You can drink it. We did drink it, around the table, almost ritual-like…
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at a Senate hearing on natural gas, saying he once drank fracking fluid with Halliburton representatives.
Hickenlooper says the liquid he sipped was made entirely of “food additives,” but fracking fluids can contain chemicals ranging from lead to formaldehyde.
What Mr. Hickenlooper isn’t saying is that he fracked it up afterwards.
You can literally put facts in front of people, and they will just ignore them.Mark Lubell, the director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior at the University of California-Davis • Discussing the nature of the debate over “fracking” in recent months, where both sides have been known to use questionable facts to support their arguments for or against the practice. Example: Protesters claim that the air pollution threats caused by fracking are significant, despite the evidence that the popularity of the practice cuts back on the production of far-more-damaging-to-the-atmosphere coal energy. On top of this, EPA regulations have helped to limit air pollution from fracking. Honestly, environmental issues are emotional. But let’s be honest when bringing up said emotional issues.
» Don’t start fracking in your backyard just yet: While increased instances of hydrofracking on (well, literally in) U.S. soil have helped decrease any reliance on oil from the Middle East — which only comprises 10% of our consumption anyway — the bigger help is increased fuel economy, among other energy efficiency measures being taken. Heck, the more energy-efficient our cars are, the less oil we need from anywhere.
These earthquakes were sitting there waiting to happen. We have triggered these earthquakes.Seismologist John Armbruster • Discussing the recent string of earthquakes in Ohio. If you live in that state, you might have noticed up to a dozen small earthquakes since last spring. There hasn’t been a measured earthquake in the area ever until last March. Apparently, the disposing of waste water into the ground (during a energy-releasing process called “fracking”) may have flowed into an earthquake fault line. This same problem has happened in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. In Arkansas alone, 1,000 mini-quakes were measured. source (via • follow)