What the Frack?
Me being the huge Battle Star Galactica fan I am, I was extremely intrigued when I wandered upon an article by the title of “What the Frak is Fracking?” I read the entire article and became even more intrigued. The article gave the jist of what fracking or hydraulic fracturing is but, it didn’t suffice I needed to know more about this process and if it had any negative ramifications.
Hydraulic fracturing is a fairly new technique used to extract natural gasses from the earth. It uses water to fracture the rocks through to the shale layer and allows companies to drill horizontally. Drilling horizontally allows for natural gas to be attained, barreled, and sold. Economically hydraulic fracturing is very sound, safe, and secure. Environmentally it is quite the opposite.
In places where fracking is a huge like Wyoming, New York, and Pennsylvania ramifications have mostly been negative environmentally. We have seen fracking make a huge profit in Pennsylvania but we’ve have also seen it destroy communities in New York. In some places in Wyoming people have to shower and wash clothes with open windows just to to protect their houses catching on fire from chemicals in the water. People can even light the water from their faucets on fire because the fumes released from fracking are poisoning peoples drinking.
What does the government have to say about hydraulic fracturing? They have actually allowed it. In 2005 President signed into law a bill allowing fracking companies to pollute drinking water even though America has a clean water act. And even though we have all this proof that fracking have negative ramifications Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum denies all the proof of the negative ramifications of fracking. It isn’t just Rick Santorum though, many republican congressmen and women deny any accounts of fracking gone wrong.
It’s kind of silly that even with proof people are still willing to deny fracking is bad. Scientists have done the research, people have lit their water on fire, and the water has a different taste. When I lived in Texas City, Texas, a place where fracking is done near, the water from the faucet was undrinkable. It had a weird taste and discoloring. The federal government has given the state governments the right to choose how to protect its citizens. Look how that turned out. The Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett appointed a top energy executive with the job of taking care of fracking in the state.
The federal government has already given the states the right to take care oil companies once and look how that turned out. Rivers caught on fire and they didn’t stop catching on fire until the federal government intervened. I am still waiting for the government to intervene on fracking because frankly if they don’t America will be engulfed in flames with no way to put the flames out.