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Separate ends of the environmental spectrum…

The Assoc. Press reported this week that data from some states does indeed indicate evidence of ground water pollution attributed to chemicals pumped into the earth to force natural gas toward the surface during the fracking process. (For the full story, Google “Kevin Begos” “Associated Press” “In at least four states”. Be sure to include the quotation marks.)

The natural gas industry has lobbied hard to convince people that the myriad chemicals they inject into the ground – well below ground water supplies, they insist – don’t impact water supplies.

My effort is small potatoes compared to the pending environmental disaster below ground, but what I do still counts for something.

My effort is small potatoes compared to the pending environmental disaster below ground, but what I do still counts for something.

Common sense would say ‘how can you pump something into the soil at any depth, at high pressure, with any plausible sense of assurance that it won’t roam uncontrolled?’ After all, the natural gas is pushed upward through fissures and cracks – the same paths ostensibly used by water. So we’re expected to believe chemicals aren’t to follow that same upward path and won’t intersect with water at some juncture?

Fracking is at the far end of the environmental importance spectrum, well away from my relatively paltry concern about a 2.5 mile pathway lined with other people’s junk. Fracking is a Big Boy concern with much greater consequences to us all.

Even so, the fracking and litter battles both figure into the sum total of environmental neglect. It just means the battleground for what is clean and good is broad and on many levels. My war continues to be waged at the street level. I’ll keep pressing the assault and be thankful for small daily small victories.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility ( I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen these single pagers as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

1 Comment on Separate ends of the environmental spectrum…

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