Sunday, Oct 04th

Last update05:26:24 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Fracking isn't all it's cracked up to be

Fracking isn't all it's cracked up to be

E-mail Print PDF

FrackingDamning evidence about the environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of shale gas continues to pile up. And the process is acquiring more enemies with big guns, the latest being the Sierra Club.

In its July-August 2012 issue of SIERRA magazine, the organization explains in detail the reasons for its hardening stand. At first the Sierra Club took a fairly hopeful wait-and-see attitude, based on the fact that shale gas burns much cleaner than other fossil fuels.

But then the evidence started piling up that the damage done before the fuel is burned more than offsets its clean burning. In fact, fracked shale gas is starting to look like the dirtiest fossil fuel, particularly in terms of climate change.

Perhaps most damning, recent in-depth studies of fracked wells by scientists at Cornell University, the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration all show that large amounts of raw methane leak into the atmosphere during drilling. One study asserts that nearly 8 percent of fracked methane can leak into the atmosphere.

Methane is some 30 times more potent as a greenhouse gas.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Cargo Ship With 33 Crew Members Aboard Missing in Hurricane Joaquin

Cargp ship missingThe U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force Hurricane Hunters were searching the Atlantic Ocean near Crooked...

DOJ reaches $2 billion settlement with fertilizer maker

DOZ reaches deal over gertilizer wasteOne of the world's largest fertilizer makers is settling a massive hazardous waste lawsuit for nearly...

Hurricane Joaquin 'extremely dangerous' category 4, 130 mph winds

HoaquinHurricane Joaquin was upgraded to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm Thursday afternoon with 130 mph...

Refineries must monitor air quality in nearby communities, EPA says

EPA: refineries must monitor airThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday released its first-ever rule requiring petroleum refineries to monitor...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!