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Are you Fracking out of your Mind?

Wednesday, June 06, 2015

A very insightful article The New Yorker by Rivka Galchen entitled "Weather Underground" and a more telling sub-head: "The Arrival of Man-made Earthquakes" is jaw dropping in revealing the environmental consequences of Hydraulic Fracturing, or now abbreviated to Fracking.

So we start with chemically treated water to fracture rocks to access oil & gas reserves.

In Oklahoma, by way of example, on average 10 barrels water comes up for every barrel. And that "water" has to somewhere. Current technology means that where all the water is pumped up to extract the oil, "Disposal Wells" are drilled to pump all of this "tainted water" back into the earth. These are the main catalyst for strong earthquakes, all the stronger if dug too deep.

I do not want to come across as some radical, when much of USA is enduring drought conditions, 10 barrels of water for one barrel of oil seems pretty out of control. 

To take the sting out this commentary, I recommend the 100% Organic wines from La Jara (Veneto Italy) or Graff Hardegg (Wienviertel Austria), or the wines of Vega Moragona, sourced from extraordinary unirrigated old vines in the barren region of Ribera del Jucar.

-John Larchet