Wednesday, September 15, 2010

No Fracking Way--The Globe and Mail

If our governments stand holding their hands over their eyes, ears and nose while industry tells them they are being "good neighbors" and not contaminating the ecosystem: the water, air, and land, do you think there is something wrong with the picture?

Our governments allow industry to continue fouling our lives with their health-damaging chemicals without consequences other than a meagre "cost of doing business" fine. In New Mexico industry is limited by the Oil Conservation Division (OCD) to a mere $10,000 fine. There are no o incentives nor accountability to "protect" when an oil company's annual PROFITS is upwards of $30 billion dollars ($30,000,000,000).

"You have to wonder why do we have money for propaganda and not for proper science?,"
Professor SCHINDLER QUOTE from Graham Thomson's article below

"It's not the role of Alberta Environment to advocate on behalf of the environment."
Rob Renner, Alberta Minister of Environment,

Do we have the foxes guarding the hen house? Are there any hens left?

Drilling Mora County

Globe and Mail
Aug. 31, 2010
Letters to the editor

Your article Quebec Moves to Develop Natural Gas Industry (front page, Aug. 30) should serve as a wake-up call.

The use of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to break up underground geological formations and release trapped natural gas is proving to be an extremely controversial practice south of the border. Families there who find that their drinking water is now flammable because of the gas present in the water supply are justifiably outraged. Indeed, widespread claims of contaminated ground water have prompted the New York State Senate to halt such gas-extraction plans until much more is known about fracking.

Clearly, before much more independent research is done to analyze the safety of such methods of hydrocarbon extraction, the only sane reply to gas companies wishing to push ahead is "no fracking way!"