“Frack is Whack”



So energy companies are clamoring to drill. And they are getting rare support from their usual sparring partners. Environmentalists say using natural gas will help slow climate change because it burns more cleanly than coal and oil. Lawmakers hail the gas as a source of jobs. They also see it as a way to wean the United States from its dependency on other countries for oil.

But the relatively new drilling method — known as high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking — carries significant environmental risks. It involves injecting huge amounts of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, at high pressures to break up rock formations and release the gas.

With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/us/27gas.html?_r=1

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2 Responses to “Frack is Whack”

  1. jason says:

    Hi, thanks for posting the hydrofracking article first off, this is the guy from Club Orlov, I’m reading over your site now and looking for some meetup groups, please feel free to contact me at my email address: [omitted by administrator]

    Jason

  2. Kina says:

    My university recently decided to allow hydrofracking to begin in our nature preserve. Wheres our say? What the frack!

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