On the 1st day of the new year I saw a story about an earthquake in Ohio. I grew up near there so I was curios and concerned. Knowing that an earthquake can happen anywhere, I just thought that Mother Nature was up to her old tricks. However, when I opened up my Monday morning newspaper I read that it was the 11th earthquake in Ohio since March of this year. I also learned that the cause of these quakes was due to the disposal of waste water from a process called hydraulic fracking. This is the process of drilling into shale rock to release gas. The waste products from this process which is millions of gallons of brine and a host of other chemicals which are disposed of in ground-wells.
Have we gotten to the point where we don't care about what happens to us? It seems as though long as a few jobs can be produced and some energy company can make billions of dollars that we turn a blind eye to our own safety. I am betting the energy company itself did the environmental study and sent it to the government saying all is fine. Someone has to know that this will eventually end up in our ground water or in a host of other environmental hazards that are a detriment to our health. Similar links between fracking and earthquakes is also happening in Texas and Arkansas
Some of our politicians are crying for less regulation. Some of our politicians are trying to abolish the very agencies that keep us safe. They say that these regulations tie the hands of businesses, which in some instances may be true. That being said it is no cause to give free reign to those businesses to do irreparable harm to our environment. We need someone who will stop campaigning and lobbying all year and do some real work. They need to come up with some solutions instead of trying to win the next election.
Drill baby drill? I would bet that most people who advocate this notion don't realize that a majority of this fuel goes to overseas markets and not domestic ones. Energy independence depends on the cooperation of companies that are beholden shareholders. Shareholders want profits. Most shareholders can afford to pay for fuel no matter what the price of a gallon of gas is. They do seem to get a lot of people to go against their own best interest.
I remember growing up in the 70's and the oil embargo. There was a sense that we would be more thoughtful in our energy policies and practices. I like the rest of America was lulled away from this becoming a reality. Now that the tiger is out of the cage we must catch it bare handed ,so to speak. Good luck with that. Drill baby drill? I'm just saying we must be careful what we wish for. Take care and be well.