The Facts Behind The Frack - Science News
Despite all this activity, not much of the fracking debate has brought scientific evidence into the fold. Yet scientists have been studying the risks posed by fracking operations. Research suggests methane leaks do happen. The millions of gallons of chemical-laden water used to fracture shale deep in the ground has spoiled land and waterways. There’s also evidence linking natural gas recovery to earthquakes, but this problem seems to stem primarily from wastewater disposal rather than the fracturing process itself.
While the dangers are real, most problems linked to fracking so far are not specific to the technology but come with many large-scale energy operations employing poor practices with little oversight, scientists contend. Whether the energy payoff can come with an acceptable level of risk remains an open question.
Look at the last sentence of this quote.
An “acceptable level of risk” is what has to be determined. The road to ruin.
Who makes these decisions? Who stands to benefit from a favorable decision to the process in question?
The experts make the decision. Civilization requires experts be they priests or scientists. So decision making about the quality of life for each and every individual is made by someone you do not know. You, by partaking in civilization, allow life changing decisions to be made by others. Usually without a voice or a voice not heard if contrary to “what the experts say”. So if you don’t like some of the decisions being made, for political reasons, for religious reasons, for economic reasons, what ever; you must learn to accept this as it is part of the game. You must compromise your values to play the game. There is no other choice.
You give up your autonomy to play this game.
So, as you continue to play the game you have been indoctrinated and programmed to play, consider this:
The use of nuclear energy as a source of electricity generation has been deemed to be an acceptable risk.
Oil spills devastating the environment have been deemed to be an acceptable risk.
Cancer causing agents in food have been deemed to be an acceptable risk.
Killing people for their oil resources has been deemed to be an acceptable risk.
Burying nuclear waste has been deemed to be an acceptable risk.
I’m sure you can come up with many more.