Kinda interesting that two stories come together on the same day.
Found this one on a twitter feed – the affects of fracking in Colorado – increased disease and pollution – leading to possible moratoriums on fracking in the identified areas.
By Public Lands Team on Jan 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm
By Tom Kenworthy
Oil and gas development in an area of Colorado that is in the midst of a huge drilling boom is contributing more than half of the chemical pollution that contributes to the formation of ozone, a new study by University of Colorado scientists has found.
The research by scientists at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado may have important implications for the shale oil and shale gas revolution underway in many parts of the U.S.
Recent intensive development of oil and gas that is creeping into urban and suburban areas has prompted widespread concern in some Weld County communities about health and social impacts, with residents complaining about ill effects ranging from nosebleeds and headaches to asthma attacks.
Then you have this one.
A report on NPR showing a satellite video of the United states displaying the area in North Dakota - near Minot, a small place call Williston NOD – Population: 16,000 – where all the new fracking is going on – basically showing up from outerspace – as “on fire”. In the first photo at the top of the article – if you look in the left hand corner and see all those lights – that’s not a huge metropolitan area – that is the fracking fields in North Dakota.
What we have here is an immense and startlingly new oil and gas field — nighttime evidence of an oil boom created by a technology called fracking. Those lights are rigs, hundreds of them, lit at night, or fiery flares of natural gas. One hundred fifty oil companies, big ones, little ones, wildcatters, have flooded this region, drilling up to eight new wells every day on what is called the Bakken formation.
Six years ago, this region was close to empty. The few ranchers who lived here produced wheat, alfalfa, oats and corn. The U.S. Geological Survey knew there were oil deposits underground, but deep down, 2 miles below the surface.
Williston ND - now – you can see it from outer space - on fire.
The middle of nowhere on fire