Another Fracking Monday

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

The smoking of e-cigarettes on airplanes has been banned by the FAA. Why? Because studies have not conclusively shown that “vaping” has no adverse impacts on human health.

And why is an article ostensibly about fracking and pipelines starting with this information? Because it is a rare example of the correct application of the Precautionary Principle.

The Precautionary Principle is a crucial concept in environmental law, and its basic precept is as simple as it is important: if there is an associated risk of harm that outweighs the likely benefit of an action, that action should not be taken. In other words, don’t do things for short-term benefit – such as squeezing gas out of spent wells through hydraulic fracturing – that may have long-term negative impacts; such as, say, causing earthquakes.

Ironically, fracking is a prime example of total disregard for precaution. Fracking pioneers apparently gave little consideration to the potential danger the process might pose, and now the US Geological Survey includes “induced” earthquakes in its mapping of seismic activity (See here and here). “Induced,” of course, means caused by human activity – specifically, fracking and the use of injection wells. Yes, the industry’s lack of foresight has actually created earthquake risks in places where earthquakes were previously all but unheard of.


“This is greed taken to the point of insanity.”


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11 Responses to Another Fracking Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Frack first. Question later.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Hillside Cafe but nobody here that I know.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Just stick walked north as far as Larry Street and then south as arms and upper back are noticeable today. A robin and heard quail.

    Oh yes, saw two quail going up to the Hillside Cafe earlier.

    Day 2: 47+38=85 minutes.

    This afternoon also using Whisk coffee maker cleaner to try to remove some of the scale. We shall see…


  4. º¿carol says:

    Good afternoon. Today is my son’s birthday. He turned 48. 😦

    Got my mammogram results in the mail today, thank goodness. Jill got hers Saturday so I figured I was rife with cancer so they wouldn’t sent it to me, let my doctor tell me the bad news.

    Except there IS no bad news. Mammogram was “normal.” YAY! Scratch THAT worry off my list, lol.

    Now, if I could only straighten out the stuff I have to drink for the colonoscopy June 1st. I have a dentist appt. for a cleaning tomorrow, I’ll stop at my doctor’s office. I called them last week to straighten out the drink, no call back yet. If I stop in, they’ll have to speak to me.


  5. º¿carol says:

    Gorgeous day today and I can’t wait to go out for my walk, what with my good moon from the “normal.” Come ON, Beer-30.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Den — Did you fetch down the RC plane?


  7. Den says:

    Success! Retrieved the plane without too much damage.
    Using a three step process, first sent weight with fishing line attached over the offending branch with a Wrist Rocket slingshot, next attach a larger cord that won’t snap the fishing line when pulled through, followed by a substantial rope pulled through with the second cord and hooked on a branch on one end, then get two geezers to yank on the rope enough to shake the branch and the plane loose from the branch.


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