Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fracking the Frog

Leroy, PA, Saturday May 19, 2012:  PA-DEP and Chesapeake Energy are alerted to methane in private water wells, bubbling wetlands, bubbling creeks.

Homes in the area are being tested every 12 hours for methane levels.

Two private water wells are being vented and drinking water is being supplied.

Rumors of "stuff" floating down the creek, dark water, fish kills and "hissing" sounds coming from a hillside.

A year ago, the local newspapers and television news trucks would have been in Leroy throughout the weekend.   When was the first inkling that "something" was happening in Leroy - not until Monday, May 21, 2012, and just a short blurb, followed by the standard excuse of "natural occurring methane".

Well, my friends, we've reached the point where the frog has been boiled, or in this case fracked.  We are at the point where blowouts, leaks, spills, methane spurting water wells, bubbling creeks and fish kills are so commonplace that it's hardly worth coverage by the media.

From one end of Pennsylvania to the other, there are many communities and neighborhoods being adversely effected by gas drilling.  Dimock, Franklin, Leroy, Lenox, Butler, and Hickory are among the many others with gas drilling "problems".

The lack of media coverage is disturbing enough, but the fact these things have become so commonplace is even more disturbing.  

Where's the outrage?  What is it going to take to wake people up?  Sadly, it's going to take a huge disaster to get people to jump out of the pot of boiling frack water.

1 comment:

  1. I think there's editorial suppression, too. we need to keep reaching out to alternative media, like Stewart and Colbert. there's also unprecedented international interest in PA now. It is interesting how these instances are accumulating yet Corbett and his DEP do nothing. Shame on the US lamestream media for being so slow to cover real news. Chuck a boiled frog in a pond and you still get a ripple.