On the other hand Jensen argues by saying prejudicing powerless individuals instead of those who actually attain influential power in the system of government and policy making is one of the problems to mitigate environmental pollution. He supports his idea by mentioning Kirkpatrick Sale’s quote: “ The whole individualist what –you-can-to-do-save-the-Earth guilt trip is myth. We, as individuals, are not creating the crises, and we can’t solve them”
Therefore, fracking will not continue because of its bad reputation. Fracking companies should also list the chemicals used in fracking fluids so that the contamination in water can be reversed. Linda Dong from dangersoffracking.com clearly explains that the underground water that is contaminated is permanent damage. Without knowing the chemicals in fracking fluids, better alternatives to harmful chemicals cannot be found. However, the fracking fluid that is left underground damages the environment that we live in.
David Biello states that “leaks from badly cased wells contaminated drinking water wells—and one even exploded” which shows that when things are not done properly problems can occur (Scientific American). Since fracking fluid is made up of a high percentage of water, contains many harmful chemicals, and this creates
Dear, I ‘m writing you to ask that you vote no on the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The reason personally that I believe that you should vote no is because of the problems that will occur do to transporting oil in this way. Not only are we effected the environment in a negative way, we are also putting lives in jeopardy. The 1700 mile underground pipeline would link the tar sands fields of northern Alberta to oil refineries in Texas may sound like a great idea, let me tell you why I know that it is a bad idea. It is said that this fuel is dirty as well as the process that it will take to get this oil.
One reason is fracking increases the risk that groundwater can be polluted. This creates a problem due to the fact that the clean groundwater has more important uses than being polluted to extract shale gas. With methane emissions, environmentalists doubt that shale gas is a better alternative to harmful fossil fuels. Another argument presented by the environmentalists is that the fossil fuel industry is declining; investing in a company that will not succeed is pointless. They think that shale fracking is not going to be very successful because the industry is moving towards renewable energy
Water contamination is one of the most well-known risks caused by hydrofracking, most likely because water is one of the key components of this process. “Each well uses between two and five million gallons of locally-sourced freshwater which will be permanently contaminated” by the toxic chemicals placed into the water during fracking (Fracking: The Dangers). Some of the water returns to earth’s surface and is stored above ground in steel casks. It is finally inserted deep into the ground into “waste wells” (Fracking: The Dangers). Unaccounted water that is not put into waste wells may stay underground; however, its chemicals can make their way into the water supply of the surrounding areas which causes contamination.
Unlike the BP oil spill that affected many animals, an oil spill of the North Dakota Access Pipeline would affect humans. We are to question are federal laws protecting indigenous land doing their justice? It is hoped that the Native American land will not be deserted like the Chaco Canyon and Cahokia, and that language is not lost. A culture that has benefitted the earliest of settlers in America should not be forgotten. Rather than seeking oil sources in order to make our economy “self sufficient” (Yan), why don’t we search for alternative energy sources in our country that are non invasive.
The benefits of fracking are short-term and the consequences long term. The shortsightedness of the gas corporations blinds them to the benefits of flaring. It is unacceptable that fracking operations continue to destroy this earth and its inhabitants. Greed must not get in the way of insuring the environment is preserved for the generations to come. The answer to this problem is simple; fracking must stop and flaring must take its
It needs to be transported miles depending on where the dumping location is and if it accidently spills into a river, according to Earth Focus on Fracking Hell: The Untold Story, it would wipe that entire river out. Fracking has severely harmed drinking water sources in the areas around the sites, which eventually could destroy communities around them. Meheny and Guggemos explain the negative effects fracking has not only on the consumption of drinking water, but on the geographical locations of wells and whether or not they are putting drinking resources at risk: “In July 2012, when a record heat and drought struck the mid-Atlantic region, the Susquehanna River Basin suspended 64 water withdrawal permits, the majority of which were for in-state Marcellus shale gas drillers” (Meheny, Guggemos 172). A water withdrawal permit is when 100,000 or more gallons of water is being dispensed, special permission from the town or city where the water source is located is required. The amount of water necessary to perform a fracking operation is extremely concerning due to the lack of water in some parts of the
Many people believe fracking is harmful to the environment because it pollutes the air and water and can possibly inject harmful chemicals in the earth. For many years scientists have studied the effects of hydraulic fracturing on water sources. With much controversy they say that hydraulic fracking is “subject to both federal
Mountaintop removal mining is a complex issue while being totally destructive in almost every aspect. The coal mined does not justify destroying mountains that formed nearly 480 million years and then completing artificial reclamation that cannot replace or due justice for what was lost during the destruction. The monetary gain from mining does not compensate for the destruction and the health effects of the environment and people. Massey Energy is inadvertently influencing the deterioration of the local lives, and treating them as a lesser people because a greater amount of people are being benefited from the mining (Holcomb). The documentary also pointed out that not only are the communities of West Virginia influenced, but the tributaries carry contaminants downstream to influence other ecosystems and people.
After watching the documentary, there is no doubt that natural gas drilling is destroying our environment. For instance, hydraulic fracturing produces large amounts of wastewater, which may contain dissolved chemicals and other contaminants that require treatment before disposal or reuse (EIA, 2014). Furthermore, the chemicals used in the process can contaminate surrounding areas if they are released by spills, leaks, faulty well construction, or other exposure
The public turned on them almost unanimously, but would have had been less likely to attack and ostracize BP if they had simply accepted the blame that the world had already laid on their shoulders as their own. Hayward also avoided the reduction of offense strategy; for, he appeared to fully admit the harm caused by the spill to the local environment, wildlife and economy. His only failing in this regard was to attribute blame to BP. BP failed to correctly judge the situation or correctly predict the level of public outcry resulting from the environmental harm done. Mr. Hayward claimed “to fully grasp the terrible reality of the situation” (Hayward 2005).
The Cause and Effects of the Oilfield The cause and effects of the oilfield are more disastrous than most people know. The oil boom is destroying small towns throughout America. The processes of fracking and drilling are destroying the earths water resources because the millions of gallons of water are being used and it can never be used again because it is contaminated. Drilling and fracking are more disastrous then most people might think. “It produces toxic chemicals in the air around the area they are fracking or drilling in.