Hydrofracking, or hydraulic fracturing, that is, or so says Ian Urbina of the New York Times as reported by the Denver Post. Look, there's a picture of it happening in Rifle, Colorado! In our beautiful Rocky Mountains!!
Look! The description even tells us how awful this is!
Rifle has natural-gas wells. Fracking a relatively new drilling method known as high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing that carries significant environmental risks is performed in Colorado. (Kevin Moloney, The New York Times )
Just look at the list of terrible things they use to do this:
...over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens such as benzene and radioactive elements such as radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.
This is terrible. This atrocity has to be stopped. Did you SEE the picture of our beautiful mountains? The article goes on to tell us much more about how these toxins are finding their way into our drinking water supply via wastewater plants that were not designed to handle it. Dan Quigly the previous secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources tells us,
In shifting away from coal and toward natural gas, we're trying for cleaner air, but we're producing massive amounts of toxic wastewater with salts and naturally occurring radioactive materials, and it's not clear we have a plan for properly handling this waste
This is terrible. This atrocity has to be stopped. Did you SEE the picture of our beautiful mountains? But wait. At the end of the article, they quote Dave Neslin, executive director of the Colorado state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission,
In Colorado, the majority of fracking fluids and produced water is recycled and reused.
Oh. They reuse the most of the fluids. But what about what's left?
No fluids are sent to wastewater treatment plants. For the fluid that is disposed, 60 percent goes into regulated deep waste-injection wells
Oh. You mean it goes back to where it came from.
20 percent evaporates from pits
Oh. You mean that part just evaporates harmlessly.
20 percent is discharged to surface water under permits from the state Water Quality Control Commission.
Oh. The rest is disposed under permit per state guidelines.
But....but.....Did you SEE the picture of our beautiful mountains? THIS MUST BE STOPPED!!!