Posted on December 8, 2011 | By Christian | 1 Comment
Today the EPA released a draft report, on their study at Pavillion Wyoming, where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals, ”breaking” the news we already knew. In 2010 filmmaker Josh Fox released the documentary ‘Gasland’ which revealed the terrible consequences of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and the Slackerfactor reported in our “forget fracking” podcast in July of 2011. Fracking is the method of extracting oil and natural gas from the rock formations by pumping pressurized water and chemicals into the naturally occurring fissures in the ground, thereby more easily releasing the fuels, leaving behind devastating pollution in the ground and water tables.
The EPA’s draft of their findings shows groundwater pollution containing benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX), which are health and cancer causing compounds associated with fracking.
While the reality is that we will continue using fossil fuels and need to find new methods of extracting fossil fuels, it should be done responsibly.
I encourage you to read the complete report