A number of scientific studies show that fracking isn’t the source of high levels of methane in well water, but that hasn’t stopped environmentalists from sensationalizing the idea that tap water might catch fire.
We’ve all seen videos or news articles showing a person lighting their tap water on fire, citing fracking as the cause. Well, the methane they’re lighting up occurs naturally in shallow reservoirs and is the result of degradation of organic material.
People either forget or don’t know that methane and other hydrocarbons aren’t man-made and have been around long before any drilling or fracking activity ever occurred.
It’s understandable that those who aren’t aware of how this works, would be freaked out when they see people lighting their tap water on fire like it’s some kind of circus trick.
In one case, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an endangerment order against a gas company after video surfaced of a man lighting his garden hose on fire but the case was dropped when the judge later found that this same man had collaborated with an environmental consultant to make what was called a “deceptive video.”
That was just one example of bad behaviour from anti-oil types and there are many more.
The truth is, greater use of natural gas in the U.S. is resulting in emissions going down because it burns 50% cleaner than coal.
These eco-crazies should be praising fracking, but instead they vilify it.
They also fail to mention that their beloved electric cars, wind and solar energy are all powered by fossil fuels like the coal that generates electricity to charge batteries.