Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:26 PM
Coyotl (13,169 posts)
Fracking Our Food Supply = The NATION
This is far more than a quick read!
Fracking Our Food Supply
In a Brooklyn winery on a sultry July evening, an elegant crowd sips rosé and nibbles trout plucked from the gin-clear streams of upstate New York. The diners are here, with their checkbooks, to support a group called Chefs for the Marcellus, which works to protect the foodshed upon which hundreds of regional farm-to-fork restaurants depend. The foodshed is coincident with the Marcellus Shale, a geologic formation that arcs northeast from West Virginia through Pennsylvania and into New York State. As everyone invited here knows, the region is both agriculturally and energy rich, with vast quantities of natural gas sequestered deep below its fertile fields and forests.
In Pennsylvania, the oil and gas industry is already on a tear—drilling thousands of feet into ancient seabeds, then repeatedly fracturing (or “fracking”) these wells with millions of gallons of highly pressurized, chemically laced water, which shatters the surrounding shale and releases fossil fuels. New York, meanwhile, is on its own natural-resource tear, with hundreds of newly opened breweries, wineries, organic dairies and pastured livestock operations—all of them capitalizing on the metropolitan area’s hunger to localize its diet.
But there’s growing evidence that these two impulses, toward energy and food independence, may be at odds with each other.
Tonight’s guests have heard about residential drinking wells tainted by fracking fluids in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Colorado. They’ve read about lingering rashes, nosebleeds and respiratory trauma in oil-patch communities, which are mostly rural, undeveloped, and lacking in political influence and economic prospects. The trout nibblers in the winery sympathize with the suffering of those communities. But their main concern tonight is a more insidious matter: the potential for drilling and fracking operations to contaminate our food. The early evidence from heavily fracked regions, especially from ranchers, is not reassuring.
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Response to Coyotl (Original post)
Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:26 PM
Useless in FL (124 posts)
5. God, this is just out of control!
How can we possibly stop these greedy monsters who have no COMPASSION for fellow human beings. I tell you, I am just exasperated and I'm so despondent. I'm tired of the end of lifers who feel they need to keep pushing this agenda.
Response to Useless in FL (Reply #5)
Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:24 PM
Coyotl (13,169 posts)
9. Actually, it is controlled and regulated by law
and those laws need to be rewritten to protect health and the future of our food supply and environment. Things like the Halliburton exception are what is wrong with the current situation, where Big Oil and Bush/Cheney colluded to enrich themselves.
The biggest problem is that the controls are not up to date with the methods and dangers posed by the chemicals employed by the new methods.