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Fracking Causes Oil Spill In North Dakota

People who say that hydraulic fracturing is safe and brings no risk of pollution need to pay attention to what’s happening outside of the town of Killdeer, North Dakota. A fracking operation there has caused an oil spill, with the drill site spewing a combination of oil, natural gas, and fracking chemicals. There are concerns that the pollution could infiltrate Killdeer’s supply of drinking water.

A similar fracking accident took place near Killdeer two years ago. That incident led to stricter regulations that were supposed to prevent another spill. Apparently, the regulations still weren’t enough to make hydraulic fracturing safe.

Elsewhere in the wonderful world of fossil fuels, India’s most visited beaches are now covered with tar balls as the result of an oil spill near Goa. The director of Tourism in the area says that there’s no reason for panic… so long as you can handle a beach made of asphalt, everything out to be just fine, right?

10 comments to Fracking Causes Oil Spill In North Dakota

  • Tom

    Just like nuclear power, eh? Clean, safe, too cheap to meter . . .
    Snake oil salesmen promoting what puts money in their pockets and don’t give a fig about the environmental damage. And on we go.
    Add it to the list of reasons we aren’t even slowing down the environmental conditions that lead to climate change.

  • Heather

    You all bitch about how we get our oil but it doesnt stop you from driving your car or using electricity!

  • Tom

    Well Heather, it turns out that the whole idea of driving in vehicles run by fossil fuels was a bad idea since it pollutes the entire biosphere in the process. After a while (like a hundred years or so) the pollution builds up to levels that the environment can’t deal with any longer and we get climate change as a result. What we’re bitching about is the lack of alternatives (like the electric car or solar power for powering homes) and the triumph of big business (like energy production) over safety and the future of our planet.

  • JD

    Electric powered cars don’t help without figuring out how to power the grid primarily from clean fuel. The the power grid is still based on fossel fuels.

  • But, JD, if we can get more wind and solar, and other renewable resources, and increase the energy efficiency of the grid itself, it doesn’t have to be that way.

  • JD

    Wind and the sun aren’t constants. We need an energy source that is constant to be the base of the grid. I was hoping for fuel cells to help but apparently there are issues there too.

    • Constant?!? Fossil fuels certainly aren’t constant. You drill or blast a big hole in the ground, and then find a limited source of the stuff, and then it’s depleted, never to return, you have to go start all over again, and eventually, all the sources will be emptied.

      Compared to fossil fuels, the wind and sun are extremely constant. They won’t be depleted for billions of years.

      Fuel cells aren’t a source of energy. They’re just a technology for storing it.

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