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  •  There is a point where they can't be (8+ / 0-)

    ignored - if vast swaths of land become uninhabitable or if a city's water system becomes contaminated with explosive gases like methane - thereby making the city basically uninhabitable - the consequences will then be impossible to ignore.

    Of course, the whole idea is to be rational and pragmatic about making decisions before we get to that point, but that's not going to happen this week, apparently.

    •  Pretty impossible to ignore the (5+ / 0-)

      Class War, though, and yet by and large it is...

      The Occupy Movement may yet change that, but so far the one-sided battle rages on.

      •  This is different. (13+ / 0-)

        If parts of the country become uninhabitable - like all animals, plants and humans will die or get chronically ill - or houses, cars, water wells and underground water pipes are blowing up randomly - people can't ignore that easily.

        If you haven't seen Gasland you should definitely watch it.  Even if one wants to "ignore" the stories and information in that film by calling it anecdotal or whatever, it is impossible to ignore the fairly sweeping effect that having your house, water and land emitting combustible gases will have on day-to-day life.

        The other thing about this fracturing process is that you cannot put the genie back in the bottle once you have released it.  It is not like a typical well that can be capped.  The gases go all over the place and have millions of points of release.  So once the gasses have been "liberated" whatever is not captured through the drilling company's process just seeps out all over the place unregulated.

        It really is nuts when you start to think about the potential for long-term damage to land and water supplies.

        •  excellent point ! - folks should google (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          DawnN, RLMiller, shaharazade

          "fugitive methane'  just for (shudder) starters

        •  understood. and we did see Gasland. (0+ / 0-)

          had the pants scared off of us. we live in 'gasland'- the rocky mountain west! sure hope you are right, but it takes a really really long time for the horror to accumulate and turn to action against well-lawyered multinational corporations. gas companies are not taken to task for burning water coming out of faucets even now ('not our fault').  or the air pollution in places like payette county wyoming - home of tons of wells ('what pollution?').

          and the fracking disclosure law that working was working it's way thru congress, i believe, is mostly dead with rethugs in charge.

          "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." final words of R Holbrooke

          by UTvoter on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 02:33:04 PM PST

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