Investing and building a Power Plant is a big deal. Time, man power, legal maneuvering, securing land, water, various permit applications and approval are take dedicated effort.
Considering only the the end process of burning natural gas, the fuel is relatively clean. Still, natural gas is CO2 producing although overall, much less heavy metals and toxic qualities are produced compared to coal.
Natural Gas Mining Processes Need to be Considered.
A growing grassroots effort by local activists, residents and people directly being affected by the Natural Gas industry, We are starting to see significant pressure being applied to regulatory agencies and politicians regarding Hydraulic Fracturing processes.
Burning natural gas may be clean, getting it out of coal beds, and shale formations is anything but clean or cheap.
Rural residents near Hydraulic Frackuting Rigs are Getting Sick:
A woman goes out to check her irrigation, gets out of her truck and collapses:
On a summer evening in June 2005, Susan Wallace-Babb went out into a neighbor’s field near her ranch in Western Colorado to close an irrigation ditch. She parked down the rutted double-track, stepped out of her truck into the low-slung sun, took a deep breath and collapsed, unconscious.
A natural gas well and a pair of fuel storage tanks sat less than a half-mile away. Later, after Wallace-Babb came to and sought answers, a sheriff’s deputy told her that a tank full of gas condensate—liquid hydrocarbons gathered from the production process—had overflowed into another tank. The fumes must have drifted toward the field where she was working, he suggested.
The next morning Wallace-Babb was so sick she could barely move. She vomited uncontrollably and suffered explosive diarrhea. A searing pain shot up her thigh. Within days she developed burning rashes that covered her exposed skin, then lesions. As weeks passed, anytime she went outdoors, her symptoms worsened. Wallace-Babb’s doctor began to suspect she had been poisoned.
“I took to wearing a respirator and swim goggles outside to tend to my animals,” Wallace-Babb said. “I closed up my house and got an air conditioner that would just recycle the air and not let any fresh air in.”
An interesting comment by “Juanita Sneeuwjag” on the above article on how similar public health issues are now seen in Virgina:
We have the same problems here in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwestern Virginia as those stated above. Will anyone listen or take us seriously? NO! As far as EQT, CNX, and Range Resources are concerned, we are just expendable. Our County and State leaders look the other way. It appears everyone who could and should do something about the contamination brought on by fracing gas wells is on the payroll of big gas companies. Cheap energy?
Lifestyles and ways of life change near natural gas drilling rigs. Livestock. family pets, families and children are all at risk from local water and air contamination.
We simply can not afford to sell out our land, air and water to short-sighted fossil fuel infrastructure. Utah’s way of life and heritage cannot be sacrificed for short-sighted gas and oil revenue.
Sevier Power Company has proposed a 870Mw Natural Gas fired power plantbe built near Sigurd, Utah. Why is our county’s economic development department so committed to fossil fuel power plants? Can we morally tolerate the pollution generated from Natural gas drilling and fracturing needed to supply this 870Mw plant for 30 years
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