The Nature of Things – Shattered Ground
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“[…] “Fracking”, or Hydraulic Fracturing, is a new technology that has opened up immense resources of natural gas buried in deep shale beds. The process involves injection of highly-pressurized water, sand and chemicals to shatter underground layers of shale and extract previously inaccessible natural gas.
But the process and its sudden spread across the North American landscape, has become an incredibly divisive issue, ripping apart communities and even families. The backlash to the gas industry is unprecedented, with some countries, Canadian provinces and American states adopting fracking bans and moratoriums. […] “(1)
“[…] In Dimock, Pennsylvania, residents found their water contaminated after fracking began nearby. As it turns out, the cement casings that were meant to prevent the water from escaping had failed, and now all of their water was contaminated. One man described his daughter’s experience showering in that water:
“My daughter would get in the shower in the morning, and she would have to get out and lay on the floor because she thought she was going to pass out from the methane. She had eczema on the insides of her arms, hives up and down her body, and she said, ‘I want to have kids some day’. You know, my job is to protect my kids, how do I protect them from this?” […] “(2)