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You Have to See It to Believe It: What It's Like to Have Fracking in Your Backyard

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Residents in industry-friendly West Virginia share their experiences, photos and videos

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Christeen A (368)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:48 am
Fracking must be stopped. Let's keep working together to get this accomplished. Thank you.

Sue H (7)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:01 am
Frightening. Just Say NO to Fracking, the rape and plunder of our planet !

Alice C (1797)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 10:04 am
No more fracking Thanks for this post Cal ~ Have a wonderful weekend.

lee e (114)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 10:30 am
Several people have no idea that imminent domain includes resources that may exist on your property - the state has "rights" to the resources" that may exist beneath your soil - whether or not you "own" the property!
Although most have willingly sold out to the corporations directly thinking that the money is more important and that the anti-frackers are only spouting off - most find out too late!
We've got to ban fracking world wide!
I shared this article on f/b - thanks Cal

Winn A (179)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 10:40 am
OMG - I say NO to fracking throughout the world.

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 12:19 pm
Most of the complaints appear to center around the trucks. What happens in rural communities if/when a factory opens? Are there comparable shipping-volumes and if so, are there comparable problems?

Darlene W (303)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 12:40 pm
So agree with lee e. ===. The only thing that needs to be fracked is the government and all the money hungry corporations that are destroying Mother Earth. I have also shared much info on this topic and urge everyone to do their homework and do what you can to stop this horrendous fracking everywhere. GOD BLESS everyone who loves Mother Earth and frack the rest of you who don't.

lee e (114)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:32 pm
I wanted to respond to Stephen B – Many are ignorant of the fact that aside from the ill effects to people and wildlife, ranging from water poisoning to brain lesions and a rise in cancers in surrounding areas, due to the concoctions that the industry uses within its mix – there are hundreds of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals included in the fracking water, as well as millions of gallons of water and sand per well, requiring of necessity a 24/7 heavy vehicular traffic. Most people are ignorant of this particular fact and are shocked and dismayed by the noise pollution, the damage these vehicles are doing to existent roadways, the pollutants of the vehicles, the deforestation to create access roads, and the fact that the vehicles carrying these waste products from and the chemicals to, are not required to identify the contents of their vehicles as “HAZ-MATS” because in 2005 the oil folks aka bush/cheney exempted the industry from clean air safe water acts! (they knew what they were preparing for)!
So yes – the surprise to many was the horrific traffic introduced to some dormant, quiet little villages.
I would like to mention that a recent study conducted by U.of Colorado, found that within a half mile radius of each well there was significantly higher incidence of Asthma found especially among children.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:35 pm
Thank you for enlightening the public! What will happen when there is no more clean water, or soil. How many birds, cattle, and other animals have to die before people understand just how deadly fracking is to humans and the planet? (N, P, T)

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:43 pm
There must be a worldwide ban on fracking heaven knows what its all going to cause in the long run

Jason S (50)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:01 pm
good posting, thanks

Katrina & Willi D (90)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:26 pm
There has been fracking in Northeast Ohio, I has caused Earthquakes and they say it will continue for years! Pretty Scarey!!! No Fracking!! It's a mess, ruins the environment! Our precious drinking water, rivers,animals,plants, our food, Everything!! Chemicals are drilled and forced into the ground under great pressure, yes something will happen!! We will not Benefit in any way from this fracking it will be shipped out of the country!

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:05 am

Sherri G (128)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:33 am
Thanks Cal keep as much information on fracking in the public eye as you can. Poor West Virginia you are destined to have no state left after the Corporations get through with you. Robert Kennedy Jr. did a lot to stand with the Coal River Mountain residents to stop strip mining. Mr. Kennedy has a lot of information on the legal loop holes being used by Halliburton and similar corporations are using to steal, pollute, contaminate, and otherwise ruin the water residents drink, the air they breathe, the chemicals they ingest, and the environment they ruin. I urge anyone facing the threat of fracking in their state to solicit Robert Kennedy Jr's help. Lee's insight is very informative too.

Summerannie M (48)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:36 am
OMG thanks,

Lynn D (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:51 am
Horrible, thanks for posting for us!

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:58 am
The fracking of Mother Earth devastates her children.

We cling to her and cry, then pick up our courage and fight!

TOM T (246)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:48 am
Awesome article & Thanks for sharing this

Gloria p (304)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:01 am
Our land was destroyed in the 60s because of a construction site, urban sprawl. There were no wetland laws. Believe me it's an awful thing to be helpless and no one cares and even if they did care they are helpless too.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:19 am
Noted thanks

Isa Villanen (44)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 9:16 am
Shared, noted.
The unimaginable misuse of natural resources is appearing in every country. I fear that this is the final countdown of earth's demise, since our planet cannot take any more CO2 without serious climate changes to the worts. Hurricanes are growing in size, turbulent winds cause massive waves, the greenhouse gases are heating this planet up, and the Kyoto Protocol is disregarded. Fracking at its worst can cause minor earthquakes, landslides, destroy the aquifer and cause drought and spread toxins. Because USA hasn't ratified the Kyoto Protocol, every effort is made to take every bit of fossil fuel out of the soil "to good use" and increase the CO2 emissions. Fracking does not affect only USA, but the whole world and the entire climate system. We already have a thinner ozone layer at any given time, thanks to CO" and other serious greenhouse and chemical gases. The broken land will suck up all rain and leave the soil dry. It can destroy homes, town, even cities, and the energy industry does not seem to get that. If fracking will be allowed in full scale, we have lost the game. Earth is trying to fight back, but humans and human technology are stronger. And the crazy thing is that we are destroying ourselves in addition to wilderness and wildlife.
USA needs to come to terms with the fact that it cannot keep depriving nature all its fossil fuel without serious aftereffects, and what comes to global warming, we cannot move back the clock, but we can only try to slow it down. Fracking is just one example in the big chain of events causing global warming, and the lobbers try still and even harder to get senators to their sides to allow more exploitation, but the price may bee too high, an t he total price can only be seen in the future.
We should try to remember that the future generations inherit what we leave behind, and they will ot think of us kindly, if the world is just a windswept, lifeless and dull environment with little or no water, no living plants or animals, ... Or they may find themselves in a water world...
Fracking must be banned by law, it is nothing but a crime against nature and humankind.

. (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:55 pm
This is "life" in WA?

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:41 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Cal. You'd think by now most would be aware of the hazards of fracking, but too many have their heads buried deep in the sand...or are just too busy to take notice yet. The movie Gasland was widely seen and shared by many....even my young adults kids are now aware through social media. This gives me hope that there are still many to join the ranks of anti-fracking. A huge movement is in the process of being built, and I still have hope, and will continue to take action.

Sheila S (50)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:05 pm
The problem is...we (i.e. the general public) can't "just say NO to fracking..." as some folks have indicated on this site. Fracking brings with it the promise of big bucks to dying communities, jobs, filled restaurants and room rentals...big business here you are messing with. And our government is pushing this "dope" from the top down!

Susanne R (235)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:39 pm
We have to find a way to break Big Energy's grip on our government! According to the article:

"In West Virginia, a state with a long history of energy extraction, industry has a controlling hand in local and state politics and thus far, seems to be calling the shots. To make matters worse, many properties had their mineral rights separated over a century ago. So, people may own their homes and properties, but not the minerals underneath. Their property can be destroyed by drilling and they will have no financial gain."

So the people who own the property only own it to a certain depth --and any minerals that lie beneath it can become the property of a large corporation? If that's the case, I would never buy a home in West Virginia! I think the residents should start a class action lawsuit or do whatever it is they have to do to reverse that "mineral rights" ruling. My heart goes out to the people whose lives were forever changed because a neighbor leased adjoining land to a drilling company. Not only were the homeowners' lives put in danger, but their property isn't worth a plug nickel --no matter how big or beautiful their home might be.

Stephen Brian (23)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:51 pm
Hi Lee :)

I just checked the study:

Its overall results are in terms of the Hazard Index, but the Hazard Index pretty much just says "If this is less than 1.0, it's safe. If it's more than 1.0, it might be safe, but has to be checked case-by-case." Table 1 includes lists of toxic chemicals and some of them are found to be ~10x as concentrated near the well-heads as elswhere while others are no different. Even where raised concentrations double the risk of cancer from all of those contaminants together, it is doubled to 1/100,000 for residents in < 1/2 mile. Essentially, it is unlikely that anyone would actually get cancer from the difference in those concentrations, from any given well-head, unless a fair-sized city (~100,000 people) is gathered into under a square mile around the well-heads and everybody stays put for decades. Essentially, there is more pollution, but apparently not really up to dangerous concentrations.

Also, the general pollution of the area doesn't seem to be borne out by direct observation:
This is supposed to be the world's dirtiest fracking operation. If you look more than a short distance beyondthe mines themselves, the only visible differences are the roads. There is no rampant destruction of vegetation as one would expect from all of the hype.

Claudia Acosta (70)
Monday April 22, 2013, 3:43 am
Why these companies have the law by their side? .... It's clear that money is more important than sad.

Philip Heinlein (474)
Monday April 22, 2013, 5:25 pm
Many landowners in rural areas see fracking as a way to get rich quick. It's especially attractive if they aren't doing well financially, and who can blame them? But you have to look at the consequences. These photos are eye-opening.

Philip Heinlein (474)
Monday April 22, 2013, 5:26 pm
fracking is a messy business, and that's with things going right. it's even messier when they go wrong.
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