Lies About Fracking
The petroleum industry is lying to, and misleading, the public when looking for new sources of gas.
Fracking uses huge amounts of water, it pumps hundreds of gallons of unnamed chemicals (thanks to VP Dick Cheney) into the shale to release the gas, which invariably pollutes the underground aquifers. Transporting the heavy equipment in and out of the drilling site damages secondary roads not designed to handle such traffic.
The industry claims to create new jobs. True, but they are minimum wage jobs. The frackers bring their own experienced higher paying positions with them.
A panel of “experts” in our state was tasked with studying the impact of fracking on the environment, as well as other factors having to do with local and state economies. The first thing the new governor did was to drop geologists from the panel. Their input into the debate might hinder the process by pointing out potential damage to our underground water table.
One can only hope that the landowners in the affected areas will not sell out to the frackers, and show respect for their neighbors who live downstream from them.
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