The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind the Gas Boom

The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind the Gas Boom by Jeff Goodell, March 1, 2012, Rolling Stone
It’s not only toxic – it’s driven by a right-wing billionaire who profits more from flipping land than drilling for gas…. McClendon’s primary goal is not to solve America’s energy problems, but to build a pipeline directly from your wallet into his…. They just wanted to get rid of the stuff as quickly and as cheaply as possible.” At one fracking operation, a subcontractor was caught opening the valves on the back of his truck and dumping the wastewater on roads…. Chesapeake agreed to supply Vargson with fresh drinking water, delivered to her door in five-gallon jugs once a month, but it denies any responsibility for the elevated methane levels. Tom Darrah, a Duke geologist who has examined Vargson’s well for a new study, finds that difficult to square with the facts. “Anyone who has seen the data I have and thinks this much methane in her well is from natural sources has their head in the sand,”

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