Hydrofracking in the 23rd?
Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas is supposed to take care of the United States energy problems for the next generation. Many struggling farm owners in New York and Pennsylvania see it as their economic salvation. But there is a price to be paid that goes beyond the direct economic cost, in destruction of the land, in danger to the ground water and in greenhouse gas emissions.
Matt Damon stars in a new movie, “Promised Land,” which he also helped write, which makes a case against hydrofracking. It is due out in December, and should be interesting to see.
Hydraulic fracturing requires drilling a deep vertical well, then drilling a horizontal well out from the side of the vertical well, then setting of an explosive charge to fracture (frack) the underground shale. Then a mixture of water (hydro) and chemicals is pumped into the crevices in order to force out the…
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