I've included some brief responses in blue below. I hope it will be helpful. The attached power point presentation has a lot of good information, though I didn't have the time to present it on Thursday. You can find a lot of links on the subject on our Fracking Resources Page for further information, too!
Me: 1. The response of my friends after the movie was that it was a little extreme. Numbers are frequently used that either scare people or do not mean anything too them. I find percentages help convey meaning better. Do you have any percentages that could be used to indicate the scale of the problem? For instance, % of wells that have caused environmental issues. % of land area utilized by fracking companies that has been negatively impacted. % of water supplies contaminated. A website with heat maps would also be a good way to show this sort of info if you know any good links.
Katie: The film, released in 2009, relies on personal resident stories, many of which are worst-case scenarios, for two reasons - documentarians favor this kind of storytelling, but also, as of 2009 there were no comprehensive studies of environmental and health impacts. In fact, there STILL isn't this kind of information...since the gas industry is exempt from many environmental laws data just hasn't been collected on these impacts through time. State reporting requirements vary widely. I would check out this article from ProPublica for more information, and there is definitely more peer-reviewed research out there now than there was in 2009 (check our website) but in summary I think you're hitting on one of the biggest problems with this industry - we just DON'T have enough information or data on how widespread the threat is yet.
- DUKE University gets recognition for being the first major study to conclusively link the methane in drinking water wells to fracking operations.
- NC Shale Gas Study
- Conclusion stated, "can be done safely, with the right protections in place."
- Notes lack of info on recoverable gas, water supply, air emissions, health effects, wastewater handling; only mentions NC's shallow shales, no details of similar shallow shale cases.
- Given a best case scenario only 350 jobs would be created for around a 7 year period. Most of the workers for these jobs would be trained out of state workers that move in temporarily.
- Final report is due May 1.
- Clean Water for NC suggests 4 actions that can be taken
- Sign up for Clean Water for NC's "Frack Updates".
- Call or write your state representative and the Governor and ask them to go slow on fracking.
- Approach your city and county officials about passing a resolution against fracking. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a sample resolution).
- Become a member of Clean Water for NC. Your donation in any amount makes it possible for us to sustain this work. Donation info can be found here.