One of my readers asked me to post something about President Obama’s call to development more natural gas. What is there to say? We’ve been betrayed. We live in a designated sacrifice zone.
You can read what the Oil & Gas Accountability Project thinks on EARTHblog.
President Obama: first prove gas development is safe, THEN encourage development
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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It's doesn't matter if you're a Dem or Repub, everyone understands being exposed to toxic chemicals, reductions in home value, and lowering of quality of life issues. I will continue to fight EVERY politician regardless of political affiliation who still doesn't get it. We can't let needs for energy trample on others rights.
Don’t be naïve. You can’t “prove” any type of energy production is safe.
What a dumb idea, this gas production! Our president needs to have a couple of compressor stations, an amine gas plant and several wells being drilled outside his bedroom window–than ask about gas production?
I think hydro-electric is pretty safe, unless you think falling water is dangerous. It's only been naturally occurring for millions of years with no documented case of injury (just like hydro-fracking). Just call me naive. Geo-thermal, again, pretty darn safe. Solar, well, we could turn off the sun, but that would have other adverse effects so we might as well make use of the energy we can't control.
Earthworks made a good point in questioning why Obama mentions Energy Secretary Steven Chu as the man who will, using his physics powers, prove that hydraulic fracturing is safe. Clearly the EPA's Lisa Jackson should have been named since the agency she has charge of is still studying hydraulic fracturing. Speaking of which I found it irritating that Obama claims to only want to drill if it can be done without contaminating groundwater yet he isn't willing to wait until the EPA even finishes studying it completely to determine whether that's even possible. I question whether when finished if the study will even be truthful or just cave to political pressure like the EPA 2004 study on hydraulic fracturing. Also the study will conveniently finish around the time when a new administration will be voted in. So even if the report finds huge dangers it will just be ignored by the next administration(likely republican). Also, Obama makes no mention of removing the exemptions to all federal regulation which would be a step in the right direction before the drilling boom expands.
Doesn't Obama know that methane leakage has been under reported to the EPA by the industry by 9,000 times? And so if methane leakage ramps up climate warming and we go barrelling to our own manmade extinction….that's great leadership Obama.