I live in upstate NY and there has recently been a lot of talk about drilling private property for natural gas, If we have a natural resource on our property, doesn't sound too bad to make some money off of it, right? well, it looks like there's more to the story...
It's been called "Fracking". It's defined on wikipedia as-
"Hydraulic fracturing is a process that results in the creation of fractures in rocks. This petroleum engineering method has been used over the past 60 years (though high-volume horizontal processes are much more recent) in more than one million wells by the worldwide natural gas and oil exploration and production industry to create fractures that extend from a wellbore drilled into targeted rock formations to enhance oil and natural gas recovery.Hydraulic fractures may be natural or man-made and are extended by internal fluid pressure which opens the fracture and causes it to grow into the rock. Man-made fluid-driven fractures are formed at depth in a borehole and extend into targeted rock formations. The fracture width is typically maintained after the injection by introducing a proppant into the injected fluid. Proppant is a material, such as grains of sand, ceramic, or other particulates, that prevent the fractures from closing when the injection is stopped. The method is informally called fracing or hydrofracing.
Considerable controversy surrounds the current implementation of hydraulic fracturing technology in the United States. Significant environmental safety and health concerns have emerged and are being debated at the state and national levels."
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The main concern of it all is the fracking fluid that is used. The ingredients in the chemical fluid is undisclosed but is known to cause many health risks as well as become contaminates to drinking wells.
"The same chemicals used in fracking have been found contaminating the precious drinking water supply in rural areas across the United States, and with many harmful results. In some cases chemical compounds, those of most concern being adamantes and 2-BE, have been found in streams, springs and water wells that provide for neighboring towns. These compounds are not only dangerous to ingest, but they're potentially volatile. In one case, a house exploded after hydraulic fracturing created underground passageways and methane leaked into the residential water supply."
The movie gasland shows how this is polluting wells and causing health problems all over the U.S. Some homes even have water from their faucets that can be lit on fire.
Please help me and my state to pass a moratorium on this happening until we can understand the risks of this environmental issue