Skip to comments.'Fracking' protesters say drilling jobs not worth environmental risks
Posted on 09/20/2011 5:28:33 PM PDT by mandaladon
(CNN) -- Charlotte Bevins' long blond hair blows in the wind as she stands amid protesters, her eyes red and puffy from crying.
Just four months ago, Bevins' brother, Charles, lost his life in a drilling accident in central New York. He was 23, a father of two small children.
Gazing at the ground, Bevins tightens her grip on the handles of the baby stroller that cradles her young niece while hundreds of protesters lining the nearby streets wave signs and yell around her.
No fracking way. No fracking way. No fracking way, the crowd chants.
Bevins recently made the trek from West Virginia to Philadelphia, with her mother and her late brother's son and daughter, to join up with other protesters calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." The "Shale Outrage" rally took place outside a gas industry conference at the city's convention center this month. Inside, industry lobbyists and gas company executives were touting the natural gas boom in northeastern Pennsylvania and networking with officials, including Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor and former U.S. homeland security secretary.
Outside, the angry mob continues to chant and wave signs before marching to Gov. Tom Corbett's office near City Hall.
Ban fracking now. Ban fracking now. Ban fracking now, the crowd chants.
The rally not only targeted the shale gas conference attendees, but also served to drum up support and awareness for a critical public hearing on the issue on October 21.
It is the last public hearing before the Delaware River Basin Commission will vote on whether or not to open the Delaware River watershed to hydraulic fracturing.
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By 2020, according to the study, drilling could support 256,420 jobs and generate $20 billion. ...............The environmental loons always find something to bitch about.
Blue collar jobs enact a certain penalty on all its people, not just drilling or fracking jobs.
I have worked the fracks and flowtested.
I’ve worked on drilling rigs and pulling units.
I still have all my fingers and toes.
Working the Bakken now
I was going to say, isn’t this why SD has lots of jobs right now?
In Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota, they are looking at fracking. Trouble is it takes more water than is available. In that part of the world, people have been killed for water rights (and fairly recently). Not the best place to do it.
And I am not confident we have a good handle on what it actually does to the ground water yet.
Just four months ago, Bevins’ brother, Charles, lost his life in a drilling accident in central New York. He was 23, a father of two small children.
Not to make light of anyones death on the job but... It happens every day out there in the mean old world of big non caring machines when humans interact with them. Outlaw presses, outlaw lathes, outlaw mills on and on and on
Eliminate all energy.
Eliminate all jobs.
Live in the land of Baraqqi utopia!
Frac here, frac now!
They should be off the grid and surviving on only what they can trade among their neighbors. I’m tired of this crap.
And I am not confident we have a good handle on what it actually does to the ground water yet.
Fracking isn’t anything new. It didn’t destroy the aquifers in Texas and Oklahoma and has been used at least since the 80’s.
Ban drilling and mining and logging in the U.S.
Let them do it overseas - places like China, Cuba, Indonesia, etc. The environment, and the workers, get treated sooooooo much better over there.
Red, "fracking" has been a common practice in Texas wells since the early fifties.
That's sixty years. And, yes, we've a pretty good handle on it.
I live in the middle of the Barnett Shale play -- which fracking made possible. The only people who have any concern about it are the recently arrived liberal moonbat envirowhackos (from either coast).
And nobody pays any attention to them.
In sixty years of "fracking", not a single case of groundwater contamination has been traced to the process. Not one.
The argument is over. You can relax.
That would be funny if so many didn’t really think that way
I find that the policies advocated by environmentalists are not worth the cost in terms of our liberty and prosperity.
But then again, I was raised as a conservationist by a father and grandfather who both believed we are stewards of our natural resources, not worshipers of them. They believed that our resources are ours to responsibly develop, and to starve in the cold and dark while sitting on easily extracted resources is irresponsible.
We have reached the point of absurdity with the enviros that we have allowed them to shut down oil drilling in the US while putting ourselves at the mercy of cultures with zero appreciation for developing resources responsibly, and cultures that are happy to take our money, that is up until the moment they help destroy us.
Seems like the enviros really want something other than to protect the earth. Maybe they just have such a bad case of self-loathing that they are willing to see our culture destroyed so they can feel better about our prosperity.
I’m not sure they even think of it. They must think if they don’t drill here - they have “saved the planet”. Idiots.
I worked at a mine in Indonesia for awhile. A worker dies? No big deal - pay the family $10,000 and call it good. Contamination? Who cares - no one around to see it anyway, except for a few natives.
I’m all for developing our natural resources. But I believe we need to be good stewards of it all as well. The U.S. is far and above the most strict on those types of things. (Too strict.)
Environmentalism isn't about the environment. It's about power.
The individual protesters may not know that. But their leaders do.
In that sense, it's just like poverty. The War on Poverty wasn't about poor people. It's about power.
You can use the exact same tautology on every liberal issue in the book.
Yes let’s pot mark the somewhat interesting landmarks vs taping methane hydrides that only have 300 times worth of all carbon based fuel ever discovered .
Clearly going after 14 hrs worth of shale gas is incredibly smart.
Fracking is safe, especially with the strict procedures and standards in place that make it safe. You could not give me even a minute example of why or how what you claim is credible.
But go ahead, give it your best shot, and while you are at it, explain it in engineering detail. I can hardly wait.
There have been cases where the driller went through the water table, and managed to get some oil lubricant that showed up in a test well. Nasty lawsuit (in which I was tangentially involved) that involved the local water authority and a whole lot of folks who were suddenly told not to drink their water. It was never totally proven the hyrdo carbons in the water came from the drilling oil, but was nasty enough no one won.
frack you stupid Luddites
There was a time when people like this couldn't get an audience. Whether they were on a soapbox in the city square or talking to the media, everybody recognized that their claims were made of one part whole cloth, another part hysteria.
People saw it as a choice between a useful natural resource and foolishness.
Somewhere along the line, we lost our ability to discriminate between truth and fiction -- and actually gave these idiots a hearing.
I truely enjoyed Rowe’s take on the realities of the working man ! I agree with his assessment too much of what “information/data our youth is fed is bogus ! I see its consequences every day !
Just yesterday I listened to a conversation between a “supervisor” and an inmate. The “supervisor” was spouting a lot of worthless platitudes and the IM was - apparently - sucking them up ! I interupted to give the IM - in two brief sentences - some real workplace/job search direction that could/would lead to earning potential and community status. And then stood back and watched the IIC (idiot in charge) - who never had a real job, BTW - dig his ass out of reality ! >PS
“Fracking” has been around a long time ! Seems its only hit “above the fold” when serious reserves were defined nearby the East Coast Megaopolis ! Wonder why that is ? >PS
It looks like gray hair to me instead of blonde.
I think I"ll take drillers opinions over these old farts any day.
The drillers can FRACK in my yard/land any damn day they please...Bring it on! Let these nut jobs WALK.
Locally we has liberals lobby long and hard for HUD money to build an “Art Colony” as a means of getting past our blue collar heritage as if it were some kind of shameful thing.
Why isn’t she protesting “heavy equipment”?
According to recent news reports from Smyrna, New York, 23-year-old Charles Bevins III, of West Virginia, was killed on Sunday, May 1 after an accident involving heavy machinery occurred at a gas well drilling site near SH 80 and Stowell Rd. Bevins was an employee of Braden Drilling, a contractor for Norse Energy. He was taken to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse where he later died.
All of the anti-drilling folks in my community are old, middle class, HOA members, and most of them, Republicans. The bipartisan socialism, environmentalism (anti-competition tool) and animal worship (anti-competition tool) must be stopped. Things are getting really messed up, when most of those in favor of uranium mining in a state are Democrats.
Won’t disagree the U.S. has vast troves of SCM available along its coasts! In fact, MH is the bane of offshore drillers ! Once again, we’re facing the “economy of no energy” our resident luddites insist is the “norm” !
Perhaps we ought to be insisting our Congresscritters - or better pehaps, our industry - start publishing real analyses of the cost/unit of our energy reserves and how they compare to “green” energy ! >PS
Did they drive to the protest or walk? Until they show they can live without oil, they can stop asking me to.
Balderdash. Google Bakken map and take a look at the numer of wells already fraced in the Williston Basin. The problem is not water, if you really do want to know, it is the absence of rigs.
The anti-fracing mob is anti-oil, anti Big Oil, anti- American ingenuity, and if truth be told, pro-Marxist and anti-America.
Tell me how a “driller” somehow got “oil lubricant” in the water table? Since they always drill with fresh water and Oil is not in the drilling water in any form. Or, they drill with air until they set a surface casing well below the levels that contain Ground Water, as well as, seal that casing string by bonding the casing to the formation using cement.
It is a well known fact that several hundred years (Hell, for millennium) before Oil was ever drilled for, that Oil has migrated into upper level drinking water and aquifers on a natural basis. Which again, explains why the case was dropped.
The Keystone Research Center found that the drilling created only 10,000 jobs in the whole state in four years. Thats a whole lot less than the 48,000 claimed by the industry. The Marcellus Shale Workforce Needs Assessment done by the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology and Penn State Extension concluded that the unconventional nature of fracking means it is performed mostly by national or international contractors, working in multiple locations.
Agreed. They’re ruled by their noisy, leftist hens, and they don’t like to see real men at work. They should give it up in regards to “property values.” Real estate is dead. So will the property tax revenues be, after the commie lawyer hold up of foreclosures is relinquished.
Let ‘er rip, and good riddance.
Of course fracking is done by International companies. It takes that kind of capital to afford the vast and technical equipment needed to perform the task. They are American founded, American based companies like Halliburton, Weatherford, as well as several Texas based companies.
There are also lots of Domestic companies that are doing quite well, and they employ hundreds of thousands of people. not just tens of thousands. The added drilling activity that fracking has created also contributes to millions of jobs for truckers, drillers, roughnecks, service people, welders, supply companies, motels, restaurants, etc,,,. (Get the picture?) Or are you still stuck on being a cynical pessimist the rest of your life?
First Frac job ever was in 1947
Hundreds of thousands of wells in the US and Canada have been treated with the technique.
Not one proven case exists the technique caused any shallow fresh water contamination.
Poor surface handling of chemicals and fluids on the other hand, aka spills, are the most likely hazard, and a highly regulated aspect of the industry.
Could you give greater detail on your post.. I was not able to follow what you said.
And I am not confident we have a good handle on what it actually does to the ground water yet.Doesn't the fracking take place far below the ground water? That's my understanding of it. There is a drill-hole that goes through the ground-water level but the actual fracking is done many thick layers of rock below that. No?
They did blow the top off of a well in pa, a while back.
You’re preaching to the choir here. I’m familiar with fracking from my days in Texas and know the current turmoil is a bunch of treehugging BS. I didn’t realize it went back to the late 40’s though