Article- Fracking has many dangers

Letter: Fracking has many dangers

(re-printed)
Pensacola News Journal

Pensacola 12:59 p.m. CDT June 19, 2016
(Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP)

(Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation estimates each fracked well will require 2.4 to 7.8 million gallons of water. This translates into roughly 400 to 600 tanker truckloads of liquids to the well, and 200 to 300 tanker truckloads of liquid waste from the well.

An 18-wheeler weighs up to 80,000 lbs. Day-in, day-out, these trucks destroy roads and bridges, leaving towns to clean up the mess. Further, the one-well model is not an accurate representation of fracking operations, which can consist of 20 wells per “pad” and dozens of pads. Overall, 38,400 to 172,800 tanker truck trips are possible over a well pad life.

And now chemicals. Methanol appeared most often in hydraulic fracturing products, BTEX compounds – benzene, toluene, xylene, and ethylbenzene, benzene, diesel fuel plus a potential 390 others. Some are carcinogenic, most are EPA air and water contaminants.

The water companies have no way currently to remove the chemical’s from the waste “water.” It is literally waste. We have nine states in a severe water shortage and more on the way, including Florida.

Do we inherit the earth from our ancestors or borrow it from our children?

— Glenn Davis, Pensacola