Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fracking: It could happen to you! The Cold Hard Truths about it...

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fracking…yep, it could happen to you! Our government is manufacturing an epidemic and it’s truly disturbing! If you didn’t know, New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo wants to allow fracking at the New York City Watershed and Delaware River Basin, the largest unfiltered water supply in the world that goes out to 15.6 million people in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Can you imagine not being able to go into a NYC restaurant and order tap water? We’re famous for our bagels and pizza because the secret’s in the water. Now imagine if you couldn’t take a shower in your own home or wash your clothes because the water is toxic.

This is happening to people across America and in other countries around the world and it’s scary. It’s time for YOU and all of us to get involved and put an end to this dangerous new initiative! It might be coming to your town sooner than you realize. The government and the gas companies don’t care about the public; all they care about is money. And now more than ever, they can use the poor economy as an excuse to enable this practice.

My passion for this issue was spurred on by two things: watching Josh Fox’s “Gasland,” a shocking and horrifying documentary about fracking and a woman I admire very much, Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo getting behind the cause. Vanessa’s given me so much through Brenda over the past 20 years. She literally changed my life and I want to pay it forward and help her in any way I can. She has a powerful platform to speak out from as a celebrity and she uses it the right way, to spread awareness on important topics that are affecting people on both a national and global level. Let’s help someone that’s helped us. If Vanessa is important to you, I urge you to support her and support this issue. She deserves it!

Have you ever seen water from a tap or stream light on fire? Have you seen a stream bubbling over like boiling water? Have you witnessed wildlife dying? Have you seen animals’ hair falling out? I have. Josh Fox and other organizations are shining light on the dangerous practice of fracking.

What is fracking? (Also known as hydraulic fracturing or hydro-fracking). “It is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling.” More simply put, it is the process of drilling down and creating tiny explosions to shatter, crack or fracture (hence the term “fracking”) hard shale rocks to release the gas inside. “Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale (sedimentary rock) and opens cracks that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well.

Problems typically occur when poorly-made cement well casings leak natural gas along with fracking fluid into neighboring water wells. Generally 1-8 million gallons of water may be used to frack a well. A well may be fracked up to 18 times. For each frack, 80-300 tons of chemicals may be used.” That adds up to 1,440-5,400 tons of chemicals used over the lifespan of a well. Now I’m no fracking expert but that sounds like a LOT of chemicals – not cool anywhere but especially not around my drinking water or the water I’m gonna shower in or clean my clothes with or swim in. 

This technology boosts gas and oil production and generates $1.5 billion a year for the gas companies such as Halliburton, about one-fifth of its energy-related revenue. No surprise that one of fracking’s biggest proponents, Dick Cheney used to work for Halliburton before we were cursed with him as our Vice President for eight long and painful years.

Here are some cold hard truths about fracking you might not know...

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