January 13, 2011

Slow down that "gas boom"

Will Maryland and Virginia learn from Pennsylvania's mistakes?

More than 1700 wells were drilled in the Marcellus shale depositsIn Pennsylvania  in the first half of 2010 to access the natural gas in this rock--by fracking (fracturing the rock) with a pressurized mixture of water and chemicals. 530 environmental violations at some of these sites took place during the same period of time.

Some were spills and leaks, and many were less-than-desired attention to potential erosion and sediment. But look at my earlier posting about the 19 families who had to move out when their drinking water burst into flame.

"Drill here, drill now" is a dangerous call to action if it's done irresponsibly and without failsafe measures. Perhaps the saying,  "All good things come to those who wait" would be a better mantra, and not only those talking about ketchup.