1000 Flowers for the Planet - #162 Reject Fracking
Fracking is a little difficult for me to explain so I have taken a quote from www.what-is-fracking.com :
“, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth. Fracking makes it possible to produce natural gas extraction in shale plays that were once unreachable with conventional technologies. Recent advancements in drilling technology have led to new man-made hydraulic fractures in shale plays that were once not available for exploration. In fact, three dimensional imaging helps scientists determine the precise locations for drilling.
Horizontal drilling (along with traditional vertical drilling) allows for the injection of highly pressurized fracking fluids into the shale area. This creates new channels within the rock from which natural gas is extracted at higher than traditional rates. This drilling process can take up to a month, while the drilling teams delve more than a mile into the Earth’s surface. After which, the well is cased with cement to ensure groundwater protection, and the shale is hydraulically fractured with water and other fracking fluids.”
This website is a pro-fracking site so I encourage you to read it for more information on this difficult topic. But I decided to make this an important Flower because plans are underway to introduce fracking into the California area and many people are rather unhappy about that, because it is where a lot of food is grown, and there are major concerns from growers that the groundwater could be polluted by the practice of fracking, threatening their livelihoods and food production. Furthermore, one side effect from the practice of fracking has been proven to cause earthquakes both directly and indirectly so I would have thought the San Andreas Fault line would be the last place you’d want to tempt fate.
The list of damaging effects on the environment include: health and safety concerns; use of undisclosed chemicals; leaking wells; air pollution; water contamination and water use.
Further websites that offer a lot of information, against fracking, are at: