Lately I have been pondering the fracking controversy. I love driving my car, having electricity, and living with heat and air conditioning. I also love breathing and having water to drink. Tough but necessary choices. Some of my ponderings stem from a conversation I had about a month ago with a customer who lives in southern Colorado. I work for the phone company and had the opportunity to help this customer who brought the fracking issue to a more personal level for me.
She was calling to shut her phone off and close her account because the company who had been fracking near her home had BLOWN IT UP! Yes, you heard me. They accidently blew up her house. She was forced to couch surf with friends at age 70 while trying desperately to hold the corporation accountable. The energy company had alot more financial and legal resources and were of course, denying any responsibility. They claimed that “fracking was perfectly safe” even though the explosion had been proceeded by tap water bursting into flames along with poisoned wells and dead animals. In my opinion, and hers, fracking, poison, and flaming water are a problem and well, eventually her house exploded into a ball of flame.
Now, we keep hearing how harmless fracking is……but I’m sorry, it’s is just common sense to think that millions of gallons of highly pressurized water filled with a secret proprietary blend of poisonous and flammable chemicals, shot into the cracks of the earth just might NOT be a good thing for the planet and especially HOMES!
People whine about how horrible it will be if we leave debt for our grandchildren but hell, what if we don’t leave them any drinkable water…..or a habitable planet to live on?
Yes, we need an energy source but fracking and drilling are short term fixes. (if your house blows up it is REALLY short term)……what part of non-renewable do these people NOT understand? There is only SO much in the ground and that’s it……done!
Are poisoned aquifers and wells, flaming tapwater, dead animals, mini earthquakes, and exploding houses worth literally killing the ONLY planet we have?
Ask your grandchildren: “Hey kids, what’s more inportant; the adults in your life having more gas and electricity NOW or you growing up and having clean water to drink and A PLANET TO LIVE ON?”
Think about it!