This is attributed to high levels of methane from the fracking wells. CNN reports on the phenomenon, as seen in this clip:
Corporate interests and the media who kowtow to them would like us to believe that Fracking is perfectly natural. They point out that methane is not even something the EPA regulates in drinking water, so clearly there is nothing to worry about. However, the evidence being gathered from towns near the drilling sites is telling another story. Would YOU drink flammable water?
Some people have even tried to greenwash the process, claiming it is a safe alternative to drilling for oil. Please do not fall for the doublespeak. Fracking is creating untold and unknown issues that may have devastating effects on our water supply for years to come. If you would like to know more, please check out the movie Gaslands, watchable on Netflix, or available on dvd here.
You can also sign the petition against fracking here.