What’s Next? Uranium in the Nation’s Drinking Water, Part 1

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:39 PM
February 28, 2011

The Oil and Gas Industry’s latest exploitation of the American people is drilling through shale rock––called fracking––for Natural Gas deposits. Under corporate “truism” that Natural Gas is cleaner than burning oil, the industry has buffaloed local, state and national regulators with false assurances that fracking for gas is a safe, clean process, totally harmless to public safety.  Yet, recent history proves these assurances to be absolutely false.  So untrue, in fact, that fracking threatens the very essence of public health––this nation’s fresh water supply.

 Although bloggers––such as Judy Dugan on Oil Watchdog––for years have warned about fracking’s ruination of fresh  water, last Saturday’s edition of the New York Times carried an extensively revealing article on the subject.  Times Reporter, Ian Urbina, writes that the thousands of fracking rigs drilling for Natural Gas is this century’s gold rush.  He explains that fracking (high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking) brings great risk to the environment:  “ It involves injecting huge amounts of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, at high pressures to break up rock formations and release the gas.”  This process produces “over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground.” He says that other carcinogens can be added by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking process.

 But the Times article may be too late to save lives and communities.  Certainly, the agencies charged with protecting American people are johnnies-come-lately on this issue.  Citizens affected by such drilling have been pushing back against fracking industries for years, including: farmers with now poisoned drinking wells, suburbanites complaining of the noise and ruined roads from endless 18 wheelers hauling ruined water to treatment plants for further pollution of rivers, and politicians who knowingly allow such destruction.  These Americans have been screaming that such “gold” is literally killing the nation. 

 Urbina claims to have thousands of internal documents from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers showing “that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood,” and that fracking water “contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known.” How could those in charge of public safety be so ignorant as to allow fracking’s waste water to be hauled to sewage plants ill-equipped to treat it before dumping it into rivers that supply the country’s drinking water?

 As they work actively to protect the nation around such issues, believers must also follow instructions in wholesale Christian Bibles to: “Be still, and know that I Am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalms 46: 10).  God knows where safe, clean energy is.  Ask Him!

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