You probably know about Mark from movies like Shutter Island and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but Mark isn’t just an actor. Mark is a man on a mission; that mission is to get the word out about hydraulic fracturing.
Hydraulic fracturing (also called fracking and hydrofracking) is aprocess used to retrieve hard-to-reach natural gas and oil. It involvesinjecting chemicals, sand, and millions of gallons of water into shalerock. The shale is then shattered, releasing trapped gas. So what’s theproblem? There are a bunch.
- Most of the water used in fracking is left underground after thedrilling ends, which means you can end up with contaminated wells. With a mixture of 596 used in horizontal fracking, some of them carcinogens, that’s a recipe for disaster.
- Methane gas leaks are a reality, and recent research from Robert W. Howarth, Renee Santoro, and Anthony Ingraffea atCornell reveals that “The [greenhouse gas] footprint for shale gas isgreater than that for conventional gas or oil when viewed on any timehorizon, but particularly so over 20 years. Compared to coal, thefootprint of shale gas is at least 20% greater and perhaps more thantwice as great on the 20-year horizon and is comparable when comparedover 100 years,”
- DEAD COWS!