so that’s what fracking is?
That is really scary.
Forgive me if you already know this.
The explosion is from natural gas and volatile compounds that get into well water supply due to fracking, meeting a flame. That was a dramatic example, but it’s not far fetched for someone cooking at a stove near a sink to get an ignition.
The dangerous part is that water gets contaminated by chemical compounds used in fracking. People and animals drink it. It’s not just a “country thing” or a thing that happens to some unlucky people out in the boondocks. It gets into meats, fruits, and vegetables that may then be transported from farms to your table. And if your drinking water comes from a watershed that is affected, you’re affected.
What Is Fracking?
Fracking itself is hydraulic fracturing, a process of drilling for and extracting natural gas that involves fracturing the rock layer, pumping a chemical fluid (mostly water, but also carcinogens and other toxic substances) to get the gas to flow into pipelines. Unfortunately it also ends up with contamination of ground water in some cases, including the dramatic explosion you saw.
Here’s an graphical explanation:
It is currently legal to do “fracking” because Congress and the Bush administration put in the so-called “Halliburton loophole” to exempt gas drilling companies from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
Government, when controlled by industry, can actually be good for business. 😛