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?