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    Gas fracking fortunes in our backyard

  – Gas Fracking everywhere, anywhere, in our housing subdivisions, in schoolyards is the latest energy fortune boom. It's now profitable to capture the hard to extract gas trapped in layers of rock 3,000 feet below the surface.


    The Sell: natural gas burns at half the CO2 of coal and can lower greenhouse gas emissions by replacing coal-fired power plants. Boosts the economy and makes us energy self-sufficient. And opens up jobs galore.


    The Hell: The promises of Fracking have given frackers free-reign to frack anywhere. Fracking is exempt from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and largely unregulated.


    Fracking towers and heavy diesel truck traffic in subdivisions lowering the value of their homes is the least of fracking neighbors' worries. Cases of polluted drinking water from methane and chemical invasion, so bad, many homeowners were able to light their water on fire with a match!


    Once again the promise of technology blinds officials to the scrutiny necessary to guarantee 100% safety before unleashing it on a vulnerable society.


    Eager frackers are hiring like crazy. We have little knowledge of the level of expertise of the contractors they hire. Some ads for frackers state a requirement of the aptitude to learn the technology or even no experience necessary. There is so much uproar to the problems of fracking, most of the ads a search for fracking jobs on Google turn up are by consumer organizations looking for people to run anti-fracking campaigns.


    Who carries the risk of fracking catastrophes? So much a risk, the frackers don't carry risk insurance because they can't get it or it would eat too much profit. They self-insure. Worth gambling to come away without a catastrophe? If profits are great enough they'll have the bucks to hire lawyers to crush a possible public casualty law suit? Are public casualties considered acceptable risk for the greater good?


    Frackers short-cutting 100% safety to reap a huge profit, and public officials allowing it, will kill all it's benefits when disasters enrage the public to shut it down.

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