Are You Ready to Get Fracked? Fracking Is Coming To Nevada Lands!
Ready or not, a Houston-based company is planning to frack Nevada. Noble Energy Inc. wants to drill for oil and natural gas about 400 miles north of Las Vegas, in Elko County, using hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as ‘fracking’, is a process that uses a pressurized solution of water and chemicals to extract oil and natural gas from shale located deep beneath the Earth’s surface. These are resources of oil and natural gas that might not otherwise be accessible via conventional extraction methods.
While the shale industry maintains that this process has a safe environmental track record, there are many who contend that questions remain regarding the effect of the chemicals used during the process on ground water supplies. There are also concerns regarding fracking’s effect on seismic activity (batten down those china hutches!). If you’re not sure how fracking could affect you and your family, check out Gasland, a film by Josh Fox. “Why is hydrofracking raising such concerns? The materials used for hydrofracking don’t biodegrade.” says Albert Appleton, Infrastructure and Environmental Consultant, “Once they’re in the environment, they’re in the environment to stay.”
Information, including maps and drilling plans for this specific project, are currently available on the BLM’s Elko Field Office website. While the BLM website does not currently show a formal schedule for processing the application(s) associated with this project, we encourage our readers to keep close watch on this project and to get involved in the public process when the opportunity arises.
Can you light your water on fire? Let’s hope that more information is uncovered regarding the chemicals used for this project so that ‘fire water’ doesn’t become a reality in Nevada in the next few years!
Months ago, Gasland appeared on HBO, but you can check it out here:
Is It Too Late?
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