Hydraulic Fracking is Not Clean Energy

Maybe you’ve seen this ConocoPhillips Ad about “clean natural gas.” It really pissed me off. This is a classic example of disinformation. If you buy a TV ad apparently you can say whatever you want without having to back it up.

I love how the pro-natural gas students make the environmentally conscious kid look like an idiot. She apparently doesn’t listen to NPR since she didn’t have a single talking point to counter with.

NPR Coverage of Natural Gas Fracking

In May NPR (National Public Radio) did a week-long series on the Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) which is taking place in Pennsylvania and other states. Fracking is a method that uses water pressure pumped into the earth to create cracks underground. This releases natural gas and oil.

NPR STORY ON FRACKING

ConocoPhillips and other companies have been using this method to pump up seven billion oil barrels and more than 600 trillion cubic feet of natural gas over the last 10 years. They never would have gotten that fuel without fracking.

But fracking technology is only a little more than 10 years old, it’s a pretty young method. As with a lot of new technologies the impact on the environment is not fully understood.

Coverage by NPR and other news stations have revealed fracking may have twice the green house effect of other gas industry production.

In addition to this local residents are reporting getting sick near fracking operations and even cases of mini-earthquakes caused by the wells.

That’s not to mention the incredible water pollution fracking causes. Tons of water are used to get at the gas. That water then becomes toxic, filled with chemicals like benzine that are byproducts of the process.

Where Hydraulic Fracturing Water Goes

At first companies simply dumped the waste water back into rivers, turning riverbeds red with chemicals. The gas companies also tried giving the water to chemical treatment plants that can’t handle filtering toxic water.

A newer way of temporarily holding the sludge water is to put it in man-made holding ponds. These ponds and the trucks that have transported the waste water have also leaked and possibly poisoned local drinking water.

The HBO series Gasland reported claims of drinking water contamination.

Know the Truth about Freaking Fracking

Please don’t be fooled by the natural gas trucks you’ll see near you soon stamped with “green energy” logos. This is a branding diversion that isn’t supported by any facts.

Claiming that fracking is clean is like Sketchers claiming their shoes will improve your calves. It’s not true. It’s a lie.

Sources:

http://www.npr.org/2012/05/14/149631363/when-fracking-comes-to-town-it-s-water-water-everywhere

http://www.conocophillips.com/EN/susdev/environment/cleanwater/Pages/hydraulicfracturing.aspx

 

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