“Fracking” and Halliburton’s role in it EXPLAINED


Shale-Shocked
Fracking Gets Its Own Occupy Movement
By Ellen Cantarow
https://app.e2ma.net/app/view:CampaignPublic/id:25612.7432730142/rid:e18eb6e99d19542e5f31de5b03c4c153

This is a story about water, the land surrounding it, and the lives it sustains. Clean water should be a right: there is no life without it. New York is what you might call a “water state.” Its rivers and their tributaries only start with the St. Lawrence, the Hudson, the Delaware, and the Susquehanna. The best known of its lakes are Great Lakes Erie and Ontario, Lake George, and the Finger Lakes. Its brooks, creeks, and trout streams are fishermen’s lore.

Far below this rippling wealth there’s a vast, rocky netherworld called the Marcellus Shale. Stretching through southern New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, the shale contains bubbles of methane, the remains of life that died 400 million years ago. Gas corporations have lusted for the methane in the Marcellus since at least 1967 when one of them plotted with the Atomic Energy Agency to explode a nuclear bomb to unleash it. That idea died, but it’s been reborn in the form of a technology invented by Halliburton Corporation: high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing — “fracking” for short.

Fracking uses prodigious amounts of water laced with sand and a startling menu of poisonous chemicals to blast the methane out of the shale. At hyperbaric bomb-like pressures, this technology propels five to seven million gallons of sand-and-chemical-laced water a mile or so down a well bore into the shale.

Up comes the methane — along with about a million gallons of wastewater containing the original fracking chemicals and other substances that were also in the shale, among them radioactive elements and carcinogens. There are 400,000 such wells in the United States. Surrounded by rumbling machinery, serviced by tens of thousands of diesel trucks, this nightmare technology for energy release has turned rural areas in 34 U.S. states into toxic industrial zones.

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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One Response to “Fracking” and Halliburton’s role in it EXPLAINED

  1. eslkevin says:

    Target: Bruce Bishop Toys “R” Us Corporation Vice President, Investor Relations
    Sponsored by: Moxy Vote

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/294/648/588/?z00m=20181327

    Over 70 of the world’s largest retail and apparel brands have adopted policies prohibiting the use of Uzbekistan cotton but, to our knowledge, Toys “R” Us has neither addressed the issue nor released any information on its cotton sourcing practices and policies.

    Urge Toys “R” Us to prohibit its suppliers from sourcing Uzbekistan cotton, helping to end the abuses of child and slave labor in the cotton supply chain and providing consumers with a quality product that is responsibly produced.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/294/648/588/?z00m=20181327

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