by Sydney Brownstone Jul 14, 2011
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a way of extracting natural gas from the earth by shooting jets of sand, water and chemicals into Marcellus Shale rock deposits in order release pockets of the trapped fuel. The problem occurs when fracking fluid contaminates the groundwater—like this Duke University study showed when it found methane levels 17 times higher in the groundwater near Pennsylvania fracking wells than groundwater elsewhere. Then there’s the whole greenhouse gas emissions thing (you know, melting the Arctic ice cap, acidifying the oceans, contributing to rising sea-levels and extreme weather), in which ecologist Robert Howarth’s Cornell University study published in May of this year found that because of the emissions released in the process of extracting and then burning, “shale gas is worse than conventional gas and is, in fact, worse than coal and worse than oil.” ….
what the flip is going on when the water coming out of your sink can be set on fire.
GASLAND – (2010) Directed by Josh Fox. Winner of Special Jury Prize – Best US Documentary Feature – Sundance 2010. Screening at Cannes 2010.
It is happening all across America and now in Europe and Africa as well – rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from a multinational energy conglomerate wanting to lease their property. The Reason? In America, the company hopes to tap into a huge natural gas reservoir dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground—a hydraulic drilling process called fracking—and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.
Protesters oppose the by invitation only, and without media “forum” on shale gas exploration organized by the N.B. Government on June 23,2011.
Tell the EPA to support a moratorium –