Fracking and politics

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has become a heated political issue since Josh Fox’s “Gasland” first showed people lighting their tap water on fire, which they say is caused by fracking letting natural gas into the water ways. Other experts have said that, in the right conditions, this was happening naturally. Of course, fracking could make it worse.

Now we have a new fracking documentary coming out, and it makes me wonder if the story will be different, or if it will just tell the other side.

There are two or three sides to every story, and I think that, while the technique may be the same, the results are very different in North Dakota than they are in the East Coast.

Rumors run rampant every other week that the EPA will put a moratorium on all fracking, which couldn’t be farther from the truth, at least not for North Dakota. Fracking can’t effect our drinking water they way it can out East. Most of us get our water from Lake Sakakawea, and fracking takes place far below the water table, so those that do use water wells are generally safe.

Hollywood has been getting behind the anti-fracking movement, so we’ll see what happens there.

Until then, watch Mark Ruffalo and Stephen Colbert duke it out.

2 thoughts on “Fracking and politics

  1. Oh really? Dunn Center’s water has changed recently in the last 2-3 months. It is now undrinkable. When you try and brush your teeth with it, it burns your gums. You wash dishes with it, your hands get VERY dry. Dunn Center’s water used to be “good.” You could actually drink it. I would never try and have a garden here with this water. It is very strange too, because this is Southwest Water. I have had Southwest Water tap water in Dickinson and it is not this bad.

  2. 80 to 90 % of available fresh water in the U.S. comes from groundwater. 15 to 20% of ND water comes from private wells, while many muncipalities in the state also use wells since many do not live near the “lake”. To assume that the groundwater is safe during fracking becasue ND is somehow “different” than other parts of the country is like a smoker saying his lungs are different than others who smoke. We need to be vigilant and protect our water supplies.

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