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.
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.