Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the latest process for the oil industry to continue America’s oil addiction. But like any junkie as addiction progresses, the consequences get more punishing. Fracking is for more destructive than traditional oil drilling (which isn’t exactly environmentally friendly). Fracking injects a highly pressurized toxic cocktail into underground shale formations to release oil and natural gas.
The problem is fracking causes earthquakes. It destroys the surrounding lands. The most memorable image of the consequences of fracking is people’s tap water catching fire.
Minnesota’s role in this insanity is we supply the sand. So aside from the destruction that silica sand mining causes and the resulting extra heavy truck traffic, we’re like the guy procuring the pseudoephedrine to the cook who makes the meth.
And we don’t have to participate. Minnesota needs to pass a frac sand moratorium and do our part to end this insanity.
Hearings on the issue started at the State Capitol today.