Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

Garrett County Montage

Unintended Consequences

This brand new way of 'mining' for fossil fuels automatically invites unintended consequence that can often be very damaging. These are the links to such.

- 1458 - [April4, 2013] - theguardian, Suzanne Goldenberg - "A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water"
"Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last month when she turned on the tap and discovered the tiny town where she had made her home for 35 years was out of water.
"The day that we ran out of water I turned on my faucet and nothing was there and at that moment I knew the whole of Barnhart was down the tubes," she said, blinking back tears. "I went: 'dear God help us. That was the first thought that came to mind."
Across the south-west, residents of small communities like Barnhart are confronting the reality that something as basic as running water, as unthinking as turning on a tap, can no longer be taken for granted."
- 2035 - [May 4, 2015] - HUFF POST GREEN, Jesse Coleman - "Fracking Blowout in Texas Causes Huge Dead Zone (PHOTOS)"
"Despite statements from industry officials and political leaders, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say that their new study of the nation’s natural gas boom should not be described as proof that the nation’s water supplies are safe from hydraulic fracturing.
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Despite statements from industry officials and political leaders, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say that their new study of the nation’s natural gas boom should not be described as proof that the nation’s water supplies are safe from hydraulic fracturing.
title: EPA says new study doesn’t show fracking is safe
source: Sunday Gazette-Mail
authors: Ken Ward Jr., Staff writer
date: June 7,2015
href: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150607/GZ01/150609432
webpages: contamination
link_id: 2037
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paragraph: The Bakken oil boom has been a serial killer. Big oil companies have largely written the rules governing their own accountability for accidents, potentially putting workers at risk.
title: 'Workers Are Paying For Cheap Gas With Their Lives'
source: PoliticoMagazine
authors: Jennifer Gollan
date:
href: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/06/bakken-oil-fields-investigation-118991.html#.VX7MI0bg-HM
webpages: accident
link_id: 2036
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paragraph: The same week that Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill stripping local communities of their ability to control the oil and gas industry, a fracking well exploded in south Texas, spraying a toxic mix of chemicals and forcing the evacuation of 20 families."