Let me start off by saying, don't let the hair fool you, I am NOT a hippie. And this is NOT an attack on the entire oil industry just a certain segment of it (obviously none of us would have this hobby if there was no oil). But this is a topic that's important to me and I hope you guys will support it.
On November 21st, the Governors of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and the Army Corps of Engineers will be voting on the legalization of natural gas drilling in three of the states listed above (Delaware will not be drilled, but more on this in a bit). The drilling is done by a process called hydraulic fracturing, AKA Fracking. This involves drilling into shale bedrock and injecting an incompressible fluid into the bedrock, which fractures the rock and releases the gas.
The problem lies in the fluid and the releasing of gas. The fluid itself is incredibly toxic and is filled with known carcinogens. The fluid is pumped back out after it has been injected, but only about 50% of the fluid comes out. The rest seeps into the ground water where it flows wherever the aquifer takes it. It is pure chemical waste and it is willingly pumped into our drinking water. These are chemicals that require full hazmat protections (the most toxic rating given to some compounds), and they ARE PUMPED INTO THE GROUND!!!
On top of the toxic sludge being pumped in the ground, the fracturing of bedrock is an uncontrolled explosion. Not only does the fracking fluid get absorbed into the water table, but the natural gas itself seeps into the water. There are many accounts of people BEING ABLE TO LIGHT THERE TAP WATER ON FIRE FROM THE SPIGOT!!! Don't believe me? [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEtgvwllNpg]See for yourself.[/url] This is people's drinking water!
The hydraulic fracturing industry is an unregulated segment of the oil industry and due to a loophole in the [URL=http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/46445.html]2005 Clean Energy Act[/URL] is not covered by the Clean Air and Water Act established in 1974. The States have governance over the regulation of drilling for gas. The vote on November 21st will either pave the way for fracking or block it indefinitely.
Even though Delaware will not be drilled, we are in the Delaware River's tributary. Any runoff from upstream (NY, PA, NJ) runs into Delaware. We do not want these toxic chemicals in our water!!! Both Tom Corbett of PA and Chris Christie of NJ have said they will vote yes to this act. Both have been bought and paid for by the oil industry. Andrew Cuomo has stated he will vote no. I implore you to call or email the offices of Jack Markell (Delaware), our President Barack Obama, and our Vice President Joe Biden (a Delaware native) and tell them to vote NO!!! on November 21st.
There are many areas of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East that will be watching the outcome of this vote. If the vote passes many more people on our planet will face the same problem and the vote will be easier to pass.
The point is, Liberal, Conservative, or Moderate, this is a problem that faces us all. This isn't about global warming. There is no gray area when you are pumping hazardous material into ground water. This is about companies knowingly destroying the one planet we have for personal gain. The only people this drilling benefits is the oil companies who pad their wallets. The workers who build these rigs, the people who live near them, the farmers who have to cultivate the polluted land, the people who want to enjoy nature's beauty...they will all be affected by this vote.
Even if you don't live in the area, please contact Biden, Obama, and Markell and give them your opinion. If fracking does not affect you now, it will be coming your way. If the Nation stands behind its environment, we can win this battle. PLEASE spend a few minutes to write to our President and tell him to vote NO! If there was ever one time in your life to become politically active, it is NOW. I can not stress enough how big a disaster this can be. Imagine the BP oil spill, except a dozen times larger, much more toxic, and nearly a mile underground where nobody can plug it up, spewing toxic waste for 5-10 years.
This is our future as Americans and as humans on this planet. Please take the time to voice your opinions. I will be attending this vote in person to protest the drilling. Please lend your support to what will be one of the most important decisions of our generation. For more information, take a look at [url=http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/]the movie Gasland[/URL]. Thank you for reading, and please give your support.