Donnerstag, 3. März 2011

Hydrofracking more dangerous than thought / Fracking ist 1000 mal giftiger als gedacht

"While the existence of the toxic wastes has been reported, thousands of internal documents obtained by The New York Times from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood. ,,,The Times also found never-reported studies by the E.P.A. and a confidential study by the drilling industry that all concluded that radioactivity in drilling waste cannot be fully diluted in rivers and other waterways. ...The risks are particularly severe in Pennsylvania, which has seen a sharp increase in drilling, with roughly 71,000 active gas wells, up from about 36,000 in 2000...." (via NY Times)

So not that it was not obvious that hydrofracking is utterly insane, it seems the EPA got itself into a bit of a mess there, not really acting on the information they had. And in the light that now soo hydrofracking will also be used for oil... what a mess!

Wo wir gerade dabei waren - beim "fracking". Anscheinend hat die ganze Sache noch deutlich mehr negative Auswirkungen als man ohnehin schon vermutet hat. Und die amerikanische Umweltbehörde EPA hat sich auch nicht gerade mit Ruhm bekleckert, indem sie zwar Studien dazu gemacht haben, die dann aber für sich behalten und offenbar geflissentlich ignoriert haben. Na servus!