Dry Fracking, Dry Humping

24 Jul

from Earth First! News

20120401__fracking~p1The Monterey shale in California has quickly become the newest battleground over hydraulic fracking, where chemically-laced water and sand is injected into rock, thousands of feet deep, to release oil and gas to the surface.  But just as environmental groups are gaining headway in procuring regulations for the controversial extraction method in the Golden State, oil and gas companies are moving forward with newer alternatives to the water based fracking process with a process called dry fracking. The method is already in use in Texas.

Rather than injecting chemical-infused water, this process shoots pressurized gas in the earth to fracture rock. And while this method side steps some of the issues concerning the incredible use of water it doesn’t promise to be any safer for the environment, watersheds or communities where it is being used.

One alternative fracking company, GasFrac, said its gel based process, which also doesn’t use water, is a “green process.”

Whether gas, gel, water or rainbow fracking, the industrial expansion of gas production promises to poison our waters, increase CO2 in the atmosphere, and fill the wallets of industrial capitalists bent on dry humping the world.

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