Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Marcellus Shale permits in Western PA

Despite protests, films, and a little bit of media coverage, the Marcellus Shale is the next major site for natural gas drilling.

This is bad news for my hometown.  At the right, you'll see a picture of the sites of drilling sites that have already been issued a permit in Washington County, outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

In case you are unaware of the method of extraction currently used to drill for natural gas, it's called fracking.  And it involves the pressurized blasting of rock hundreds of meters into the ground with a potent mixture of toxic chemicals.  It's such a toxic procedure that homeowners living near the wells across the country are able to light their tap water on fire (not to mention that hazard that poses to their health).  Here's a video in case you don't believe me:

For more information about this issue, check out the documentary Gasland.


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