Gas extraction practices and PR exposed by a normal citizen
"Fracking" is one of the latest buzwords, trying to tell the populace that there are much more gas reserves than previously thought.
At a closer look, these reserves are located in rock formations. Its extraction requires a mechanical cracking of the rocks, by pumping down a mixture of water and toxic chemicals under high question, which gets the gas to the surface.
This process appears to cause groundwater pollution and earthquakes.
The mail from a courageous citizen
Begin forwarded message: From: John Trallo To Whom it may concern at America's Natural Gas Alliance (anga): uni link
As for getting the US off foreign oil, that's simply not true. Natural gas and oil are largely non-interchangeable fuels. I would also like to point out that when you consider the foreign investment in US shale gas, we're simply taking one of our own natural resources, selling at wholesale prices to foreign interests who will in turn sell it to the highest bidder on the global market, and we'll end up buying back what was ours in the first place. Not to mention the intent of the industry to liquefy the gas for overseas sales. blog
This is not about creating jobs, it's not about 'getting off foreign oil', or 'clean/green energy'. It's about corporate profits, and in order to maximize those profits, shale gas extraction in the US will have to be massive in it's scale, which will result in a wide scale land grab, enormous water consumption, reduced air quality due to the necessary compressor stations, and ultimately a reduction in property values for anyone with leased property, or in close proximity to leased property.
Of course, you won't publicly admit to any of those facts. If you did, the negative public blow-back would put your industry at risk of more regulation, and you wouldn't be able to so easily convince people to turn over their land for industrial development. But, then again, that's why you have the 'land men', who as independent contractors can promise people anything, lie to them about the realities, and tell them how 'rich' they're going to get by signing your 'lease'. Little do they know, that by signing that 'lease', it is in essence a transfer of sub-surface ownership of their property. Little do they know, that no matter how much land they have, the gas industry is going to drill wherever, and whenever it wants, and all the land they'll actually be able to use will be a 200' parameter around their house. Not that they, or anyone else would want to live there anymore. Video
And, let's not forget about those wonderful high-risk jobs. 12 hour shifts, toxic chemicals, and inexperienced underpaid helpers just make a job with the industry too good to be true. Especially when the 'local jobs' are just temporary at best, anyway. Video
Why do you not mention the jobs the gas/oil industry will eliminate, too? Jobs in tourism, forestry, agriculture, small 'mom & pop' businesses, new home building, etc. Let's be honest, who in their right mind would ever want to vacation, hunt, fish, camp, farm, build a new home, or live near an industrialization of this magnitude? Especially when you contaminate our water and try to cover it up. (see attached DEP reports)
Now, just so you know, I am posting this correspondence on my blog, my FB page, and will forward this (bcc), along with the link to your website, to as many people as I can. It's my way of countering your misleading 'PR'. You see, I believe in truth in advertising and transparency of intent, even if you don't!
The gas industry won't tell us the truth, the government won't protect us, so we have to protect ourselves. This is my small contribution.
Just in case you choose to respond, use the email address this is sent from, or call me directly at 570-482-3503. I can do that because I have nothing to hide. I don't need an 'L.L.C.' after my name. I'm sure that you must think me arrogant and outspoken for trying to expose this industry for what it is, but if the gas industry was honest, transparent, and took responsibility for the lives, the property, and the environment they ruin, I would be doing this.
John Trallo Sonestown, PA
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