Denton, Texas becomes the First to Ban Fracking-Providing Templates for States
UPDATED: November 6, 2014
#Forced Accountability Denton, Texas first State to Ban Fracking
For all those that don’t think forced accountability or voting works here’s a story of the little town that could. Denton, Texas, a town of 123,000, banned together and became the first state to ban fracking with 59 percent of the vote on the approved ballot measure!
The battle could become a “template,” it is said, for others across the country as the technology nears more densely populated areas. Although Denton has more than 270 natural gas wells, residents aren’t grappling over arguments about global warming. It’s the constant noise, traffic and toxic fumes that have been a concern since 2009, when wells started popping up near a park.
Way to go Denton!!!! And thanks for giving the rest of the U.S. a template on how to create positive change!
And true to The Sociopathic Business Model™:
The state of Texas and the industry are beside themselves and as expected, have filed lawsuits to stop it.
Stay strong Denton and fight on! Learn more about FrackFreeDenton.
June 29, 2014
This is a Big FRACKING Deal
First, a special Thank You to reader/commentor Pastor Jim who first brought fracking to the page’s attention.
What is Fracking?
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth. Fracking makes it possible to produce natural gas extraction in shale plays that were once unreachable with conventional technologies. Recent advancements in drilling technology have led to new man-made hydraulic fractures in shale plays that were once not available for exploration. In fact, three dimensional imaging helps scientists determine the precise locations for drilling.
Horizontal drilling (along with traditional vertical drilling) allows for the injection of highly pressurized fracking fluids into the shale area. This creates new channels within the rock from which natural gas is extracted at higher than traditional rates. This drilling process can take up to a month, while the drilling teams delve more than a mile into the Earth’s surface. After which, the well is cased with cement to ensure groundwater protection, and the shale is hydraulically fractured with water and other fracking fluids.
The Problem with fracking: Confirmed-Fracking Triggers Quakes and Other Seismic Chaos
“[The Fracking Waste Fluid] kind of act as a pressurized cushion,” lead author Nicholas van der Elst of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University explained to Mother Jones. “They make it easier for the fault to slide.”
The finding is not entirely surprising, said van der Elst. Scientists have known for a long time that areas with naturally high subsurface fluid pressures—places like Yellowstone, for example—can see an uptick in seismic activity after a major earthquake even very far away. But this is the first time they’ve found a link between remote quakes and seismic activity in places where human activity has increased the fluid pressure via underground injections.
“It happens in places where fluid pressures are naturally high, so we’re not so surprised it happens in places where fluid pressures are artificially high,” he said.
The study (2011) looked specifically at Prague, Oklahoma, which features prominently in Behar’s piece. The study links the increased tremors in Prague, which has a number of injection wells nearby, to Chile’s February 27, 2010, quake. The study also found that big quakes in Japan and Indonesia triggered quakes in areas of western Texas and southern Colorado with many injection wells. The study is “additional evidence that fluids really are driving the increase in earthquakes at these sites,” said van der Elst.
Fact based evidence over time predicited more earthquakes in Oklahoma; Oklahoma recorded nearly 150 earthquakes between January and May.
Frack Free Denton is not a movement against natural gas. Rather, it is against the permitting of toxic industrial activities near homes, schools, and parks. It is a movement for safe and healthy communities and people’s rights to peacefully enjoy their property.
With the ban on fracking, the citizens of Denton are taking a stand for safe and healthy neighborhoods. And the frackers’ response is to tell us that we have to accept their poisonous activities because natural gas is used to make lacrosse sticks!? Adam Briggle
The Problem with Fracking: Fracking Wastewater Wells could be Poisoning the Ground Water
Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as an invisible dumping ground. No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil. But until recently, scientists and environmental officials have assumed that deep layers of rock beneath the earth would safely entomb the waste for millennia.
Records from disparate corners of the United States show that wells drilled to bury this waste deep beneath the ground have repeatedly leaked, sending dangerous chemicals and waste gurgling to the surface or, on occasion, seeping into shallow aquifers that store a significant portion of the nation’s drinking water.
In 2010, contaminants from such a well bubbled up in a west Los Angeles dog park. Within the past three years, similar fountains of oil and gas drilling waste have appeared in Oklahoma and Louisiana. In South Florida, 20 of the nation’s most stringently regulated disposal wells failed in the early 1990s, releasing partly treated sewage into aquifers that may one day be needed to supply Miami’s drinking water. Scientific American
The BIGGEST Problem with Fracking is that it is supported by The Sociopathic Business Model™ and: Fracking Support becomes Bipartisan as BOTH SIDES See Economic Benefit
As he weighs whether to allow fracking in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is under intense pressure from the oil and gas industry, Republican lawmakers and long-struggling communities eager to see the drilling technique jump-start the state’s economy.
But last week, the governor came under pressure from another source — a fellow Democrat. In a strong endorsement of hydraulic fracturing, former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell urged Mr. Cuomo to “do as I did: Step back and look at the facts. See the bigger picture.”
In a piece for the New York Daily News, Mr. Rendell touted the benefits of fracking that he saw firsthand as drilling in the Marcellus Shale helped revive long-depressed towns in the western and northern reaches of Pennsylvania.
It’s just one example of how fracking has earned unusually broad support from across the political spectrum, breaking down partisan barriers in surprising ways.
Even the Obama administration, a champion of renewable energy, has become increasingly supportive — at least in word — of domestic oil and natural gas exploration. The president’s pick to lead the Interior Department, Sally Jewell, worked in the oil and natural gas industry. She told Congress that, decades ago, she personally helped frack a well.
The Washington Post (April 7, 2013)
Republican attorney general, Mike DeWine, has called for steeper fines on the growing industry and for drillers to disclose the chemicals they’re injecting, actions that would bring Ohio in line with the toughest regulations in the nation.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney makes the technique more a states’ rights issue, saying he’d halt any federal effort to regulate the process. He accuses the EPA of a power grab to “move the whole economy away from oil, gas, coal, nuclear and push it into the renewables.”
“States have been managing this, managed it well,” Romney said in an interview.
Supporters also say the extraction of oil and natural gas could create tens of thousands of jobs in struggling areas of southern Illinois, where drillers are eyeing a formation called the New Albany shale.
The Solution to Fracking: Forced Accountability
An unusually vocal battle over fracking, revealing tensions between the elected leadership and the party rank-and-file. Similar debates have played out among Democrats across the country, with activists no longer allowing establishment figures to talk about stopping climate change out of one side of their mouth and support what they see as a devastating attack on the climate with the other. Salon March 10, 2014
The Solution to Fracking: Look at the facts, do the research, don’t be manipulated by partisan politics and #VoteOutFrackingPoliticians.
Any politician who does not recognize the damage fracking is doing and is more concerned about their image and election does not deserve the support of the American people. It’s not Democrats vs. Republicans-it’s US vs. THEM. We need to work together to create a list of politicians and companies that support fracking to help keep the country safe from corruption that is literally seeping into our soil and harming our families.
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