Fracking kills plants, what a shock

For all you Battlestar Galactica fans, not that kind of fracking – that fracking  may be good for plants – the kind of fracking that means hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing is a way of getting more Natural Gas by blasting a mix of water, sand and  secret chemicals into sub-surface shales to create fractures that ease the flow of the recoverable gas therein found. They are – so far – been able to keep the chemicals secrete because they are trade secrets and protected.

Now a study in West Virgina shows that fracking kills about 50% where the waste water is deposited. This is not just anecdotal evidence, this is apparently an objective study.  But I think that everybody who cares about the environment has known that fracking really is fracking up the environment. The problem is that we want the Natural Gas; it is, after all, a clean fuel. OK, maybe it isn’t clean, but it is a fuel and we really need fuel. Almost by definition, fuel is what powers our economy.

The study also suggested that it might not be as toxic if they spread the waste water out more. We really do need that fuel. If we started a Marshall Plan kind of green energy program right now – which we aren’t – we would still need to frack short term to keep the lights on. So maybe the question is How much are we willing to damage our planet to keep our toasters?


2 thoughts on “Fracking kills plants, what a shock

  1. On the other hand [they’re getting ready to do this here in the Huerfano] at a million gallons a frack, how does fuel balance out to potable water? Sooner or later water is going to be what we’ll all REALLY need, eh?

    1. I’m not sure that the frackers care about your potable water. They may be getting ready to frack in the Huerfano, but it will be a long time before they frack in Boulder.

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