This is your future, Dallas.
XTO Energy (owned by Exxon) fracking a natural gas well in White County, Arkansas. Notice the noise, the chemical fumes being freely vented into the air, and the truck traffic…all in a residential area. We live near this well, and meanwhile back at our house, we are all sick with severe headaches, bloody noses, mysterious skin rashes and lesions, hair falling out, nausea, etc. not just the humans, but all our animals too. We never had these problems before XTO started drilling in our neighborhood. Doctors and veterinarians are baffled by our symptoms. And after XTO left this work site and were no longer actively fracking these wells, our symptoms began to decrease.
WHOEVER says natural gas is “CLEAN” has NEVER been to a natural gas drilling site! It is dirty on the front end during the fracking process and people and animals are suffering greatly because of it. DO NOT SUPPORT FRACKING! The process of natural gas extraction CAN BE DONE CLEANER, but currently the laws do not make the industry do it in a cleaner, safer, greener way. We need better regulations for this industry so natural gas can be extracted cleaner without causing so much suffering and environmental damage. Doing the process cleaner and safer will not cut jobs! It will create more jobs AND save lives!
SUPPORT THE FRAC ACT!
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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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Fish Creek Neighbor says
My dog’s hair started falling out in clumps while a third well 1500 feet from our home was drilled and fracked. White chemical clouds were wafting off flowback tanks and our city kept insisting that it is only water vapor. I’ve never known pure water vapor to smell pungent. Can’t the city get into trouble for saying that? The extraction of natural gas is the dirtiest business I’ve ever seen. How can this be happening near homes and schools? This may very well be the largest environmental disaster of the century.
Fracking Cracy says
Everyone considers fracking to be the dirtiest part of drilling. When I first began having illness related to Gas Extraction my symptoms were actually brought upon by an exposure that occurred while Williams was doing the VERTICAL drill prior to fracking.
I don’t want any one to exclude the dangers and health implications that are associated with simply the first stage of drilling.
The whole process is dirty and dangerous from beginning to end. From the first landman who calls to the last pipelines that go in. And there never really is an end even though that’s what we’ve been told. It will all be back to “normal” in a few months or a few years. Years turn into decades. Decades turn into another century with fossil fuels.
Alan Cain says
My sympathies with you all. This is so sad, and is going to get a LOT worse as both consumers and companies become desperate for convenient (to them, not you) energy sources. We (as an energy extracting country) will not stop until the last company can no longer poke a hole in the ground and manipulate short term yields. Our national energy policy means that you individuals will be subsumed by companies that correctly figure that if they can’t get what they want “legally”, they will be backed by the powers that be to take it in the “greater good”. What can we do? It involves a lot more citizen resistance than we have shown in the recent past – it will require a total commitment to changing pretty much everything about how we value work and get energy; without that I am so sorry about our lack of a reasonable future.
Totally agree! It’s not looking too hopeful right now that the citizen resistance will come in time or that people are willing to commit to the change required.