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4 New Fracking Victories to Improve Your Day

4 New Fracking Victories to Improve Your Day

While most of the news we’ve heard about fracking in recent years has been horrible, the tides may finally be turning. It seems that communities, politicians and even juries are now speaking out against the dangerous practice. Here are four fracking updates from the past month that can provide environmentalists with a sense of optimism:

1. Cities Are Moving to Preemptively Ban Fracking

Despite the gas industry eyeing California as a place for drilling, the state’s first municipality has decided to preemptively ban fracking. By a unanimous vote, the Beverly Hills city council agreed that fracking was dangerous to the environment and its residents and that it should not be permitted within city limits.

Some have criticized the fact that an affluent city is simply pushing fracking off to poorer areas instead. However, councilmember John Mirsch insists that their hope is to lead the way and inspire others to get rid of fracking. “This is not a ‘not in my backyard issue’ – it shouldn’t be in anyone’s backyard,” he said.

Leaders from other nearby cities attended the council meetings in the hopes of bringing the same information to their own respective governing bodies. Among these cities is Los Angeles, which is currently working on a similar proposal to ban fracking in the nation’s second largest city.

 

2. Ohio Is Finally Listening to the Research on Fracking-Caused Earthquakes

After a series of minor earthquakes shook Ohio 11 times in the past couple of months, state researchers looked into finding the source of the earth’s unrest. In a surprisingly unprecedented move, Ohio state officials declared a direct causation between fracking and the quakes. “Geologists believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown micro-fault in the area,” announced an official press release.

Although the geologists are not able to say with 100% certainty that fracking is causing the shakes, they feel quite confident in the link. Confident enough, in fact, that Ohio is taking preliminary measures to prevent subsequent quakes. Not only will new fracking wells not be forbidden in the area that has experienced seismographic activity, but the existing drilling in the area has also been suspended.

 

3. Congress Is Starting to Call Out the EPA’s Lack of Action

Seeing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been notoriously lax in enforcing regulations, eight members of Congress are calling on the agency to both “investigate and address” the quality of water in fracking communities in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming. Headed by Democratic Representative from Pennsylvania Matt Cartwright, the members of Congress claim that “a lack of enforcement [has] forced  communities living in and near to heavily drilled areas to pay the price for the boom.”

Although the EPA originally found that fracking was ruining local drinking water supplies, it never officially concluded its investigations, thereby failing to improve standards for the fracking industry. The politicians’ goal is to prevent the EPA from idly standing by and intentionally not holding gas companies accountable for their destruction.

 

4. Victims of Fracking Win Big in Court

This past week marked the major legal victory in favor of a family being harmed by nearby fracking activity. A jury awarded the Parr family of Decatur, Texas about $3 million for their suffering due to irresponsible activities by Aruba Petroleum.

Shortly after wells went up close to the Parr’s home, the entire family began experiencing strange health problems, including nausea, rashes, nosebleeds, sight and memory impairment. Lisa Parr’s doctor identified 20 toxic, petroleum-based chemicals in her body. Furthermore, the Parrs’s pets and livestock started to mysteriously die, and their neighbors got sick, as well.

While there have been similar cases settled outside of court, this is the first time a jury has declared fracking dangerous to people’s health, which will hopefully set a precedent. Meanwhile, Aruba Petroleum maintains that it caused no harm to the Parr family and that the company will appeal the verdict.

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4:34PM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

If the EPA isn't doing their job, disband it.

6:26PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Ignore David F. He's a shill for the fracking barons. There's technology to do what fracking does but the companies involved don't care how many die for their profits. The price people will pay for the Gas Barons' greedy destruction will be in the trillions.. you can't even quote a price for irreparable environmental damage that destroys life for millions of years. if you want to put it caps, the only solution is ELIMINATE FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES.

6:00PM PDT on May 20, 2014

I hope the dangers of fracking are finally coming to people's attention.

8:14PM PDT on May 1, 2014

Fracking clean natural gas has single handed replaced coal use in US power plants by 23% since 2011. Proportionately reducing coals sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions by the same. Environmentalist that desire to protect the planet should be supporting this relatively new deep earth technology. There far to many gullible “useful idiots” (Karl Marx) that believe whatever they hear on the socialist state networks.

8:12PM PDT on May 1, 2014

From 2003-08, shortly before the fracking revolution took hold, the price of natural gas averaged about $7.20 per million BTUs. By 2012 after new drilling operations exploded across the U.S.—from West Texas to Pennsylvania to North Dakota—the increase in natural gas production had slashed the price to $2.80 per million BTUs.
Thanks to the lower price for natural gas, families saved roughly $32.5 billion in 2012. (That's 7.4 billion MMBTUs of residential use of natural gas times the $4.40 reduction in price.) The windfall to all U.S. natural gas consumers—industrial and residential—was closer to $110 billion. This is greater than the annual income of all of the residents in 14 states in 2011. The poor thank big oil and fracking, even though they don’t have a clue why. (thank the state media)

8:11PM PDT on May 1, 2014

FRACKING Saves millions of birds, enriches the poor, enriches the middle class, enriches the rich. Finances the Government, Finances education, finances healthcare, finances the military, finances disease research, employs millions in the USA, removes mercury and sulfur from out environment. Heats and cools all homes, Restrains foreign aggression, Restrains countries that jail rape victims and harbor terrorist. Feeds the hungry. It’s far more likely that your son or grandchildren will die in a worthless, un-solvable war in the middle East over energy, then a single glass of water being contaminated by Fracking. Save the environment.
I LOVE FOSSILE FUELS.

3:43PM PDT on May 1, 2014

Good to hear something positive for a change.

1:35AM PDT on May 1, 2014

Great news! Thanke you.

8:40PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Revamp the EPA ASAP, as they are only servants to Big filthy planetary trashing 0il and Gas, Monsanto, Factory Farms of Torture and Disease and a host of other really fun and loverly corporations that really seem to be dead set on destroying us and our planet as quickly as possible.

5:21PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

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