Another slightly late post from Retro Housewife.
T. Boone Pickens and his plan to help stop climate change. This plan includes a lot of natural gas.
So is natural gas a good option for our green energy future? It's clean burning and we have a lot of it. While these things are true there are big problems with natural gas and that comes from the drilling. You may have heard of natural gas drilling, called Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. It's been in the news lately because it's thought to be a possible cause of the earthquake swarm in Arkansas. In January a six-month moratorium was placed on new injection wells in central Arkansas and just this month natural gas companies in the area -including two Oklahoma based companies- agreed to temporarily suspend the use of injection wells in central Arkansas.
Earthquakes are just one problem with fracking. There are also many reports of contaminated drinking water. Just go to Youtube and you will find videos of people setting their tap water on fire. There is a documentary called Gasland that looks into many of these issues. It does not shine a pretty light on this "green" fuel. While more studies still need to be done on fracking it does not seem to be the green fuel of the future. It is still a fossil fuel and may come with great risks to our water.
Is there fracking around you? If so has your area had increased earthquakes or water contamination?
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