Josh Fox’s documentary Gasland is still heartbreaking 5 years after its initial release. The saddest part? No mass reform has taken place. I find the evidence in this film shocking and clear as day. The fact that the industry is aware of the effects that hydraulic fracturing has on the ecosystems and water-tables of areas near drill sites, yet still continues to install new wells without any change in safety or containment; is by definition, psychopathic. How have we, as a society, sunk so low as to sacrifice the one thing that all life needs to sustain itself, just for easier profit?! The shortsighted nature of fracking is disgustingly lazy and essentially criminal.
The United States of America, for a long time, has been moving towards no longer being dependent on foreign oil and gas. A huge catalyst in this purely political push, has been the tapping of immense domestic depositories of natural gas. However, by building the infrastructure to extract the coveted fossil fuel we all so dearly need frustrated sigh we have in turn done the thing that politicians were arguing to avoid: loss of American lives. Essentially, I don’t find it ludicrous to say that the signatories of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 are responsible for poisoning hundreds of thousands of Americans. The fact that fracking forgoes many of the regulations stipulated in the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts do to loopholes, is in my opinion, treason.
The United States is home to some of the purest unfiltered drinking water in the world. In the future, this will be our most valued asset as nation. Not oil, not gas, not petrochemicals, not corn, not Hollywood blockbusters…WATER. We can no longer make any mistakes when it comes to the drinking water of the US. Stop the natural gas industry from Hydraulic Fracturing. The generations to come will thank you.
psychopath |ˈsīkəˌpaTH| (noun)