Poisoned water wells, crumbling roads, toxic streams and rivers, 24 hour construction, miles of gas pipelines, polluted air and higher cancer rates are just some of what to expect when drillers take over, prompting the question: Is this an environmentally responsible fuel?
Noting that just one natural gas well site requires 1,400 trucks, each holding 6,000 gallon water tanks, to supply and dispose of water involved in extracting the gas trapped thousands of feet below ground in tight shale formations, and questioning where all this water will come from, Carluccio and wild and scenic members are pushing legislators to buckle down on regulation, and not cave under pressure, in a time when most federal and state lawmakers are easing restrictions and hailing the natural gas boom as a ticket out of recession and foreign oil dependence.
She emphasized that natural gas harvested from the massive Marcellus Shale formation, which promises to supply enough energy for the entire nation for generations, won't necessarily stay within our borders.
"There is a very slick campaign about energy independence going on, but there is no law that you have to use this natural gas here," she said.
Warning that communities could be destroyed under the slogan of energy independence, and that gas companies are solely after large profits at the expense of natural resources. Carluccio told of plans to sell the gas to eastern European nations struggling to get enough fuel from Russia.
"This is clear and simple exportation of a natural resource for someone's bottom line."
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