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More than 20,000 landowners in the St. Lawrence Valley are blocking the access of the shale gas industry onto their land.
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Amen to that. Seriously, how can anything but bad things come about from stuffing chemicals into the ground?
On my recent trip I was in an area where there are fracking stations in some of the fields, and was told there have already been some earthquakes nearby – not part of the world which is normally a seismically active zone. Yikes, if that isn’t a warning, what is?
@ Doobious: You are aware that water is a chemical, right? Everything is made of chemicals. Everything.
@Marc: You know that light is not made of chemicals, right? Not Everything.
Marc, that’s disingenuous of you. Water is a “chemical” that belongs in the ground. “Some of the [fracking] chemicals pose no known health hazards, some others are known carcinogens, some are toxic, some are neurotoxins. For example: benzene (causes cancer, bone marrow failure), lead (damages the nervous system and causes brain disorders), ethylene glycol (antifreeze, causes death), methanol (highly toxic), boric acid (kidney damage, death), 2-butoxyethanol (causes hemolysis).” (from the Wikipedia article on fracking).
Also the sheer quantity of water injected into the wells is destabilizing, and where does all that water come from? What does such use of water do to our drinking water supply?
We’re doing stuff that causes earthquakes in areas not known for seismic activity. Is that not enough of a warning bell?
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