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  •  it comes down to one question... (2+ / 0-)
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    NYFM, KenBee

    Can it be done in an environmentally clean way? So far the answer is no. I'm from Oklahoma so I know that even regular drilling is always damaging to the environment, always. To think they can drill deep wells and not contaminate the ground waters they must pass through strains credulity. Then they put contaminates down the hole under tremendous pressure to fracture the rock and keep the cracks open by introducing sand and plastic. How the hell can it NOT seep upwards into the water table? Not to mention disturbing any close by fault lines to cause earth quakes which then move the contaminates even more.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 02:15:24 PM PST

    •  Let me take a shot: (1+ / 0-)
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      Argyrios
      How the hell can it NOT seep upwards into the water table?

      Mineralization and impermeable layers of rock?  

      •  they've put holes through that (1+ / 0-)
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        KenBee

        The pipes they use don't fit water-tight into the drill hole so chemicals under immense pressure must be forced upwards into higher levels. And of course there will be cracks and seepage points in what the industry calls impermeable layers of rock. So far it has caused contamination every time.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 04:17:22 PM PST

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