Seeing Red

27 Feb

Yesterday I posted a map of the world that color coded the Earth’s temperatures for the month of January with red and pink representing warmer than normal temperatures. Most of the Earth was covered in various shades of reds and pinks. Today’s map is color coded to show areas of the United States where hydraulic fracturing has been taking place since 2005.

Hydraulic Fracturing, or “fracking”, as it has become commonly known is the process of injecting water mixed with chemicals into the earth at high speeds in an effort to break up underground shale deposits in the hopes of releasing natural gas that is trapped within the shale. The gas then rises through the injecting well up to the surface where it is captured by the fracking companies and then piped or delivered to our homes so that we can all enjoy hundreds of more years of good old fossil fuel.

Now, I understand that we all love our fossil fuels, especially when the prices are relatively cheap, but in places like Central Oklahoma (one of the red states on the fracking map) there has been a massive increase in earthquakes in recent years, leading geological scientists to link the quakes to oil and gas development as a result of hydraulic fracking. (guess whose scientists say it’s just a coincidence?)

In any case, From 1975 to 2008, the US Geological Survey found that central Oklahoma experienced one to three magntitude-3.0 earthquakes per year, That number jumped to an average of 40 a year from 2009 to 2013 and now in 2014, Oklahoma has received 25 such quakes already this year… and 150 total quakes just this week! Overall, the entire state of Oklahoma has experienced 500 earthquakes of any magnitude since Jan. 1, 2014!

So what do you think could be the cause? 500 earthquakes in 2 months, in a state that has never really had earthquakes before fracking began kind of makes me think that fracking could be the reason. Try digging some holes in the ground under your home’s foundation or busting up some cinder blocks in your basement and see if your house doesn’t coincidentally start sinking or shifting around…then tell your family that it’s probably just ghosts.

Anyway, fracking doesn’t just bust up the underground shale. It also uses a lot of water in the process which is contaminated with chemicals (mostly secret and toxic chemicals…are there any other kind?) as part of the process which of course makes the water unfit for human consumption…and if you look at the map, you’ll see that states like California and Texas, already experiencing monumental droughts, are states where fracking is using up valuable water supplies…and by the way, did I just say California!!! Does California really need help with enhancing its earthquake potential?

And to make matters worse many of these fracking wells spill methane (which also used to be trapped underground) into the air at alarming rates, not to mention that the natural gas that we get from them is burned to create heat and energy in our homes which leads to more red spots on the climate change map.

If I didn’t know any better I’d say that aliens had sent an advanced team to earth and have spent the last decade preparing for the main invasion which will begin once our planet is hot enough and crumbly enough for an easy takeover. Either that or we’re in a bad science fiction movie and this is the part where the hero finds the old video disk in the run down and forgotten library that when played explains how the misguided humans of the 21st century destroyed the planet and that’s why in the 22nd century zombies walk the earth, monkeys ride horses and octopuses swing from trees…or is that squid?

But on the bright side, at least New Jersey finally has something nobody wants…and that’s a good thing!

 

 

10 Responses to “Seeing Red”

  1. The Crazy Crone February 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    Fracking is facing a lot of resistance in Australia and the UK – people aren’t daft, they’ve read up on the subject and decided that the evidence is piling up about the dangers of fracking.

  2. naptimethoughts February 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    Unfortunately, the US is a little behind, and it seems that being daft is a patriotic duty of late. Love this blog. Keep it up!

  3. Harold Knight February 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    People my age don’t know whether to weep for posterity or rejoice that we’ll be gone before the world-wide calamity descends. Has humankind always been so daft?

  4. kingmidget February 28, 2014 at 3:40 am #

    I share you frustration, but every once in awhile, I see things that give me hope. Like today, on my way home from work, my Nissan Leaf was in the middle of three consecutive Nissan Leafs making a turn towards a freeway. I see so many Leafs and Volts and other electric cars these days. There are small movements forward. Yes, I get it … is it enough? Probably not, but Rome wasn’t built in a day either.

    • drshyamalavatsa February 28, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

      I feel as frustrated about what we are doing to the earth as everyone else who has written here, but your comment made me feel better, at least for today – thank you! I often try to derive solace by reminding myself of ‘small movements forward’.

  5. Satoria February 28, 2014 at 4:38 am #

    So very true!

  6. Dan Hennessy February 28, 2014 at 5:49 am #

    Did you mention the contamination of the water table , too ? But , we ( aka, oil corporation top executives ) get the profits ! and make America more oil independent .

  7. Below Zero | Above Infinity February 28, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Have you read the IPCC’ s AR5 or the World Bank’s “Turn Down The Heat” report? Very good at scaring the shot out of most anyone when they realize how much climate change is unavoidable already as it takes decades for the emissions now to be fully realized.

  8. avwalters February 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Yeah, if you think fossil fuels are valuable, just wait for the value of water, once they’ve contaminated the aquifers. (And if you follow economics, this is the next wave. Big business is already trying to take over water and utilities.) Could this be, create a crisis, sell a solution?

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