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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:59 AM

PHOTO: This Month's National Geographic - Happy Fracking, Everyone!

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/methane/thiessen-photography



Photograph by Mark Thiessen

So much methane fizzes from Sherry Vargson’s tap that she can light it like a stove. The contamination began, she says, after Chesapeake Energy drilled on her Pennsylvania farm. The company denies responsibility. “I keep about three windows open year-round so we don’t blow up,” Vargson says.

H/T Jen Sorensen

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Reply PHOTO: This Month's National Geographic - Happy Fracking, Everyone! (Original post)
Hissyspit Dec 2012 OP
LeftInTX Dec 2012 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2012 #2
Historic NY Dec 2012 #3
montanto Dec 2012 #17
ReRe Dec 2012 #4
triplepoint Dec 2012 #5
Unknown Beatle Dec 2012 #6
xxqqqzme Dec 2012 #9
lunatica Dec 2012 #13
1-Old-Man Dec 2012 #14
progree Dec 2012 #7
xxqqqzme Dec 2012 #8
Arcanetrance Dec 2012 #10
Coyotl Dec 2012 #11
1-Old-Man Dec 2012 #12
Berlum Dec 2012 #15
marions ghost Dec 2012 #16
hootinholler Dec 2012 #18
Hissyspit Dec 2012 #19

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:02 AM

1. This is great. I'll buy a copy.

Last edited Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:00 AM - Edit history (1)

Edit: I mean that it's great that NG is covering this horrible topic.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:05 AM

2. That is horrible. And horrifying.

But, oh no, fracking has nothing to do with this........

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:32 AM

3. Whats she complaining about its free natural gas...



says the gas companies.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:53 PM

17. She should be paying for it!!!

Well, I guess we are all going to pay for it.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:48 AM

4. Wow! National Geographics!

Who'd a thunk it? This is some great exposure folks. Wonder how those "frackers" are going to like this?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:10 AM

5. "Gasland" Revisited

 


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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:15 AM

6. This happens in various places

in the US where there's fracking, but the company denies responsibility? FUCK! Oil and gas companies are destroying the environment for money. Greed is getting out of control.

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Response to Unknown Beatle (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:08 AM

9. I was thinking about that

while waiting for the bus today. Between drilling and spilling, mountain top removal and fracking, the energy assholes have destroyed out water system, polluted our air, wrecked the oceans and denied their contribution to or even the existence of climate change. They make obscene profits at the planet's expense, pay no taxes but still get huge refunds. When - how/when does this ever change.

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:51 AM

13. And we pay for their refunds so it's a sweet deal for them

They're like a gigantic parasite sucking our money up and shitting where they eat - on us.

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Response to Unknown Beatle (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:00 AM

14. It also happens in places where there is no fracking

Explosive levels of gas in water from wells is not at all uncommon. That is a lesson I learned early on when we moved up here from Florida. The very first time I was made aware of it was when a toilet in a house next-door to the home of two of my wife's Aunts exploded because of gas accumulation mixed with cigarette smoking. This was 30 years before the first gas wells into the deep shale seams were fracked.

In places like western Pennsylvania, where the picture was taken, you find coal seams close to the surface and when water wells are drilled through them the gas in the seam is pulled up along with the water.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:50 AM

7. Unfrack The World from the overpassLightBrigade.org



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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:04 AM

8. Chesapeake Energy denies they are

responsible for methane in the water? I guess it was there all along and Sherry Vargson just didn't know it.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:47 AM

10. Of course the powers that be will

Issue a different national geographic for America something with the title "fracking adds vitamins and minerals essential for human nutrition"

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 07:51 AM

11. Don't Drink the Flammable Water! It will kill you.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:43 AM

12. I have to wonder, did she ever try to light up her sink before the fracking took place?

The reason I ask is because it is not at all uncommon for water wells to punch through coal seams in this part of the country (northern West Virginia, just south of the western-Pennsylvania gas fields). When they do natural gas, or coal-gas, comes up with the water and can burn at the tap. Its also not uncommon for toilets to explode for the same reason.

My point is that gas in water is not uncommon and I have to wonder if people are just now discovering and old problem and attributing it to the new fracking when in fact its the near-surface coal seams that are causing the problem.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:15 AM

15. Doubleplusungood: Freaking fracking the bosom of Mother Earth for profit for a few.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:35 AM

16. americans against fracking.org

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:27 PM

18. Kick for later. n/t

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 05:17 PM

19. Kick nt

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