What is Fracking?

So we have been talking a lot about fracking around here and we realized that we never actually talked about what exactly fracking is! Up until a few months ago, we didn’t know much about fracking either. In fact a few of us had NEVER even heard of it before. We encourage you to read on to educate yourself and visit some of the resources listed to take action.

What is Fracking?
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a method of natural gas extraction. It involves drilling deep into shale deposits, which are between 2,000 to 10,000 feet down within the earth. Then millions of gallons of water, mixed with sand and hundreds of toxic chemicals, are blasted underground at high pressure to break apart the rock, releasing tiny pockets of methane (natural gas).

Fracking Diagram

Image Source: GaslandTheMovie.com

Why can fracking be bad?
Fracking can be dangerous to the environment and our health for a number of reasons. The largest concern may be water contamination. Fracking includes drilling down through the Aquafier, which is where our groundwater is derived. The drills could potentially leak or even explode, releasing toxic chemicals into our precious water source. More than 650 of the chemicals used for fracking are known carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. Once they are introduced to the Aquafier, most will stay there forever. The wastewater that is produced from fracking contains high levels of radiation as the shale itself is naturally radioactive. And this radioactive wastewater is often either left to evaporate or dumped into streams.

Unfortunately, the environmental ramifications of fracking do not stop there. Fracking also contributes to air pollution. Some of the pollutants released into the air during the process include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sulfur dioxide, methane gas and so on. The result is a toxic smog that in addition to providing an increased cancer risk, is also increases the risk of respiratory disease and illness, such as asthma. There are communities in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming that have ozone levels as high as Los Angeles which is believed to be the result of fracking.

Fracking in Erie, Colorado

Photo Source: ErieRising.com

Are you horrified yet, because we sure are! Fracking is currently happening in 34 states across our country and has been banned in only one – Vermont. New York is currently in a fracking battle as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo considers allowing fracking in the Southern Tier of the state. We need to tell him, and the rest of the country and world, that fracking is not OK and it needs to stop.

Get informed. Get active.

 
Resources
Artists Against Fracking
Erie Rising
Frack Action
Gasland
Water Defense

Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon Launched Artists Against Fracking!

Last week we told you to keep en eye on ArtistsAgainstFracking.com for an announcement on Friday the 13th. I don’t know about anyone else, but I found myself visiting the site several times that day waiting to see what was going to happen. at 9:00pm EST that night, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon launched the new site.

Artists Against Fracking

 

Roughly 120 artists and celebrities have joined forces to tell everyone that fracking is not okay.  Sean told Jimmy that this site was more like a portal to get people to visit. From there, visitors can find links to get more information about fracking and links to some of the heavily involved activists like Josh Fox, director of the movie Gasland. You can also send an email to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to tell him why he should ban fracking in New York. It is important to note that this is not just a New York issue and that fracking is occurring across the United States. It has been banned in Vermont but we need all states to follow suit!

Some of the other well known artists that are part of the Artists Against Fracking coalition are Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Merchant, Zooey Deschanel and Alec Baldwin. Since this cause is near and dear to the hearts of the bloggers here at Bloggers Inspiring Change, we of course started reaching out to some of these artists on Twitter to show our support and spread the word. A day after we started following Yoko Ono (@YokoOno) on Twitter we noticed that she followed us back. And well, that totally made our day.

We can’t wait to see what else they do with this and hope that their combined star power can really bring some awareness and support to the anti-fracking movement. Check out the video below of Sean Ono Lennon and Yoko Ono preforming “Don’t Frack My Mother” with Jimmy Fallon. Then head on over to Artists Against Fracking and get involved!

 

Nationwide Insurance Won’t Allow Fracking On Their Properties!

July 11, 2012 —

NATION — National Casualty (Insurance) Company, part of the Nationwide group of insurance companies, has announced that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations are prohibited in relation to properties it insures.

The company has determined that the exposures presented by hydraulic fracturing are too great to ignore. Risks involved with hydraulic fracturing are now prohibited for General Liability, Commercial Auto, Motor Truck Cargo, Auto Physical Damage and Public Auto (insurance) coverage. The company said it would not bind risks with this exposure, and any policies currently written with the exposure would be non-renewed (following state requirements).

Among the prohibited risks involved in fracking operations listed by the company are contractors involved in fracking operations, landowners whose land has been leased to lessees with fracking operations, frack sand and frack liquid haulers and site prep (dump trucks, bulldozers) or leasing of tanks.

ArtistsAgainstFracking.com

Mark Ruffalo told everyone to keep an eye on http://www.artistsagainstfracking.com July 13th so we here at Bloggers Inspiring Change are doing exactly that! Can’t wait to see what they have in store for us. I’ll be sure to check back in during the day and update this post with more once the big reveal has taken place!

Artists Against Fracking