Shale Oil Proposal Is Not the Answer
A recent article in The Pilot about shale oil being the next “gold rush” in Moore County is very disturbing.
Natural gas is extracted from the ground by drilling hundreds of feet straight down and then sideways. The shale is then fractured by introducing millions of gallons of water along with many chemicals into the shale. The chemicals and water cause the natural gas to rise to the surface, where it is piped into holding tanks.
The problem? The chemicals and natural gas can pollute our aquifer, a very huge supplier of Moore County’s water. I do not profess to know much about geology, but what I have read and seen in a documentary concerning “fracking” is a guarantee that our water supply, air, health and wildlife will suffer.
A second article about well drilling refers to thousands of permits being issued within the city limits of Fort Worth, Texas. Imagine someone with an undesirable lot in Moore County taking a huge cash incentive to allow such drilling? Then multiply that by 500 or 1,000?
I urge everyone to take a few minutes to watch a trailer on YouTube called “Gasland.” Is this documentary one-sided? Yes, but it is on the side of the people who are suffering from fracking.
Big business and politics, as usual, are the bad guys in this film. Companies like Halliburton pushed for and got an exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency to allow fracking for its own and similar types of businesses.
I care very much about Moore County, and I do believe that we need alternative sources of energy, but not the get-rich quick method suggested in the article. It might be a win-win situation for the gas drilling companies, but it might leave Moore County with a polluted water supply.
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