Herd About It?
by Ana Grarian
If you read my last post (40 Acres and a Gas Well) you saw a picture of a rural area turned into a moonscape. Who would want to live and farm under such conditions? Hmmm? Maybe a CAFO owner? Well, they won’t live there, but they will visit a few times a year to keep it technically a family farm. They’ll live someplace on the lake, or in the Bahamas, or maybe in DC where their real job is as an attorney or lobbyist.
The farm hands, mostly migrants, some illegal, will live there, along with the drill workers. (same scenario?) Oh there will be locals. People who can tolerate it or are fighting it, or can’t afford to leave. And now placing blame on who is polluting the water will be harder.
Sounds like a perfect business environment for people who don’t care about the land, the water, the livestock or the people.
Funny thing is, the pollution will follow the water, and pollute the lake and other water sources.
What will they drink? or breathe? or eat?
This is terrible, if typical, Ana. Are there any lawsuits in the works to prevent this? Has the EPA passed on this?
There is a lot of work going on in NYS to get the DEC to (A) Extend the deadline for public discussion of the sGEIS (supplemental environmental impact statement) (B) Scrap the sGEIS altogether and start over (C) Convince the Governor to declare a statewide ban on horizontal gas drilling in NYS.
There is also activism going on in PA and many of the western states who have been severely impacted.
There is a movie “Split Estate” which is very informative. Also websites like Shaleshock.org, and this one http://www.endocrinedisruption.com/chemicals.video.php
Dr. Thea Colburn speaks eloquently with extensive scientific knowledge about the hazards of drilling.
Speaking of Darth Cheney – he managed to get this drilling free of regulation under the Clean Water Act.
It figures that Cheney would get a pass. I hope this works out your way, Ana.