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  •  The natural resources that NG fracking consumes (2+ / 0-)
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    protectspice, joanneleon

    that alone makes its environmental cost prohibitive. It takes tons of water that comes back contaminated with rock, chemicals and sand. That waste water is then injected back into the earth. Where are the injection sites? near ground water?

    Have you read up on the new evidence that fracking triggers small earthquakes?

    The actual "fracking" is the hydraulic fracture of the shale. That fracture takes place 8000' deep in many cases. It causes paper thin cracks in the shale allowing the gas to escape. No one knows how far that fracking goes past the shale.

    The evidence is strong and it is easily available.

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:58:15 AM PDT

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    •  There are natural faults that can be crossed by (2+ / 0-)
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      PrahaPartizan, Agathena

      fracked zone creating an escape route for methane to migrate GOK. But the most common way for methane and intensely contaminated drilling fluids to escape is through failures in the casing layer around the bore holes. The after fracking production in this method involves millions of gallons of chemical laden water pumped under great pressure down hole and returned even dirtier up the same. Regular and even enhanced casing was not tested to withstand this pump and suck routine over time.

      I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. "There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.” - Frank Zappa

      by OHdog on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 10:14:36 AM PDT

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      •  Regulations are that the casing go all the way (0+ / 0-)

        down past the aquifer but this regulation has been ignored in many cases. There is no way of knowing either if the casing is complete and without cracks or fissures. They soon find out when contamination is discovered.

        ❧To thine ownself be true

        by Agathena on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:27:46 PM PDT

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