“Don’t BS the public!”
This July 27, 2011 file photo shows a farmhouse in the background framed by pipes connecting pumps where the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas was underway at a Range Resources site in Claysville, Pa. In Pennsylvania’s fracking boom, new and more unconventional wells leaked far more than older and traditional wells, according to a study of inspections of more than 41,000 wells drilled. (Keith Srakocic)
Fracking is defined by Investopedia as: “A slang term for hydraulic fracturing. Fracking refers to the procedure of creating fractures in rocks and rock formations by injecting fluid into cracks to force them further open. The larger fissures allow more oil and gas to flow out of the formation and into the wellbore, from where it can be extracted. Fracking has resulted in many oil and gas wells attaining a state of economic viability, due to the level of extraction that can be reached.”
This article from The York Dispatch posits that “Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling booms.”
“‘The lack of any action speaks volumes,’ said Avila, who is now the public health commissioner for Orange County, New York. ‘Don’t BS the public. Their health comes first.’”
Fracking may also bring adverse financial impact to the property owners. So, what’s the future for Pennsylvania as thousands, or tens or thousands or hundreds of thousands of law suits are filed against the property owners and the state which allows fracking on state-owned lands.
Another article, Fracking: Friend or for for the homeowner, from InsuranceQuotes.org, suggests that “some homeowners can find themselves liable for any unwanted aftermath of fracking, such as water contamination.”