Oil, Fracking Boom Wrecking Soil

Oil Boom Ruining Soil in Colorado says experts, reports Bruce Finley at theDenver Post. Every drilling pad that dots a fracking landscape represents land polluted by small onsite oil spills or drilling pollution that wreck the soil; every line represents roads of soil crushed by trucks.

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Drilling as far as the eye can see — and pollution as well. Via safewatermovement.org

Oil companies have no proven way of cleaning soil; hauling it away is expensive and simply moves the problem to a landfill. Add to that the health problems from air and water pollution.

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Gas and oil wells in the US; dots represent quarter mile cells. Source: USGS.

Presumably, this is true elsewhere in the US, where over 1,000,000 wells exist, and globally; more are being added every day. Is it fair to soil this legacy for our children?

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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