Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What It's Like to Have Fracking in Your Back Yard

Editorial Opinion

If the Bluegrass Pipeline is built, make no mistake, fracking will also come soon and possibly to your own back yard. Fracking takes rural communities and turns them into industrial zones — and citizens have little recourse. 

Thanks to the so-called “Halliburton Loophole” in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, fracking is exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act and there are exemptions also in the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. 

In West Virginia, a state with a long history of energy extraction, industry has a controlling hand in local and state politics and thus far, seems to be calling the shots. To make matters worse, many properties had their mineral rights separated over a century ago. So, people may own their homes and properties, but not the minerals underneath. Their property can be destroyed by drilling and they will have no financial gain.  Learn more about life in the fracking zone.