Stop fracking in North Texas
A fightback against fracking is brewing, report .
NORTH TEXAS lies above a 5,000-square mile layer of rock called the Barnett Shale, spanning at least 18 counties. Within this shale is natural gas, which has long been considered unexploitable. But since the early 2000s, the region has become one of the natural gas industry’s largest targets.
New technology developed in the North Texas region led to the development of a process called hydraulic fracturing to obtain the natural gas. Now the gas industry is attempting to deploy this process in Texas and 27 other states, from Montana to New York.
For anyone who hasn’t seen the Oscar-nominated film Gasland, here’s how it works: workers drill down to the desired layer of rock, then drill horizontally, then explode the rock to create fractures. These fractures are expanded by a high-pressure mixture of millions of gallons of water, sand, gelling agents, lubricants, compressed gases and “proprietary chemicals.”
The number of natural gas wells on the Barnett Shale has jumped from 150 in 1993 to 15,000 today—and growing. It’s easy to see why the corporations involved in the extraction, distribution and use of natural gas are excited—big, quick and easy profits.
But for the people of North Texas, the “innovation” of fracking, as hydraulic fracturing is called for short, is a nightmare. The water table as well as local rivers and water formations are infected with poisons used and/or unleashed by fracking, resulting in dying animals and exposure to toxins for those dependent on the water to drink.
In areas where fracking takes place, the air is filled with carcinogens and asthma-inducing compounds. The earth dug out of the ground, including radioactive heavy metals, is then “land farmed,” a euphemism for smearing it around on land near people not rich enough or connected enough to stop it. And to add insult to injury, there are now never-before-seen earthquakes in the area—a total of 24 since 2006, compared to just one from 1906 to 2006.
As if this weren’t bad enough, the whole process is done to extract natural gas, a fossil fuel that still contributes to global warming, despite the industry’s mantra that natural gas is “clean energy.”
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