Just imagine the possibilites of living in a world where people learned from the mistakes of others, heeded the warnings of those who went before them and listened to their mothers.
Shale oil & gas mining operations are moving into new areas everyday. Right now, somewhere in America, a landman is telling someone that signing a lease for shale mining is like found money. “It’s like finding thousands of dollars lying on the ground. All you have to do is pick it up.”
Didn’t your mother ever tell you that nothing is free? Mine did and I listened to her. Happy Mothers’ Day, Mom.
You Can’t Live in a Quarry.
People know you can’t live in a quarry and they are learning that you can’t live with shale oil & gas mining. Families are moving away from zones of extraction no matter what the cost. (call for research)
The list of The Harmed, the Sickened, the Dead and the Disappeared grows longer everyday although our government has failed to keep track.
Lease holders are learning the true cost of that “free money.” They have a new job where they never get to punch out.
The Fracking Diaspora
There is an Exodus From Shale Drilling Areas Throughout PA and the real estate agents must be in overdrive in Argyle and other heavily drilled areas of the Barnett Shale. But who will buy those homes, who will finance those home sales and who will insure homes in zones of extraction–Insurers find it tough to price fracking risk.
I just want to get out! is the lament I hear most often after people have direct experience with shale mining operations. No matter how beloved your American Dream home or place in the country, it eventually becomes an albatross when trying to get out of the zone of extraction. Where can you find a buyer who wants to live in a quarry?
At some point, the shale mining industry may be force to level with populations:
“Attention! This area has been designated as a zone of extraction and is scheduled for depopulation. All people and animals will be relocated.”
Until then, the shale mining industry will keep using the “found money” lie and hoping to find suckers who have forgotten what their mothers told them. The Fracking Diaspora will continue.
Imagine all the endless possibilities and where we might be if people learned from others mistakes and listened to their mothers.
HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY!
About Sharon Wilson
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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A couple of good, related, articles:
Fracked! Are you covered for man-made earthquakes?
Insurers find it tough to price fracking risk:
Even more absurd info on our new found energy independence
I agree that it is absurd to sell interests in domestic energy to foreign countries but I don’t think Obama can stop that. And, can you imagine what it would do to him politically if he even tried.
And, this part is not true:
As I have written about previously, the United States actually has plenty of oil. If we would simply use the resources that we already have, we would never have to import a single drop of foreign oil.
David Bell says
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Oct 2011: Industies that have more total illnesses than O&G industry: ice cream and frozen food manufacturing, wineries, bottling water, book publishers, tortilla manufacturing, recyclable material merchant wholesalers, boat dealers…
Those working in oil & gas development aren’t taking much time off of work either: http://bls.gov/iif/oshwc/osh/os/ostb2803.pdf
O&G extraction doesn’t even make the list. Data don’t lie.
Oh yea, and what about the air quality results released from TX Dept of State Health Services for Dish: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/epitox/consults/dish_ei_2010.pdf
Thank you for bringing up the Dish blood and urine study. I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight about that. It is very important to read the actual data from the study and not the spin from IED.
Here are some hard facts from the Dish blood and urine test:
* Half the people who were tested–HALF THE PEOPLE–had chemicals in their blood over the levels of the general population of the US.
* The chemicals in the blood, urine and tap water were the same chemicals found in exceedances in the previous air sampling.
* 15 chemicals were over the limit for the whole United States.
10 of those 15 chemicals were more prevalent in the non-smokers.
* 2 where equal in the non-smokers and smokers
* Only 3 of the 15 chemicals were higher in the smokers
50% of those tested had concentrations over the average for the United States.
If they can’t sell their minerals, at least they can rent their house live at a resort on the beach!
“It’s almost an unmanageable population explosion,” said Vicky Steiner, executive director of the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties.
The move put pressure on an already tight housing market, where rents for a two-bedroom without utilities skyrocketed from $350 a month to $2,000. Some workers report paying $4,000 a month for a three-bedroom apartment in Williston, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of the Canadian border.
Five hotels are being built in Williston — home to 14,500 people in 2010 and about 20,000 today — and officials expect 1,200 apartments and single-family homes to be completed by summer. With 4,000 job openings, even that won’t be enough.
“We have a unique opportunity,” said Jaret Wirtz, the authority’s executive director. “This was never feasible before; there was never enough water or money available.”
Like school superintendents who recently banded together to lobby for state funds, farmers are joining forces in the Northwest Landowners Association to push for more regulated growth.
“I don’t think any of us want it to go away,” said Troy Coons, 48, a farmer and the group’s vice chairman. “We just want it managed and not a free-for-all. Most people want to be treated fair and respectably.”
Dave McElroy says
This is what immediately comes to mind when reading the list of harmed, sickened, dead and disappeared.
Would the media investigate fracking mass hysteria?? (Call for research)
We were GREEN 100 years ago.
– The solar water heater is 250 years old.
Swiss inventor Horace de Saussure built the first solar water heater.
In the 1890s inventor Clarence Kemp introduced California to the Climax, the first commercial solar water heater.
– In 1878, at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, french engineer Augustin Mouchot produced ice blocks using a solar-driven adsorption chiller.
– In 1888, Charles Francis Brush, a U.S. inventor, built a 12kW wind turbine to charge 12 batteries stored in the cellar of his home.
– In 1911, Frank Shuman, an American engineer, built the world’s first solar thermal power station.
– The double glazed window is 80 years old. It can cut heat lost by about half.