Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Clean Up Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, often called Fracking, is the process of causing and then spreading a fracture in a rock layer, by using pressurized fluid, in order to release oil, natural gas, CBM, or other substances for removal. The fracturing, known commonly as a frack job, is done from a well bore drilled into reservoir rock formations. The energy from the injection of a highly pressurized fluid, such as water, creates new channels in the rock which can increase the extraction rates and ultimate recovery of fossil fuels. In Dallas/Fort Worth, pollution from oil and natural gas fields is worse than the exhaust of all the cars in some of our biggest cities.

Fracking has been linked to water contamination and cancer. A single well can produce millions of gallons of contaminated waste water that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens and radioactive elements. Documents show that the wastewater, which is sometimes hauled to sewage plants not designed to treat it, and then released into rivers that supply drinking water, contains radioactivity at levels far higher than the level that federal regulators say is safe for the plants to handle. Right now, the EPA is considering stronger protections that would drastically reduce pollution from this under-regulated industry.

Send an Email to the EPA using the form and services provided by the Sierra Club if you wish. Make sure to customize your message to your personal views.

Sign a petition to Shell executives who plan to start a Fracking project in Sacred Headwaters in British Colombia using the Rainforest site. The Sacred Headwaters have some of the purist rivers in the world. It is vital to the population of salmon, caribou, wolves, moose, and bear that rely on this habitat for survival.
Rainforest Site

Read more about the effects of fracking at:
Huffington Post
Telegraph Journal

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