Sunday, April 21, 2013

Not so fracking fast

According to an American study performed by the University of California-Berkeley, their home state needs to crack down on hydraulic fracturing practices, aka “fracking.”
Fracking consist of injecting highly-pressurized, CHEMICALLY-LACED fluids into the Earth in order to break up sedimentary rock and get to the sweet, sweet oil and gas underneath.  Recently, New York and Pennsylvania have seen spikes in fracking operations. Oil and gas companies are buying up more and more private properties and farmlands hoping to maximize their return on these “financial investments.”
What these companies fail to realize is that the land they’re buying isn’t just an investment – it’s someone’s home. Someone’s memories. A part of someone’s family. Fracking runs the risk of contaminating the groundwater. Killing livestock. Crops. Livelihoods!
Published by the UC-Berkeley Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, the study claims that state regulators are ill-prepared to deal with the influx of fracking operations.
“Hydraulic fracturing presents risks to our environment and human health, and must be properly regulated and controlled,” the study said. “(We’ve) identified several areas where the state’s knowledge base and existing regulatory scheme are deficient.”
Big businesses are constantly scouring law books for legislative loop holes. Luckily, the state of California is taking a stand by considering new fracking regulations, such as:
  1. Requiring oil and gas companies to provide officials with at least 30 days' advance notice before opening new operations.
  2. Requiring companies to disclose the exact chemicals they use.
  3. Requiring tests to determine the environmental integrity of sites prior to start up.
  4. Prohibiting fracking near at-risk fault lines. (Seems like common sense, no? Earthquakes = bad)

Think California, New York, or Pennsylvania is too far away to have any effect on you? Your state, your country might be next.

Fracking operations represent a clear and present danger to our environment. Yes – domestic fracking may seem like an alluring alternative to importing foreign oil, yet the risks don’t outweigh the benefits. Would you trade reliable drinking water for a few extra dollars in your pocket?

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