Citizens urge Council to take more time on fracking issue

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 8/07/2012 9:58 pm

Lubbock City Council has seen its fare share of opposition, and its recent controversial topic hydraulic fracturing also known  as "fracking" is no different.

Activist Armando Gonzalez said, "As Occupy Lubbock on Thursday we want to present to city council and ask them to put a hold or a moratorium on fracking."

Fracking includes drilling more than 7,000 feet underground and injecting fluid at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas.

Chris Faulkner, Breitling Oil and Gas CEO said, "We are talking about 5 million gallons of water, 1 million pounds of sand, and 1/2 percent of that mix are those chemicals."

Gonzalez said he does not support this method because it will contaminate our water.

"The problem with fracking is that they use a lot of chemical's that are known carcinogens like taurine, benzene, diesel," he said.

Lubbock Director of Water Resources Aubrey Spear said the city has done its homework on fracking. In fact Spear said areas like in Midland and Odessa are already using the fracking method.

"The risk is very minimal," he said. "The fluid they are using--if those wells are cased properly and everything, the water is going to go in and do its job as fracturing."

One of the sites approved by the previous council for the drilling process known as fracking is around Lubbock's airport. The other two sites are at the city landfill, and city's farmland site in east Lubbock. The three sites will be leased to Four Seven drilling company.

"We actually have clauses in there were they are responsible for the monitoring the ground water and take water samples, before they do anything," Spear said.

Spear said the agreement also makes the company accountable for any clean-up. However, Gonzalez isn't convinced, and said the city needs to allow its citizens to have a say and take more time to research.

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Eric Ryan - 8/10/2012 12:06 PM
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YES TAKE MORE TIME! always be cautious. the gas isn't going anywhere. be SURE. shalestuff.com

Dakota - 8/10/2012 11:15 AM
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Lubbock council members, and Aubrey Spear, need to stop, and do some actual long-term study on this. Listen to the experts, not industry, for everyone's sake. You can always make money when it's made safe. There's a glut in the market anyway - they're either going to try to turn natural gas into more plastic or ship it overseas. They can wait while you do your homework. But if not, you can't fix bad water. Beyond wasting clean water in a time of massive drought, and the proven contamination of water, land and air by both cancer-causing AND radioactive materials related to fracking (drilling and wastewater injection), there's the earthquake issue in Texas and Ohio: Ed Hashbarger, a conservative who used his police skills to get both sides - and is now totally and completely against fracking: http://bethanyfracking.blogspot.com/2012/05/httpwww_11.html http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/us/DRILLING_DOWN_SERIES.html "Fracking waste messes with Texas" www.youtube.com/watch?v=33zpb9PjAIU Tony Ingraffea of Cornell University www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCYUdLJSav8&feature=related Anti-Frackers Bring PA Lessons to Owego 8/8/2012 www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=24452
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