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FRACK IS WHACK: 5 Reasons Natural Gas Won't Be An Environmental and Economic Savior


Environment  (tags: Fracking, frack is whack, activism, activists, destruction, ecosystems, green, conservation, water, pollution, nature, habitat, habitatdestruction, energy, pollution, wildlife, healthconditions )

Cal
- 595 days ago - alternet.org
We aren't going to be able to drill our way out of the climate crisis without creating an even bigger mess in the process



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ellen m. (233)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:06 am
Preaching to the choir here...
It's the damned climate change denying lawmakers, and those that have either want to line their pockets (or are beholding to those that do) who are the big problem here.
We already know corporation involved can and will do anything they can do no matter who it hurts...

Like old men sending the young to fight their wars, they have little to lose... T
Thanks Cal
 

lee e. (114)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:36 am
Thanks for posting this, I just returned home to NYC after protesting fracking in Albany during the State of the State - there were more than 2000 of us greeting our legislators and the governor as they entered "the Egg" to listen and deliver, although it was excluded from his speech, I'm sure it made an impression! This is dangerous business for the state, the country and the planet!
 

ellen m. (233)
Friday January 11, 2013, 9:04 am
Way to go Lee! ♥
 

Christeen Anderson (471)
Friday January 11, 2013, 3:43 pm
So true. Please say no to fracking. Thank you.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday January 11, 2013, 4:55 pm
noted and noted
 

Ro ck H. (254)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:54 pm
In my opinion we will see class action lawsuits in the future against these fracking companies for their destruction to our drinking water supplies and possibly also the health related issues of those that were drinking the rural water supplies before learning their wells had become contaminated.

This will be a major issue in the future and we currently have barely scratched the surface of learning the full ramifications of using this technology. Our politicians are unlikely to stop this until it is too late unless we make it clear to them in loud voices that we don't want the fracking company's money or their technology.

Thanks for posting this Cal!
 

kathleen benbow (3)
Friday January 11, 2013, 7:31 pm
Like a lot of things that seemed like a good idea at the time, drilling for natural gas strikes me as a short-term solution to an ongoing fuel situation that has us now scrambling for a more bioethical way to deal with this mess. If more of our politicians could see past the corporate mentality of this business and realize that there have to be more enviromentally-friendly, sustainable ways to meet our needs, we might have half a chance. If we're going to be good stewards of the planet God gave us, let's get busy.
 

Tammy Taylor (12)
Friday January 11, 2013, 7:40 pm
Well said kathleen benbow (3) ... you just took the words right out of my mouth!
 

Elizabeth Aldam (278)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:21 pm
Usually what corporations perceive as good is not good for the enviroment...pity corporations fail to perceive they are also part of that envirioment they harm so recklessly...
 

John B. (215)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:22 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Tara Lohan. Natural gas production is the short or long term solution to our energy problem as it will only add to the destruction of the environment. Only sustainable green energy is the answer and we much redouble our efforts in getting our elected officials onboard. Read and noted.
Kathleen, Rock, Lee~green star coming your way.
 

Paul Girardin (140)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:59 pm
Noted!
 

Nimue P. (233)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:36 am
Noted.
 

Deborah Hubbard (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:29 am
The world needs water more than nonrenewable energy. Fracking pollutes groundwater. WED.
 

Yvette S. (30)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:09 am
noted
 

Ro H. (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:16 am
ty
 

Pat A. (117)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:29 am
Isn't methane something like 25 times as dangerous to the Ozone Layer as CO2 when it escapes from the natural deposits on the sea floor? (the more the sea warms the more this will continue to happen - and it is explosive!).
 

John Gregoire (255)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:49 am
Thanks Lee and others. It's so nice to know that e have active supporters in NYC. Here in the finger Lakes we are too damn close to the action and have already been invaded by the support troops. Schlumbarger built a huge support facity outside of Elmira and on top of what was an Audubon Important Bird Area!
 

Sandra M Z. (114)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 9:09 am
One of our two local PBS stations appear to love fracking, I'd like to see their donor list as of late.

Noted, Thank you Cal.
 

lee e. (114)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 9:17 am
Yes Pat, methane naturally escapes from the shale as it is fractured as do Benzene (a known carcinogen) and Radon as well as radiation, it isn't the fuel itself per se that is dangerous, except that NYC is building pipelines to bring it into the city, which leads me to believe it's a fait accomplis -- these pipes are operable 24/7 and have been noted to cause extensive damage from explosions, that though rare have occurred! The pipeline (Spectra) is going under the Hudson from NJ - and ending by the "village" at 14 'St - a simiar explosion as what occurred in CA about 4 years ago would cause devastation to a 15 block radius - which includes playgrounds and dwellings. Also the ventilation in most apartments is inadequate to deal with the Radon that is more prevalent in fracked natural gas! Kust saying!
 

Jude Hand (59)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 11:12 am
I'm learning as much reading many of the comments. Thanks for the article and the comments, all!
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:27 pm
Noted , thanks !
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:35 pm
Thanks Cal. This kind of post needs much more publicity.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 1:01 pm
Noted.
 

Muriel Servaege (45)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 3:06 pm
Noted.
 

Aaron Bouchard (127)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:08 pm
Noted thanks
 

Barbara J. (9)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:13 pm
I completely oppose fracking. Why doesn't anyone ask what might happen to the earth/soil when a compound that is part of the natural composition is extracted and depleted.
 

kathleen benbow (3)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:48 pm
There are so many intelligent comments about this issue. It's nice to know so many people care about the impact our short-sightedness is having on what kind of planet we're leaving our children. Now..how do we go about getting our elected officials and the folks with deep pockets to actually do something?
 

Trish K. (93)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:09 pm
This is not the 1940's haven't we learned anything about poisoning water ? Sorry Whitney but Frack is Whack.
 

Don Schwarz (5)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:43 pm
Noted. Thanks Cal.
 

ellen m. (233)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 7:26 pm
Lee is correct Pat..
This didn't have fracting in the equation, but a few years ago a house I lived in had a pipe from the kitchen sink break from the main sewage pipe in our basement.
The result was food scraps, draino, you name it going into the dirt "pad", with access to open vents...l
I even had CT scan for chest pain before we found it, and they culdn't find any problem.
Nce detected the pipe was fixed, we moved.
And shortly after I had to start taking Spereva daily..all from methane expsure on a much smaller scale than what this damn fracking will do.
 

rene davis (74)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 11:54 pm
Fracking is Freaking me out!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 12:59 pm
Thanks Cal--great info in this article. The biggest news was that Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co. is the 1st major ins. co. to say it won't cover damages related to fracking, because, "...exposures presented by hydraulic fracturing are too great to ignore." Risks are now prohibited for 5 different types of coverage. This should be huge news and begin to spawn some major lawsuits. The initiation of these lawsuits could possibly put a "hold" on any fracking presently occurring. I really hope some good lawyers get ahold of this soon, and make it public for all the world to see! (Thinking of those commercials, we'll see if Nationwide really is "on our side").

Basket of stars to Lee for taking great action!
 

Amanda Reynolds (2)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 8:54 pm
Fracking is not the answer. White house petition to bring the attention of fracking to congress. Must make a white house petition login. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/ repeal-legislation-making-oil-and-natural-gas-comp anies-exempt-safe-drinking-water-act/d9SB9kfw
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:49 am
Thanks
 
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