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Stop Fracking!

Hydraulic fracturing uses a ton of the public water supply and laces it with chemicals that fracture the rock in order to capture the gas. As much as 40% of this chemical/water mixture is lost, leaving it to seep into the ground where it travels into the aquifer, contaminating the groundwater supply, harming wildlife and aquatic life, and potentially harming humans. According to the EPA, 70 to 140 billion gallons of water is needed to fracture 35,000 wells in the U.S. per year! (http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/0/D3483AB445AE61418525775900603E79/$File/Draft+Plan+to+Study+the+Potential+Impacts+of+Hydraulic+Fracturing+on+Drinking+Water+Resources-February+2011.pdf page 32) Stop fracking altogether and invest instead in renewable energy!


Submitted by Jenny Cavett 2 years ago

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  1. Hydrolic fracturing has lowered natural gas prices, created jobs, and is strictly regulated. The fact is renewable energy is a very difficult problem to solve. Billions of dollars are spent on it everyday and the current solutions either have their own problems or are too expensive. Alternitive energy is not a new problem and will not be solved in the near future by throwing money at it.

    Frankly, you need hydrolic fracturing. It has been around for a long time now and that is how the majority of us heat our homes, power our houses, and live our lives. Banning it would destroy our economy and quality of life.

    2 years ago
  2. Fracking NEEDS a lot more work like R&D to make it fit to use anywhere near potable water. I say we should go ahead with the still needed R&D on Enhanced Geothermal Systems and require the fracking firms to practice fracking on the hot rock reservoirs for Enhanced Geothermal Systems until they learn how to stay within a disk 1 kilometer in diameter and 100 meters thick consistently. The hot rock for those reservoirs is pretty near all four kilometers or more below the surface, well below any aquifers. Once the fracking firms learn to control fracking well enough to frack within the lines, then maybe they can be trusted with fracking closer to potable water supplies. Alternative energy has come down in price enough recently, and the size of the global warming problem has loomed large enough lately, that developing enough alternative energy to have maybe 20% bio-fuels, 7-8% each of solar power and wind turbines, and most of the rest Enhanced Geothermal Systems which is base-load electric power the same as hydro-power and nuclear power phased in over twenty years, is likely to be at least as feasible as living with unmitigated global warming.

    2 years ago