Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fraccidents: Geoengineered environmental disasters (fracking)

The unprecedented gas drilling boom occurring across United States, damaging individual health, communities, and farmlands by the controversial technology called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is a form of geo-engineering causing environmental disasters called "fraccidents," often unseen and considered "mysterious," sometimes disastrous, and too often deadly.

Geo-engineering, the artificial modification of the earth's climate systems, is an environment modification (ENMOD) science for the "deliberate manipulation of natural processes - the dynamics, composition or structure of the Earth, including its biota, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, or of outer space that can be applied as a weapon of mass destruction." ("Geo-engineers at annual conference to face human rights defender rally (videos)," Dupré, D. National Human Rights | Examiner.com)

"Fraccident" is a term coined by Earth Justice to refer to "troubling reports of poisoned drinking water, polluted air, mysterious animal deaths, industrial disasters and explosions" caused by oil and gas geo-engineering.

Earth Justice defines fracking as follows:

"Fracking is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas and a shortsighted energy strategy. It's poisoning our air and water. We can find a better way—one that protects our health and gives us clean, safe energy sources that never run out."

Residents in the state of Arkansas have recorded over 1100 earthquakes attributed to fracking.

A New York Times series launched February 27 detailed fracking radioactive wastewater, "another Halliburton-developed extraordinaire called 'fracking,' dumping radiation with impunity across the country, an issue environmental attorney Stuart Smith is taking on. (read more)