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Fracking's Unlikely Opponents: German Breweries

Fracking's Unlikely Opponents: German Breweries | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Brewers say that contaminated groundwater would ruin a centuries-old tradition and industry.

"When the Bavarian Purity Law was first declared in 1487, not a single European had stepped on the land above the Marcellus Shale in the Eastern United States. The First Nations of Canada weren’t fighting natural gas pipelines, because as far as natural resources go, the Alberta tar sands were centuries away from being in the picture—as was the internal combustion engine.

"Yet the law, the Reinheitsgebot, which strictly dictates the ingredients that can be used in making beer, is giving the powerful German brewing industry historic ammunition against the creeping potential for new natural gas exploration.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, August 7, 8:53 AM

In the United States, people have begun recycling their urine.  How can the beer makers complain about using filthy water; the issue has been discussed ever since indoor toilets were invented.

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Bill banning fracking in California passes first committee

Bill banning fracking in California passes first committee | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A bill that would temporarily ban the oil and gas drilling procedure known as fracking in California was approved at its first state legislative committee hearing on Tuesday.
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Disney promoting fracking in Ohio

Last month, a Radio Disney-sponsored, oil company-funded educational program performed a series of events at 26 elementary schools across Ohio, educating students about the alleged benefits of fracking.

 

The program, titled Rocking in Ohio, was led by three Radio Disney staffers and was entirely funded by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP), a lobbying group funded by oil and gas companies.


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California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
State lawmakers approved the delay in late June, and at the same time tightened up the environmental review process for fracking permits.
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Our new regulations/enhanced review of fracking wells in California are being delayed slightly to make the process more unified and cohesive.

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Will frackers cause California's next big earthquake?

Will frackers cause California's next big earthquake? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
More than half of the wastewater injection wells being used by frackers in the state are within 10 miles of a recently active fault.
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The data from Ohio is quite concerning.  Not being a tectonic expert, I am not sure of their data.  But in quick overview, the stories that started emanating from the Buckeye State about two years ago certainly seem to suggest that messing with injection wells to the magnitude that modern dense tracking operations do is not a great idea.

 

But no need to worry.  We here in California NEVER have earthquakes.

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Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Fracking Found in Colorado River

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Fracking Found in Colorado River | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
This week, more evidence came in that hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) poses potentially serious risks to drinking water quality and human health.

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This is not surprising, but it is perhaps the best argument yet that I have seen implicating fracking in major, long-term water quality issues.

 

Check out the paper this is abased on.

I also didn’t realize the State of Colorado would sue any local jurisdiction attempting to constrain fracking efforts within their jurisdiction.  Deeply concerning given this and other evidence of problems in the wake of these activities.

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ivy kay's curator insight, March 8, 1:26 PM

The question of whether fracking has more benefits than destructions is still highly debatable. Though I have been focusing primarily on different farming and sustainable techniques, I choose to do an analysis on fracking because of how many argue that it is in fact a sustainable method of accumulating natural gas. Through hydraulic fracking the natural gas that has been extracted actually have caused the US carbon emission to drop, compared to coal burning.  It is cheaper and potentially cleaner that coal burning as well. What exactly is fracking? “Fracking is the controversial process of blasting water mixed with sand and chemicals deep underground at high pressure so as to fracture rock and release the oil and gas it holds. It has made previously inaccessible fossil fuel reserves economical to tap, and drilling operations have spread rapidly across the country.”  Therefore, the chemicals that we are exposing to the fracking sites have been potentially affecting the drinking water around the area. It has been said that over 700 chemicals are used in fracking and many of them are known to be hormone disrupting. This week, more evidence came in that hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) poses potentially serious risks to drinking water quality and human health. “A team of researchers from the University of Missouri found evidence of hormone-disrupting activity in water located near fracking sites – including samples taken from the Colorado River near a dense drilling region of western Colorado. The Colorado River is a source of drinking water for more than 30 million people.”  Animals near sites have been experiencing sickness as well, and environmental disruptions are being noticed in the Colorado River and many more. How are there no regulations placed on these types of environmental disruptions? How are there consistently loopholes when there is profit involved?