Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Anti-Fracking Groups Changing Their Story

I just saw the Avengers.  Thought Mark Ruffalo did a nice job as Bruce Banner.

Also saw him speak at an anti-fracking event.  I was shocked at how despite being so passionate about the cause, how little he really seemed to know about fracking.

Forbes article discussing how the facts behind fracking make the anti-fracking argument a little more difficult:

Mark Twain said “never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.” A common hydraulic fracturing narrative is that the technology pollutes water supplies. The story goes that fracturing is a mysterious and untested practice, that fracturing fluids are a secret, “chemical cocktail,” that there are innumerable incidents of aquifer and drinking water contamination, resulting even in tap water catching fire, and that “Big Oil” has pressured Congress into exempting the technology from any environmental laws.

The truth is not as exciting. Hydraulic fracturing involves the injection of fluid consisting of approximately 99.5% water and sand (the rest consists of common industrial or even household chemicals or materials) through wells constructed with protective casing and cement, into producing shale formations. The formations are thousands of feet below drinking water aquifers, separated by impervious rock. While the technology has evolved and is used more frequently, fracturing is not new, is heavily regulated at the state level, and enjoys no blanket exemption from environmental laws. There is no credible data indicating that fracturing of shale formations has ever contaminated drinking water.

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1 comment:

  1. I think that water becoming toxic after fracking when it was fine before speaks for itself. An expensive study and a bunch of propoganda is not requred.