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the perils of a process they may not have even heard over a few years ago even in oil city texas fracking. and so this was where they were going to put it correct. just pass a second fence line. would have been about sixteen seventeen hundred feet from my front door and within about eleven hundred feet of a saw my neighbors the. neighbors like diane harris and her family yeah i think it would be i'm not going to put a price tag on the health and safety and wellbeing of my family and there is no amount of money that will convince me that we should have this in the middle of our neighborhoods. it's similar to my mind to how we found out about cigarette smoking and cancer it wasn't that we did a study and found out oh no look cigarettes cause cancer it was forty fifty years of of exposure. the process that so worries the
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doctor is high old by the industry is the key to energy independence. the drill holes can go three kilometers down and then push out horizontally for kilometers as well a cocktail of more than five hundred chemicals millions of liters of water and truckloads of sand is then used to break up the shale and release gas and oil. the process has transformed the energy business in a few short years. but the jury's out on its impact on the environment and people's health. really this is a new frontier nobody has done nobody's done drilling an urban setting and studied the long term effects of what's going to happen and so again it comes back to my health clean air clean water those are things that we can't live without we can all live without gas royalties. you know
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a few dollars to have an industrial toxic chemical laden facility literally in your backyard it's not worth it the risks are not worth the reward i knew that if i. didn't act and if gas jelly occurred near my home and one of my children got sick i would never forgive myself. the method of gas drilling they use is called hydraulic fracturing or fracking as many self like as school themselves up on the fracking process this documentary race has been proving popular at the local blockbuster. it's called gasland and this is its most famous and. she says so i went out west and found people who could let their water for many many things i still hear oh. and people started to realize oh by war fighting black water is bubbling something smells funny my kids are getting that they're all comparing information. and then they discover longer hold that
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they can light their water. which. josh fox is the guest land guru really upsetting them and yet it's hard to overestimate the impact of his heartfelt hung spawn yet very powerful documentary. josh fox has become the anti fracking pinup that is. an inspiration for those fighting big oil and a serious challenge to the industry there's a system here that is corrupt oil and gas pushes people. that's pulling its aggressive it. gets its way it's about time we're done with that way of doing business with the culture of that because it's literally toxic in every aspect that's talk. and it's toxic to our political process my.
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hearing texas used to be. for generations and cattle the food with. if you. say. extreme. like that the whole structure of the crowd. and the pig is the green jobs.
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a kid is. next to thanks. but the pipes of the fracking frenzy a wild. in just a few years drilling rigs have sprouted up through the texas suburbs like towering hills horsed across from shopping centers close to schools otherwise residential neighborhoods have become industrial zones. when the fracking staats trucks gather around the world. the sand water and chemical mix is pushed deep underground at extremely high pressure. escaping vital drifts in the week. three dangers the sea a lot of injuries i've seen since somebody actually get blown all the way back from a blowout c one got
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a blowout. dangerous even deadly but lucrative. fracking is now underway in thirty four states in the u.s. . and urban cowboy tyler is just one of those cashing in on the new energy good one a fool would three. guys place. it's great money like i said it is a lot of stuff once you decide to do it once you get in full force with it you go to an all around you know number one i'll go always there never have been able to get saved that money. tyler he is working on a drilling rig just a few miles from the dallas fort worth if. and just a stone's throw from new housing to go it's. any kind of leaks and like that are a big hazard but you know if. there was
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a problem on location as i say somebody like sparked a lot or in the wrong place or you know a spark was was discharged from like a piece of equipment in this well was to blow to say that that gas is not going to die and i don't need to ground it will twenty different ones up around the airport . and that's the rub there's a lot about what's happening under there that has people worried. and has the oil companies on the defensive. certainly the a.p.i. is best practice its operation standards that we encourage in st ignace are very important in how industry goes about doing its business to make sure that they are operating safely environmentally sound and respectful of the neighbors and the stakeholders so there are lots of things that go under the standards that i think address a lot of you issues that people are raising. it's literally like a chemistry detective novel. one of the issues is chemical
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injection the other issue is simply connecting the layers between the zones which are toxic to groundwater very far into the ground where you have a gas oil. all organic compounds benzene toiling at the benzene. normally occurring radioactive material and what you've just done is you've created a connecting straw between layers that nature separated out millions of years ago with the groundwater. the fracking process was invented by halliburton a company like to run by dick cheney for some years before he kind george w. bush's vice president in two thousand and five the bush administration passed an act exempting fracking from the safe drinking water act. that means they don't have to apply for a permit for chemical injection and you're creating a highway of gas and oil that's going through the wall the aquifer protected by a one inch cement casing and you ask the industry. you casings fail and that's of
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course fifty percent of the fail over the life of the well fifty percent of them fail over the life of the well which means that in twenty thirty years you've got water contamination situation that's potentially catastrophic. and is definitely divided the town has not brought harmony just south lake let's put it that way in sounds like the fracking few rule has provoked argument and insult there's just something about this town that's called not in my backyard you know if i can't have it you can't have it either a lot of that is happening. it's not just the people in south like americans are just afraid of their shadows. the suburb is split between angry opponents and fervent supporters oddly enough last long democrat zena rucker. when i first
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became democratic precinct chair for this district everybody in this town was a democrat and little by little as the yuppies then the dot commers came into town . we used to say they get a little money in their pocket and they change. wealthy british style. markets why not. find out what's really happening to the global economy.
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cut. the to. zena rocca is one of the original land holders here and this is my backyard she considers herself a dedicated environmentalist i love my backyard and a conscientious conserver i'm a true environmentalist i drive a prius i never take anything to the garbage either gets in the compost or gets recycled. she owns seventy five acres pretty countryside that's worth a bomb on piper a while ago gas companies approached her with offers for the mineral rights on the property is my hanger in my wind sock the chicks were too big to resist even for a prius drive us there was one that was pretty close to three hundred thousand the
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last one i catch some of them already but. the leases ran out so anyway this last one however they took back and decided that they just weren't going to do it but they lead me to believe that had they drilled i can easily make thirty thousand a month but have bonanzas here toward the local council has now sided with the fracking opponents and imposed a moratorium on development if there's a gas leak and they're doing a barbecue or they're smoking for the moment a golden overland and his supporters have won out my daughter is still in a developmental phase right she's four years old and no one can tell me what the long term effects on things like hormone production and ovaries and what not. and can't protect herself from seventy can't sing can't snaps but while suburbs battle with worrying new residents the frak is a descending upon a vast swathes of north america and in one case almost an entire state.
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the remote sweeping plains and rugged rule landscapes of north dakota. it's pretty inhospitable country. particularly in the grip of a freezing winter when we're. not so long ago north dakota was struggling to keep its population. that as i say is so yesterday. with the way things are going on the office right now it's just me. just where the work is it's big. these roads are not made this time a traffic. jam on
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a trucks that around here. you could only explain it like flies around the cow shit they're just trucks everywhere. mike the pedal to the metal and the icy road to the low grade horizon ahead models will be pithed with gold. the average driver on a normal week would probably make somewhere between four and seven thousand dollars a week just to drive or. the grocery store to the parts stores to the hardware stores to the truck drivers everybody is doing well. and if they tell you they're not doing well they're either not very good business people are lying it's simple fact they're not up here for anything other than the almighty dollar. like millions before him mike came time to america from ireland in the twenty years he's been in the us he's
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been a fisherman a fama and a whole spree. now he's a trucking magnate in the making hauling water to the fracking reefs. i'm good under a real good i now have five trucks five trailers all paid for there are weeks here that i could. make in excess of fifty thousand for my truck in one week. the harder you work the more you make. there's more oil than we can get out right now you know i'm not privy to what south and in saudi arabia or off the coast. up in alaska this is a big play that's here for a long time and as long as the needs are and the lies the price stays where it's going to be this looks real strong. nowhere in this country is fueling american dreams of energy independence more than this place the shale rich plains of north
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dakota just the oil that's here could help transform the world's biggest oil consumer into the world's biggest oil producer. warm than adequate description of boring beyond i think it's safe to say anything that anybody has really seen in this country since probably the land rushes in in the early one nine hundred. this is what food city a year and a half ago that in itself is a misnomer. this little town of just one thousand people was following much of the rest of the state to a long slow decline. in just eighteen months the population has grown from a little over a thousand to six in the top down. it was a time gene vidhan knew everyone until he grew up here now the shops on main street
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a full of strangers and for the head of this county's development authority that's progress to be proud. so now are frantically trying to get housing for those people here in an area that hasn't really built much for the last twenty or twenty five years right now the challenges in this community are to get water and sewer in so that developers can build more permanent housing. in a country where unemployment still hold was over eight percent no. to comes as jobless rate of three percent is the envy of the nation. here in the shale oil built in towns like what's that city and williston job's go begging wal-mart mcdonalds and even a local casino are among the many town for workers. for those looted by the last of
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the oil blues finding somewhere to sleep can be harder than fun job the lucky ones end up here in high school erupted prefab man camps a bunk and food who are in a shared dorm room costs as much as one hundred forty dollars a month. no one's complaining. i'm a fragger i work for fracking through always do basically just plop water gel chemicals and sand down a hole and it helps well just oil more efficiently last year i grossed eighty five thousand dollars and then this year said yes a lot more. others not so lucky sleep with i can cop overflowing with mobile homes and caravans truck drivers sleep in the truck cabs if they sleep much at all.
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you won't be surprised to know that just like suburban south like texas not everyone's happy. you know us winter one day when i think about here and found this open spot that soon be frozen over. and then we discovered all this water bubbling and how cold is a good oh gosh thirty below here last week thirty boulder yeah and this will still be like this yeah well jacki schilke uses her previously pristine spring fed creek started to bubble just a month after fracking on a neighboring property. and actually when i bought this property oh. six years this spring we were drinking out of this credit well really it was so clear you wouldn't drink it now would you oh god no i won't even walk him it let alone drink i. had to tell him he goes out. tastes a little bit every bit as good clean water you know but there's a beaver to have her on the way there the beavers have all moved out.
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jacki schilke he blames fracking for the loss of five cows two dogs and a number of chickens. and for the decline of her own health. i was actually diagnosed with hydrocarbon exposure i've got a lot of problems that come along with it well when you live twenty four miles out in the middle of nowhere. that shouldn't be a problem i say bring in the cleanest air. the industry admits its record isn't perfect but says safety standards are improving all the time and those who have been adversely impacted do have options. there's always that issues there's nothing that we do in any industry energy is not unique that's completely free. you have the ability to go to your state regulators and raise issues and concerns as private landowners depending on which
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state you're in and what the state laws are you may have recourse in the legal system so there are lots of ways that you can seek relief on that the goddamn liars they're here to rape this land make as much money as they can and get the hell outta here. they could give a crop less what they're doing here they will come on your property look you straight in the eye and lie to you and they will leave without a second thought and they do not care. from north dakota to texas and a slew of states in between many now blame fracking for writing juvenile minutes. headaches nausea dizziness skin rashes and worse. when they came into my neighborhood i began having a lot of intense long term headaches and extreme fatigue and dizziness
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and now i've been diagnosed with anemia and of the by never had anemia. jane lynn lives in arlington texas a middle class suburb just a few miles from south like. the fracking activity here in the past two years has been feverish. this is been like i guess my worst nightmare it's like a bad dream and i keep thinking ok i'm going to wake up and it's going to be back to normal and it's not and its side. it's really sad compressed natural gas tonight at the arlington city hall jane lynn is one of a growing group of concerned residents hoping to block proposals for more wells in the neighborhood these drilling rigs are marvelously engineered pieces of equipment the place is packed and it quickly becomes apparent not everyone is on his side but it's a good thing for everybody these days seems like the tail wag the dog and i think
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i'm for the dog stop that thank you thank. you to money development and perceptions of the national interest of dividing the residents thank you. so not generally in an activist friends won and lost council voted against one well sought proposal but approved a number. everyone was so pro journalling and this is the red white and blue american thing to do and i just never saw it that way and i was being personally affected by it but now i'm seeing other people rise up who are feeling the same way i think a lot of people now would like to do over. this crazy nation with its reliance on prickly often hostile and unstable middle eastern suppliers it's easy to see why the new energy russia has gathered such.
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