Oh yes our other wonderful natural resource natural gas. You know that clean burning stuff that heats your water, runs your furnace and could even power cars. Wonderful I thought until a documentary came on TV last night called:
If your click on the link you'll be taken to the website of Josh Fox who made the film. Let the page load and you'll get an animation in very simple terms of what corporate America is doing to it's citizens. Even though this is not the movie itself you can clearly understand the process no matter what language you speak. Great idea Josh!
With the help of Dick Cheney the oil and gas companies have been given Card Blanche to pollute our waters and air. They profit from the activity while the rest of us are both quickly and slowly poisoned by what they do. I was aghast at the chemicals they're pumping into our environment many of which I've worked with over the years. I was very impressed by two gals in the documentary who must have degrees in chemistry or at the very least a high understanding of what is being released into our environment.
And once again greed has reared it's ugly head. Once Dick Cheney cut his deal it was a gold rush to the gas fields which is on our public lands I might add. These are private companies making some outlandish profits on public property and we're getting a pittance for having them destroy our air, land and water. If you thought the exposures from the oil in the Gulf were bad you need to see the effects on the people in the film. You'll see at least the ones who didn't sign a non disclosure agreement.
In Texas on the western part of Ft. Worth there was such a gas rush. People realized that they could get very rich very quick by leasing their land to the gas companies. They were given assurances that the process was very safe and would do no damage. Too bad these people didn't do their homework. Not only is their own health in danger but the health of their neighbors. Which begs the question how much is your health worth? What would you do with a ton of money yet in too much pain to get out of bed or unable to breath?
Every time I see some oil or gas company come up with a new process it reminds me of the last throws of the horse and carriage trade coming up with a new bridal for the horse or a new buggy whip. I keep thinking there must be a better way because we can't keep digging up the remains of dead dinosaurs where we get our food and water.