This blog, focusing on drilling in central West Virginia, seeks to reveal the unpleasant truths about Hydraulic Fracturing. aka Fracking.
According to a recent study, conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), just one drilling site deploys harmful chemicals sufficient "to contaminate more than 100 billion gallons of drinking water to unsafe levels ... more than 10 times as much water as the entire state of New York uses in a single day."
We flew over the southern panhandle of West
Virginia area (Marshall-Wetzel
counties) and it is un-fracking-believable!
Well pads in every direction, pipelines creating a jagged maze, drilling pits
of every shape and tint, rigs of varied colors, and vehicle-packed
fracking ops. on mountainous pads doing completion work. There was one
spot where you could see 3 industrial-sized compressor stations/gas treatment
plants in close proximity to one another.
Multiple areas in WV revealed 2 new things: Some fluid impoundments that resemble round
aboveground backyard swimming pools, and several spots with multiple impoundments, one with as many as SIX! (Imagine if the property
owner living in the midst of that industrial mess doesn’t own the gas rights.
Yoi!) This used to be my favorite area
for a refreshing Sunday morning motorcycle ride through beautiful terrain, now
we are witnessing widespread gashes and ugliness.
What a difference 6 years makes…
Veterans Day 2006 on a
motorcycle in that area enjoying twisty roads:
Veterans Day 2012 in an
airplane over that same area: