by Caroline Cowley
Today Lanthrop gas compressor station in Susquehanna Pennsylvania exploded at around 11:30 AM. The Lanthrop station, owned by Williams Corp., compresses gas from the Marcellus Shale that was drilled for by the infamous Cabot Oil and Gas, known for causing water contamination in Dimock Township, Pa. Luckily no one was injured during the explosion. Seriously though, just luck.
Today at exactly 12:44 PM, The Washington Post, feautured an op-ed written by Fareed Zakaria, opinion writer for the post. The title “Natural gas, fueling an economic revolution” was enough to make me stop reading, but I drudged through his bogus theories and debunked statistics until the bitter end.
First he claims, “The Unites States, now has, at current consumption rates, has at least 75 years’ of natural gas.” HA! Last time I checked, which was January 23, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) chopped estimated reserves by 42 percent nationally and 66 whopping percent in the Marcellus region, where I live. That means that the Marcellus, the largest shale formation in North America (second in the world), has a now estimated 6 years of energy, down from 17 last year. Uhm, Zakaria, Where are you getting these numbers?
It’s the unfortunate irony that both of these things happened the same day. One event shows the truth of what comes from shale gas drilling. And the other is a promotion of something that is never going to cause an economic revolution, but carry on the tradition of boom and bust economic effects that we see in the extraction of fossil fuels across the country, past and present.
Whether you live in the Barnett, Marcellus, Utica, Gothic, Atrim, Caney, Conesauga, Fayetsviille, Floyd, Pearsall, Woodford, New Albany, Haynesville, Chattanooga, or just know what’s what when it come to fracking it is time we help Washington Post readers to know the truth. Fracking and shale gas production leads to serious health impacts, environmental degradation, and economic downturns.
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