Cherokee Sierra Club January Program, Fracking in Hamilton County

The Following comes from the Sierra Club press release:
January Sierra Club Program:

Last Monday, January 28, 7 P.M. at Green|Spaces,

63 E. Main Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408
 
Topic: Fracking in Hamilton County!
 
Dr. Joe Wilferth and Dr. Henry Spratt, professors from U.T.C. will give us a primer on the major threats fracking can pose to our groundwater aquifers, particularly with the geographic strata in our area, and brief us on a recent lease purchase, by Atlas Energy, of 750 acres (of private land) here in Hamilton County for fracking, as well as the other companies holding leases in surrounding counties and nearby states. While natural gas is seen by many as a “cleaner” alternative to coal/oil, fracking has its own set of problems, and the current TN regulatory situation provides no protection! As we may soon be facing this here, come join us as we learn more and begin to figure out what our response will be.
 
The public is very welcome and healthy snacks are served. Plenty of parking — take the first left at the corner (just past Green|Spaces) and there’s plenty of free parking at a public lot.For more info, Barbara Kelly, bk1rivers@comcast.net, 423.718.5009.
Here’s a local report on fracking in Hamilton County by WRCB News, entitled, “Tennessee regulator calls fracking opposition ‘stupid.’”

Photo Credit: WRCB News

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking is, “The process extracts natural gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals,” according to the WRCB report.
Mother Nature Network published an article entitled, “Is fracking making livestock sick,” based on a study that linked illness in livestock raised for human consumption to nearby gas fracking sites.   Here’s more about the results of this peer reviewed study from MNN:
“As the authors wrote in the abstract to their paper, “animals can be used as sentinels to monitor impacts to human health” because they “are exposed continually to air, soil and groundwater and have more frequent reproductive cycles.” The authors say their study illustrates how certain aspects of gas drilling operations may lead to health problems for humans and animals, although they also caution that “complete evidence regarding health impacts of gas drilling cannot be obtained due to incomplete testing and disclosure of chemicals, and nondisclosure agreements.” They are calling for more rigorous testing of fracking processes and procedures, calling gas drilling and the toxic chemicals used “an uncontrolled health experiment” that could have further impacts on humans.”

Credit: Carrie Cizauskas/Flickr

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