A variation on this is the plot of Jonathon Franzen's 1992 novel, Strong Motion. In this case, it's corrupt corporations injecting toxic waste into wells.
It's not alarmist to say that fracking is really fracking awful. It's already been linked to earthquakes in Arkansas, which is not surprising because geothermal fracking has been linked to earthquakes in California.
Except one set of scientists. The ones who conceived of hydrofracturing. They are completely trustworthy, saints, working day and night without compensation for the betterment of mankind. If only all scientists were so generous, so above it all, beyond politics, altruistic to a fault. We must listen to these ascetics. Kind of like "The Giving Tree", only with backhoes.
Yeah, I read Strong Motion. Good point.
I read 'fracking' as 'frakking' every time. In this case thinking 'well someone's going to be walking funny today'.
Ah yes, right there in the first paragraph; "some are saying that...". The hallmark of communication born of serious thinking. Straight out of the Fox News "How to Be a Journalist" handbook.
A good documentary on the effects of fracking on the groundwater supply is Gasland.
I need to know about this stuff for work. Every state in the union is susceptible to earthquake damage, and I recall all but one have fault lines. I think fracking needs way more regulation and taxation, but I do not worry it will cause an earthquake. Go to USGS.gov and take a look at seismic activity in the US. Oh my God, they are everywhere! (And IMHO, the idea that a Nuclear Power Plant in Virginia is designed to withstand a predicted ground acceleration force that has a 2% chance of exceedance over a fifty year period is criminal. It is a NUCLEAR plant for chrissakes).
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