Well said, Face.
Add to that is the fact that the fracking process requires MILLIONS of gallons of water per drilling facility. NC has been very drought prone in recent years. We have come very close, numerous times, of running OUT of our surface water reserves. We simply do not have the resources to support this process.
Also, this water is mixed with a slurry of dozens of chemicals, many of which are known to be extremely harmful. There are other chemicals that are unknown, because the industry managed to pass legislation that allowed them to hide the actual recipes of chemicals they were using. They don't WANT us to know what is mixed there.
Very few companies have any way to recycle these fluids and they are sometimes simply dumped into a treatment system that is unable to render them safe. It is not unknown for there to be "accidental" massive spills of the chemicals into the environment that has killed livestock and poisoned surface water sources.
Like I said, I am not against a safe way of extracting this gas. Some companies are doing a better job of it than others. I have natural gas in my home. I just want the REGULATIONS (you know, the ones the GOP is working so hard to overturn and undermine) That will protect this state.
I agree with Allison.
Fortunately, some landowners in my area were aware of the water issues surrounding fracking ahead of time. We had been hearing the horror stories of the chemical slurries, livestock deaths, wells being contaminated, people getting sick, and water sources ruined.
Lots of discussions, town hall meetings, land owner groups, and other public meetings harped on this.
However, the earthquakes were a new one for us. The ones in my area started off small.... 2.9s if I remember correctly, but each one got stronger and stronger. As they did, it become an issue that gained attention. Because they were getting stronger they were being felt and more people realized what was happening and grew angry and scared.
Things just kept going though, and they kept getting stronger. The last one was a 4.2, which seemed significant to those who felt it, and finally scared enough people to jolt some action.
Face, your explanations help to clarify things quite a bit, thank you.
The rest is really just rhetorical questions…
What irks me is why does it take getting a 4.2 earthquake for someone to finally scratch their head and say“Gee, maybe we should do something about this.”
I know it is much more complicated than this, but most of the town/non-landowner folks in my area don’t understand that, and are mighty upset.
If the knowledge and experience of earthquakes were already in place, and the data was showing the worsening trend, were the companies just pushing on hoping the earthquakes would just disappear?
When does it go past the pollution component and become about not outright scaring the people? We don’t get earthquakes here. 4.2 may seem like child’s play to folks in CA, but not here, especially with all that came to light with the last one and the fear that worse ones may occur.