Chris Faulkner: The truth about fracking

Chris Faulkner: The truth about fracking

There are 1 comment on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from May 4, 2013, titled Chris Faulkner: The truth about fracking. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

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Jack Leonard

Weatherly, PA

#1 May 5, 2013
This is a prime example of the kind of tactic the oil and gas industry are using to "muddy" the waters. It is also a demonstration of the industry use of the use of red herring argument to redirect attention away from the issues, and outright lying used--because they know they are losing the war of wordswhen people are introduced to the fact that the "safety" is questionable, and the extent of the dangers is not yet fully known:
http://www.naturalgaswatch.org/...

Read and follow the links in the following FMI about the misinformation machine powered by industry money:
http://blog.shaleshockmedia.org/2013/05/04/th...

The simple fact is that water supplies are not protected, and recorded incidents of contamination are so obscure that they have continue to use the lie that fracking will not contaminate water supplies:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/us/drillin...

Evidence is however mounting. While most of it is just common sense it takes uncommon sense to understand that the nondisclosure agreements in the settlements with those whose water wells were contaminated have kept much of the evidence from the public eye. Every once in a while, an honest man will come forward though:
http://www.pridesource.com/article.html...

As for the potential for contaminating surface water, that's an outright lie:
http://grist.org/news/natural-gas-liquid-is-g...

And this:
http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/dep-spill-at...

And many others:
http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/fr...

One of the concerns related to groundwater contamination is the unanswered question of the effect of the explosive charges used to perforate the pipe at the beginning of the fracking process:
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/tag/f...

The industry itself cannot "fracture" only the shale before pumping in the toxic coctail of water, chemicals and sand ...:
http://mediasite.cidde.pitt.edu/mediasite/Vie...

... and the overlying strata between the shale and groundwater is itself permeable:
http://mtstandard.com/news/opinion/columnists...

One of the red herrings in the article is the bit about fracking and earthquakes. Environmentalists are not as concerned about fracking related earthquakes as we are about those caused by injection wells:
http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rhammer/fra...

http://beforeitsnews.com/earthquakes/2013/02/...

http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/08/06/h...

http://news.yahoo.com/mexico-earthquakes-link...

Then, of course, there are the deliberate violations of law to consider, which no amount of regulation can prevent--and too often are not even covered by regulation with the teeth that might dissuade violations:
http://www.shalereporter.com/environment/arti...

When you are told that "However, any impact on the surface is easily restored, and waste products are very carefully disposed of. Increasingly, the waste products are recycled for use in other wells or converted to de-icing agents and distilled water," you have seen that the statement was a lie already, but see more that addresses the truth in what he says:
http://www.alternet.org/environment/you-have-...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2013/...

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